Incubed wins robotics award at Hannover Messe |

Incubed wins robotics award at Hannover Messe

April 15, 2015 - It was not an easy decision. All of the robotics solutions that made it to the top ten and ultimately the top three nominations for the fifth ROBOTICS AWARD were top-notch and creative, which made the cheers for the eventual winner even louder. incubed IT from Hart, Austria, accepted the prize from Olaf Lies, Lower Saxony Minister of Economy, Labor and Transportation as well as patron of the ROBOTICS AWARD, during a festive award ceremony on Tuesday at HANNOVER MESSE. incubed IT was convincing with a robotics solution for shuttles that move intelligently, autonomously and flexibly. Goldfuß Engineering GmbH from Balingen took second place with a two-arm robot that optimizes package handling. MRK-Systeme GmbH from Augsburg rounded out third place with a robot that passes parts to workers in automotive final-assembly.

“The winners and nominees of the ROBOTICS AWARD 2015 have once again impressively demonstrated the potential of robots,” said Dr. Jochen Köckler, member of the managing board at Deutsche Messe AG. “The solutions are outstanding examples of the fundamental role robots play in improving competitiveness and flexibility in industrial manufacturing.”

Deutsche Messe AG, the trade magazine Industrieanzeiger, and the Robotation Academy have presented the ROBOTICS AWARD for five years as part of HANNOVER MESSE. An independent jury of robotics experts evaluates submissions according to various criteria, especially the solution’s level of technical innovation and its usefulness for industry, the environment and society. Economic benefits for users and potential sales demand are also considered.

incubed IT GmbH boldly fulfilled all criteria: its solution involves transport robots (shuttles) that navigate autonomously and are able to dynamically avoid obstacles. The software covers the steering of individual shuttles as well as the overall coordination of numerous shuttles.

Goldfuß Engineering GmbH’s new removal system for folding cardboard packaging makes it possible for the first time to automatically open and grip the packing material, feed it through the cartoner, and remove the empty cartons – all at a rate of 500 pieces per minute. This is accomplished by using a Motoman two-arm robot.

MRK-Systeme GmbH’s submission involved human-robot collaboration: a robot with a protective shroud removes unordered parts from a load carrier and hands them to humans in an ergonomically favorable position. Human and machine interact directly with one another with optimum feedback and intuitive transfer of parts. The human dictates the cadence.