The Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills is featuring up to 10 robots and a robotics display from Southfield’s Denso as part of its Robot Revolution exhibit. The exhibit will open Tuesday and run through July 3, 2020.
Denso’s robotics division has developed industrial robots and robotic controllers and software for more than 50 years. Visitors to the exhibit will interact with and learn from robots previously used in space, automotive production, ocean exploration, and movies.
“Working with Cranbrook affords Denso the important opportunity to build strong connections with local educational institutions and show young people what’s possible through the sciences,” says Kenichiro Ito, senior executive officer of Denso Corp. and CEO of Denso’s North American headquarters. “The Robot Revolution exhibit is not only informative and fun, it also serves as an entry point for students and families to experience firsthand how technology and innovation can help make our world a better place. Rooted in sustainability and continuous improvement, we are proud to support such a cause.”
At the exhibit, Denso will show 10 robotic arms that highlight the evolution of robotics at the company’s manufacturing facilities, historic computer modules controlling robotic and computer models, and a display that illustrates the history of Denso’s robotic development and its impact on manufacturing.
“Each component of Robot Revolution is designed to captivate audiences and provide them with the opportunity to learn more about the environments where robots are used, from space to industrial applications to humanity and everything in between,” says Michael D. Stafford, director of Cranbrook Institute of Science. “Every new exhibit to the institute has educational merits while also being fun for children and adults alike. Robot Revolution strikes that balance perfectly, engaging all guests and gaining knowledge on how robots relate to electronic and engineering technologies in their daily lives.”
Denso also sponsors the Cranbrook Institute of Science’s ecoSTEM Outreach to Southfield Public Schools, an initiative that offers programming and vouchers for the students and their families.
The company uses more than 27,000 robots on 2,600 production lines in more than 150 facilities worldwide. This scale helps the company advance its manufacturing and Industry 4.0 and allows it to improve its production processes continuously. Denso is a $48.3 billion global mobility supplier with worldwide headquarters in Japan. It has 221 facilities in 35 countries, produces thermal, powertrain, mobility, electrification, and electronic systems, and has more than 170,000 employees.