HANNOVER MESSE 2018, 23 - 27 April
Awards & Competitions

ROBOTICS AWARD 2018: Three contestants selected for final round

The prize for applied robotics solutions - For the eighth time now HANNOVER MESSE is teaming up with trade journal Industrieanzeiger and the Robotation Academy to sponsor the ROBOTICS AWARD.

The prize for applied robotics solutions


The ROBOTICS AWARD recognizes technological innovations that make a contribution towards robot-assisted solutions in the field of industrial automation or towards the development of mobile robots and autonomous systems.

In order to qualify, entries for the ROBOTICS AWARD must be on show to the public for the first time at HANNOVER MESSE or otherwise constitute a significant further development of an already existing product or system. In addition, the expert jury wants to see solutions that are at least market-ready or, preferably, have been tested in an industrial environment. Another criterion is that the automation solutions must be seen as particularly progressive in both a technological and economic sense, and also should make an important contribution to fulfilling the needs of industry or society.

Tuesday, 24 April | 3:30 p.m. | hall 14, stand L19

The innovative prizewinner and other nominees will be presented im Forum Automation auf der HANNOVER MESSE. more


The Stuttgart-based drag&bot automation provider made the final cut on the basis of its programming platform which allows users to intuitively program and flexibly operate industrial robots from a wide range of manufacturers. A cloud and graphics-based interface can be used from anywhere. The software can also be expanded to cover all the relevant hardware and software. Its operation requires no prior robotics or IT skills, making it possible to use industrial robots economically in small batches.

The Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Applied Materials Research (IFAM) impressed the jury with its system for milling large components that can be used to upgrade standard industrial robots to become mobile CNC milling robots. The solution consists of a modularly designed mobile system on a highly rigid mobile platform (AGV) and involves integrating various technologies to increase accuracy. This mobile and flexible system enables highly productive precision machining, making it possible to replace space-consuming gantry systems. A low investment volume and increased productivity are above all useful for the production of large components and industrial tool and die making. Visitors to HANNOVER MESSE can see the mobile CNC robots at the Siemens stand in Hall 9.

The Heinz Berger Maschinenfabrik , a Wuppertal-based company specializing in grinding and polishing technology, won over the jury with its process chain of robot cells used as a polishing system for pots and pans. A total of 33 highly interactive, networked robot systems are capable of executing fully automated workpiece and tool changes. Intelligent cell interaction and distribution of the individual production steps make the systems enormously flexible, particularly for efficiently producing small batch sizes. An integrated Industry 4.0 interface with IP-based protocols means that the system can be controlled and monitored worldwide. The system is already deployed on the factory floor in Wuppertal.

Review: In 2017, the software specialist fleXstructures GmbH won the ROBOTICS AWARD.

Gewinner 2017

Second place was taken by Mayser GmbH & Co. KG (Lindenberg, Germany) with eta|opt GmbH (Kassel, Germany) coming in at third place.

The winning entry is the IPS ROBOT OPTIMIZATION software solution submitted by fleXstructures GmbH – an entry which illustrates the vast potential of advanced simulation technology for industrial use. This solution is targeted primarily at helping automotive manufacturers to gain a competitive edge by programming and commissioning their robot cells faster and more flexibly. By simulating millions of potential robot path combinations, IPS ROBOT OPTIMIZATION coordinates movement paths and sequences 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.

ROBOTICS AWARD 2017 - For the seventh time now HANNOVER MESSE is teaming up with trade journal Industrieanzeiger and the Robotation Academy to sponsor the ROBOTICS AWARD.









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