March 10, 2022
Denmark’s Kassow Robots has announced a new 7-axis robot and cobot solution for machine tending, material handling and related applications. The KR1018 is available in North America, with capabilities strong enough to perform machine tending with heavy metal and plastic parts, and to carry out pick-and-place tasks at high payloads, the company said.
The KR1018 has a payload of 18 kg and a reach of 1,000 mm, making it ideal for precise and repetitive industrial tasks that require great strength, Kassow said. An easy-to-use interface and plug-and-play concept of the cobot is designed for small and midsize enterprises to install without the use of robot engineers.
“The KR1018 is a very strong, compact robot with a weight of only 34 kilograms, ideal for performing various jobs at industrial companies,” said Dieter Pietscher, head of global sales at Kassow Robots. “SMEs without their own robotics specialists can achieve complex automation and programming cost-effectively and independently with the KR1018.”
For example, the KR1018 can be used in industrial applications, such as machine tending, assembly, quality assurance, palletizing, and pick-and-place tasks. Kassow said the cobot’s seventh axis, or ‘wrist joint’, and the safety-compliant design within the cobot class for automated material handling solutions allow for human-robot collaboration. With its 34 kg weight, the KR1018 is also easy to relocate to perform tasks in different areas of a facility, the company added.
The robot has a 160 by 160 mm footprint, increased maneuverability, and an increased range of motion to perform tasks such as the loading and unloading of heavy parts for the metalworking industry, or heavy lifting in the food production sector. The extra axis also enables continuous dispensing, welding and material removal applications, regardless of the access angle without the need to reorient the arm.
Additional applications and more details on the system can be found at the Kassow Robotics website.