From "rohbot" to robot: New igus plastic arm delivers low cost automation

From "rohbot" to robot: New igus plastic arm delivers low cost automation  article image

Low cost automation less than the price of the established automation suppliers – this is exactly what many users want.

But making wishes a reality is often a difficult task: What products go together? How good is the solution? Who can support me?

At Hannover Messe 2019 in Germany last month the motion plastics specialist igus presented two new approaches: 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 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 – Everything can be freely chosen.

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.

Complete automation solution

The digital marketplace is intended to help users to 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 ready-made solution.

Users 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.

For suppliers, the marketplace model offers easy access to a rapidly growing market segment.

For more information contact Treotham Automation, exclusive distributors in Australia for the igus plastic arm and online market place model. 

Treotham Automation Pty Ltd

1300 65 75 64



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