The low cost robotics innovation competition 2018 – North America

What are we looking for?

Ideenwettbewerb_Robolink-480w.jpgThe possibilities are endless but what is YOUR innovative idea to improve a manufacturing process with low cost robotics? You live in the United States of America or Canada? Share your vision with us, describe your concept or application and you can win a robolink® articulated arm (or robolink® individual parts) worth $3,000 sponsored by igus®.

Simply fill in the form below – all common file formats (PPT, Word, CAD, 3D, PDF, etc.) are accepted.
If the file size exceeds 10 MB, please provide us with a download link (dropbox, WeTransfer, etc.). Please, only submit pictures and /or videos with a good resolution. By participating, the submitter declares legally binding consent (of the participating company) to any type of reporting or advertising regarding the application.

Entries are due by 04/28/2018. The winner will be announced at the igus® trade show booth at ATX East in June 2018.


Winning application from the 2017 low cost robotics innovation competition in Germany

In their application, MLC-Engineering an articulated arm with optical measuring technology. The articulated arm removes finished parts from a production machine and transports them to an optical measuring device. The robot positions the item several times within the measuring range so that it can check all relevant dimensions. The automation enables fully automatic documentation of the measured data, shorter turn-around times and therefore a time saving of 76 %.




Best student application from the 2017 low cost robotics innovation competition in Germany

The Horb school of commerce and home economics planned to expand a toggle press with a robotic gripper arm as part of a student project. The concept is to automatically insert tokens into the press, punch defined holes and then move the tokens out of the toggle press again.

The prize

The winner can choose between a robolink® articulated arm or robolink® components worth $3,000. Further information on robolink® and the flexible low cost robotics modular system from igus® can be found here.

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