“Automation is a central competitive factor for traditional manufacturing groups, […] for small and medium-sized enterprises around the world.”

Joe Gemma, President of the International Federation of Robotics

Automation is the future

Companies are being pressured to optimize and automate their production processes. Since production processes in many industries are developing, the demand for robotics is increasing. Thus, the use of low cost robotics has become extremely beneficial for small and medium-sized companies.

Find out how your company can achieve a sustainable competitive advantage and benefit from a wide range of low cost robotics applications. Already incorporate automation into your business? Read our user reports and get inspired with new ideas.

How to optimize your manufacturing process

The Low Cost Robotics eBook by Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Feldmann.
Faculty of Engineering, University of Duisburg-Essen
This eBook answers the following questions:


  • What is Low Cost Robotics?
  • How much does a robotic arm cost?
  • What do you need to consider before your purchase?
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Generating innovation

The use of low cost robotics enables innovative changes into your work processes. With low cost robotics, production can operate continuously, 24/7, without relying on a team of laborers. Automated production processes requiring manual labor are no longer necessary. Human-machine interactions and more productive work methods are also now possible.


Potential for process innovation

Low cost robotics allows for an uninterrupted and continuous work system, as no manual steps are required. Robot systems recognize when their assistance is required through mechanisms such as optic instruments. It then initiates the subsequent step (ie: through programming, press of a button, etc.) independently.


Innovation Competition

There are countless possibilities to integrate low cost robotics into manufacturing processes. Do you have innovative ideas? Create an application example incorporating low cost robotic components by igus® and you can win a robolink® articulated arm or $3,000 worth of robolink® components!

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The success of human-robot collaboration

A breakthrough in human-robot collaboration has been predicted by 2019 by the International Federation of Robotics. Robots are now able to interact with their environment, whereas previously they were typically placed in protective cages so they wouldn’t pose a risk to humans. Now, robots can collaborate with humans and support them in their tasks. In addition to industrial applications, healthcare and medical machines have great potential for these types of interactions in the future.

Automated book scanner

Employee resources can be used more efficiently by automating simple work methods. Here, the robotic arm automatically turns book pages, after they have been scanned, through the use of an aspirator.

Underwater applications

Low-cost robotics works particularly well in harsh environments. This gripper arm is equipped with underwater angle sensors and motors placed in a sealed aluminum housing, making it ideal to operate under water.

Robotic arms used by a Chinese tool manufacturer

This robotic arm picks up an aluminum mobile phone shell (100g) with a pneumatic suction pad. The repetition accuracy is about 1 mm, and one cycle takes 15 seconds. Unfavorable conditions, such as skin contact with coolant splashing, are no longer a concern thanks to the robotic arm.

Lightweight manipulator

The ALEXA robotic arm is built from the robolink® modular robot kit developed by igus®. Equipped with a multi-camera system, the robotic arm can position items extremely accurately, which makes it ideal for automated sorting tasks.

Create new inventions within your company with low cost robotics!

Find out more in Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Feldmann’s eBook (Faculty of Engineering, University of Duisburg-Essen).

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Minimizing expenses with low cost robotics!

The versatility of low-cost robotics helps to reduce costs. Particularly in countries with higher wages, manufacturing can become more profitable by handling manual labor efficiently. With the help of low cost robotics, repetitive actions can be carried out with the precision of robots.


How much does a robotic arm cost?

If you use your own control system, you can purchase entry-level devices at a very affordable price. Complex applications can be carried out by more advanced modules. When purchasing a robotic arm, several factors need to be considered such as precision, load and environment.

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Cutting costs with Low Cost Robotics!

Find out more in Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Feldmann’s ebook (Faculty of Engineering, University of Duisburg-Essen).

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Configure tailor made solutions through modularity

Modularity is a key advantage of low cost robotics. Versatile configurations are possible, which is crucial when it comes to cutting costs. Your robot can be perfectly compatible with its assigned task and environment, while being affordable at the same time.

Furthermore, if you modify your manufacturing process, most robot systems can be easily adjusted according to your needs. If the modification still does not meet your requirements, the system can be enhanced simply and inexpensively with additional modules.


Comparing modular design and fixed systems

With modular designs, there are endless options available: two-arm robots, mobile solutions and complex integrations, all of which are suitable for a wide range of applications. Modular designs and fixed systems differ greatly in price and customizability. Discover the advantages and disadvantages of these two solutions and what to consider when selecting one of the two.

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Dieter Belzer, Managing Director of EPS GmbH

“We have developed a scanner that fully and automatically digitizes books. To fully automate the process, we were looking for a cost-effective and highly reliable solution that would assist us in flipping highly sensitive paper. That’s how we came across low cost robotics. The high modularity of the robot arm enabled us to use our own suction application and to control everything with our own PLC control.”

Roland Behrens, Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Operation and Automationn

“We started using low cost robotics early and tested the first version of igus® robolink® in 2010. We liked the prototypes so much that we started a project with EU funding and support from igus®. ALEXA was born – a fully-fledged robot arm developed as a handling aid in assembly. Today it is part of a laboratory where we develop assistant systems for surgeons. An incredible development that only few of our robots could achieve.”

Adaptable solutions for your manufacturing process!

Find out more in Dr.-Ing. Sebastian Feldmann’s eBook (Faculty of Engineering, University of Duisburg-Essen).

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