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Low Cost Automation news 2021

Automation according to application and complexity

Custom solutions, highly flexible and modular

We are doing more with less by adding many new solutions to our automation product range while simultaneously enabling the user to keep his automation system configuration as lean as possible.
Build or buy your own robot...
with additions to our drygear gearbox system and options for integrating with our partners: MiR, EPSON and Universal Robots.

Low Cost Automation 2021 highlight: ReBeL gearbox system for cobots

Building your own service robot vs. buying a finished ReBeL robot


    Building your own robot

    • Build service robots yourself with the modular ReBeL gearbox system
    • 25% lighter than conventional strain wave gears thanks to igus® high-performance polymers
    • Start right away with robot kinematics thanks to fully integrated strain wave gears
    • Lightweight, maintenance-free components

    ReBeL gearbox system

    Buying your robot

    • Available starting in the autumn of 2021
    • 25-50% lighter than conventional multi-axis robots thanks to igus® high-performance polymers
    • Tested in the Low Cost Automation laboratory
    • Can be controlled with igus® Robot Control, a control system for all robots

    More about ReBeL

    drygear® gearbox solutions: you can now build automation solutions even more flexibly

    Infinite combination options thanks to modular components

    drygear® strain wave gear output shaft: coupling connection


    • Strain wave gears made of tribologically optimised igus® high-performance polymers
    • Standard motor option in flange size 17
    • allows connection of various couplings, including shaft couplings, such as elastomer couplings and metal bellows couplings,
    • very easy and completely lubrication-free operation


      Especially compact: drygear® planetary gearbox

      Planetary gearbox

      • Flexible use of motors from the drylin® E product range
      • Without lubrication for the planetary gears in the gearbox
      • Lightweight construction (149.1g with a transmission of 4:1) for high energy efficiency
      • Maintenance-free thanks to iglidur polymer gears
      • Uses injection moulded and 3D printed components
      • High efficiency, runs very smoothly


        drygear® Apiro: direct connection to drive and lead screw technology output

        drygear® Apiro: direct connection to drive and lead screw technology output

        • Apiro (Greek for "infinite") stands for endless automation combination options
        • Combination and synchronisation with the drylin® drive technology system
        • Set-up instructions including parts list
        • Modular design for manual and motor-operated adjustments
        • Fast conversion possible
        • Simple assembly in seconds without any special tool


          Simple, safe cleaning:
          study on drygear® Apiro in hygienic design

          Apiro hygienic design

          • Simple, safe cleaning of cost-efficient iglidur polymer gearboxes thanks to their open design
          • Modular design for manual and motor-operated
          • adjustments
          • Fast conversion possible
          • Assembly without any special tool
          • Great product compatibility

          Low Cost Automation - test, invest, profit

          From splash water to pick & place: now even more potential applications


            robolink® DP for use with splash water

            Splash water RL-DP

            • Splash-proof thanks to robot joints that have been
            • tribologically optimised for Protection Class IP 44
            • Joining links made of stainless steel
            • Motors with Protection Class IP 65 encoders
            • Payload up to 20N
            • Cycle times > 7s
            • Reach up to 790 mm


              drylin® SCARA robot: for fast pick & place tasks


              • Available starting in the summer of 2021
              • Flexible use thanks to modular design
              • Suitable for splash water applications
              • For process speeds starting at three seconds
              • Efficient operation thanks to stepper motor technology
              • Can be controlled with igus® Robot Control, a control system for all robots
              • Minimum service life: ten million cycles, tested in the igus® test laboratory


                igus® Robot Control system: plug-and-play control system for all igus® kinematic elements


                What is new in igus Robot Control?

                • now movements are up to 90% faster thanks to more power and improved reaction times
                • travel profile optimised with the "smooth" function
                • ROS packages are available
                • Safety Integrity Level (SIL) 3
                • pre-configured projects for all igus single axes, SCARAs and AGVs
                • up to 50% time savings on programming thanks to the manual guidance function on linear robots and delta robots
                • test the new ReBeL in the software, free of charge, before it is launched in the autumn of 2021


                  Test before investing:
                  the Customer Testing Area tests your automation ideas

                  Customer Testing Area

                  • Find the right robot for your application
                  • With accessories such as gripping or vision
                  • Test directly in the robot cells
                  • Quickly determine feasibility without building it yourself
                  • More than 1,000 customer tests
                  • 400m² Customer Testing Area
                  • Available in April 2021

                  Low Cost Automation integration

                  MiR, EPSON, Universal Robots


                    robolink® DP with MiR driverless transport systems

                    AGV with MiR

                    • Using AGVs with robolink® DP autonomously
                    • Plug-and-play integration for AGV-robolink® DP combination
                    • Autonomous employee support
                    • Expected amortisation in 12 months


                      drylin® ZLW seventh axis for EPSON robots as a plug-and-play solution

                      EPSON seventh axis

                      • Suitable adapter kits for EPSON SCARA T3, EPSON SCARA T6, and EPSON SCARA ProSix VT6-901S
                      • Increases robot workspace by up to a factor of four
                      • ZLW-20 toothed belt axis from the standard linear construction kit
                      • Adapter kits suitable for linear carriages of the ZLW-20
                      • Kits available individually or as ready-to-install linear axes
                      • Service life of the toothed belt axis can be calculated online


                        More flexibility for UR robots:
                        external robolink® D rotary axis

                        External rotary axis for UR

                        • Extremely compact for integration into the robotics as an external rotary axis
                        • Ready to install, including motor and D1 dryve control system
                        • Mechanical service life: min. 1,000,000 cycles
                        • Cost-effective due to use of polymer
                        • Compatible with robot systems of other robot manufacturers, including Universal Robots

                        RBTX: the igus marketplace for lean robotics


                          RBTXpert: free live video consultation on RBTX

                          AGV with MiR

                          • Tailored consulting for your application
                          • No risk thanks to free consulting and feasibility check
                          • Lower costs by reducing downtime and quality fluctuation
                          • Efficient thanks to lightweight robotics
                          • Only as much as you need thanks to individual component selection
                          • Saves resources thanks to ease of maintenance


                            AGV robot as a complete system

                            RBTX AGV

                            • Plug-and-play integration for AGV-robolink® DP combination
                            • Autonomous employee support
                            • Save time and money with ready-to-use integration for software and hardware
                            • Expected amortisation in 12 months
                            • Use of Low Cost Automation components


                              Lift-and-swivel suction unit for delta robots

                              RBTX swivel unit

                              • Swivel unit delivers an extra degree of freedom
                              • Includes suction pads with Z-lift
                              • Save time and money thanks to simple lift-and-swivel unit integration into the igus Robot Control system
                              • Deposit the workpiece in the proper orientation at the target location
                              • Millions of cycles have already been performed in our in-house energy chain production
                              • Lightweight components

                              Application Assistance

                              For further questions or product information, please contact:

                              Matt Mowry

                              drylin® Product Manager


                              Customer Service:

                              Monday to Friday from 8 am - 8 pm