Igus: Ready-to-Connect 7th Axis

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UR (Universal Robots) and robolink robots acquire a 5-times larger action radius thanks to a completely new solution.

Robots insert workpieces into a milling machine, dispense chocolate bars from vending machines, and place crates on pallets, which are then stacked. But how can they move vertically, horizontally, or overhead in a flexible manner? Igus introduces a 7th lubrication-free, lightweight flat axis specifically for linear adjustment. It is developed with a stroke of up to 6m and a positioning accuracy of 0.5mm with the help of its drylin linear construction kit. 

igus offers overall solutions for UR3, UR5, and UR10 robots (Universal Robots), robolink DP robots, and DCi robots to ensure that the axis can be easily combined with a robot. “A customer who acquires the new complete system receives, on the one hand, an adapter plate for easy attachment of the robot and the energy chain to the axis and, on the other, the corresponding integration solution, in other words the switch cabinet with cables, motor controller and the respective software solution”, explains Alexander Mühlens, Head of Automation Technology at igus GmbH. “If a robolink robot is used, the 7th axis can be easily controlled by means of the igus robot control software. For UR robots, we supply a UR-CAP as a direct integration solution, including all the electrical modules needed.” This means that the robot can be installed and put to work within just a few minutes. 

Ready-To-Connect 7th Axis In The Desired Length

Users can configure the appropriate complete solution online at https://www.igus.eu/info/configurator7th-axis-for-universal-robots. The 7th axis is supplied by igus as a complete system that is ready to connect immediately, consisting of a drylin ZLW-20 toothed belt axis in the desired length exactly to the millimeter, plus the connecting cables, the switch cabinet, the power electronics, the software integration, and the corresponding adapter set. Alternatively, the adapter set is separately available, consisting of an adapter plate and control system. 

 

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