Strothmann has installed a complete handling system for high-capacity suction presses all the way from blank loading through to end-of-line parts removal at the production site of a major car company.

The automation concept, which is suitable for all car parts and can be adapted to new products, consists of a blank loader enabled for fully automatic tool change, standard robots at the end of the press line.

The newly developed CompactTransfer, which is based on linear servo technology and will pick up the part, orient it, and place it in the following press.

The retrofitted press line allows for the separation of double blanks during transfer and the transfer of up to four parts from one die to the next. Depending on the die set, the company claims this automation technology increases the press line throughput by 20 to 30% and reduces energy consumption by 40%.