Kassow Robots, a developer of 7-axis cobot systems for machine tending, material handling, and related applications, announced last that week that its KR1018 7-axis cobot is being deployed as part of a solution to automate the textile industry.
The 7-axis KR1018 has a payload of 18kg (39 lb.) and a reach of 1000 mm (39 in.), making it the ideal machine to complete precise and repetitive industrial tasks that require great strength, the company said.
An AGV/cobot combo system
The cobot will be mounted on an AGV equipped with a magazine and control system and used to restock cabling machines, which will ensure seamless bobbin changes and improve material tracking. The KR1018 is mounted on a linear axis, making it mobile and capable of restocking machines at different heights.
Founded in Copenhagen, Denmark, Kassow Robots said it designs and manufactures 7-axis lightweight collaborative robots for industrial applications that are “strong, fast, simple.” Its line of five 7-axis cobots offers a unique package of speed, power, and long reach with up to 1800 mm (70 in.) of reach and payloads up to 18 kg (39 lb.).
The cobot will be installed as part of a system designed by its partner Project Group GmbH in Kranenburg, Germany in collaboration with Saurer Technologies GmbH & Co. KG. Together, the companies will supply an order of more than 60 AGV/cobot systems to a textile-industry customer in the U.S.
“Our agenda for 2022 is to grow steadily step by step and also win major customers,” said Kristian Kassow, founder and CEO of Kassow Robots. “The latest order from Germany, with more than 60 cobots for the U.S. and potential for even more, shows that we’re on the right track.”
Seventh axis enables smaller footprint and higher productivity, Kassow said
The company said the cobot's seventh axis enables continuous dispensing, welding, and material-removal applications regardless of access angle and without the need to reorient the arm, which allows for a smaller footprint and higher productivity.
“Automation with conventional 6-axis robots would not have been possible in this case,” says Ingo Rathmann, managing director of Project Automation & Consulting GmbH. “Since it can reach around corners, the 7-axis KR1018 can be used in confined spaces.”
The company said the cobot’s easy-to-use interface and plug-and-play nature make it accessible to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) without robot engineers.
Dieter Pletscher, global sales manager at Kassow Robots, said he is sees great automation potential for Kassow’s KR series of five 7-axis cobots for more than just SMEs.
“The 7-axis cobots open a door to smaller footprints and higher productivity for companies of all sizes,” he said.
In late April 2022, Bosch Rexroth became Kassow’s new majority owner. Founder Kristian Kassow is now co-owner and will continue to serve as CEO of Kassow Robots.
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