The RBTX robot marketplace, powered by, Igus expands its offering with cobots from new partner Universal Robots and continues to drive forward low-cost automation ideas.
Robotics is becoming more important, but small and medium-sized companies are often faced with the question of how can a task be automated cost-effectively with little effort – in terms of training or investment. The RBTX marketplace powered by Igus has been bringing robotics providers and users together since 2019, and has offered simple and inexpensive solutions from less than €3,000 – with examples including a pipetting robot with all accessories.
Now RBTX is cooperating with Universal Robots, a market leader for lightweight, industrial collaborative robots, to deliver further on the goals of flexible automation solutions and fast integration, as well as intuitive use.
The RBTX marketplace now cooperates with 70 companies and suppliers for robots, gripping systems, camera technology, conveyor belts, software and services on the platform. It provides a compatibility guarantee for the entire software and hardware offering so that users can have assurance that all components work together.
“With Universal Robots, we have gained another well-known partner through which we can expand the product range of cobots on RBTX.com, beyond Igus’ own robot ReBeL,” says Adam Sanjurgo, Low Cost Automation manager at Igus UK. “Universal Robots is not only a pioneer of cobots, but also a pioneer in the intuitive programming of robots. This fits perfectly into our marketplace concept for low-cost automation – solutions that can be implemented quickly and easily even with no previous knowledge of robotics. We are therefore very pleased that we were able to establish Universal Robots as a partner.”
There are already numerous accessories on the marketplace, such as the seventh robot axis from Igus, which can be combined with the UR cobots.
Lowering hurdles together
“Universal Robots offers easy-to-integrate automation solutions that enable customers to strengthen their competitiveness and achieve a quick return on investment, and this fits very well with RBTX’s approach,” says Andrea Alboni, general manager for western Europe at Universal Robots.
Adam Sanjurgo adds: “We are always interested in new partners, because this allows our open marketplace to offer even more individual solutions. After all, we are both pursuing a common goal: to make automation as accessible as possible to everyone.”
With RBTX offering “Build or Buy” options, buyers and interested parties can find a ready-made robotics system at a fixed price on the marketplace or they can individually build up components for their own solution.
Users of the marketplace also have access to RBTXpert at any time – a remote integrator service for automation solutions with a fixed price. The RBTXpert checks the feasibility of the planned application with the customer in a video chat (first hour is free of charge) and shows the advantages of different kinematics. After the consultation, the customer receives an offer with a fixed price – always offering the most cost-effective, functional solution.
The RBTXpert also helps with commissioning robotics components, helping everyone to find the best automation solution for their application and budget on the platform – even without automation experience or programming knowledge.
With its constantly growing partner network, RBTX offers customers an ever-expanding low-cost automation universe – with the common goal of further lowering the hurdles of automation.