After a one-year interruption due to the Corona pandemic, the Swiss specialist for workpiece clamping technology and production automation GRESSEL AG invited participants to the new edition of its well-known "Clamping and Automation Days" at its headquarters in Aadorf, Switzerland. In order to meet the great demand for up-to-date, specialist information, the organisers supplemented the programme of technically oriented lectures and application presentations with an exhibition section for system solutions relating to the automation of the production of metal parts. After the presentation of the organising company, GRESSEL AG, as well as the day's schedule and finally the practical stations, more than 100 guests got down to the business of application technology on the spot.
To visit the six practical stations, the guests were divided into small groups in order to meet the strict requirements for safe handling of COVID 19 on the one hand, and to ensure an intensive, practical exchange of information on the other. Station 1 dealt with the combined workpiece handling with the gripping centric clamping device R-C2, the robot module R-C2 and the GRESSEL 6-sided station for unmanned complete workpiece machining. This in connection with a workpiece magazine for feeding a CNC machining centre. In station 2, a combination of GRESSEL solinos hydraulic single clamp and SCHUNK Tandem pneumatic centric clamp incl. SCHUNK PGN-plus gripper was presented for direct loading of a CNC machining centre for the production of smaller workpieces. The 3rd station was dedicated to the presentation of GRESSEL's clamping technology portfolio, including new products such as the C3 centric clamp for easy handling of small workpieces and the SC5X 5-axis clamping system designed for 5- and 6-sided machining. Another highlight was station 4, which included a company tour of the production, clamping solutions and programming of components of the GRESSEL programme used here. Station 5 dealt with the mechanical and pneumatic zero point clamping systems gredoc modular system from GRESSEL and VERO-S modular system from SCHUNK. The eagerly awaited finale was Station 6, where the automation partners CELLRO, FMB, HALTER, PROMOT and STS Maschinendienstleistungen showcased their system solution expertise for rationally efficient parts production, including the GRESSEL R-C2.
Station 1 one of a total of six practical stations; here the combined clamping and gripping system R-C2 with the 6-sided station as well as a workpiece magazine and adapted to a CNC machining centre.
The time spent at the individual stations, including the FAQ, was set at approx. 25 minutes; a further exchange of information took place at the joint lunch and after the official part. The 100 or so guests from Germany and abroad who were counted over the two days were able to use a feedback form to give their assessment of both the content and the organisation of the clamping and automation days. After evaluating the feedback forms, the Managing Director Jörg Maier and the Sales Manager Markus Lau of GRESSEL AG stated in unison: "After the enforced, long absence, we wanted to give our customers and interested parties the opportunity to get an overview of the state of the art again on the occasion of a presence event, and not just to attend a rather impersonal online presentation. We can state that: It was a success and we are very happy about the high number of participants and especially about the very good feedback!"
You can find more impressions of the Clamping and Automation Days 2021 under the following video