Simple and cost-effective automation solutions can be found in more and more SMEs as well as large industrial players. Every two years, igus honours the most creative applications with the ROIBOT Award. This year, the inventors of a labelling robot, the developers of a fully automatic container system for vegetable and herb cultivation, as well as the designers of a wallpapering machine were all delighted to receive the coveted prize.
Robots are in use all over the world. Be it in logistics, in laboratories or in agriculture. Every two years, experts from industry and the trade press, together with igus GmbH, honour the most cost-effective, creative and clever solutions with the ROIBOT Award. The competition focuses on low-cost automation solutions such as delta robots, Cartesian robots or jointed-arm robots from igus. The name of the award says it all and is the main decision criterion for the jury: a fast return on investment. A total of 110 submissions from 20 countries show the diverse application possibilities of cost-effective robotics. In the second edition of the competition, MFG Technik & Service GmbH was able to convince the jury with its “LabelMonkey” labelling robot and win robotics components worth 5,000 euros. A robolink DP multi-axis articulated robot for 7,700 euros functions here as the heart of the system. With two printing modules, it ensures that logistics labels are reliably applied to pallets. The LabelMonkey is a cost-effective and simple mechanism for the end user. The estimated return on investment of the system is just 16 to 24 months, making it a very attractive option for many logistics companies.
The increase in extreme weather conditions due to climate change requires more and more resources and personnel in agriculture. Added to this are the storage of harvests and long transport routes. The Austrian company Farmionic has therefore set itself a very special goal: The engineers are developing the vegetable garden of the future. It is a fully automated and resource-saving container system for the cultivation of vegetables and herbs with 24/7 availability, no matter where in the world. A robolink DP robot takes over all tasks on a 7th axis, from seed setting to harvesting. The cost of the robotic system is 11,200 euros. The ROI is 13 to 15 months. A forward-looking invention that was rewarded with 2nd place. Third place went to tapo-fix GmbH & Co. KG from Wolfsburg. The manufacturer of wallpapering equipment for the home and trade has developed an extremely affordable automation solution for applying adhesive to metal with the help of a room gantry robot. The purchase price is 6,700 euros. In order to relieve the employees, the dispensing robot now takes over this task. It works extremely precisely and hand in hand with the staff. The company can save up to 8,000 euros per year.
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