the main differences between our gears and standard metal gears are:
ours are lubrication free (no grease, no oil) and very lightweight due to plastic and aluminium parts instead of steel, brass or bronze (=standard design). The same is valid for the bearings we use on the output (igus PRT = polymer round tables).
This makes it very easy to open our joints, in case worm wheels need to be exchanged (reasons for exchange might be: broken gear teeth due to overload on the output or the need to change gear parts due to changing conditions like temperature,…). The video shows how to proceed:
we supply either components (joints, motors, cables,…) or complete electro-mechanical joint arms. compared to industrial robots, the composition of a robolink joint arm is quite easy and can be reproduced by “everybody”. We show the composition of a 5 DOF joint arm in 3 single video clips:
assembly of joints, “motorkits” and “Inikits” (for 0-point reference),
assembly of an arm
cabling of the arm
these films shall help you to understand the idea of our joint kit and how easy it is to change, modify or configure our arms.
our blog has been offline nearly 3 weeks due to internal revision.
It took us lonnger than expected and I am very sorry for the long absence. Please come back! Soon I will post new data sheets for our RL-D joints with some improvements and more technical data. In addition I will soon post new videos “how to mount a RL arm”.
Our german customer MATRIUM GmbH has designed and built this automation unit with a huge number of igus components such as drylinE rails, e-chains, chainflex, tribotape and also robolink. It runs today in daily operation. The robolink arm consists of 2 joints (size -20 and -30) and performs a “simple” scara movement.
The complete unit is 5,50 x 3,70 m big, it serves to sort so called JEDEC-Trays for recycling / re-use, ~ 2.500 different trays can be recognized and sorted after the vision learning phase!
More information and contact data: MATRIUM GmbH, http://www.matrium.de, Mr. Eikel is the responsible engineer.
Company Commonplace robotics from GER shows a quick and simple control solution for our modular joint kit. It consists of a set of electronics (incl. stepper motor drivers) and a WINDOWS software package.
More details can not yet be announced, as this is a brand new solution, but we will check more facts within the next weeks. The product is available at Commonplace robotics GmbH: