igus ‘rohbot’ for low cost automation

For users seeking low cost automation available at
less than the price of established automation suppliers, igus presented two new
approaches at the Hannover Messe 2019: A new 4 to 5-axis ‘rohbot’ (h for
half-finished) made of plastic and a model of the 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 ‘half-finished’
robots (as ‘rawbots’) and adapt the control system and components to their
standards. Small companies, in contrast, want to use ready-made systems easily
and, above all, very cost-effectively. igus takes these different requirements
into account and presents new hardware components in the form of the ‘rohbot’
concept as well as a digital marketplace model for the first easy steps in the
world of cost-effective automation.

Articulated
arms with new design

The basic igus ‘rohbot’ that Treotham is offering for
this growing market segment is the underlying electromechanical framework in
the form of a robolink 4- or 5-axis articulated arm, a delta robot or a
Cartesian robot. Thanks to a modular kit principle, tailor-made
lubrication-free and maintenance-free robotic systems can be assembled. Motors,
gears, power electronics, control system, GUI etc., can all be freely chosen.

At the Hannover Messe 2019, igus presented the latest
range of its articulated arm robot. The compact and lightweight articulated
arms make comprehensive use of the advantages offered by igus motion plastics:
light, lubrication-free and maintenance-free, durable and more cost-effective
in production. As a result, small, configurable quantities can be created as
well as large quantities for mechanical engineering companies and robot
manufacturers. 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. This reduces the installation space
needed and prepares the articulated arms for general use as well as in the area
of human-robot collaboration (HRC). The new DC articulated arm can be
configured individually and, depending on the type of application, can be
equipped with grippers, cameras or sensors of a wide range of manufacturers.

From
the individual component to the complete automation solution

The digital marketplace is intended to help the
customer find and integrate exactly the right low-cost automation solution that
they need for their application, irrespective of whether they want to build
something themselves with individual components or are looking for a
cost-effective readymade 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 solution.

For suppliers, the marketplace model offers easy
access to a rapidly growing market segment. Customers can contact Treotham for
any questions they have about the igus plastic arm and online marketplace
model.

For more information, please visit the Treotham
Automation website www.treotham.com.au
or call 1300 65 75 64.

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