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Robotics ideas for trade and small businesses: These are the finalists of the KUKA Innovation Award 2024

Robotics for bakeries, bending processes or clothing companies: In the cur-rent round of the KUKA Innovation Award, creativity in robotics for trade and SMEs is in demand. The three final teams have now been selected. They will present their ideas at the Hannover Messe in April - the winner will receive €20,000 in prize money.

18 January 2024


What challenges in craft businesses and small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) can robots solve? What new interactive applications are possible? How can robotics and automation contribute to the transformation of these sectors and help solve challenges such as the shortage of skilled workers and rising costs? KUKA's annual innovation competition in 2024 is based on the motto "Robots for the People", in the context of which KUKA wants to make robotics and automation easily accessible to everyone.

Research teams and young entrepreneurs from all over the world were invited to submit creative and innovative ideas on collaborative robotics for small and medium-sized enterprises. The aim of the challenge: to develop innovative applications, technologies and software based on the KUKA cobot LBR iisy and the iiQKA robot operating and ecosystem.

The jury decided on these three final teams

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Here`s what happens next

The finalists will present their ideas to the public in regular demonstrations from April 22 to 26, 2024 at the Hannover Messe in Hall 5, Stand D12. On Thursday, April 25 at 11 a.m., the jury will then select the winner of the €20,000 Innovation Award directly at the trade fair booth.

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