November 30, 2022
igus, which manufactures engineered components to increase the service life of customers’ machines, has launched Robotics Marketplace 2.0. The newly designed platform includes enhancements that make it easy for users to develop a low-cost robotics solution that matches their requirements and budget.
The platform also aims to enable robotics component suppliers to present their products to a larger public in a new marketplace. “There are now 76 partners on the RBTX marketplace. RBTX is available in nine countries. Customers currently have 259 products to choose from – from robots, software, control systems, and power electronics to cameras, grippers, sensors, and motors,” said Alexander Mühlens, head of the automation technology and robotics business unit at igus. “We have analyzed our website and obtained customer feedback to find out how we can further optimize the online marketplace and user experience. We hope the new design creates even more clarity and a marketplace-like character, allowing for more intuitive use. That way, anyone interested can find a suitable robotics solution as quickly and easily as possible.”
Customers can find more than 100 ready-made low-cost solutions and application examples with compatibility guarantees and a parts list, igus said. For example, several bonding applications are available starting at $6,210. The new design lets users filter results by application or industry. There are multiple product categories, including software so users can find G-code or CSV file converters and complete LabVIEW, MATLAB, and ROS node interfaces.
If users are unsure which automation solution is the right one or which components are required for their automation concept, they can get help from the RBTXpert system. This service is available to users on the website and can be booked directly for a consultation appointment. The service is provided by igus automation experts who advise and assist interested parties, helping them find the right solution for any application. It involves a free video consultation, after which interested parties receive an individual fixed-price offer.
In a 400-square-meter customer testing area, the RBTXperts provide live video consulting every day and work with the customer to test the feasibility of the planned automation application. The robotics specialists then test the robot installation with the customer’s workpiece, free of charge, within an hour. With “test before you invest,” customers can easily submit their automation tasks, igus said.
“This service is being used more and more,” said Mühlens. “In Germany, we currently have around ten tests per week. Customers then receive a handling test video with a fixed-price offer for the components they will need if they want to implement the application. Since the beginning, we have supported over 1,200 projects, and we advise an average of 25 customers per week in Germany alone. We provide interested parties with ideas and apply our expertise so everyone can easily find a suitable robotics solution without being slowed down by costs.”
To learn more about the company, visit the igus website here.