Interview with Industry Expert: Marco Dutenstädter

Sep 11, 2020

If you attended our TracePen launch webinar series, you must have seen our VP Sales Marco Dutenstädter in the demo sessions. Marco has been in the robotics industry for about a decade and he has a wealth of knowledge and experience in this industry. As an industry expert, he explains the relevance of the Wandelbots’ solution and the anticipated rise in automation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in this interview:

 Question 1: How would you estimate the potential of Wandelbots’ robot programming software platform?

Answer: Based on my experience with industrial robots and especially in the last few years with the sale of collaborative robots (COBOTS), I noticed that robot-users are becoming more and more demanding about flexibility in their production. This is influenced by the shortage of skilled workers on one hand and on the other hand, by the economic fluctuations with different production sizes and the even shorter product life cycles.   

The Cobot Manufacturers and Lightweight-Robot suppliers have already proven that it is possible to simplify the use of robots and we can see this in the rising trend and the promising growth in the number of units sold in this new market. This means for us at Wandelbots, that we can offer exactly the right product at the right time. The market is waiting for ease in the use of robotic solutions and this is growing continuously.  

I expect that we can improve thousands of robot applications globally in the coming years and what we offer to the market is definitely a revolution in robotics. One of our main goals is to democratize robotics for everyone.

Question 2: What are the top 3 product features that make the TracePen so unique and why have you picked these 3?

Answer:

  1. The Ease of use at Path-programming and Skill logic programming: Our Tracepen can be used in a very natural way without any long training. This is a very unique way to teach a robot even for little children. The real game-changer is that we can now realize difficult tasks with robots without a robot programming expert or an additional PLC programmer. No comparison with the existing free drive function on the market that is only useful for pick & place and not for a path or logic programming.

     

  2. Robot Brand Independence: We offer the users the best fit of traditional proven robots with an easy to use interface and self-learning interactions between the users and the machines by our TracePen and innovative software platform. That enables a new level of flexibility in the use of different robots for a high variety of applications.

     

  3. Keyframe Prediction with AI Algorithm: Our Software is very intelligent thanks to the use of modern AI functionalities. Our system continuously learns from the recorded data with the TracePen and data from the robot. This allows our software to give the best fit recommendation to the user for the task and perfect robot path to quickly achieve the desired accuracy and adjustments such as speed, acceleration, deceleration, blending for example. This makes a big difference for a lot of applications especially path intensive applications like welding, gluing, grinding, deburring, painting, and many more. 

Question 3: What are your expectations on the rise in robot demand after the COVID-19 pandemic?  

Answer: I expect that we will have an increasing demand for robot solutions and automation itself. The reasons are that the COVID-19 pandemic has shown how fragile and vulnerable the supply chains are and that is why many producers are considering reshoring of working forces in order to be able to react more flexibly and independently to fluctuating production lot sizes in the future. Also, due to this COVID-19 crisis, a wave of investments is piling up. When the economy picks up again, it will be necessary to ramp up fast the production performance very quickly and efficiently in the shortest possible time. The companies which are able to test, integrate, and evaluate innovations or new technologies and solutions for improvements during this period, become the so-called winners of the crisis and come back stronger than before. The same was observed after the last world economic crisis in 2008. 

If you would like to know more about our solution or you have any questions, contact us today and we’ll be happy to assist you in the best way.

“I believe that only technologies and solutions that are easy to use and support will win and help end user to be more successful.”

Marco Dutenstädter

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