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Igus makes a splash in the world of robotics

Posted on 20 Jan 2021 and read 620 times
Igus makes a splash in the world of roboticsRequests by customers for a Robolink fit for wet environments has prompted plastics expert Igus to design one that can withstand rain, showers and moisture.

The company, which has its UK headquarters in Northampton, has developed its very first water-resistant Robolink - a low-cost automation solution made of polymer and stainless steel.

Adam Sanjurgo, Igus LCA product manager, the global manufacturer of energy chain systems and polymer plain bearings, said: “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 up to 3kg, has a range of 790mm and its five axes can make up to seven picks a min. Thanks to the use of motors, with encoders that have a protection class of IP65, the robot is perfectly designed for outdoor use.

It can also be used in everything from the food and beverage sector, to the chemical and pharmaceutical industries, to tank and container cleaning operations.

See the splash-proof Robolink in the video below and watch Alexander Mühlens, head of project engineering drylin drive technology, get just a little bit wet!