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A topic of the future: Service robots as help for humans

Service robots are machines that make everyday life easier and fulfil services. With semi or fully automatic function, they care for the well-being of humans. A distinction is made between service robots for private use and robots for professional service. All types of technically sophisticated robots are in use worldwide. They mainly consist of vacuum cleaners, floor mops and lawn mowers for households. The humanoid robots, who, for example, already do routine work in the healthcare sector without any problems, are now being utilised in the most diverse industrial sectors. Robotics plays an increasingly important role in the Industry 4.0. For this reason, the requirements for components installed in service robots are high in order to process information quickly and perform tasks reliably. The motion plastics manufacturer igus has the right solution for a wide variety of service robotics applications. Whether fail-safe chainflex cables for movement or lubrication-free and maintenance-free drytech components, igus ensures the optimum automation of your robot.

An overview of your benefits:

  • Lightweight
  • Lubrication and maintenance-free
  • Lowest coefficients of friction
  • Insensitive to dust and moisture
  • Shock resistant 
  • Cost-effective
  • For heavy-duty applications
  • Easy installation
  • Tightest bend radii

Service robots  

Products for service robotics:

igubal spherical bearings

igubal spherical bearings  

  • Up to 40% more cost-effective than spherical bearings made of metal
  • 80% lighter than metallic alternatives
  • Lubrication-free and therefore low-maintenance

iglidur plain bearings

iglidur plain bearings  

  • Light and quiet
  • Resistant to dirt
  • Wide range of standard products

chainflex robot cables

chainflex cables for robots  

  • For twisting applications
  • Flame-retardant
  • Oil-resistant

Selected application examples of our customers

Reliable cleaning

This robot is used to thoroughly clean tubes of air conditioning systems. Here, six swivel arms are used, which can be adjusted to the respective diameter of the tubes. The swivel arms are mounted on igubal spherical plain bearings, which were able to convince by their freedom from maintenance.

Cleaning robot

Man-robot interaction

Are you able to walk after a surgery? With this technology it is not wishful thinking anymore. It not only simulates compulsory walking but also stair climbing and overcoming obstacles. In order to ensure reliable movement, e-chains from igus are used.

Therapy robot

Rescuing people using artificial intelligence

This technology is used in disaster areas to save lives. It explores, for example, buried terrain and must withstand adverse environmental conditions. iglidur plain bearings and igubal spherical bearings are the problem solver and provide absolute freedom from maintenance.

High-tech rescuer

Through the desert of Utah with complete equipment made of plastic

This exploration robot weighs only 38 kg with its complete equipment and consists of plastic for the most part. Metallic bearings are out of the question. iglidur plain bearings are the problem solver. They are insensitive to dust, moisture and strong temperature fluctuations.

Explore reliably

Tested for use in the real world

The large dry-tech test laboratory


The largest laboratory for moving cables


Further information

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