robolink at MOTEK, 4 DOF, new documents

At this year’s MOTEK show in Stuttgart (GER) we will show the possibility to build 4 DOF robot arms with our motorized joints. 2 films at the end of this entry show 2 possible concepts:

1) “small” version with 4 joints size 30 – 30 -20 – 20, built with igus DC motors. No programming possible, just a joystick control.

2) “big” version with 4 joints size 50 – 50 – 30 – 20, built with igus stepper motors and a robolink gripper.

Please be aware that both arms are no sales products. They are examples of how a joint arm could look like. The connection parts are made of folded metal sheet parts. Please contact me for further questions in this issue (mraak@igus.de).

Also attached our new catalogue (this version in GER with more RL-D infos and german list prices). Eng. version will follow soon.

LINK:  de_robolink_08-2015 (3.80 mb)

And additionally 2 updated versions of tech. data sheets for symmetrical joints (version 101 with 2 PRT) and asymmetrical joints (version 102 with 1 PRT)

LINK: tech-data-rl-d-101_d-eng_15_11 (171.03 kb)

LINK: tech-data-rl-d-102-_d-eng_16_01 (162.11 kb)

 

 

robot FLASH from Wroclaw University of technology (Poland)

The team of Jan Kedzierski (Ph.D.) from Wroclaw University of technology now presents their NEW generation of the autonomous robot FLASH. It is (again) equipped with 2 pcs. 5 DOF robolink wire driven joint arms. They developpped their own drive technology for this robot based on DC/BLDC motors as an open source project. It will be published soon, I will link to their project then.

 http://flash.ict.pwr.wroc.pl/

Ini switch for robolink D

We control the position of our RL-D joints by using the motor encoder (of our igus stepper motors). In order to define a reference point (or ZERO position), an additional inductive initiator switch (=Ini) can be installed on the joint as an option. The spec. of the Ini switch is given below, it is the same part that igus uses for drylin products. The inductive swich needs a steel part as trigger, we install a set pin in the moving part of our PRT inner ring.

The installation finally looks like this:

 

robolink D test area

we do several lifetime and performance tests with our robolink D joints. Until July, main topics were material and geometry optimisations for the gear and bearing components. Nowadays, we do lifetime tests for different joint types at different loads and speeds. The attached film shows or test unit with currently 9 test places, it will be enlarged in the next weeks up to 12 oor 14 test places.

 

Some numbers and facts that we found out until now:

# general efficiency factor for our current material combination (iglidur J with aluminum HC) is betweeen 0,28 and 0,35 (over all sizes).

# output torque at tooth-break: 19 Nm (size -20) and 30 Nm (size -30), measured at room temperature for first movement. Today we measure this “breaking torque” at continuous operation. Main influences are the rotation speed, and together with this, the temperature in the gear. We see a huge loss of “breaking torque” in operation. For size -20 we find a safe number at high speed rotation of 2,5 Nm (>100.000 cycles) and 3,5 Nm at low speed rotation.

we see good potential for improvement in the material combination and geometry optimisation.

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