Frequently asked questions about igus® robolink® 

The igus® robolink® is an articulate arm which can be equipped with various tools such as a gripper, electromagnet, suction cup, camera, and many more. The robolink® arm is easy to configure to ensure a short commissioning time and an economical solution to multiple different applications. Available in 4 and 5 degrees of freedom, the robolink® is flexible enough to solve applications in many diverse industries.

Like any tool, a robot is as safe or dangerous as you use it. Cobots are said to not be wholly safe to interact with as one would with a human, and similarly non-collaborative robots are to be treated according to the power, hardware, and tools (or end-effectors) they feature. Helpful guides and contacts for maintaining safety with robots can be investigated via the many British robotics and automation organisations.

Robot programming is a task that specific engineers are trained for; for simple robots’ tasks, the programming is simpler and more generic than for robots performing tasks such as measuring and analysing a system with the use of many different axes. Various different programmes are available according to the complexity of the tasks, the number of degrees of freedom (DOF) the robot has, and whether or not the robot has autonomy in its tasks.

There are myriad benefits that robots can give us, such as easing us from dull or difficult tasks, to increasing efficiency and improving productivity in factories and companies. Robots will not be the best solutions for every task, but with testing and 3D simulations we are able to quickly analyse the application and identify what can best solve the issue.

Robots can be used for a huge variety of tasks and in many different industries. Industrial robots are used in great car factories for installing large parts such as windscreens, and small, high-precision robots are used in the medical sector for delicate operations such as on the eye. In between, we can see robotic processes happening all around us, from automatic doors on buildings to automatic coffee dispensers.

A robot arm is the nature-inspired mechanical robot which was created as a mechanism which is able to provide human-like dexterity. While a human may not be able to place a windscreen on a car in the production line, a large robot with a 1-tonne payload will be able to solve this. Similarly, the igus® robolink® is able to perform task which are too dangerous or harmful for a human to do, such as assembling parts in a chemical or very dusty environment.

Thanks to its flexible nature, long-lasting capabilities and strong payload capacity, the robolink® can be found in myriad industries. The manufacturing industry is a popular one for the robolink® given the repeatable nature of the tasks in and often dirty environment of a factory. Hazardous areas are great for this polymer-based product not just for its consistency within a dusty or chemical area but also with its low absorption of water: it can work while being sprayed with chemicals or water solutions and can therefore resist swelling and machine breakdowns.

If you are interested in seeing the robolink®, we would like to welcome you to the LCA Suite at our factory in Northampton. Here, you will be able to experience the size of the robolink®, its low and high working speeds alongside a modular igus® gantry and the fast delta robot.

Get in touch with the LCA Product Manager, Adam Sanjurgo, below to find out more or arrange a visit to the igus® factory.

The robolink® can be fitted with virtually any end effector, provided it is within the payload of the robot. These can include: electromagnet, gripper, suction cup, and many other tools.

The robolink® can use many different cables and hoses, from pneumatic pipes to sensor cables. The opportunities are virtually endless!

iRC (igus® robot control) is a new product for igus® in 2020. Quite simply, it is a controller that has been developed to control all robots that igus® offer.

We have three standard robot types that we offer within our range of Low-Cost Automation robots. Each having their place in the world of automation, the iRC has been developed to control all three types of standard robot using the same software and hardware

That depends if you are talking about the software or the hardware. Firstly, and most importantly, the actual software itself is completely free; no charge, no licence fee, completely free. You can download the software right now, here. You can simulate all three robots very quickly. Now to the hardware, which isn’t quite so simple to answer, mainly because of the flexibility we offer, the iRC can control 2-axis up to 5-axis robots with the option to integrate vision systems and grippers too. We also have two versions, a cabinet mounted version, and a DIN-rail version for mounting into the customers own cabinet. I suppose the simplest way to answer the question is to say that the iRC starts from around £3,00

Absolutely. I welcome any customer to get in touch with us and we can organise a suitable day and time for the demonstration, this can be done over video conference or in person. Whichever best suits the customer. What is great about the software is that is it incredibly user friendly and has been designed in a way that mistakes are hard to make.