Last updateWed, 21 Sep 2022 8pm

60-Plus 7-Axis Cobots Help a US Textile Company Automate Restocking Just in Time for Back-to-School Shopping

Kassow Robots, a developer of 7-axis cobot solutions for machine tending, material handling, and related applications, is pleased to announce its KR1018 7-axis cobot is being deployed as part of a solution to automate the textile industry.

Kassow Robots partner Project Group GmbH in Kranenburg (Germany/North Rhine-Westphalia) developed an automated guided vehicle (AGV)/cobot solution in collaboration with OEM Saurer Technologies GmbH & Co. KG. 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,” says 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 7-axis KR1018 has a payload of 18 kg and a reach of 1000 mm, making it the ideal machine to complete precise and repetitive industrial tasks that require great strength. 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 extremely mobile and capable of restocking machines at different heights.

Seventh Axis Enables Smaller Footprint and Higher Productivity

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.

“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 easy-to-use interface and plug-and-play concept of the 7-axis cobot make it accessible to small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) without robot engineers. Dieter Pletscher, global sales manager at Kassow Robots, 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.”



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