Slim Bearings for HRC-Robots

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The Human-Robot-Collaboration becomes reality

A new generation of robots is on the march: light, quiet, extremely agile, and above all extremely sensitive in interaction with their environment, they are well on the way to dissolve the boundaries to become a close partner to human beings.

The times in which humans and robots were working in workrooms strictly shielded from each other are over. A new generation of robots is on the rise: light, quiet, extremely agile, and above all ext- remely sensitive in interaction with their environment, they are well on the way to dissolve the boundaries and become a close partner to the people in their world. For example as assembly aids or service robots these nimble helpers work wherever it becomes inconvenient, difficult or otherwise tedious for human beings. In order to have these robots do their jobs properly they are equipped with intelligent sensor technology to respond individually to their environment.

In addition to clever electronics and control units small robots also need exquisite mechanical qualities. Slim design, light weight and exceptionally high mobility are premises for lightweight robots to be used without major installation effort at all possible places.For the joints of the robot, the designers therefore want bearings, which have only low weight and need only small mounting space. On the other hand, however, a high stiffness is required for safe absorption of the occurring moments.

Franke wire race bearing and especially the newly developed types of LSA-slim bearings are ideally suited for these requirements and help that we can successfully work the market of robot manufacturers. „Through the use of flexible and intelligent robots new fields in production can be generated. In the field of life sciences and biotechnology, we combine biological requirements and the latest robotic technologies for industrial applications”, writes the Fraunhofer Institute for Factory Automation. Of course, some time will pass until this type of robot will be commonplace. The human-robot-collaboration is only at its beginning. Anyway – these kind of robots are pure innovation. As innovative as the components which are used for their realization. Franke wire race bearings and lightweight bearings are definitely among them.

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