Palmech is the Polish Partner of Effecto with strong and stable cooperation. Consulting for end users but also for machine builders and integrators: this is the strength of Effecto, a global manufacturer of handling components, including pneumatic and electric grippers, tool changers, anti-collision sensors, gripping systems for palletizing, automatic pneumatic, hydraulic or mechanical vises.

Know-how, research, dedication are Effecto’s hallmarks. The experience in delivering efficient, performing and long-life products gained along its history, allows Effecto to meet the requirements and need of the most important industrial companies all around the world, such as the main automotive brands.

Interview with Łukasz Rostworowski, CEO of Palmech.

Easy Engineering: What are the main areas of activity of the company?

Łukasz Rostworowski: Effecto is a global provider of complete solutions for industrial automation, especially in the Automotive, Aerospace, Healthcare, Food and other General Industrial sectors.

E.E: What’s the news about new products?

Ł.R: Our last developments have been mainly oriented to the requirements coming from the Industry 4.0. 

Our recent efforts led to release a new full range of electric grippers, new BUS communication solutions for our tool changer line, IO-Link devices for an easy and full monitoring of the process (from real-time control to predictive maintenance). 

Collaboration between humans and robots is another key concept of the digital factory. Thinking about the interaction between robots and operators, Effecto has in recent years released a series of collaborative electric grippers, compliant with the safety standards required in this type of applications. 

E.E: What are the ranges of products?

Ł.R: Effecto is a global provider of solutions for industrial automation and robotics, in particular “end-effectors” and “end of arm tooling” (EOAT), essential devices for the automation of industrial production processes. Our range includes: tool changers, collision sensors, palletizing grippers, pneumatic and electric grippers, vises and indexing chucks.

E.E: At what stage is the market where you are currently active?

Ł.R: In recent years we have been witnessing a great conversion of production processes which, with a view to ever greater sustainability, is leading to increasingly widespread electrification. The transformation is present in all the sectors in which Effecto operates and we are supporting our customers to reach it through our products and innovations.

E.E: What can you tell us about market trends?

Ł.R: The solutions and products supplied to our reference markets are increasingly aimed at meeting the needs of industry 4.0 and green economy. The objective is to have an increasingly higher degree of control, monitoring and efficiency of production processes.

Especially after COVID, we are also witnessing an ever-increasing demand for the automation of processes previously performed manually, with associated risks for operators. This challenges us and our customers with increasingly new automation opportunities.

E.E: What are the most innovative products marketed?

Ł.R: The most innovative are the ones related to Industry 4.0 with embedded “intelligence” and “control”, such as tool changers, electric grippers, solutions for palletizing. We are always developing new and break through products.

For example, for our tool changers, at the beginning of 2024 they will be available a NFC cycle counter and an IO-Link communication interface to simplify the work of end users and integrators.

We will also have for all tool changer sizes (from 10kg to 2300kg of payload) a new Safety Control Module that will provide to customers a new cost saving, flexible, plug & play and cutting edge solution compliant to the international safety standards for robots. 

E.E: What estimations do you have for the rest of 2023?

Ł.R: We expect to see a growing request for innovative projects to be done in 2024, especially for the automotive market where the E-mobility is driving to an exceptional industrial conversion.

In the General Industry, energy efficiency is a growing trend and we are seeing more and more related projects already for the near future.