Articulated modules offer up to six degrees of movement

03 February 2015

robolink, from polymer company igus, is a range of articulated modules that can be used in a variety of robotic applications – from the packaging industry to animatronic operations and even explosive equipment handling. 

When equipped with a direct drive situated within the joint, robolink modules can be combined to create lightweight and cost-effective articulated arms with anywhere from between one and six degrees of freedom. 

The pneumatic, hydraulic and all data cables are laid through the carbon fibre/plastic articulated arms to control the sensors and sensory components, resulting in a simple, lightweight design. Because the moving mass is reduced to a minimum, the self-lubricating tribopolymer joints can rotate and pivot freely, and are said to be virtually maintenance-free and corrosion-resistant.
A short video clip displaying some robolink applications can be accessed at:

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