This mechanical engineering firm from Kassel, Germany, has caught the jury’s eye with a vacuum generator for industrial robotic handling applications. The eye-catching bit is that it does not require a central compressed air system, which is a big deal, given that generating compressed air accounts for about 20 of industrial energy costs. The device instead uses a bellows vacuum pump. A piston driven by an electromechanical linear actuator compresses and releases a bellows which is connected to a hose. The other end of the hose can be connected to any standard vacuum gripper attachment. When the bellows is released, it generates a vacuum inside the hose and all the way down to the gripper.
This industrial software specialist from Kaiserslautern, Germany, has secured its nomination with a sophisticated robot optimization solution. The solution helps manufacturers (e.g. in the automotive industry) to increase their competitive edge by enabling them to program and commission their robot cells faster and more flexibly. By simulating millions of potential robot path combinations, it coordinates movement paths and sequencing across multiple robots so as to maximize efficiency and avoid collisions. The simulations also optimize movement paths to ensure maximum service life for the flexible hoses and lines attached to the robots.
Mayser GmbH & Co. KG
This safety specialist from Ulm, Germany, has secured its place on the shortlist with an ultrasonic machine safety sensor system. The product has been tested and certified for personnel safety applications in machine environments. The ultrasonic sensors generate an elliptical ultrasonic field which can reliably measure distances of up to 200 cm and detect persons and objects at distances of up to 250 cm. The product can thus be used for cobot tool and workpiece safety, and for protecting people from sharp and rotating objects.