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Anti-downtime hoses for industrial robots

31-08-2010
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Three innovative designs … the Triflex R for robot applications

 
The multi-dimensional, movable robot chain can have its length adjusted at any time thanks to its modular construction. 
 
It can be either shortened or lengthened at any place. It achieves its high tensile strength using the “ball and socket” joint. 
 
The individual elements are not connected to each other using extra steel cables similar, but with a simple connection like a trailer tow bar. 
 
This ball and socket design ensures mobility in every direction. It is possible to turn about +/- 10° per link in the chain. This makes it much easier to guide the cables around difficult geometries.
 
Also, there is a defined freedom of movement in all three dimensions. The bending radius is the same in every direction, which also reduces stress on the chain itself, as well as the cables, and hoses. 
 
The use of spring-rod modules generates a directed pre-tension. This makes it possible to create a system where the chain is suspended and doesn’t get caught up in the working area. 
 
igus also offers a Triflex RS set specially for robot applications with limited installation space. 
 
This version guides the energy chain parallel to the robot arm to save space. It can be mounted directly on all attachment points on the robot. 
 
Finally, protectors, quick attachment systems, and attachment modules for nearly any robot complete the wide product range.
 
The Easy version allows the cables and hoses – which are simply pressed into the energy chain – to be easily visible and accessible from the outside. This makes it possible to very quickly replace individual cables or the entire hose/cable package if service is needed. 
 
This solution shortens the time needed for maintenance and overhauls and thus reduces the downtime for the robot.
 
The Easy Triflex R is now available in size 125 with a pinned connection (the so-called C version). This permits simple installation and removal of the links in the chain. The connection of the links of the chain is made using a spherical plain bearing – spherical cap and locking pin – which ensures form fitting power transmission. The linear tensile force absorption has been increased to 4,000N. 
 
The energy chain can now compensate for even greater torsion forces.
 
Secondly, the Easy Triflex R is now available with a further improved attachment system (the so-called B version). This provides up to four times as the radius stability so that much higher forces can be absorbed by the robot arm while still protecting the cables. 
 
The Triflex R robot accessory package from igus includes well over 200 components. 
 
From large welding to small palletising robots, every industrial application can now be covered.
 
Treotham Automation Pty Ltd
Ph: 02 9907 1778

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