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The term ‘low-cost robotics’ refers to the rapid growth of robotic production enabled by simple and affordable automation components. Depending on the scope of the application, entire processes can be automated.

To demonstrate how this can be achieved, igus has combined its robolink, drylin E and energy chain technologies to produce a multi-axis articulated pick & place unit. This week’s video shows two such units operating in unison via a matching control unit.

igus provides everything needed for cost-effective process automation from a single source; whether it is whole robot arms, individual components for individual solutions or to expand existing applications, and a control system suited to robolink with intuitive software.

Both the robolink articulated arm and the drylin E linear robot are easy to configure via the igus online configurators: www.igus.co.uk/robolinkconfigurator

To watch the video of the two pick & place units operating together, please visit: www.igus.co.uk/robolinkgantry

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Igus is the largest producer of reinforced plastic energy chains and injection-moulded polymer bearings. The range of polymer bearings includes Iglidur plain, Igubal spherical and Drylin linear bearings. They offer an excellent price-to-life relationship and are developed under the toughest conditions. They are oil, maintenance and lubrication free, low wear, resistant to dirt and dust, corrosion free and simple to fit. Igus also has the data to precisely predict the lifetime of these bearings within a specific application.

Igus is the largest producer of reinforced plastic energy chains and injection-moulded polymer bearings. The range of polymer bearings includes Iglidur plain, Igubal spherical and Drylin linear bearings. They offer an excellent price-to-life relationship and are developed under the toughest conditions. They are oil, maintenance and lubrication free, low wear, resistant to dirt and dust, corrosion free and simple to fit. Igus also has the data to precisely predict the lifetime of these bearings within a specific application.

Energy chains are the umbilical cord of modern machines. They minimise downtime and protect, support and extend the service life of cables and hoses. The broad range incorporates more than 30,000 innovative, low-cost products. From the smallest ‘micro’ chain to the largest chain in the world, the E4.350, Igus energy chains are capable of long and short travel distances at high speeds in all axes.

Igus also has its own cable series, Chainflex, specially designed with energy chains in mind. They are highly flexible cables, offering a long service life and very small bending radii. A wide range is available, from small signal cables to large power cables, high-speed data cables and glass fibre-optic cables.

The company’s energy chains and Chainlflex cables can be delivered as a fully harnessed and pre-assembled Readychain system, cutting purchasing, warehousing and installation costs.

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