Short Interview with Carsten Busch from DENSO

Sebastian Trella from Robots-Blog was able to conduct a short interview with Carsten Busch from DENSO. In the interview you can learn more about the DENSO COBOTTA.

Robots-Blog: Who are you and what is your job at Denso?

Carsten: My name is Carsten Busch and I am the Product & Business Development Manager for Cobots (collaborative robots).

Robots-Blog: What does Denso do?

Carsten: DENSO is the world’s second largest automotive supplier (Tier1). In addition to other business areas, such as heat pumps, central air conditioning systems, etc., DENSO is also a developer and manufacturer of industrial robots – and the market leader in the field of compact robots.

Robots-Blog: Do you have a lot to do with robots in your job/everyday life?

Carsten: As a Product & Business Development Manager, I’m involved with robotics virtually non-stop – and I still enjoy it every day.

Robots-Blog: Which robot from science, film or television is your favorite and why?

Carsten: Various movies like “Star Wars‘ R2D2” or “No. 5 lives” have inspired me. The film „I, Robot“ by director Alex Proyas, based on the book by Isaak Assimov, moved me a lot, because it clearly showed the blurred lines to robotics.

Robots-Blog: And which is your favorite robot from your product range?

Carsten: This is our collaborative robot „COBOTTA„. It is a very compact, lightweight cobot that is extremely versatile thanks to its intuitive apps and its arm-integrated controller, integrated gripper and camera (also winner of the German Design Award 2019).

Robots-Blog: What makes the COBOTTA so special and who is it for?

Carsten: With a net weight (including integrated control) of only 4kg, COBOTTA is extremely portable and can also be used perfectly on mobile platforms (AGV/ARM). With the intuitive apps, applications can be created in minutes without programming knowledge – including gripping and camera integration. Furthermore, due to the open platform, COBOTTA can also be programmed using various high-level languages or directly controlled by ROS-based systems. Due to its safe design and TÜV-tested functional safety, COBOTTA is perfectly suited for human-robot collaboration.

Robots-Blog: What automation tasks have you already solved with the COBOTTA?

Carsten: As already mentioned, COBOTTA is very versatile: Assembly and handling tasks in the electronics industry (e.g. parts inspection), labeling, loading/unloading processes, gluing applications, etc. Laboratory assistant in life science industry (e.g. microtiter plate and sample handling, centrifuge loading/unloading, pipetting, etc.) or in education both in school/vocational school and universities. Even a well-known magician has included COBOTTA in his magic show! 

Robots-Blog: How much is the cost for such a robot?

Carsten: A COBOTTA starts at less than 15.000 euros.

Robots-Blog: MusDo I have to know how to program to use the COBOTTA?

Carsten: For simpler pick&place applications incl. camera integration for part recognition, an application can be created intuitively and without robot knowledge in a few minutes with the COBOTTA World App – it’s very easy!

Robots-Blog: What would you like to automate in the future?

Carsten: Supporting people in need of care by robots, e.g. help with getting up, feeding, etc.

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Revenues from Robotics Deployed in Warehouses to Cross US$51 Billion by 2030

Evolving e-commerce fulfillment operations and technical improvements in robotics tech and AI are rapidly growing the commercial robotics market

New York, New York – 18 Aug 2021, The warehousing industry has ramped up its automation efforts considering the increased order volume and labor shortages fueled by the pandemic. In addition to technology solutions such as Augmented Reality (AR) powered smart glasses and handheld devices with enhanced capabilities, autonomous, collaborative, and mobile robots are proving to be the most popular and fastest-growing productivity-enhancing solution in the warehouse workspace. According to ABI Research, a global tech market advisory firm, worldwide commercial robot revenue in warehouses will have a Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of over 23% from 2021 to 2030 and exceed US$51 billion by 2030.

“Mobile robots are at the heart of the warehouse robotics market and account for most shipments and revenue. These robots, made up of Autonomous Guided Vehicles (AGVs) and Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs), are being used to move goods within the warehouse and being integrated within wider automated or manual workflows,” states Adhish Luitel, Industry Analyst, Supply Chain Management and Logistics at ABI Research.

Commercially speaking in the warehouse sector, robotics has moved from the early exploration phase to a more mature market in which early adopters are benefitting from live implementations of fully capable technical solutions. As a sign of the growing maturity of the market, a wide number of vendors such as Advantech, Brochesia,, and RightHand Robotics now offer compelling products and solutions. The surrounding ecosystem of software vendors and systems integrators is also maturing, as software and integration capabilities become increasingly important factors for commercial differentiation. ABI Research has assessed fulfillment and warehousing processes of dominant operators such as Penske, A. Duie Pyle, Amazon, and to evaluate the efficacy of deploying solutions and friction points that might arise. These companies have been reaping the benefits of enhanced key performance metrics such as shorter dock-to-stock cycles and improved inventory accuracy thanks to successful deployment of various automation and vision-based solutions in their day-to-day operations.

“In addition to robots, warehouse operators should be seeking to combine the value of multiple solutions across the fulfillment workflow to achieve desired results. There is also a need for operators to look beyond productivity and assess how technologies affect worker satisfaction and safety, worker comfort, energy consumption, distance traveled, and error rates,” Luitel explains.

For example, “Pick-by-vision” solutions from augmented reality vendors such as Picavi demand a mere 15-minute training time and can boast up to 30% efficiency gains and up to 60% in time savings for training. In addition, order storage and automated order dispenser solutions from Alert Innovation help grocery retailers enhance their Return on Investment (ROI) by over 50% versus traditional automated picking systems.

“We can also expect intelligent automation solutions to influence processes across the supply chain. In the future, operators will be venturing further into solutions like Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and mobile warehousing,” Luitel concludes.

These findings are from ABI Research’s Modern Fulfillment Trends: Warehouse Robotics, Handheld Devices and Wearables technology analysis report. This report is part of the company’s Supply Chain Management & Logistics research service, which includes research, data, and ABI Insights. Based on extensive primary interviews, Application Analysis reports present in-depth analysis on key market trends and factors for a specific technology.

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