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Cobots with unique flexibility

Cobots with unique flexibility

Bosch Rexroth is investing in factory automation: the company plans to acquire a majority stake in Kassow Robots ApS, based in Copenhagen (Denmark), and thus expand its portfolio in the factory of the future.

Kassow Robots develops and produces collaborative robots (cobots) for industrial applications with around 25 associates at its two locations in Copenhagen and Prague (Czech Republic). Bosch Rexroth and Kassow Robots signed a contract to this effect on March 18, 2022. The parties have agreed not to disclose the purchase price. The transaction is subject to approval by the antitrust authorities.

"Collaborative industrial robots are another important building block for the transformable factory of the future," says Dr. Marc Wucherer, member of the Bosch Rexroth Executive Board with responsibility for sales and factory automation. The lightweight robots from Kassow Robots can be used in a variety of ways in industrial manufacturing. The cobots have high payloads and reach and can work in very confined spaces: Equipped with seven axes, a cobot from Kassow Robots can reach around corners like an arm, offering flexibility that is unique on the market to date.

"The demand for flexible robotics is enormous. In the coming years, the market for cobots is expected to grow between 15 and 20 percent annually. We want to take advantage of this potential and are adding collaborative robots from Kassow Robots to our portfolio, which will primarily benefit our customers in the consumer goods and mobility industries, including battery manufacturing, as well as in semiconductor production," says Wucherer.

Bosch Rexroth enables Kassow Robots to expand worldwide

"With Bosch Rexroth as an international leader in factory automation, we have found a partner that supports us in expanding our business activities. We are thus opening up new market access for our Cobot portfolio," explains Kristian Kassow, founder, managing director and co-owner. Since the sales launch of the first two Cobot models in 2019, the company's product family has grown to five collaborative robot models. These offer reaches of 850 to 1800 millimeters with payloads of 5 to 18 kilograms and achieve joint speeds of up to 225 degrees per second. All models have seven axes, and programming and operation are simple. The software provides a modular platform that allows easy integration of peripherals such as grippers, vision systems or other custom functionality.

The combination of reach and payload allows the cobots to handle a wide range of automation tasks, from packaging to machine loading and pick-and-place applications to optical quality control. Integration costs are significantly lower compared to smaller industrial robots, as their inherent safety and lower mass means they require less safeguarding. Since 2019, Kassow Robots has already sold cobots in the low triple digits. Bosch Rexroth plans to significantly expand the business internationally.

Bosch Rexroth is developing the factory of the future

Only floors, ceilings and walls are static and fixed. Everything else is changeable and flexible - this is how Bosch Rexroth sees the factory of the future. The company is continuously bringing solutions to market that fit perfectly into this concept. The portfolio includes software for production, drive and control technology, digital assistance systems for employees, and intelligent robotics for manufacturing and transport. With the cobots from Kassow Robots, collaborative robots for a wide range of applications in factories have now been added to the Rexroth portfolio.

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