History of DENSO Robotics

Celebrating 50+ Years

Global Supplier of Advanced Robotic Technology

Over Half a Century of Robotics Engineering Experience

Back in 1967, the U.S. was immersed in the cultural “Summer of Love” – a time of rapid change when new ideas flourished freely. Robotics was relatively unknown, with most people only able to dream about robots such as those they’d seen in sci-fi films. Few knew what a vital role robots would play in the years to come.

During the “Swinging Sixties” decade, DENSO Robotics was developing a range of state-of-the-art controllers, software and industrial robots that would forever change the face of automation. By 1970, manufacturing and implementation of their first aluminum die-casting robot was well under way.

In the years that followed, DENSO was credited with a long line of innovations, from the 4- and 6-axis mid-sized robots of the 1980s and advanced controllers of the 90s, up to the HS, HM and VS-series robots of the early 2000s. Since then, further development led to breakthrough designs such as the RC7M and RC8 controllers, as well as the latest advanced VS-series pharmaceutical robots.

Innovation Now and for the Future

Today, DENSO is an innovative leader in the field. In addition to providing robotics to global industries, DENSO itself is the world’s largest user of small assembly robots, from four-axis SCARA robots to five- and six-axis articulated units. More than 20,000 DENSO small industrial robots are employed in the company’s own manufacturing facilities, and more than 80,000 additional DENSO small industrial robots are used by other companies worldwide.

A Commitment to Quality

Since DENSO began in 1949, it has been committed to producing the highest and most consistent quality possible. This philosophy has made DENSO the company it is today, employing over 150,000 people in 38 countries and regions, with over $40.4 billion in sales.

DENSO’s commitment to building quality products has constantly driven the company to seek out new advances in technology. When industrial robot arms first appeared in the early 1960s, DENSO further developed the technology and applied it to its manufacturing processes.

DENSO Robotics offers a wide range of high-speed, high-precision four-axis SCARA and five- and six-axis articulated industrial robots, for payloads up to 20 kg. Standard, dust- and mistproof, dust- and waterproof, cleanroom and aseptic models are available to accommodate many different applications. In addition to industrial robot arms, DENSO also offers easy-to-use programming software, controllers and teaching pendants.

Wide Range of Applications and Industries

Applications include assembly, dispensing, grinding, encapsulating and potting, insertion, inspection, laser welding, machine tending, machining, material handling, material removal, nut driving, packaging, parts finishing, pick and place, polishing, press fitting, screw driving, soldering, spot welding, surface finishing, test handling and ultrasonic welding. Industries include aerospace, alternative energy, appliances, automotive, biomedical, chemicals, consumer products, disk drives, electronics, factory automation, food and beverage, general manufacturing, injection molding, life sciences, machine tools, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, plastics and semiconductors.

History at a Glance

The History of DENSO Robotics

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