Simple automation and a quick return on investment constitute the wish of many small and medium-sized enterprises. In particular, low-cost automation solutions such as delta robots, Cartesian robots or articulated arm robots from igus are enabled here by the use of plastic. The potential offered by cost-effective automation is demonstrated by the new ROIBOT Award. It characterises exciting Low Cost Robotics applications.
Simple, precise, fast processes: these are the requirements of Cartesian robots. They are used for such things as pick-and-place applications, sorting systems and medical technology. igus has now developed a linear and room linear robot for large workspaces. The two new kinematics systems allow users to move up to five kilogrammes. Both linear robots are available directly from stock. They can also be customised to suit the customer application in question – no minimum order quantity.
Simple automation and low cost: the igus delta robot makes this possible by the use of lubrication-free components made of tribo-polymers. At the 2019 Motek show, the motion plastics specialist presented a new version with a 10 times larger work space volume compared with the proven model. This lightweight system for easy pick & place tasks, is delivered as a pre-assembled kit or ready to install product. This guarantees quick operation and saves costs immediately.
Robots are increasingly making their presence felt not only in the industry, but also in football. At the international robotics competition – the RoboCup – in Sydney this year, the team B-Human from Bremen showed what small robots can do in the popular sport. Here, the German Standard Platform league champion could fight for the world championship title against the reigning world champion from Leipzig.
When people and machines stand shoulder to shoulder in production, safety at work is an important issue. Therefore, igus has now developed a new clamp for energy chains and protective hoses on cobots. The Lean Robotics retaining fixture produced by injection moulding, has a uniform size which makes it very cost-effective. The retaining fixture can be installed in seconds with a Velcro strip.
Welding, riveting, soldering: Industrial robots must work dynamically and quickly in production. Therefore, a safe and compact guidance of cables and hoses is required. This is where the three-dimensional triflex energy chains from igus are used. If the e-chains form loops in the work area of the robot, it can damage the cables and hoses as well as lead to machine failure. For this reason, igus has now developed the new low-cost TR.RSEL retraction system. The system guides the energy chain in a line on the robot, ensuring trouble-free and fail-safe operation.