HANNOVER MESSE 2019, 01 - 05 April
Awards & Competitions


In collaboration with the Industrie Anzeiger and the Robotation Academy, the Hannover Messe is awarding the prize for innovative, applied robot solutions for the ninth time.

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.

The winner 2018

Robotics Award winner 2018

During the HANNOVER MESSE 2018 thw Heinz Berger Maschinenfabrik from Wuppertal won the Robotics Award.

The specialist for grinding and polishing technology won against the other nominees Fraunhofer Institute IFAM (mobile system for milling large components) and drag & bot (platform for the intuitive programming of industrial robots) with its process chain of robot cells.

The jury selects a traditional company in first place. Heinz Berger Maschinenfabrik has been producing grinding and polishing machines since 1957. The firm specializes in grinding and polishing technology for workpieces across an extensive range of industries, including cutting tools, hand tools, surgical implements and the wood processing industry. The Wuppertal firm’s entry for the ROBOTICS AWARD was a process chain of robot cells. Tool and workpiece changes are performed as a completely automatic operation by a total of 33 fully interacting and integrated robot systems. The intelligent interaction of the cells and allocation of production steps result in a highly flexible and efficient operation – even for small production runs. An integrated Industry 4.0 interface with IP-based protocols means that the system can be controlled and monitored from anywhere in the world. In their comments, the jury noted in particular that this was a holistic solution for the SME segment in an area that had not been previously automated.


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