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Best New or Small Company 

This category is open to solution providers, small companies or start-ups across the robotics and automation value chain that employ fewer than 50 people and are less than three years old. This award seeks to recognise new, innovative and disruptive forces in the robotics sector and the outstanding work done by smaller and less resource-rich organisations, which form a vital part of the industry and drive innovation in the sector. Solution providers may apply without and end-user partner. 

Inspiring the Next Generation

This category is open to any organisation working in fields related to robotics or automation or involving the manufacture, supply or integration of robotic or automated systems. Entrants must demonstrate how their organisation has positively contributed to inspiring the next generation through initiatives such as school outreach programmes, funding initiatives to inspire school students or leavers to enter robotics, or other schemes that otherwise contribute to this goal. Solution providers may apply without an end-user partner.

 

 

Rising Star

This category is open to any person under 25 working with robotic or automated systems that has not completed a graduate or post-graduate degree in their related field. Those who have completed apprenticeships, practical examinations or short online or in-person courses are encouraged to apply. Entrants, or those nominating an entrant, need to demonstrate why the candidate has shown innovation or excellence in their work and made positive contributions to an organisation and/or the wider sector.

Team of the Year 

This category is open to any organisation that can demonstrate innovative, efficient or otherwise effective use of Teamwork across its operations. Entrants must be able to show the organisational or wider sector benefits resulting from the application of the technology. Solution providers must apply with an end-user partner.

 

 

 


 

Applied Technologies

Best Use of Cobotics 

This category is open to any organisation that can demonstrate innovative, efficient or otherwise effective use of collaborative robots (cobots) across its operations. Entrants must be able to show the organisational or wider sector benefits resulting from the application of the technology.

Best Use of Drones

This category is open to any organisation, research institution or research team that can demonstrate an innovative use of robotics or automation for applications in the aerospace industry. Entrants must be able to show the organisational or wider sector benefits of their work. Solution providers may apply on the condition they enter with an end-user partner.

Smart Factory

This category is open to any organisation that has implemented technologies under the remit of Industry 4.0 into its operations in a way that is innovative, improves efficiency or is otherwise beneficial to the organisation or the sector. Examples of applicable technologies include those involving: sensors, mobile computing, cloud computing, IoT, big data/ data analytics, RFID, 3D printing, drones, cybersecurity and more. Solution providers may apply on the condition they enter with an end-user partner.

Industrial Innovation

This category is open to any organisation that can show innovative application of industrial robotic or automated solutions. Entrants must show how use of such solutions has led to gains in productivity and efficiency, cost savings or other improvements to overall operations. Any end-user organisation that uses robotics or automation technologies for industrial applications may apply. Solution providers may apply on the condition they enter with an end-user partner.

Innovation in Packaging Automation

This category is open to any organisation using automated systems to package or otherwise prepare goods for shipment. Entrants need to demonstrate expertise in the use of automated packaging processes and excellence in the use of or development of such systems. Solution providers may apply on the condition they submit their entry with an end-user partner.

Innovative Use of Artificial Intelligence

This category is open to any organisation that has implemented artificial intelligence (AI) or AI-powered technologies into its operations in a way that is innovative, improves efficiency or is otherwise beneficial to the organisation or the sector. Solution providers may apply on the condition they enter with an end-user partner.       

Autonomous Vehicles

This category is open to any organisation that can demonstrate innovative, efficient or otherwise effective use of autonomous vehicles across its operations. Entrants must be able to show the organisational or wider sector benefits resulting from the application of the technology. Solution providers must apply with an end-user partner.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Software & IT

This category is open to any organisation that can demonstrate innovative, efficient or otherwise effective use of software & IT across its operations. Entrants must be able to show the organisational or wider sector benefits resulting from the application of the technology. Solution providers must apply with an end-user partner.

 

 


 

Industry Sector

Best Use of Robotics or Automation in Cleaning and Sanitation

This category is open to any organisation that can show innovative application of robotic or automated solutions in the field of cleaning and/or sanitation. Entrants must show how use of such solutions has led to gains in productivity and efficiency, cost savings or other improvements to overall operations, such as staff wellbeing or environmental benefit. Any end-user organisation in the cleaning and sanitation sector may apply. Solution providers must apply with an end-user partner.

Best Use of Robotics or Automation in Construction

This category is open to any organisation that either uses robotics or automated systems within its processes or develops and/or integrates robotic or automated solutions for application in construction. Entrants need to demonstrate expertise in the use, integration or development of robotics or automated construction systems. Solution providers may apply on the condition they submit their entry with an end-user partner.

Best Use of Robotics or Automation in Food and Beverage 

This category is open to any organisation that can show innovative application of robotic or automated solutions in the field of food and beverage. Entrants must show how use of such solutions has led to gains in productivity and efficiency, cost savings or other improvements to overall operations, such as staff wellbeing or environmental benefit. Any end-user organisation in the food and beverage sector may apply. Solution providers may apply on the condition they enter with an end-user partner.

