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April 30, 2024
April 30, 2024

Edge Edition: Kassow Robots launches the world’s first 7-axis cobots with a controller integrated into the base

Greater flexibility for mobile solutions and additional space savings for cramped facilities
Chloé Obry

Copenhagen / Kastrup, April 30, 2024 ● With its Edge Edition, Kassow Robots has launched the world’s first 7-axis cobots in which the controller is integrated into the base of the robot. All five of the 7-axis cobots are now available in two versions: the classic variant with a separate controller, and the Edge Edition. Kristian Kassow and his engineering team have succeeded in miniaturizing the controller so that it now only occupies around 10% of the volume of the external controller. The footprint of the Edge Edition’s base is extremely compact, measuring only 160 by 200 millimeters. These cobot models are powered by direct current, meaning that they can be directly connected to any DC power supply, for example a battery of mobile robots. There are also easily accessible 60 IO connections.  With these new models, the Copenhagen-based cobot manufacturer is making it easier for industrial companies to automate their operations. At the same time, their lightweight robots open up new opportunities for mobile cobot AMR and cobot AGV applications and various space-saving solutions.

“The Edge Edition of our 7-axis cobots is a world first, enabling industrial customers to take a quantum leap in terms of flexibleautomation. Integrating the controller into the robot’s base delivers additional space savings and simplifies integration at the same time. The Edge Edition is ideal for simplifying mobile cobot applications—not least because it can be connected directly tothe power supply of AGVs or AMRs. These mobile solutions hold tremendous potential for industrial automation,” highlights Kristian Kassow, founder and CEO of Kassow Robots. The five 7-axis cobot models, which the co-owner had developed especially for industrial use, were launched in 2019 and 2020. To this day, the company remains true to its motto of “strong, fast, simple.” The end customers use their 7-axis robots for applications such as CNC solutions and for machine tending, palletizing, labeling, dispensing, packaging, sanding, and more.

Edge Edition Cobot Mounted on AMR. Copyright: Morrell Group

More flexibility for SMEs

“Additional floor space in production facilities comes with a heavy price tag and is sometimes not available at all. We make sure that automation can be implemented more flexibly in less space for companies of all sizes,” says Dieter Pletscher, Global Sales Manager at Kassow Robots. Companies that cannot expand or reconfigure their production facilities also benefit from the capabilities offered both by the Edge Edition and the five existing 7-axis cobots. Kassow Robots believes that these are especially useful for established SMEs with no additional production space that would prefer to avoid the costs of expansion.

“Compactness can be a decisive advantage when it comes to process automation. Our Edge Edition allows for greater flexibility, not only thanks to the 7th axis featured by all of our robots, but also by the controller integrated into the cobots‘ base,” explains further Dieter Pletscher. SMEs can benefit from installing Edge Edition on mobile carts that allow employees to operatively move them to whichever location they are needed.

The Edge Edition Base houses the robotic controller

Presentation at Automate 2024 in Chicago

Kassow Robots presented a prototype of the Edge Edition at last year’s Automatica. In May 2024, one of the five Edge variants now available for ordering will be presented at North America’s biggest automation trade show, Automate, in Chicago (Booth #4250): the KR1410 Edge Edition, mounted on an AMR from Morrell Group.

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