Damp and wet environments can quickly degrade the mechanics of a robot.
This prompted igus, a global leader in high performance automation products, to develop a low-cost automation robotic solution for simple tasks – even in wet environments.
“From discussions with customers, we learned that many users are looking for an economically affordable solution that can also be used in splash water environments, for example, when emulsions have to be removed”, explains Alexander Mühlens, Head of Automation Technology at igus GmbH. “We then developed a robot that is suitable for this purpose.”
The new robolink, available from Treotham Automation, makes use of the advantages of two materials: stainless steel and high-performance polymers.
For the first time in an igus robot, the joining links are made of V2 or V4 stainless steel and the joints of the proven lubrication-free tribo-polymers.
The user does not need an expensive additional covering, because the absence of lubrication in the joints means that no grease can be washed out and escape into the environment.
The new robolink meets protection class IP44 at least and is therefore resistant to splash water.
In this German video, Alexander Mühlens demonstrates the new splash-proof robolink:
The robolink can carry up to 3kg, has a range of 790mm, with five axes and can make seven picks a minute.
Thanks to the use of motors with encoders of protection class IP65, the robot can also be easily used for outdoor inspection.
Further application scenarios are possible, for example, in the food and beverage industry, in the chemical and pharmaceutical sector, or even for tank and container cleaning operations.
For more information, contact Treotham Automation.
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