Schmalz Inc. is part of the international Schmalz-Group. Schmalz is one of the worldwide leaders in technology for automation, handling, and clamping and offers innovative and efficient vacuum solutions. Schmalz products are deployed in widely ranging production processes.


    When it comes to automated production processes, Schmalz offers a wide range of individual vacuum components. Vacuum gripper systems, produced as complete, ready-to-connect modular systems, provide for maximum flexibility when used in robotic applications. Vacuum handling systems that are operated manually simplify production processes through easy and efficient handling of workpieces. Vacuum clamping systems offer short set-up times, making the all-around machining of workpieces possible in CNC machining centers as well as in manual machining processes.


    Lifting can be a dangerous thing.

    Soft tissue injuries are common with manual material handling. The cost of injuries to employers is astronomical (was $165.5 billion in the U.S. in 2017).   Back injuries are too common.  Repetitive lifting of heavy objects often causes injuries, which in turn decreases productivity and costs your business money.

    The Solution

    Lifters use vacuum engineering to reduce the strain on workers’ bodies.  The newest vacuum lifters encompass the following benefits from innovative technology:

    • - Makes them more portable and versatile.

    • - Increases the quality and durability.
    • - Knows what operators want before they want it.
    • - Alerts users to problems. 

    Schmalz Vacuum Lifters 

    New “smart” vacuum lifters from Schmalz reduce the risk of injury even more than the original lifters. For example, the new Smart Lifter from Schmalz, boxes from two sides—doubling the security while needing only fingertip pressure from the worker to get the carton moving.

    Reducing injuries isn’t the only way advanced vacuum lifters like the SmartLifter help save money. 

    They also reduce the amount of manpower that’s required.  Therefore, more work is done with less labor. Boxes that take two people to move can now be handled by just one worker and the SmartLifter.

    Vacuum lifters are becoming more portable, while also being loaded with additional technology.

    The SmartLifter is mounted on a base that can be easily moved with a pallet jack or fork truck when floor layouts change. For greater range of use, the SmartLifter can even be underhung from a monorail.

    Centro Solves Ergonomic Lift Asset Challenges
    Centro, Inc. is the Authorized Schmalz Distributor for Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Northern Louisiana, and the Florida Panhandle. 


    Download the Ergonomic Vacuum Lifters Booklet.

    Download the Schmalz Application Questionnaire.