Robotics & Automation Awards light up London

The inaugural Robotics & Automation awards stole the spotlight in October of this year, in a spectacular ceremony held in central London. The glittering event, a true celebration of innovation and excellence in the robotics and automation industry, attracted more than 200 industry professionals from across the globe, including the UK, USA, Taiwan, Mexico, and beyond. The first-of-its-kind marked a significant milestone in recognising the groundbreaking work in this ever-evolving industry. 

In recent years, the robotics and automation sector has witnessed remarkable advancements, confronting formidable challenges such as labour shortages, supply chain complexities, workforce education, and cost control, all whilst seeking to enhance productivity, accuracy, and efficiency. The global business landscape has been in flux, and organisations worldwide are striving to gain a competitive edge through the application of cutting-edge technologies that minimise errors and reduce costs. 

The Robotics & Automation Awards is a platform designed to illuminate the most innovative solutions and projects making real impacts on businesses, industries, and society at large. 

The response to the awards was nothing short of astonishing, with entries flooding in from all over the globe. Submissions represented Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs), suppliers, resellers, system integrators, end-user partners, academic institutions, and research programmes. The selection process whittled down nearly 200 entries from 100 organisations to result in the list of deserving finalists. 

An expert, independent judging panel, consisting of C-suite industry experts and academics from renowned UK universities, reviewed and compared innovations and solutions in areas such as AI, drones, cobotics, and industry 4.0, across a range of diverse sectors including manufacturing, retail, packaging, aerospace, logistics and construction. 

The Robotics & Automation Awards went from concept to grand reality in just seven months, culminating in a dazzling gala dinner event attended by more than 200 industry leaders, and presented by special guest star, the renowned actor and comedian, Mark Watson.

Ursula O’Sullivan-Dale, editor of Robotics & Automation magazine, and a member of the judging panel, expressed her amazement at the exceptional quality and variety of entries received during the inaugural year: “The winners of the Robotics & Automation Awards truly deserve this recognition. Their stories reflect innovation and the pivotal roles that robotics and automation play in the systems and processes integral to our daily lives. We began with an ambitious list of over 20 categories and received an overwhelming response from companies across diverse industries, all eager to showcase their groundbreaking work.”

She added, “These awards combine industry expertise with innovation, creating a trailblazing event that will become essential for those looking to showcase their successes in this field in the future.”

The Robotics & Automation Awards have set a high bar for excellence in the industry, highlighting the transformative potential of robotics and automation in reshaping our world.

The Robotics & Automation Awards is only the beginning. Akabo Media, which organises the awards and publishes Robotics & Automation magazine, also organises the Robotics and Automation exhibition – the UK’s largest exhibition dedicated to these technologies – offering visitors the opportunity to interact and witness first-hand how the latest in robotics, automation and kindred technologies are shaping our future. To find out more about the exhibition, and to get involved, click here.

And the Winners Are…

  • Best Use of Cobotics – United Drug & Locus Robotics 
  • Best Use of Drones – Royal Mail & Skyports Drone Services
  • Innovative Use of Artificial Intelligence – Advanced Navigation
  • Best Use of Robotics or Automation in Retail – Jones Food Company & IPL Plastics 
  • Manufacturing Innovation – Stanley Black & Decker 
  • Innovation in Packaging Automation – Wootzano
  • Warehouse Innovation – Maersk & Dexory
  • Innovation in Aerospace – Airbus Defence and Space 
  • Best Use of Robotics or Automation in Food and Beverage – Angus Soft Fruits & Proseal UK
  • Best Use of Robotics or Automation in Cleaning and Sanitation – Purgo & ICE
  • Best Use of Robotics or Automation in Construction – ABB Robotics 
  • Innovation in Agriculture – Railscape
  • Innovation in Extreme Environments – University of Sheffield – AMRC MediTel
  • Innovation in Transportation – Peyk
  • Offshore Innovation – BladeBUG
  • Best New or Small Company – Endoline Robotics
  • The HMS Networks – Inspiring the Next Generation Award – Vex Robotics with Partners
  • Young Innovator of the Year – Ellie Allday, Ligentia
  • Industry 4.0 – Synergy Logistics and McGee & Co. 
  • Industrial Innovation – Camozzi Automation
  • The BPX – Innovation in Sustainability Award – Brilliant Planet with Platinum Electrical Engineering & Schneider Electric
  • R&D Innovation – InDePTh (Intelligent Drones for Port and Highways)

For more information about the Robotics & Automation Awards click here. 

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