Danish robotics company Kassow Robots joined Bosch Rexroth last year, expanding Rexroth’s offerings with their cobots — collaborative robots. Cobots are an important part of the modern factory.
What’s a cobot?
Cobots, or collaborative robots, are automated workers designed to work safely alongside human beings. Where your average industrial robot needs to be confined to a cage and surrounded by barriers, cobots are designed to operate safely alongside humans. They have built-in safety features such as force and torque sensors that allow them to detect and respond to unexpected contact with humans or objects.
- Cobots can perform repetitive and labor-intensive tasks, freeing up human workers to focus on more complex and value-added activities. They can work 24/7 without getting tired, which can lead to increased production and efficiency. These things are true of all robots, but cobots are often easy to program and can be quickly reconfigured for different tasks. This makes them ideal for small-batch production, rapid changeovers, and tasks that require frequent adjustments.
- While the initial investment in cobots can be significant, they often have a lower total cost of ownership compared to traditional robots. Their versatility and ease of programming can lead to quicker returns on investment.
- They also offer greater scalability: companies can easily add more cobots to their production lines as needed, allowing for scalability in response to changes in demand. Cobots can also be used in a wide range of industries, from manufacturing and logistics to healthcare and agriculture.
Increased safety and satisfaction
- Cobots work safely with humans, and can also increase safety overall. By taking over physically demanding or ergonomically challenging tasks, cobots can help reduce the risk of workplace injuries and musculoskeletal disorders among human workers.
- Since they are tools to augment human workers rather than replace them, cobots can lead to increased worker satisfaction. They can assist human workers by taking over repetitive, mundane, or dangerous tasks, allowing employees to focus on more creative, strategic, or complex aspects of their work.
Kassow robots are lightweight 7-axes industrial robots in five models with joint speeds of up to 225 degrees per second. Next year they plan to ship models that have a controller in the base, so there will be no cabinet required for control. This will open up new opportunities for autonomous mobile robots.
Kassow cobots work with the control platform ctrlX CORE. They can also accommodate the the Smart Flex Effector and use a variety of end-of-arm tools to extend their abilities. More new variations are planned.