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Collaborative robotics startup Kassow Robots signs up Project Group as first customer

Kassow Robots, a startup company which is showcasing its collaborative robot at Automatica this week, has already found its first customer.

The company says German packaging specialist Project Group has become the first system integrator for Kassow Robots.

Kassow staff were particularly pleased that even before the Automatica trade fair had opened its doors, the company was able to present the German Project Group as its first partner. 

Project Group is a medium-sized company, headquartered in Kranenburg near the German town of Düsseldorf, and specialises in the entire field of final packaging, equipment servicing and peripheral areas.

Kristian Kassow, CEO, and Dieter Pletscher, head of sales, said in a joint statement: “We are delighted to announce that the Project Group became the first system integration partner for Kassow Robots at the beginning of this week.

“It proves that the power and flexibility of our 7-axis cobots open up exciting new opportunities also for SMEs in the area of man-machine collaboration.”

Johannes Jansen, managing director of the Project Group, said: “The cobots developed by Kassow Robots have impressed us with their flexibility and safety – qualities we urgently require when helping our customers in the packaging industry to meet their automation challenges.”

Jansen was referring to Kassow Robots’ 7-axis robots with joint speeds of up to 225 degrees per second, according to the company.

In combination with their high payloads and extensive reach, Jansen says Project Group provides a “complete technical package that allows us to operate as system integrator even in completely new customer segments”.

Jansen said Kassow’s collaborative robots require few or no special safety measures – subject to a risk assessment. And this is a “further advantage for end-customers”, it said.

Jansen said he can identify a broad range of potential applications for medium-sized companies – from pick and place, palletising, pallet labelling and loading of production machines, right through to tasks in the co-packing area.

At Automatica, which runs from June 19 to 22, 2018, in Munich, Kassow Robots will present three cobots at Booth A420 in Hall B4:

  • KR 810 (reach 850 mm, payload 10 kg);
  • KR 1205 (reach 1200 mm, payload 5 kg); and
  • KR 1805 (reach 1800mm, payload 5 kg).

The Danish start-up’s first two models – KR 810 and KR 1205 – are now entering production. They will be followed by the KR 1805 at the end of 2018.