Suction Spiders

Robot Grippers Made-to-Measure

Schmalz individually designs vacuum suction spiders for your application needs. The vacuum suction spiders have been designed according to a modular principle. All versions of the vacuum suction spider are derived from the basic design which can be flexibly optimized for complex handling tasks. Our experienced system consultants also use individual vacuum components from our broad range of products.


  • Automation of handling tasks in manufacturing assembly and quality control processes
  • Linking robots in presses and bending centres
  • Automating plastic injection melding machines, deep drawing machines, machining centres for wood and plastics, water jet machines, laser machines and punching machines
  • Order picking in storage and distribution centres on industrial robots or gantries
  • Handling of metal sections, blanks, stone, sheet materials, car body parts, glass and ceramic components, etc.

Your Benefits

  • Modular system with standardized and harmonized components
  • Flexible adaption to costumer-specific requirements
  • Combination of different gripping technologies (vacuum, mechanics, magnetics etc.) possible
  • Low intrinsic weight due to basic components made of aluminium, steel pipe and plastics
  • Minimization of cycle times
  • Enhanced process safety due to integrated system monitoring and sensor technology
  • Intelligent valve modules for unused suction cups

Design The figure shows the basic design of the suction spider SSP. On request, individual configurations with many extensions are possible.

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Vacuum Suction Spiders SSP offers custom made Handling Solutions with Infinite Variations

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Gripper adjustment

Manual adjustment option before the gripping process and an automatic adjustment option during the gripping process, for the separation of workpieces.

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Parts and weight detection

Sensors for the evaluation including signal transmitter: Has one part been gripped or not? Have several parts been gripped?

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Pivot bearing for pivoting movements

A pivot bearing enables the inclined picking up and depositing of workpieces at different angles.

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Separation function

Special equipment for the removal of individual workpieces and the separation of individual layers (e.g. oily sheet metal or plywood).

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Separating function

Separation of porous workpieces (e.g. cardboard boxes, MDF or particle boards when stacking by actively introducing an adjustable compressed air pulse).

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Individually controllable vacuum circuits

Using controllable vacuum absorption circuits, a separate loading and unloading of workpieces is possible (e.g. when handling cuts).

Modular System of Vacuum Suction Spiders SSP The vacuum suction spider SSP was designed according to a modular principle. All versions of the vacuum suction spider are derived from the basic design. They can be flexibly optimized using various extensions for complex handling tasks.

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Product Application Glass

Vacuum suction spider SSP being used to handle module glass

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Product application metal sheet

Vacuum suction spider SSP being used to handle cut metal sheets

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Product application logistics

Vacuum suction spider SSP handling cardboard boxes of different sizes

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Product application wood

Vacuum suction spider SSP for handling layered stacking of wooden boards