igus’ new modular motion system simplifying automation

The
increasing automation of production processes is intensifying the pressure of competition
among companies. To enable cost-effective automatic processes, igus is developing
low-cost solutions using high-performance plastics such as the new modular
motion system, robolink Apiro.

Design
engineers can choose from three lubrication-free worm gears for standard
movement, inverted movement and linear movement. The user has a broad range of
solutions to choose from ranging from simple linear robots to complex humanoid
and animatronic robots.

Implementing
individual automation solutions easily and cost-effectively is the mission of
the new igus robolink Apiro modular motion system available from Treotham – the
name ‘Apiro’ being derived from the Greek word for ‘unlimited’. When the new
series was being developed, the focus was on decoupling the motor and gearbox
as well as introducing completely new kinds of worm gear for achieving six axes,
for instance, in an articulated robot.

igus
has planned a gearbox with linear motion, inverted and conventional robolink
worm gears in four different sizes, which can be combined with each other as
required. With the new modular system, even complicated movements can be
implemented; for example, cost-effective and individual SCARA robots and linear
robots as well as sprue pickers from the removal of products from
injection-moulding machines, or transport and handling systems, as well as
humanoid and animatronic robots, which can simulate the movements of a spider.
The new robolink series is also suitable for training, development and research
as different kinematics can be set up easily and quickly.

The
Apiro series worm gears are made using high-quality tribo-polymers with solid
lubricants, with the corrosion-free and chemical-resistant high-performance
plastics ensuring a high degree of stability, low weight, long service life and
freedom from maintenance.

In
the modular robolink Apiro system, the joints are joined together by means of a
multi-functional profile made of aluminium. This makes it possible to insert
drive shafts through a hollow space in the middle. The gearbox causes the
aluminium profile to rotate, as a result of which it is ideally suited for use
in robotics and rotating applications. In the case of the new worm gear with
linear movement, the aluminium profile can travel linearly through the worm
gear or the worm gear travels on the linear profile. In addition, worm gears
have very little clearance. The multi-functional profile also enables the user
to connect the different gearboxes of the robolink Apiro series. Placing
several Apiro joints side by side makes parallel joint connections possible as
well, resulting in innumerable combinations in order to automate different
applications.

For
more information, please visit the Treotham Automation website www.treotham.com.au
or call 1300 65 75 64.

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