Igus introduces AI-powered app for industrial designers

Motion plastics part selection can be optimized with igusGO app


With the igusGO AI-powered app, robot designers can select components without the need to browse in a traditional catalog, the company said.
Motion plastics component producer igus introduced its igusGO app at Hannover Messe 2024, which the company said optimizes the part selection process for designers.

Industrial automation and robot components producer igus motion plastics recently showcased its latest developments in artificial intelligence (AI), smart maintenance, and low-cost robotics at Hannover Messe 2024 in Hannover, Germany.

With a focus on zero-lubrication and CO2-neutral solutions, igus introduced its igusGO AI-powered app alongside a series of smart sensor technologies. Igus said its new technologies are designed to streamline maintenance and optimize production processes for the lubrication-free industry of tomorrow, or industry 4.0.

“Our aim with igusGO and our suite of smart products is to navigate the vast potential of motion plastics with unprecedented efficiency and transparency,” said Tobias Vogel, CEO of plain bearings and linear technology at igus.

IgusGO leverages AI to identify optimization opportunities for designers using lubrication-free motion plastics. The company said its app simplifies the selection process without the need for traditional catalog browsing. 

Financial, carbon footprint reduction possible with motion plastics

The new igusGO app is a testament to its commitment to enhancing operational reliability and cost-efficiency across various applications, from heavy-duty machinery to everyday devices, said igus.

“By merging our innovative products with digital services, we're demonstrating how our motion plastics can significantly enhance a wide array of applications, driving them towards a more sustainable and technologically advanced future,” said Michael Blass, CEO of e-chain systems at igus.

Igus said a collaboration with RWTH Aachen University highlighted the economic and sustainability advantages of its polymer bearings. The collaboration showed potential savings of up to approximately $15 million annually, along with substantial CO2 reductions. For example, the company said Heineken Brazil saved 180 kilograms, or 400 pounds, of CO2 equivalents per year through the switch to polymer bearings.

Igus said its innovations extend to low-cost automation, including user-friendly robotics with AI-based voice and gesture control, such as its ReBeL cobot with plug-and-play capabilities. These options are complemented by the RBTX online marketplace, which igus said facilitates easy access to compatible automation accessories and promotes an inclusive approach to automation for companies of all sizes.

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With the igusGO AI-powered app, robot designers can select components without the need to browse in a traditional catalog, the company said.

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