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Cost-effective automation with maintenance-free linear robots

The drylin linear robots are based on the lubrication-free drive and linear technology from igus. As a manufacturer and supplier of all required axes, motors, energy chains, cables and hoses, igus offers both fast delivery of pre-configured linear robot kits within 24 hours and custom solutions. The drylin linear robots can be conveniently configured and assembled online as well as designed on site by our experts in the scope of a free consultation.  
Typical applications for linear robots include pick-and-place solutions, measurement and test automation, marking applications, assembly cells, sorting machines, safety technology, laboratory and analytical technology, medical technology, handling, automation and positioning.  

The benefits at a glance: 

  • Resistance to dust and dirt
  • Maintenance-free
  • Lightweight and compact 
  • Corrosion-free

Linear robots - room linear robots  
Linear robots

  • Drive: toothed belt/racks
  • Motor: NEMA stepper motors
  • Line robots, low-profile linear robots or room linear robots
  • Individually configurable or available as a construction kit with defined stroke lengths in 24 hours

Linear robots

Delta robot  
Delta robot

  • Modular system for simple assembly or pre-assembled
  • Lightweight
  • Self-lubricatingtoothed belt axes
  • Ready to connect with stepper motors and dryve D1 motor control system

Delta robot

Lift/rotate unit  
Lift/rotate unit

  • Especially light due to polymer and hard anodised aluminium
  • Ready to install with NEMA11 stepper motor
  • Square profile with hollow chamber for supply lines and media
  • Modular design

Lift/rotate unit


Lubrication-free linear robots  

All from a single source!

Linear robots from the manufacturer.  

Easy installation

Simple linear robots  

Maintenance-free linear robots in the applications of our customers

Tailored linear robot systems for mobile XXL-3D printers

With the support of igus engineers, Actual implemented a mobile 3D printer in XXL format. This was used for the design of the innovative facade elements made of biodegradable plastic for the construction of the Dutch "Europe Building" in Amsterdam's marine district. Here, the modular system of the igus multi-axis linear robots is used: in this case, a room linear robot is used, in which the x-axis and y-axis have been implemented with drylin toothed belt units and the z-axis with drylin lead screw/nut systems.

Linear robots in the XXL printer

Linear robots in filling machines of biochemical liquids

M2-Automation in Berlin, develops and builds devices for the production of diagnostic systems and sample preparation under high chemical, hygienic and purity requirements. For the production of automated filling systems for chemical and biological liquids and suspensions in the picolitre and nanolitre levels, the company needed linear robots specially adapted to the laboratory environment. drylin linear robots met the selection criteria - lightweight, compact design, complete absence of lubricant, high speeds, positioning accuracy and not least the price/performance ratio convinced the customer. The use of polymer bearings in all places with moving parts make the room linear robot lubrication-free and therefore maintenance-free.

Modular linear robots in biochemical filling plants

Further application examples with linear robots

Here you will find further automation solutions that our customers have implemented using lubrication-free and maintenance-free drive technology in the areas of handling, pick-and-place and positioning.  

What is a linear robot?

Linear robots are industrial robots, consisting of a combination of several linear axes. They help to implement a multi-dimensional movement and are used for positioning tasks, automation and as measuring stations. Linear robots are available in numerous designs, including line robots, low-profile linear robots and room linear robots.  

  • Line robots are used in vertical working planes whereby a linear axis mounted on a linear carriage travels on the main axis.
  • Low-profile linear robots or surface linear robots are based on a linear axis system that can be moved in the XY direction.  
  • Room linear robots are typically 3-axis linear robots with XYZ strokes, whereby additional axes are possible.  

What is a linear robot?  

What is a delta robot?

Delta robots are industrial robots with at least three arms, which are either fixed to a base with universal joints or, in the case of drylin delta robots, to toothed belt axes. The flange star connected via spherical bearings with the arm-axes moves in X, Y and Z directions in such a way that it allows high precision. The arms of delta robots are very light, which reduces the inertia and allows high achievable speeds and accelerations.
This type of pick and place robots is often used in factories for packaging and assembly.  

What is a delta robot?  

What is a lift/swivel unit?

The lift/rotate unit is a space-saving pick and place robot based on a rack drive with a coated aluminium profile and a slewing ring with integrated toothing for receiving the toothed belt. Powered by a Nema motor, the lift/rotate unit can perform lifting and pivoting movements. The guide rod is at the same time the drive rod, whereby this handling device can move into very small installation spaces. 
Due to the compact design, the lift/rotate unit offers versatile and flexible application possibilities in the handling of small parts.
Frequent fields of application:

  • Pipetting technology
  • Laboratory technology
  • Analysing technology
  • Medical technology
As the drylin lift/swivel unit is a modular handling device, its individual parts can be ordered individually or adapted to individual requirements. As a workpiece holder, any form of gripper can be integrated.    

What is a lift/swivel unit?  

Further information

Cost-effective linear robots  
econ low-profile linear robot

You will find cost-effective linear modules for positioning and adjustment tasks here.

Lubrication-free linear axis  
Lubrication-free linear axis

Lead screw, toothed belt, rack und cantilever axes for cost-effective automation

Motor for linear robots  
Motors for linear drives

Electric motors for linear axes and linear robots

Energy chain for linear robots  
Energy chains for linear robots

Energy chains for automation solutions: lightweight, stable, maintenance-free

Cables for linear robots  
Suitable cables for linear robots

Particularly flexible cables, especially for moving applications and robots


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