Low-Cost Robotic Joint For Service-Robotics Tasks

Low-cost robotic joint for service-robotics tasksGerman-based manufacturer igus unveiled the ReBeL, a robotics joint that can be used in residential and commercial settings. The ReBeL was introduced at Hannover Messe 2018 on Monday, April 23, 2018 in Hannover, Germany.

The robotics concept is designed to make serving orange juice, loading dishwashers or sorting manufacturing pieces easier and inexpensive. The unit could be combined with a voice command system and could make phrases such as “Alexa, bring me a glass of orange juice” a realistic request for many households.

The joint is driven by a strain wave gear and will be displayed as a single component for the first time. The joint includes brushless direct-current motors instead of stepper motors as in previous robolink models.

The unit operates with BLDC motors, which are installed in the maintenance-free strain wave gear of a ReBeL joint. Control equipment is also built into the axes and eliminates the need for an external control cabinet.

The ReBeL makes it possible to have a sixth rotation axis in the modular robolink system, and allows all positions to be reached. For bearing purposes, lubrication-free xiros plastic ball bearings are used.

The robolink will be suitable for collection and delivery services, and pick-and-place applications in factories, especially in the case of mobile applications where a robot arm is mounted on a moving platform.

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