Schunk (Germany) has announced to support the Eplan engineering software for its modular grippers. Some of them provide CAN/CANopen connectivity.
By integrating its portfolio of gripping systems into the Eplan Data Portal, Schunk is producing efficiency benefits when it comes to designing assembly and handling systems. To begin with, the supplier for technology equipment of robots and production has made the electrical and fluid diagrams of 16 series with a total of 843 individual components available on the web-based data platform. This includes the gripper flagships of the PGN-plus, PZN-plus, and MPG-plus families and the main sensors from Schunk's accessories program.
The 24-V EGL mechatronic grippers with CAN interface are available with immediate effect now. All other series are to follow gradually along with numerous rotary, linear, and robot accessory modules. The macros provided reduce the workload of designers and plant planners and enable them to improve the quality of the machine and plant documentation. All data is available on the Eplan platform in the latest version. Data can either be integrated directly into the corresponding Eplan software solution, or downloaded via the browser version of the Eplan Data Portal for use in other CAE programs and can be inserted by drag & drop into the individual plans. The standardized macros make planning more efficient and reduce the risk of errors, promised Schunk. Hyperlinks in the Eplan Data Portal make it possible to update the existing electrical and fluid diagrams. More than 100 000 engineers already use the Eplan Data Portal around the world. A total of about 700 000 device data of more than 175 manufacturers can be found on the platform.
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