Efficiency Booster for Small Part Handling from SCHUNKAzom.com, December 20, 2013
With the micro valve MV 10, you can easily boost the productivity and energy efficiency of Pick & Place applications for small parts. This pneumatic valve is so small it can be integrated directly on grippers or other pneumatic actuators and can be plugged or screwed into the actuator ports.
Traditional systems use valves located in a control cabinet some distance from the gripper and use tubing from the valve to the gripper. Compressed air must travel the entire distance from the valve to the gripper which takes time and requires additional air to fill the tubing. Once the gripping operation is finished, the compressed air in the line is released and the energy is wasted.