Automation made easy: igus unveils world’s lightest cobot

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The new generation ReBeL from igus is a super light plastic cobot weighing only 10kg.

Together with low costs, low maintenance and simple operation, the ReBeL makes new innovative ideas in service robotics feasible for smaller companies and start-ups.

Available in Australia from Treotham Automation, this new lightweight plastic cobot is a real game changer.

In nursing, in dispensing machines, in the field or in factories, collaborative lightweight robots can help automate monotonous tasks.

The lightweight plastic robot has a fully integrated tribo strain wave gear with motor, encoder, force control and controller. Electronic components in the fully integrated strain wave gear allow human-robot collaboration to be possible (HRC).

This is because the encoder technology enables forces and torque to be determined and limited via the motor current in combination with the angle measurement.

For this, igus relies on a double encoder, in which a measurement is carried out in front of and behind the joint. This detects forces and torque levels and responds accordingly.

Plastics is a game changer in automation

The use of plastic in the ReBeL results in an extremely compact, lightweight design.

With a net weight of less than 10kg, the robot is the lightest cobot on the market.

Its payload is 2kg and it has a reach of 700 mm.

The cost-effective ReBeL can be used in a broad variety of applications – from use in an automated guided vehicle system to use as a bartender.

“Many young companies are currently showing what is possible with low cost automation,” says Alexander Mühlens, Head of Automation Technology at igus.

Easy operation

The new ReBeL, like other articulated-arm, delta or linear robots from igus, can be tested and operated very easily – and igus offers free control software.

It is easy to define and simulate the movements of the robot quickly. This saves companies commissioning costs and makes them less dependent on integrators.

And if you require further support, you can make use of the new RBTXpert service, which helps in the selection of the right low cost automation solution.

After a free online consultation with the RBTXpert, the suitable automation system can be tested. Based on the tests, the RBTXpert can then quote the customer with a price. This is made possible by the low cost automation marketplace where components, hardware and software from different manufacturers can be found.

Among them are various robot kinematics, cameras, GUIs, grippers, power electronics, motors, sensors and control systems.

In line with the “Build or Buy” approach, customers can configure individual components for their robot or ready-made robotics solutions and order them from Treotham.

Treotham Automation Pty Ltd

1300 65 75 64



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