project A&C and project S&P receive largest order in their history

AGV/cobot solution for automated restocking of cabling machines in the US / Close collaboration with Saurer Technologies

[rt_reading_time label="Reading time:" postfix="Minutes" postfix_singular="Minute"] - Abstract of our Press Release published 26 July 2022

Saurer Technologies GmbH & Co. KG has collaborated with project Automation & Consulting GmbH and project Service & Produktion GmbH, to develop and construct an automated guided vehicle (AGV), equipped with a magazine and control system. This solution uses a KR1018 cobot from Kassow Robots, which is mounted on a linear axis, making it extremely mobile. This allows the cobot to restock cabling machines at different heights.

“In addition to reducing the workload of personnel and personnel costs, implementing this automated system allows for seamless bobbin changes”, says Ingo Rathmann, Managing Director of project A&C.

3 questions – 3 answers! Ingo Rathmann presenting details about this order

Ingo, what is the special about this solution?

It is the combination of a very special AGV with a very special cobot! An AGV, we developed, is part of this stunning solution, it has a load capacity of up to 1,500 kilograms. The 7-axis cobot mounted on the AGV allows the use of up to 18 kilogramms – and it is highly versatile.

This is an important argument, because, together with Saurer Technologies, we at project were looking for a solution that allowed for a high level of maneuverability within the smallest possible space while still being user-friendly. A cobot from Kassow Robots is easy to operate and stands out from other solutions with its 7 axes, which even allow for an elbow-like movement. What’s more, the KR1018 can lift up to 18 kg. Automation with conventional six-axis robots would not have been possible in this case, this specific cobot was needed instead due to its extraordinary maneuvrability.

How does this solution benefit industrial end clients?

Up until this point, the heavy bobbins were changed over manually – this is now the cobot’s task. In addition to avoiding reliance on the availability of personnel, the solution offers quality benefits, as it becomes possible to trace the material, mixing up of materials is prevented, and bobbin quality is maximised thanks to the gentle handling of the bobbins.

How was the project implemented?

It was down to teamwork, not just of our engineering team and Saurer Technologies but of my colleagues at project Service & Produktion GmbH as well. They were responsible for constructing the machines. Our cooperation with the industry end client was also pivotal in successfully implementing this solution.