IPR Develops World First: 7th Axis Made of Concrete Instead of Metal
Buildings and bridges made of concrete revolutionized the construction industry: Instead of using expensive metal, cost-effective concrete is used, which is also sustainable and torsionally rigid and minimizes vibrations. As a result, the innovative robot specialist IPR – Intelligente Peripherien für Roboter GmbH has launched a world first with a concrete 7th axis.
IPR has developed a new robotic 7th axis that has its entire structure made of concrete instead of the conventional steel or aluminum. This reduces the costs of production and also has a positive impact on quality and the environment. Concrete in contrast to metal leaves a much smaller CO2 footprint and reduces vibrations and oscillations in the component. Another advantage offered by concrete is its torsional rigidity, this means the dynamic movements of a robot leads to a reduced flexing in the 7th axis.
However, there are also steel components in the new 7th axis. An example of this is the guide rails that ensure a high level of repeatability and positioning accuracy through thanks to their special hardening and finish.
IPR — manufacturer of grippers, tool changers, joining and compensation modules, rotation modules for collision protection and 7th axes made of aluminum and steel — has developed a completely new category in this product segment with its concrete 7th axis. Initially, the new 7th axis will be available with payloads of 600 kg, 800 kg and 1600 kg. A patent for the new concrete 7th axis has been filed.