German Design Award 2020: COBOTTA by DENSO Robotics Wins „Excellent Product Design Industry“ Award The innovative robot for human-robot-collaboration has been honored with the prestigious Design Award, presented by the German Design Council.

German Design Award 2020: COBOTTA by DENSO Robotics Wins „Excellent Product Design Industry“ Award

COBOTTA, the innovative, compact robot for safe human-robot-collaboration by DENSO Robotics, is now also setting new standards in design: The robot has been recognized with the prestigious German Design Award 2020 in the „Excellent Product Design Industry“ segment.


The jury’s award statement for COBOTTA explained: “The strikingly rounded design of the futuristic-looking robot arm consistently does without with sharp edges and pinch points and is therefore ideally suited for working with people. In addition, there is a user-centric user interface that is intuitive to understand.“


“We are very proud of this award, because we not only put special emphasis on the high safety and quality standards of our products, but also focus on their user-friendliness and modern design“, said Dirk Schöffler, Senior Manager, DENSO Robotics Europe. “This is a continuing DENSO design success story as both the VS-087 and the VS-050 / VS-060 models, for example, have also received the IF Design Award.“


The German Design Awards constitute the German Design Council's premium international prize, and is one of the world's most renowned design competitions. The German Design Council is one of the world’s leading centers of expertise in communication and knowledge transfer in the area of design, innovation and branding. Prizes will only be awarded to projects that truly represent pioneering contributions to the German and international brand and design landscape. The 2020 awards will be presented on 7 February 2020 at Frankfurt am Main during the „Ambiente“ trade fair show.


In the German Design Awards 2020, prizes were awarded in the three main categories "Excellent Product Design", "Excellent Communications Design" and "Excellent Architecture". A total of about 5,300 entries from 69 countries marked a further increase in the number of participants from outside Germany.


The jury awarded COBOTTA’s inherently safe design, which features a lightweight arm without sharp edges, a minimal possible application of force and pressure (thanks to adequately developed drive technology), and a speed adapted to robot-human-collaboration (100 – max. of 1,000 mm/sec), as well as the robot’s “functional safety”, which is provided by constantly monitoring torque and speeds of all axis.


These high safety standards recently also have been confirmed by the TÜV Rheinland, which certified the robot as a serial model according to the comprehensive ISO standards for the safety of industrial and collaborative robots. The jury was also convinced of the intuitive user interface of the graphically designed App „COBOTTA World“, offering a particularly user-friendly experience.


With a unit weight of only 4 kg and a controller integrated into the robot arm, as well as comprehensive safety features, COBOTTA is easy to transport and can be quickly put to work; COBOTTA has been developed as an open-source platform and thus can be integrated into existing systems. With a loading capacity of up to 500 gr and its unique compact design, COBOTTA is particularly well suited for operating in small spaces and in direct collaboration with humans. In addition, COBOTTA is also available with a built-in vacuum electrical generator and vacuum gripper as well as with a Fieldbus adaptor (ProfiNet, EtherCAT, Ethernet IP).


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