Hannover Messe 2019 Entry-Level low-cost automation: Two new approaches

| Editor: Theresa Knell

Low-cost automation for only a few thousand euros – that is the wish of many users. Igus now presents two new approaches: a 4- to 5-axis “Rawbot” made of plastic and a model online marketplace.

Robolink articulated arms and a new digital platform concept are intended to facilitate the first steps in low-cost automation – displayed at the Igus booth.
Robolink articulated arms and a new digital platform concept are intended to facilitate the first steps in low-cost automation – displayed at the Igus booth.
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The paths to low-cost optimisation are as numerous as the applications. Constructors of machines and robots wish to build themselves using few and low-price components; production firms with their own automation schemes want “semi-finished” robots and adapt controls and components to their own standards. Smaller firms desire off-the-shelf systems offering simple operation and low prices.

Articulated arms in a new design

The basis of the so-called “Rawbot” concept offered by Igus for this growing market segment is the basic electromechanical frame, available for example as a Robolink 4- or 5-axis articulated arm or delta or Cartesian robot. Thanks to a building-block principle, zero lubrication and maintenance robotic systems can be put together individually. Motors, gears, power electronics, controls, GUI – all can be selected freely. At the fair booth, Igus is displaying one of the latest articulated-arm robots. These compact arms build entirely on the advantages of “igus motion plastics”: light, zero lubrication and maintenance, long-lived and more cost-effective in production. It is thus just as easy to realise small, configurable batch sizes as large production runs for constructors of machines and robots. Play in the new arm has been reduced further by the plastic design, enabling greater precision with the Robolink. Integrated cable channels save and make these articulated arms ready for man/robot collaboration (MRC).

As parts or complete

The new DC articulated arm can be configured individually and, depending on the application, additionally equipped with grippers, cameras or sensors from diverse manufacturers. Help is available from a new online platform shown as a model presented by Igus and co-exhibitors in Hall 17. At the same time, the digital marketplace supports customers in finding and quickly integrating precisely the right low-cost automation solution for their applications – regardless of whether one intends to construct something oneself with individual components or is looking for a low-price complete solution.

Visit Igus GmbH at Hannover Messe Hall 17, Booth H04.

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