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IP44 robolink from Igus defies water

IP44 robolink from Igus defies water

Requests by customers for a robolink fit for wet conditions has prompted plastics expert Igus to design one that can withstand rain, showers, and moisture. The company has developed its very first water-resistant robolink – a low-cost automation solution made of polymer and stainless steel.

Adam Sanjurgo, LCA product manager at Igus, the global manufacturer of energy chain systems and polymer plain bearings, explained: “Damp and wet environments can quickly degrade the mechanics of a robot, so customers have understandably been asking us for an affordable solution. Our customers no longer need to invest in expensive additional coverings, because the absence of lubrication in the joints simply means that no grease can be washed out or escape into the environment.”

The new splash-resistant Igus IP44 robolink can carry payloads up to 3kg, has a range of 790mm and its five axes can make seven picks a minute. Thanks to the use of motors, whose encoders have a protection class of IP65, the robot is suited for outdoor use. It can also be used in everything from the food and beverage industry and chemical and pharmaceutical sector to tank and container cleaning operations.

 

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