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Kassow Robots Deploys 60 Cobots to Help U.S. Textile Company Automate Restocking


August 4, 2022

Kassow Robots, which develops seven-axis collaborative robot (aka cobot) solutions for machine tending, material handling and other related applications, has announced that its KR1018 cobot is being deployed as part of a solution to automate the textile industry.

In partnership with Germany-based Project Group GmbH, the companies developed an automated guided vehicle (AGV) and cobot solution in collaboration with OEM Saurer Technologies GmbH & Co. An order of more than 60 AGV/cobot solutions will be delivered in stages to a U.S. client in the textile industry.

“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.”

The seven-axis KR1018 has a payload of 18 kg and reach of 1,000 mm, making it able to complete precise and repetitive industrial tasks that require great strength, the company said. 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 for the textile firm. The KR1018 is mounted on a linear axis, which makes it extremely mobile and capable of restocking machines at different heights, Kassow said.

The 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, the company added. 

“Automation with conventional six-axis robots would not have been possible in this case,” said Ingo Rathmann, managing director of Project Automation and Consulting GmbH. “Since it can reach around corners, the seven-axis KR1018 can be used in confined spaces.”

In addition, an easy-to-use interface and plug-and-play concept of the cobot make it accessible to small- and midsize companies that do not have robot engineers. “The seven-axis cobots open a door to smaller footprints and higher productivity for companies of all sizes,” said Dieter Pletscher, global sales manager at Kassow Robots.

For more details on the project, download the case study here. To learn more about the company, visit the Kassow Robots website here.

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