ROIBOT 2022: igus is looking for exciting applications with cost-effective robotics

The award for automation solutions with a fast return on investment is entering the second round.

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igus’s cost-effective robotics and automation solutions automate packaging, sort products, and help with dangerous tasks in everyday work. In 2022, the motion plastics specialist will once again be presenting the ROIBOT Award for the most creative applications. The judges are looking for projects that have achieved a quick return on investment using igus Low Cost Automation and drylin drive axes. The winners will receive a robotics package of their choice from the RBTX.com marketplace worth up to 5,000 euros.

Over 70 submissions from around the world were received last year for the 2019/2020 ROIBOT Award. The award honours automation projects that use cost-effective igus robotics and automation solutions. The winners from Salzburg (Austria) received prize money of 5,000 euros. The students constructed a mobile robot system with grippers to carry out dangerous handling tasks from a distance. It uses a glove equipped with sensor technology allowing intuitive control by means of gestures and providing feedback. The engineers developed a drive system, a battery system, and a mechanical framework for the cost-effective, maintenance-free igus robolink D articulated arm. The project impressed the expert judges enough to win first place. Second place went to Apostore’s pick-and-place system for the healthcare sector. It consisted of a robot cell and a supply system for the bulk material to be fed. Third place went to Superwurm, a German company. The earthworm farmers used igus Low Cost Automation to develop a system that counts worms automatically and packs them in cans.

ROIBOT Award goes into the next round in 2022

The ROIBOT competition is once again searching the globe for existing Low Cost Automation applications that have led to a rapid return on investment. They can use igus’s robolink articulated arm robots, drylin delta robots, Cartesian robots, and drylin drive technology. A panel of expert judges will evaluate the concepts. An exciting submission characterised by creativity and an idea for optimization will receive a high rating. The winner will receive a freely configurable robotics package worth 5,000 euros, second place 2,500 euros, and third place 1,000 euros from RBTX.com. The deadline for entries is 30 April 2022. igus will present the awards in Munich at automatica 2022, the leading trade fair for intelligent automation and robotics.

Participants can apply on the website: www.igus.eu/roibot-registration

Check out the 2019/2020 ROIBOT Award winners now: https://youtu.be/HAvJHEvj-pU

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