Low-cost automation in XXL: Large DIY palletiser robot from igus

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Motion plastics specialist igus is expanding its low-cost automation range with a new drylin XXL room gantry robot.

The robot has a working envelope of 2000 x 2000 x 1500mm and is particularly suitable for palletising applications up to 10kg. The robot is available from £8,000 including the control system and can be easily set up and programmed yourself without the help of a system integrator.

The DIY kit allows users to commission a pick-and-place linear robot quickly and easily for tasks including palletising, sorting, labelling and quality inspection. "Palletising robots developed in cooperation with external service providers can cost between £80,000 and £120,000, more than the budget of many small companies," says Adam Sanjurgo, Product manager of Low-Cost Automation at igus UK. Depending on the type of stage, the drylin XXL room portal robot costs between £8,000 and £12,000, a low-risk investment that usually pays for itself within a few weeks, Sanjurgo adds.

Do It Yourself: quick assembly with no previous robot knowledge

A buyer receives the room portal robot as a DIY kit. Key components are two timing belt axes and a rack and pinion axis with stepper motors for a working space of 2000 x 2000 x 1500mm. At the maximum, the robot can measure up to 6000 x 6000 x 1500mm. The package also includes a control cabinet, cables and energy chains as well as free control software, called igus Robot Control (iRC). Users can assemble the components into a ready-to-go linear robot within hours, with no external help or formal training. If additional components are needed, such as camera systems or grippers, users can quickly find what they need on the RBTX robotics marketplace.

Digital 3D robot twin allows easy programming

Not only the assembly is easy, but also the programming of motion sequences. "For many companies that do not have their own IT specialists, robot programming is often fraught with problems […] That's why we have developed the iRC, free software that resembles common office software and enables intuitive programming of the robot paths. The software is free, and the resulting “low-code” programming can be used one-to-one on the real robot,” says Sanjurgo.