Over the past several years, SMC has continued to take on its social responsibility to seriously promote and support sustainability in order to minimize negative impacts to the environment.
SMC is always looking to develop newer and greener solutions with CO2 reduction as a top priority as a leader in the field of pneumatics. One of the key components of our comprehensive approach is the designing of compact and lightweight products. Smaller, lighter products require less raw materials to make and less time to process. In addition, the products themselves use less energy. All of these efforts contribute to reduced CO2 emissions.
SMC’s fully integrated technical, production, and sales departments are able to respond to the needs of our customers from around the world with a shared goal of finding new methods to effectively protect the environment.
None at all, and their production process even less.
So that is why we've got teams of experts around the world specialized in the characteristics of each industry: in their laws, regulations, standards or specific technology requirements.
We are concerned about the specifics of your production process.
Robustness, durability, strength, velocity; is this what your process demands?
If there is one industry that is reinventing itself that is the automotive, a renewal that affects both the automobile themselves and their production processes. Autonomous car, for example, are by now a reality; for the automotive industry the future is really the present.
Beyond our compliant solutions with standards such as CNOMO, DIN, ISO, VDMA, ATEX or NAAMS, we can provide you with our range of tested solutions that will endure harsh working conditions. Products that are strong and solid, as well as compact and light components for robotics applications.
More specifically, we are in position to give you support, both with our products and our team of experts, in all the steps of your production process: Body shop, Press shop, Power Train, Paint shop and Final assembly. Further down, you can discover our solutions for each of these processes.
The supplier industry, too, relies on our experience and benefits from our know-how as well as our customised solutions for all areas of the supply chain.
Our global teams of experts are fully trained to provide support in key areas such as Industry 4.0 or Machinery Safety. With the backup of 1,500 experienced engineers allocated in 5 technical centres (two of them in Europe: Germany & UK) ready to develop the customized solutions that are many times needed.
Innovative & compact solutions for a Technology-driven industry
Hardly any other industry is as marked by rapid progress and change as the electronic industry. Today's trends are the natural standards of tomorrow. Innovations secure market share and revolutionary achievements characterize a new generation of devices.
In order to meet the demands of this fast moving industry, we put at your disposal our extensive portfolio, with solutions for the different applications and process involved in the electronic industry. These are:
Nevertheless, we know that standard models not always fulfill your necessities. For it, we count with 5 technical centers, 2 of them in Europe (UK & Germany) that assist in developing customized solutions.
Understanding that hygienic standards & high speed are key for you
The food industry is highly influenced by strict legal regulations. At the end of day, we all need guarantees on the food we consume. Therefore, these norms are a major issue for us when developing specific solutions for this industry. Not only in terms of materials that guarantee non-toxic final consumer products, but also in terms of the hygienic design, corrosion resistant of the materials to be used in the cleaning areas.
Solutions that go, on and on and on…as your process does
Besides the compliance to related food regulations, we also have solutions ready to fulfil the challenging requirements of continuous 24/7 operation. the gold standard for measuring manufacturing productivity. Long-life components to keep up with non-stop production processes.
Identify the percentage of manufacturing time that is truly productive, with the OEE (Overall Equipment Effectiveness).
Our team of experts, distributed amongst 83 countries, boast the specific expertise to support all the above daily challenges with either standard or customised solutions that are supported by our five technical centres, two of them located in Europe.
Compact, lightweight and energy efficient solutions to meet your needs
Robots and humans are forced to work hand in hand: industrial robots running more and more production plants, humans contributing their skills for strategic thinking, invention and detail.
With a close relationship with our customers – our inspiration – SMC products are used to find and create solutions that were not previously thought possible.
We consider, SMC can be “Your right arm” in Robotics, our international teams of Experts are ready to support you with your daily challenges and our local and European technical centres ready to develop any customised solution you might need.
Discover below our key solutions for robotics : innovative, compact, lightweight and enduring. Easy & Flexible.
Further down, do not miss how SMC solutions can specifically boost welding, painting and handling applications.
Quality & specific materials to guarantee all of us well-being
You need high-tech solutions, quality and long-life products and perhaps even miniature components.
And whether you are a small organization or a big multinational, we put at your disposal:
Reliable, efficient & powerful solutions for harsh working conditions
An industry as important as the Mining industry could benefit greatly from pneumatics and automation.
The extraction and processing involves very harsh and extreme working conditions; if one industry demands strong, reliable and quality products it is yours.
Many times, because staff health and safety are at stake. To achieve the peace of mind you need, we are here to offer you:
We support you in every step of your process
Packaging was born to deliver goods from producer to consumer. However, nowadays packaging functions go far beyond containing, protecting and preserving.
The current customer-centric arena, assisted by multiple technological innovations, has introduced communication, promotion and differentiation within its core functionalities.
These new requirements, together with cost-efficiency, light solutions, demand and the ever-present sustainability, have made us, the suppliers, adapt and evolve together with our customers’ new needs.
Nevertheless, our core commitment to the packaging industry has remained unchanged.
Thermo-forming, Filling, Sealing, Shrink Wrapping, Case Erecting, Conveying, Case packing, Palletising. These are some of the parts of your process.
These are our solutions for them, and the benefits for you:
Creating confidence with confidence. SMC is an innovative, reliable and strong partner for pneumatic and electrical automation technology. We accompany our customers throughout the entire life cycle of their plant and, for all relevant safety issues, we have competent and professional solutions at your disposal.
