Many users want low-cost automation, but making these wishes a reality is often a difficult task. What products go together? How good is the solution? Who can support it? At Hannover Messe 2019, motion plastics specialist igus presented two new approaches: a new 4- to 5-axis “rohbot” (h for "half-finished") made of plastic and a model of an online marketplace for suppliers and users.
The reasons for using low-cost automation are as varied as the applications. Mechanical engineering companies and robot manufacturers want to build their own products with a few cost-effective parts; production plants with their own automation systems choose rohbots and adapt the components and control systems to their standards. Small companies, in contrast, want to use ready-made systems easily and, above all, cost-effectively. igus has taken these different requirements into account and presents new components in the form of rohbots, as well as a digital marketplace model for the first easy steps in the world of cost-effective automation.
The basic igus rohbot offered by Treotham Automation for this growing market segment is the underlying electromechanical framework in the form of a robolink 4- or 5-axis articulated arm, delta robot or Cartesian robot. Thanks to a modular kit principle, users can assemble tailor-made lubrication- and maintenance-free robotic systems. Everything can be freely chosen: motors, gears, power electronics, control systems, GUI.
At Hannover Messe 2019, igus presented the latest range of its articulated arm robots. The compact and lightweight articulated arms make comprehensive use of the advantages offered by igus motion plastics: light, lubrication- and maintenance-free, durable and more cost-effective in production. As a result, as well as large quantities for mechanical engineering companies and robot manufacturers, small, configurable quantities can be created.
The clearance of the new arms has been further reduced as a result of the plastic design, an innovation that enables greater precision of the robolink. Thanks to integrated cable conduits, the cables are routed inside the latest housed version, reducing the installation space needed and preparing the arms for general use as well as in the area of human-robot collaboration. The new DC articulated arm can be configured individually and, depending on the type of application, equipped with grippers, cameras or sensors from a wide range of manufacturers.
The digital marketplace is intended to help customers find and integrate exactly the right low-cost automation solution they need for an application, irrespective of whether they want to build something themselves with individual components or are looking for a cost-effective ready-made solution. Customers without any robotics know-how who want to automate manual tasks easily, as well as professionals who put together their own specific solution, profit from this. For suppliers, the marketplace model offers easy access to a rapidly growing market segment.
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