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igus expands its Robolink modular robotic kit for industrial, low-cost automation

New plastic strain wave gearings enable 6-axis robotics at a lower price.

May 25, 2016
by Canadian Packaging staff

For cost-effective, customizable robotic systems, igus GmbH has further updated the Robolink D modular robotic kit with new strain wave gearings in two installation sizes.

The gearing, available as an individual component, or with integrated NEMA motor, consists of an outer ring gear and flexible, wear-resistant inner ring gear made from self-lubricating, wear resistant iglide plastic.

“The strain wave gearing [offers] the advantage that is has minimal backlash, and ensures a precise adjustment with incredible smoothness,” explains igus product manager for Robolink systems Martin Raak.

The Robolink system is completely modular and cost-effective, with no order minimums.

Robolink D offers users the ability to assemble custom robotic systems for a range of applications. Separate joints, which are motor-driven directly on the axis, are available in a range of installation sizes.

A new complete, 6-axis arm with strain wave gearing is also available, along with universal gripper adaptors, which allow the attachment of a range of different grippers on the Robolink D joints.

Additionally, a new online configurator is available to let users  configure and assemble custom Robolink D joints. Motors, encoders, cabling, and other accessories are also available.

Also, igus offers a quieter operation, longer service life, and easier assembly with new Energy Chain. Click HERE for that story.

About igus
igus develops industry-leading Energy Chain cable carriers, Chainflex Motion Cables, DryLin linear bearings and linear guides, iglide plastic bushings, and igubal spherical bearings. These seemingly unrelated products are linked together through a belief in making functionally advanced, yet affordable plastic components and assemblies. With plastic bearing experience since 1964, cable carrier experience since 1971 and Motion Cables since 1989, igus provides the right solution from over 100,000 products available from stock. No minimum order required. For more information, contact igus at 1-800-521-2747 or visit

New plastic strain wave gearing from offers lightweight, low wear robotic joints for the igus Robolink D system.

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