From individually designed machines to highly complex systems, we not only meet all the requirements for flexibility and productivity, but also for smooth user and operational safety.
To also ensure this in your company, we offer innovative and tailor-made safety solutions and ISO 13849-compliant safety components. Achieving the highest possible risk minimisation and protecting machine operators is the focus here.
The success of the whole lies in the detail For all questions about your safety technology, we rely on personal commitment. We have a large customer care team throughout Europe and a wide distribution network. For you this means: Our competent team is directly in your area and is available for you by way of personal contact.
Transform energy into a boost for your competitiveness
In our 24/7 economy and as Governments, industries and consumers battle with our thirst for ever increasing supplies of energy, SMC has always been fully committed to assist customers in reducing their bills and of course, in making its modest contribution to global sustainability.
We now want to share our 5 cornerstones of energy efficiency with you that will help you to embrace good energy policies for your business in a very intuitive and simple way.
Enjoy IO-Link advantages with SMC. Your one supplier for your automation needs
Hot on the heels of Lean Manufacturing the focus has once again changed.
With the goal to improve manufacturing performance, using more automated operations and the use of data analytics, Smart Manufacturing (SM) is today’s Holy Grail. This technology-driven approach, using internet connected machinery to monitor the production process, has seen the development of smart machine components.
SMC IO-Link sensors, IO-Link master and IO Link actuators are just some of our smart products that can help improve your productivity and reduce your costs.
For more information on our smart factory solutions check out our latest products on our website today.
New technology enables sensors and actuators to become smarter but…
IO-Link (IEC61131-9) is an open standard serial communication protocol that allows the bidirectional exchange of data from sensors and devices that support IO-Link and are connected to a master. The IO-Link master can transmit this data over various networks, fieldbuses, or backplane buses, making the data accessible for immediate action or long-term analysis via an industrial information system (PLC, HMI, etc.). Each IO-Link device has an IODD (IO Device Description) file that describes it and its IO-Link capabilities.
IO-Link is not another fieldbus. It is a point-to-point communication between a compatible IO-Link Master and a field device. Because IO-Link is an open standard, Master devices are available for virtually any fieldbus or automation system (PLC).
SMC’s Smart Flexibility helps you to build the flexible machines that will materialise the adaptability, speed and customisation the markets are demanding
From mass production to mass customisation, does it sound familiar?
This is the main concern of the Industry 4.0, Factory of the Future, Smart Factory or Digitalisation, you name it. It is no longer to mass produce, but to do it in a personalised, cost-effective, speed and sustainable way.
Against the backdrop of rapid changes in expectations and preferences, in the accepted time to market, a sphere where loyalty has become rather slippery; where technologies are developing much faster than our understanding of them, we feel we need to grab something, and that something is Flexibility.
Through a close partnership with you, SMC’s Smart Flexibility is based on making your machines Industry 4.0-proof, in order to equip them with the necessary flexibility that markets are calling for. Smart Flexibility combines what works best; expertise in automation and the passion of working shoulder-to-shoulder with you.
Machine tools are an integral part of the manufacturing process and indispensable to the industry, particularly for those reliant on interchangeable components. The category includes a wide range of equipment - lathes, presses, milling machines, laser cutters, shapers – and makes up a significant proportion of all manufacturing devices. Machine tools are therefore a key component of the global market. Europe produces 35% of the machine tools in the world (European Association of the Machine Tool Industries CECIMO, 18 June 2019). This is a substantial figure that cannot be ignored.
Nowadays, the main challenge for machine tool companies is to train mechanical, electronic and electrical engineers in the smart and flexible manufacturing processes that result in more productive lines with shorter cycle times. SMC’s global presence allows us to be close to our customers, understanding their needs and developing products that adapt to the challenges they face, taking into account the latest industry trends such as reducing weight and consumption, and increasing precision.
At SMC we make your machines more competitive thanks to our wide range of industrial automation products, from air treatment to laser equipment. Discover some of our solutions below.
Who hasn’t ever drawn a car? Artistic skills aside, surely three elements were definitely in your drawing: windows, chassis and wheels. Nobody can argue that automobiles need wheels, and this principle is so basic that it makes tyres a fundamental pillar of the automobile industry.
To achieve high competitiveness, without relinquishing on the best quality, SMC offers you the best allies to guarantee that the tyre production process performs to its full potential.
For engineers, compressed air is such an important resource that it is often cited as the fourth utility in industry – after electricity, water and gas. Studies estimate that ten per cent of all industrial energy is used just to compress air.
By following along, you can be confident in designing and building an air purification system that exactly matches the needs of the task at hand with no frills.
If you are looking to start your journey, or expand your knowledge on this topic, you can take a look at our expert report about compressed air quality. Otherwise, if you are willing to design the most suitable air treatment system for your process, then our air treatment guide is the best tool for you.
There is no production process that can achieve optimum productivity without taking care of a good maintenance programme, but probably this information isn’t new for you. Since industrial maintenance became popular in the 20th century, most production lines and factories have been designing and implementing maintenance actions for their processes.
Nevertheless, industrial maintenance is a culture of its own, that not only consists of repairing machines, but implies that the whole production team (technicians, engineers, leaders, etc.) is trained in the continuous improvement of the maintenance strategy in order to reduce costs, eliminate waste and build a more efficient process.
If you’re willing to know which style suits you best, or how you can improve your programme, take a look at our solutions for industrial maintenance, and keep your production going.