Looking back at ECHORD++ at automatica fair 2018

Date:4 Juli 2018 - By:Anna Principato - Category:
Munich, 19.-22. June 2018 , more than 46,000 visitors and 890 exhibitors, participated in automatica, the leading trade fair for intelligent automation and robotics. automatica focuses on human-robot collaboration, digital transformation, artificial intelligence and work 4.0. Moreover, it creates the ideal environment for concrete investment – which was confirmed by 97 % of all visitors.

Of course ECHORD ++ was part of this important event!

11 prototypes and components were showcased: AAWSBE, MODUL (ANYbotics), CLARC, CATCH, FlexSight, HyQReal, iSybot, LINarm++, SAGA, SIAR and WIRES. The 150 square metre booth was perfectly positioned in the middle of hall B4. Hall B4 was also the hall recommended by the Bavarian Minister for Economic Affairs in his opening speech for being „the most innovative hall“. After four days, all ECHORD participants were extremely satisfied by the number of visitors and the interesting contacts they could make.

ECHORD ++ Award Ceremony

On the evening of the first automatica day, ECHORD++ invited for the Best Picture and Best Video Award Ceremony. More than 100 guests followed the invitation. Many thanks to Reinhard Lafrenz, Secretary General of euRobotics, for the moderation of the ceremony, Professor Alois Knoll for his opening words and Marie-Luise Neitz from TUM for the final words. The award ceremony was followed by a social get together with networking opportunities with drinks and snacks.

The happy award winning teams were:

Best Video: MODUL (ANYmal) https://youtu.be/m1-s8iOJaI4

Best Picture Call2 Experiments: CATCH, the cucumber harvesting robot

Best Picture PDTI: SIAR, the sewer inspection autonomous robot

Watch the Trailer of the Best Video Nominees.


The ECHORD++ booth was crowded during the entire fair, some of our important visitors were:

  • A scandinavian delegation of 50 roboticists (industry and research) visited the booth divided in 4 smaller groups.
  • The team of the Innovation Journey, an organised tour by Messe München and the SZ Scala stopped by: this exclusive circle of about 30 participants wants to come into direct contact with startups, hi-techs, researchers and lateral thinkers.
  • Juha Heikkilä took the time to visit the ECHORD++ booth, despite his very busy schedule.

Don’t miss the next events to meet ECHORD++ experiments and prototypes at :

IROS2018 in October in Madrid, Spain

MEDICA tradefair in November in Düsseldorf


Pictures and impressions of the Award ceremony: