As CTO and co-founder of Universal Robots, Esben Østergaard, pulled away the black fabric covering the new e-Series cobot at last week’s Automatica fair in Munich, it not only introduced the world to a
new collaborative robot line that enables faster development for a wider variety of applications. It also marked a ten year anniversary of the cobot concept being publicly exhibited as a commercially viable automation tool. Back in 2008, as Universal Robots’ modest exhibit opened at Automatica, Universal Robots was the first and only exhibitor to show robots operating outside of safety cages.
“The next day, we were on the front page of the “Messe Zeitung” (the show newspaper). That was really the moment we realized we were on to something,” recounts Esben Østergaard, who has seen his unknown Danish startup grow to become the global market leader, creating a paradigm shift in industrial robotics. His pioneering effort was awarded the
Engelberger Robotics award, also known as the Nobel Prize of Robotics, at a ceremony hosted by Robotics Industry Association at Automatica.