Low cost automation in XXL: Large cost-effective DIY igus palletiser


Too expensive to purchase, too complex to program, too complicated to maintain: many small and medium-sized companies shy away from getting started with automation. That way, they jeopardise their competitiveness in the long term. But it’s easy to get started. This is proven by the igus drylin XXL linear robot from Treotham.

The DIY kit offers companies the opportunity to quickly and easily put a pick-and-place linear robot into operation for tasks related to palletising, sorting, labelling and quality inspection. Palletising robots created in collaboration with external service providers are very costly and beyond the budget of many small companies. Igus has therefore developed a solution that is up to 60 per cent more cost-effective due to the use of high-performance plastics and lightweight materials, such as aluminium.

DIY kit can be quickly assembled without prior knowledge 

The buyer receives the room linear robot as a DIY kit. It consists of two toothed belt axes and a toothed rack cantilever axis with stepper motors and an action range of 2,000 x 2,000 x 1,500mm. In the maximum length, up to 6,000 x 6,000 x 1,500mm are also possible. In addition, the package includes a switch cabinet, cables and energy chains as well as the free igus Robot Control (iRC) control software. Users can assemble the components into a ready-to-use linear robot in just a few hours – without external help, prior knowledge or a long training period. And if additional components such as camera systems or grippers are still needed, users will quickly find them on the robotics marketplace RBTX.

Automation relieves employees 

The Cartesian robot is used, for example, on conveyor belts that transport products away from injection-moulding machines. Here, the robot takes parts with a maximum weight of 10kg from the conveyor belt, transports them at a speed of up to 500mm/s and positions them on a pallet with a repeatability of 0.8mm. “Thanks to this automation, plants can relieve their employees of physically demanding and time-consuming palletising work and free up resources for more important tasks.” The system itself does not require any maintenance. The linear axes consist of corrosion-free aluminium, and the carriages move via plain bearings made of high-performance plastic, which, thanks to integrated solid lubricants, enable a low-friction dry operation without external lubricants for many years – even in dusty and dirty environments.

Digital robot 3D twin enables foolproof programming 

The DIY kit also comes with the iRC, a free simple to use software that allows intuitive programming of movements.

Company: Treotham Automation
Phone: 1300 657 564
Website: www.treotham.com.au