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Advanced Engineering 2021

NEC Birmingham(B40 1NT)

03/11/2021 - 04/11/2021

Join us in our 12th and most important edition to date, as we invite engineers and management from all (more)

igus unveils cost-effective articulated robotic arm with 6 degrees of freedom

igus unveils cost-effective articulated robotic arm with 6 degrees of freedom
At this year's Engineering Design Show igus (stand D20) will be showcasing a range of new products, including robolink D, tribo-tabe, tribo-filament, e-cord micro, and the CRC clean-room chain.

Available in three sizes, robolink D is an articulated directly driven arm that allows for up to 6 degrees of freedom. Visitors to the stand will be able to see a demonstration of a full robolink D system in action; "robolink D is a different approach to the problem of creating lightweight, cost effective configurable robotic systems," says Justin Leonard, director at igus. "unlike the wire driven standard robolink, this system is built on a series of directly driven joints, allowing higher payloads to be carried."

On the igus stand will the one of the latest developments, introducing tribo-tape; made from self-lubricating, iglidur A160 material, it is blue for easy identification in the food industry. "Thanks to its excellent wear characteristics, it is well-suited for lowering friction in a wide range of applications wherever there are sliding surfaces," explains Robert Dumayne, director at igus. Another introduction for 2014 is the tribo-filament, a material developed specifically for 3D printing prototypes suitable for dynamic bearing applications. The filament, which is compatible with conventional ABS 3D printers which use FDM method, is up to 50 times more abrasion-resistant than the usual 3D printer materials. 

An energy chain advancement, igus developed the e-cord micro for safe guidance of capillary tubes. "Capillary tubes are often routed in miniature hoses, whose diameters measure just a few millimetres and must not be bent in radii of less than 45mm in dynamic applications," explains Leonard. "If this is not adhered to in the design or during operation, the hoses can snap or kink and this leads to a process failure. Permanently secure routing in pre-defined radii poses a technical challenge, which is solved by the e-cord micro which is made of high-performance and elastic tribopolymers."

Also on show, will be DIN ISO class 1 certified and IPA confirmed CRC (clean room chain) that operates in a leak proof corrugated sleeve designed to prevent any potential abrasion. The design  serves to seal the e-chain system completely, as well as the connection bracket and strain relief. 

Throughout the exhibition, experts from igus will be on hand to provide advice and guidance on selecting energy chains, bearings and cabling assemblies for your own specific application.

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