The 14th International IERA Award for Robotics and Automation has
three winners on the top of the podium this year:
“The close cooperation between research and industry is very important
for the robotics industry,” says Junji Tsuda, President of the
International Federation of Robotics. “Based on modern scientific
research, world-class products are being developed – this has been
demonstrated by all three winners.”
Perception Robotics (USA): Gecko Gripper
The technology underlying the gecko gripper is based on the model of the
gecko, which can climb on smooth surfaces. The reptile uses physical
forces of attraction between foot and surface (van der Waals forces).
Based on the work of NASA (JPL) and Stanford University, Perception
Robotics has developed a gripping solution for the manufacturing
industry using this natural model in collaboration with NASA-JPL.
KUKA (Germany): LBR Med, lightweight robot
The LBR Med Robot Assistant from Kuka Deutschland supports a variety of
tasks in medical research and practice and works in close proximity to
humans. In laboratories, clinics or operating theatres, the lightweight
robot takes over various tasks depending on the tool and program – for
example, during medical interventions, treatments or scientific test
procedures. The LBR Med has seven axes and particularly sensitive
sensors that are suitable for human-robot collaboration.
Lely International (The Netherlands): Barn floor cleaning robot
The Discovery 120 Collector navigates a programmed route through the
barn and is controlled on its way by built-in sensors. The robot vacuums
up the manure on solid walkways. The machine can spray water at the
front and the back for dilution and cleaning. The in-built vacuum pump
sucks the manure inside – once the tank is full, the Discovery drives to
the dumping location.
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