First self-programmed pick & place applications with our new software

At the MOTEK 2012 in Stuttgart, we are presenting a new robolink software with which the customer can program simple applications with our robolink articulated arms (see picture: screenshot of the programming interface):


 The program was developed by Professor Behnke of the Institute of Computer Science, University of Bonn. His team is the current world champion in robocup “teen size league” as well as in “robocup at home.” The interface is inspired by the programming interface of the soccer robot and is very intuitive to use. I myself had no definite idea about programming but was able to program this process within a few minutes with the software (see film). Alright, the film is not madly spectacular, but for us it is a big step in making the robolink joint kit for simple applications easy to use. The following are required as control components (not supplied by igus®): stepper motor controls of NANOTEC SMCI47-S2 (one per motor or per degree of freedom) and a simple little control board as master controller (CRUMB 2560 costs about € 45,00). We’ll be presenting more details on the software at Motek in Stuttgart.


robolink technical documentation (*.pdf)

Our robolink articulated arms work according to the modular system. Every customer can configure “his” articulated arm. Many new products were developed in the course of recent years and data sheets alongside them. Here is now a pdf document, in which all (?) important answers to potential questions have been summarized. Configuration of articulated arms, sensors, actuators, drives, drawings, technical data, etc., …

With your support I would like to improve this documentation and would like to request for your proposals for improvement under “Comment” by email or by phone +49 (0)2203 9649 409. Thank you! I am also personally available to respond to further queries. 

Dokumentation robolink Baukastensystem (#1 2012-09).pdf (1,38 mb)

Interconnection of the hall sensor (revised and posted on 15/03/12)

The hall sensor Honeywell SS443A has an open collector output. This is intended for connection to a TTL/CMOS circuit – the 10kΩ pull-up resistor is already on the board. In this case no further circuitry is necessary.

In our test facilities, we like to apply the output to a 24V controller (e.g. PLC). This can be for example implemented by the following circuit with optocoupler module. The components have to be adapted to the respective load accordingly: