World breaking news: 1. 7th axis made from composite concrete – innovation leap creates new product generation
IPR - Intelligente Peripherien für Roboter GmbH has discovered something which exceeds all expectations, a pioneering product which is unique as far as the world market is concerned. In this case it is the first 7th axis which has its basic body made from composite concrete and not produced from metal. This product innovation can only provide benefits: It is cost-effective, only requires a small setting up surface, is sustainable, quiet, torsion resistant with low vibration levels. An additional advantage is the selection possibilities between flat guides or profile-rail guides. IPR has already submitted a patent application for the new composite concrete 7th axis. The innovation creates a completely new generation for the 7th axes market and will redefine previous benchmarks.
IPR initially started their new product class with the RC-1000, which is cast from high-quality composite concrete. With a maximum load-bearing capacity of 15,000 Newtons and a maximum torque strength of 22,000 Newton Meters, the new model is perfectly suited for many industrial robots: e.g. ABB IRB2600 and IRB4600, FANUC M20 and M710, KUKA KR16, KR30 and KR60 as well as Stäubli TX2-90 and RX160. The repeatability is +/- 0.1 millimeters and the RC-1000 traverses with a maximum speed of 3 meters per second and an acceleration of 4 meters per second in a square.
Its basic body made from composite concrete enables the new 7th axis from IPR to provide considerably reduced costs compared to models on the market made of metal. The compact design of the RC-1000 with internally positioned energy supply chain provides all the functionalities of a customary IPR 7th axis, while substantially decreasing the required space. The required setting up area for the composite concrete axis is over 45 percent less compared to existing models. This therefore means the new axis generation is also suitable for plant and system concepts with less available surface area. Furthermore, composite concrete leaves a considerably smaller CO2 footprint compared to metal: approx. 75 percent CO2 savings and 90 percent less energy consumption when compared to a 7th axis basic body made from steel. Another advantage offered by composite concrete is its torsional rigidity, this means that also the highly dynamic movements of a robot leads only to a reduced deflection in the 7th axis. In addition the RC-1000 is silicone free and can therefore be integrated in special areas such as paint shops without any concerns.