Christian Meyer, who worked at the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Engineering and Automation at that time, founded the company Commonplace Robotics 11 years ago. The name says it all: Make the integration and operation of robots so cost-effective and easy that they become “commonplace” – meaning they can be used anywhere. The first products with a control system and proprietary power electronics were robots for teaching. Christian Meyer approached igus in 2016 because he found that igus robotic kinematics matched his vision of “commonplace”: Cost-effective, simple and suitable for the industry. Since then the two companies have jointly developed products such as the iRC igus Robot Control, an actuator and the ReBeL cobot. Thanks to the high level of vertical integration of Commonplace Robotics – from firmware and software to switch cabinet construction and circuit board assembly – new developments can be quickly implemented.