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SMW-Electronics Breaks Ground on New Facility

By SMW Autoblok Press Release
This new facility for SMW-Electronics in Meckenbeuren, Germany is slated to open in May 2022.

Wheeling, IL – SMW Autoblok Group, a manufacturer of premium workholding solutions for the industrial market since 1942, has announced that its newest company, SMW-Electronics, based in Meckenbeuren, Germany, has broken ground on a new 11,000 ft2 two-story facility in Meckenbeuren that will house both prototype and production development. SMW-Autoblok’s U.S. headquarters are in Wheeling, Illinois.

Plans are for the building be completed by May 2022 with an additional 86,000 ft2 planned for future manufacturing. The number of employees is expected to grow by over 30 by 2024. SMW-Electronics products encompass mechanical and mechatronic clamping systems for workpiece clamping, inductive energy and data transmission, sensors, software, and custom solutions for digitization and automation of processes that meet Industry 4.0 standards.

Contact free inductive coupler system provides technology to transmit energy (up to 1,800 W) and data between stationary and moving components over a 4 mm air gap.

“We look forward to the completion of our new building and the growth of SMW-Electronics that will serve new and existing markets including machine tools, robotics, electric drive technology, and intralogistics to name a few,” said Peter Helm, Export and Marketing Manager for SMW-Autoblok GmbH. “Smart factories and Industry 4.0 have revolutionized the way we engineer and manufacture, and we look forward to growing our wireless technologies and helping companies optimize all aspects of manufacturing and supply chain operations.”

SMW-Electronics’ Compact LPS 4.0 48 IO 0-10V (IP 67 rated) linear positioning sensor features precise inductive positioning system with analog output, IO-link interface and measuring range of 48 mm.

SMW-Electronics’ product line features non-contact inductive coupler systems that transfer energy and data (up to 1,500 W) via an air gap with a maximum of 20 mm. Products include the new F180 ethernet remote axial coupler that provides wireless transmission between moving and stationary components with a high-speed power transmission of up to 400 W, and 20 mm transfer distance. The company also produces a comprehensive line of intelligent sensor systems, including the LPS 4.0 position sensor that identifies the exact position of a sensor element wirelessly with maximum repeatability accuracy. The LPS 4.0 is also protected to IP67 and offers outstanding EMC properties.

Mechatronic and mechanical clamping systems for workpiece clamping includes the e-motion product line that offers a complete range of couplers and software to work with a wide range of downline systems to handle part holding, workholding actuation, systems controls, actuators, robotics, etc. All e-motion products are based on the same concept of a contact-free inductive coupler system for signal and power transmission.

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