Its maintenance-free belt drive units, lubrication-free link rods, encoders and stepper motors combine to create a lightweight, low-cost automation solution for automated tasks such as pick and place. The typical ROI period for the Delta robot is estimated at just six months, comparing favourably to the industry’s rule-of-thumb target of two years.The Delta robot is based on three maintenance-free drylin ZLW toothed belt axes, lubrication-free igubal link rods and matching adapter plates. NEMA stepper motors and encoders ensure fast handling of up to 1 kg with a precision of ±0.5 mm. The complete system has an installation space of up to 420 mm in diameter and can carry up to 5 kg at lower speeds. The lightweight design, consisting of aluminium and plastic, makes the Delta robot extremely cost-effective at a price from as little as £5,000 and ensures high speeds with a pick rate of at least 60 per minute. “The open design of the Delta robot enables manufacturers to use their own controller,” says Matthew Aldridge, managing director of igus. “We estimate that with the usual integration costs, each Delta robot installation will be around £10,000 to £15,000, which means that it will pay for itself after a few months.” Delta robots were invented in the mid-1980s and can cost anywhere upwards of £20,000. Rather than competing with the more expensive and top of the range robots, igus offers four different options for its Delta robot. The first option costing £5500 is simply the kit of parts in a transport box without a controller. The second option is the robot coming pre-assembled in an installation frame, again without a controller, for £6000. Thirdly, for £6500, you can get the parts in kit form with controllers. Or finally, the Delta robot can be purchased assembled along with the controllers for £7000. Buying 10 Delta robots from igus would see a saving of £500 per robot. Depending on requirements, the Delta robot can be delivered as a kit in a box within 24 hours of receipt of order. Comprehensive assembly instructions are included and an assembly video is available online at: www.igus.co.uk/deltaassembly. First time installers can integrate the Delta robot within an hour, but experience installers can integrate in as little as 30 minutes. The machine builder is free to use their preferred software and controller or, as an alternative, they can opt for the intuitive and easy-to-use dryve D1 controller from igus.There are many other benefits inherent with Delta robot deployment; the higher the production rate the lower the cost per unit will be. If a company can make twice as many widgets as its competitor in the same amount of time, the advantage is obvious. There are also opportunities to reduce scrap and rework, increase quality and consistency, and improve overall safety.The Delta robot is particularly suitable for simple assembly tasks, pick and place tasks, as well as applications in test & measuring. For more information about Delta robots from igus, please visit: www.igus.co.uk/deltaassembly or call igus directly on 01604 677240.
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