As competition between manufacturers increases, both locally and globally, more manufacturing processes are being automated. Korea's level of automation is eight times higher than the global average. China recorded the world's most rapid adoption rate in 2017 and plans to intensify automation by 2020. Germany ranks first in Europe. No reason to relax because the competition never sleeps.
To enable cost-effective and fully-customised automation, igus® develops low cost automation systems, such as the world's first robolink® Apiro. The name says it all: Apiro is derived from the Greek word for "unlimited". With countless possible combinations of components, individual solutions, from simple linear robots to complex humanoid robots, can be implemented according to your individual requirements.
robolink® Apiro gearbox with tribologically optimised material compounds
Exemplary construction of various Apiro systems: linear robots, SCARA robots, articulated arm robots
When the robolink® Apiro modular kit was being developed, the focus was on decoupling the motor and gearbox as well as on the introduction of completely new kinds of worm gears. The result: The path to customised automation solutions becomes extremely simple and short. No more need to search for everything from different manufacturers, because you get electrical and, above all, mechanical components for cost-effective automation at igus®. Gearbox with linear motion, inverted and conventional robolink® gearbox in four different sizes are planned and, thanks to the exceptional modularity of the system, can be combined with each other as required.
New Apiro gearbox: inverted and linear worm gear
Maintenance intervals can be extended:
All worm gears in the Apiro series use high-quality igus® tribo-polymers with dry lubricants that eliminate the need for additional lubricants. The high freedom of movement of the Apiro modular system is made possible by the different types of gearboxes. The simple worm gear is extremely light compared to standard worm gears. With the inverted worm gear, the continuous multifunction profile rotates, making it ideal for robotics and rotary applications. In the gearbox with linear motion, the multifunction profile can be moved linearly through the gearbox or the gearbox moves on the profile.
Gearboxes in four installation sizes: 12, 20, 30 and 50
Decoupling of motors and joints simplifies the cabling of the axes
Suitable for force ranges from about 2.5 Nm to 40 Nm
Connection options for igus® DC and stepper motors and other common drives
In the case of the modular robolink® Apiro® system, the joints are joined together by means of a multi-functional profile made of aluminium. This makes it possible to insert drive shafts through a hollow space in the middle. The multifunction profile of the robolink® Apiro® series, for example, allows serial connection of gearboxes. Placing several Apiro® joints side by side makes parallel joint connections possible as well.
Typical areas of application:
With Apiro, for example, the following solutions can be built:
Sprue picker, e.g. for the removal of products from injection moulding machines
Systems for camera positioning
Transport and handling systems
Animatronic or humanoid inspired robots that mimic, for example, movements of a spider