Wessling Robotics GmbH – History
Wessling Robotics GmbH was founded in 2013 as a spin off robotics technology firm based on DLR. Located in Wessling, Germany, in close proximity to the DLR Robotics and Mechatronics Center, its product focus is on cutting edge technology in advanced dexterous robotic hands. Wessling Robotics’ dexterous hand is based on the industrial design award winning DLR/HIT II hand. The Wessling hand is used by research institutions across Europe for scientific research, as well as industrial partners such as KUKA. In addition to the Wessling hand, Wessling Robotics is also foraying into prosthetic applications, which is currently under development.
| Peter Meusel
With over 20 years of experience in the fields of Mechatronics and Robotics, Mr. Meusel is the co-founder and CEO of Wessling Robotics GmbH. He holds a Diplom Ingenieur degree in Electrical Engineering from the Giesen University of Applied Science. Prior to founding Wessling Robotics, Mr. Meusel was a key member of the team that designed the DLR/Kuka Light-weight robot (LWR). His contribution to the patented force-torque sensor used on the LWR helped realized its high level of dexterity, which is still the standard for dexterous robots around the world. Mr. Meusel current primary interests are in the design of dexterous robotic hands for different applications ranging from research platforms to prosthetic designs.
Dr. Zhaopeng Chen
is a co-founder of the Wessling robotics GmbH and leads the development of its core technology and research since the company’s founding. He received his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering and automation, the M.S. and Ph.D. degree in mechatronic engineering from Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin, P.R. China, in 2005, 2007 and 2012, respectively. From 2008 to 2010, he was a joint-train Ph.D. candidate in the Institute of Robotics and Mechatronics, DLR German Aerospace Center, Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany. Since 2010, he has been with DLR German Aerospace Center in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, as a research scientist. As Director of Research, Dr. Chen works with the engineering team to advance Wessling’s technology into emerging applications.
| Benedikt Pleintinger
Mr. Pleintinger joined Wessling Robotics since 2013, where he leads the dexterous robotic hand integration effort. In addition, he has been with the Robotic and mechatronic Center at DLR, after completing his training in communications electronics in 2006. Benedikt is an experienced mechatronics professional, having worked on numerous robotics projects including DLR’s bi-ped walking robot TORO, the KUKA mobile robots omniRob, and Miiwa, the DLR Lunar Rover, DLR Kontur II 2-DOF force feedback joystick for deployment on the International Space Station, as well as the DLR-ESA Meteron Supvis-Justin space telerobotics experiment. In addition to his busy workload at Wessling Robotics and DLR, he is currently working towards the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering at the Munich University of Applied Science, Germany.