The potential for service robotics is enormous: in kitchens and bars, in the area of nursing, or in agriculture and logistics, lightweight robots facilitate the automation of monotonous or non-ergonomic tasks.
To make the implementation of such new concepts easy and, above all, cost-effective, igus is presenting a new modular gearbox kit for cobots at the Hannover Trade Show. The fully integrated tribo strain wave gear with motor, absolute-value encoder, force control system and controller is the main component of this kit.
“With our Low Cost Automation solutions, we enable design engineers to cost-effectively take part in the future of service robotics”, says Stefan Niermann, who is responsible for the area of Low Cost Automation in the extended igus management structure.
“This opens up space for new ideas in the area of automation: robots that can dispense coffee in retail shops or clear out the dishwasher at home. Cobots, that can be used in the area of nursing as well as in industry – and everything made in Germany.”
The gearboxes play an especially important role in this context as they are the heart of any modern robot. For this reason, motion plastics specialist igus introduced a new generation of tribo strain wave gearboxes for movement on the 5th robot axis last year. Friction and wear are optimised by means of lubrication-free tribo-polymers. The use of plastics enables an extremely compact design and cost-effective production. The drygear strain wave gear can be used along the last axis of an articulated arm, linear robot or delta robot, for example, in front of different gripper systems.
The new modular gearbox kit for cobots that igus is showing at the Hannover Trade Show 2021, supplements the wide range of igus products in the area of Low Cost Automation. This plug & play solution facilitates the speedy implementation of exciting cobot ideas, without any thought being given to the power electronics.
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