Aggregate innovation power: igus gains majority share in popular bots

Aggregate innovation power: igus gains majority share in popular bots

Now under one roof: low-cost automation with intuitive software, like igus ReBeL cobot. To the left: Dr. Christian Mayer, CEO, Commonplace Robotics; Right: Frank Blass, CEO and Entrepreneur igus GmbH (Source: igus GmbH)

igus movable plastic with intuitive software from Commonplace Robotics for simple automation solutions

STAMFORD, CT, US, September 29, 2022 / – igus mobile plastics specialist® It is expanding through its investments in low-cost automation and has now acquired a majority stake in Commonplace Robotics based in Piesendorf near Osnabrück. As an integrator, Commonplace Robotics specializes in intuitive control systems and software and power electronics for robots, in both industry and education. The two companies have been cooperating extensively for six years. They developed, among other things, igus robot controlwhich complements the low-cost igus kinematics made of high-performance plastic.

Dr. Christian Mayer, who worked at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Engineering and Automation at the time, founded Commonplace Robotics 11 years ago. The name says it all. Make it cost-effective and easy to integrate and operate the bots so they can become “common” – meaning they can be used anywhere. The first products to have a proprietary control system and power electronics were teaching robots.

Dr. Meyer approached igus in 2016 because he found that the kinetics of robotic igus align with his “common” vision – cost-effective, simple and suitable for industry. Since then, the two companies have jointly developed products such as the iRC igus Robot Control, actuator, and ReBeL cobot. New developments can be implemented quickly thanks to the high level of vertical integration of Commonplace Robotics – from firmware and software to cabinet chassis switching and circuit board assembly.

Pushing low-cost automation forward with increased innovative power
“Many customers are surprised that they can perform simple robot tasks in just 30 minutes without any programming knowledge,” says Frank Blass, CEO of igus GmbH. “We are very pleased that after extensive collaboration over the past six years, it is now possible to take a more focused approach towards low-cost automation.”

With this acquisition, Commonplace Robotics and igus are combining their innovative strengths.

“We are looking forward to exciting technology projects with igus. The low-cost RBTX robotics platform, powered by igus, brings new demands from customers from all areas of the industry to our laboratories every day,” stated Dr. Mayer. “A lot of this can be implemented quickly, especially as we expand with this investment.”

About IGUS:
igus GmbH develops and produces movable plastics. These high-performance self-lubricating polymers improve technology and reduce costs wherever things move. In the field of power supplies, highly flexible cables, plain and linear bearings, and screw technology made of tribo polymers, IGUS is the market leader worldwide. The family business, headquartered in Cologne, Germany, is represented in 35 countries and employs 4,900 people worldwide. In 2021, Iigus achieved a turnover of 961 million euros. Research in the industry’s largest testing laboratories continually leads to innovations and greater user safety. Two hundred and thirty-four thousand articles are available from the inventory, the service life can be calculated online. In recent years, the company has expanded by creating in-house startups, for example, ball bearings, robotic actuators, 3D printing, the RBTX soft robotics platform, and Industry 4.0 smart “smart plastics.” Among the most important environmental investments is the “chainge” program – recycling of used electronic chains and participation in an enterprise that produces oil from plastic waste

The latest cooperation product is the ReBeL cobot for 4,970 euros, including the control system. The actuator, also available as a single component, combines the know-how of igus plastic in the gearbox with power electronics and software from Commonplace Robotics. With six axles, the ReBeL can handle up to two kilograms of payload with a 664 mm range with a net weight of just 8.2 kilograms.

Orders and orders come from traditional areas of applications such as quality control, picking and application applications in mechanical engineering. However, new application areas such as restaurant automation or urban farming are now more frequent.

Interested parties can learn more and get a live demonstration of the innovations developed together in motic in Stuttgart (Hall 7, booths 7320 and 7321) and SP In Nuremberg (Hall 4, Booth 310).

Michael Riley
igus GmbH
+1 800-521-2747

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