Best Use of Robotics or Automation in Healthcare

This category is open to any organisation that can show innovative application of robotic or automated solutions in the public or private healthcare, pharmaceutical and medical sectors. Entrants must show how use of such solutions has led to gains in productivity and efficiency, cost savings or other improvements to overall operations, such as staff wellbeing or environmental benefit. Any end-user organisation in the healthcare, pharmaceutical or medical fields may apply. Solution providers may apply on the condition they enter with an end-user partner.

Best Use of Robotics or Automation in Retail

This category is open to any organisation that can show innovative application of robotic or automated solutions in retail applications. Entrants must show how use of such solutions has led to gains in productivity and efficiency, cost savings or other improvements to overall operations, such as staff wellbeing or environmental benefit. Any end-user organisation in the retail sector may apply. Solution providers may apply on the condition they enter with an end-user partner.

Innovation in Aerospace

This category is open to any organisation, research institution or research team that can demonstrate an innovative use of robotics or automation for applications in the aerospace industry. Entrants must be able to show the organisational or wider sector benefits of their work. Solution providers may apply on the condition they enter with an end-user partner.

Innovation in Agriculture

This category is open to any organisation, research institution or research team that can demonstrate innovative use of robotics or automation for application in agriculture. Candidates must be able to show the wider organisational or sector benefits of their work/solution. Solution providers may apply on the condition they submit their entry with an end-user partner.

Innovation in Defence

This category is open to any organisation, research institution or research team that can demonstrate an innovative use of robotics or automation for defence or security applications. Applications include, but are not limited to, surveillance, logistics, communications, transportation of people in dangerous environments or armoured vehicles. Entrants must be able to show the wider societal benefits of their solution. Solution providers may apply on the condition they enter with an end-user partner.

Innovation in Extreme Environments

This category is open to any organisation, research institution or research team that can demonstrate innovative use of robotics or automation for application in an extreme environment. The purview of ‘extreme environments’ includes nuclear facilities, natural disaster relief areas or environments affected by extreme temperatures, pressure or inaccessibility, such as tunnels. Candidates must be able to show the wider organisational or sector benefits of their work/solution. Solution providers may apply on the condition they submit their entry with an end-user partner.

Transport and Logistics

This category is open to any organisation that can show innovative application of robotic or automated solutions in the field of transport & logistics. Entrants must show how use of such solutions has led to gains in productivity and efficiency, cost savings or other improvements to overall operations, such as staff wellbeing or environmental benefit. Solution providers must apply with an end-user partner.

 

Innovation in the Warehouse

This category is open to any organisation that can demonstrate how its use of robotics and/or automation has been innovative or has enhanced productivity, efficiency gains or cost savings within a warehouse environment in an outstanding way. Any end-user organisation in the warehousing sector may apply. Solution providers or 3PLs may apply on the condition they enter with an end-user partner.

The Troax Manufacturing Innovation

This category is open to any organisation that can demonstrate how its use of robotics and/or automation has been innovative or has enhanced productivity, efficiency gains or cost savings within a manufacturing environment in an outstanding way. Any end-user organisation in the manufacturing sector may apply. Solution providers may apply on the condition they enter with an end-user partner

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Automotive 

This category is open to any organisation that can show innovative application of robotic or automated solutions in the automotive industry. Entrants must show how use of such solutions has led to gains in productivity and efficiency, cost savings or other improvements to overall operations, such as staff wellbeing or environmental benefit. Solution providers must apply with an end-user partner.

 

 

 

Offshore Innovation

This category is open to any organisation, research institution or research team that can demonstrate an innovative use of robotics or automation for application in an offshore environment, including but not limited to facility inspection, maintenance, energy sourcing or marine research/preservation. Candidates must be able to show the wider organisational or sector benefits of their work/solution. Solution providers may apply on the condition they submit their entry with an end-user partner.

Health & Safety 

This category is open to any organisation that can show innovative application of robotic or automated solutions in the field of health & safety. Entrants must show how use of such solutions has led to gains in productivity and efficiency, cost savings or other improvements to overall operations, such as staff wellbeing or environmental benefit. Solution providers must apply with an end-user partner.

 

 

 

Aviation

This category is open to any organisation that can show innovative application of robotic or automated solutions in the aviation industry (including aerospace, commercial airport operations, etc). Entrants must show how use of such solutions has led to gains in productivity and efficiency, cost savings or other improvements to overall operations, such as staff wellbeing or environmental benefit. Solution providers must apply with an end-user partner.

 

 

 


 

Research & Innovation

The BPX Innovation in Sustainability

This category is open to any organisation that can demonstrate how use of robotic or automated solutions can or has led to improvement in the environmental impact of the company. This can include promoting biodiversity, reducing energy consumption or cutting carbon emissions. Solution providers must apply with an end-user partner.

 

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R&D Innovation

This category is open to any research project from a team, research institution or university from the past five years (projects may be ongoing) that involves the use of robotics or automated systems in an innovative way that has led or could lead to wider sector and/or societal benefits. Solution providers may apply without an end-user partner, though entries with academic institutions are preferred.