ROIBOT 2022: igus seeks exciting, quick return applications with cost-effective robotics

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

igus’s cost-effective robotics
and automation solutions automate packaging, sort products, and help with
dangerous tasks in everyday operations. In 2022, igus will present the ROIBOT
(Return on Investment in Robotics) Award once again 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 worth up to €5,000 from
the marketplace.

Over 70
submissions from around the world were received for the 2019/2020 ROIBOT Award,
the igus award that recognises automation projects that use cost-effective igus
robotics and automation solutions. The winners, engineering students from
Salzburg in Austria, received prize money of €5,000 by constructing a mobile
robot system with grippers to carry out dangerous handling tasks from a safe
distance. The assembly uses a glove equipped with sensor technology allowing
intuitive control by means of gestures and providing feedback. The engineers
developed a drive system, battery system and a mechanical framework for the low
cost, maintenance-free igus robolink D articulated arm, and the entry was
impressive enough to win first place.

Second place went
to Apostore’s pick-and-place system for the healthcare sector, consisting of a
robot cell and a supply system to feed the bulk material. Third place went to
Superwurm, a German company that farms earthworms. Superwurm used igus Low Cost
Automation to develop a system that counts worms automatically and packs them
in cans.

Award enters the next round in 2022

In 2022, the ROIBOT competition
is once again searching the globe for good Low Cost Automation applications
that have led to a rapid return on investment. To qualify 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 concept.
Entries characterised by creativity and that deliver optimisation in design
will receive higher ratings. The winner will receive a freely configurable
robotics package worth €5,000, second place receives €2,500, and third place
€1,000 from

The entry deadline 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: