igus presented the future of service robotics to two very illustrious
visitors at the Hannover Messe 2019 trade show held in April. German Federal
Chancellor Dr Angela Merkel and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lfven visited
the stand of the motion plastics specialist igus at this year’s Hannover Messe,
the main focus of their interest being cost-effective ‘robotics made in Germany’.
At Hannover Messe, the world’s largest industrial show
for automation and Industry 4.0, the Chancellor looked into the future. The
service robot arm, which was on display could soon be drying dishes and laying
the table. “When she returns to private life, we would like the Chancellor
to have the same service that she had during her time in office. This will give
her more time for other things such as writing books on politics or science,”
says CEO Frank Blase. “In one or two years, such a robot will be ready for
mass production and will then be affordable.”
igus is using the Hannover Messe platform to talk to
customers from the world of household appliances. Service robotics is an
important issue of the future for this branch of industry.
plastics move applications all round the world
In order to make robots affordable for every
household, igus GmbH bases its gearboxes, articulated joints and connecting
components on its 50 years of pioneering work in the area of motion plastics
technologies. These are lubrication-free and maintenance-free high-performance
plastics developed independently by the company. The products that are created
are cost-effective and, at the same time, extremely durable.
Located in Lind, a borough in the district of Porz in
Cologne, the family-run company has 4,150 employees with an annual turnover of
748 million euros and is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of energy
chain systems and polymer plain bearings. Every year, igus makes inroads into
new areas of industry. The company’s most recent innovations were 3D printing
for wearing parts with a service life that can be calculated online, and
lubrication-free ball bearings made of high-performance plastics.
According to a study of RWTH Aachen University, an
annual saving of more than 35 million metric tons of lubricating oil can be
achieved if lubricants are eliminated. At the same time, around 50 per cent less energy is needed for the manufacture of polymers than for steel and 70 per cent less than for aluminium.
plastics become high-tech components
Motion plastics are increasingly becoming high-tech
components. ‘Smart plastics’ is what igus calls products that monitor
themselves during use and tell the customer how long they will continue to
last. Before a product is actually used, the customer can carry out a
simulation online to find the solution with the best price/service life ratio.
Enormous investments in digitisation are now being made to help the company to
participate in the robot industry.
In conjunction with 16 other industrial partners
taking part in Hannover Messe, igus will be presenting RBTX.com, the world’s
first robotics platform, which brings suppliers and users of low-cost robotics
together. Users can put together an automation solution online that matches
their requirements and budget. Suppliers of robotics components are given the
opportunity to market their products to a larger public in a new marketplace.
igus is betting on the dynamism of the robot community for the joint
development of new low-cost concepts.
igus components are available from Treotham.
For more information, please visit the Treotham
Automation website www.treotham.com.au
or call 1300 65 75 64.