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Brandix seeks innovators to develop robotic arm
Sep '14
Brandix, one of the biggest apparel exporters in Sri Lanka, has initiated a challenge for Sri Lankan innovators to build a robotic arm that can pick up single pieces of fabric from a stack and place them in a reverse-order stack within a specified area, within five minutes.

The challenge also entails that the entire stack may not be picked up at once, reversed in the air and placed in the new location and that the pieces of fabric should not be damaged or folded in the process.

This innovation which Brandix calls a ‘potentially life-changing annual innovation’ award for a successful robotic solution to an industry-specific challenge significantly raises the bar for Sri Lankan innovators working in the sphere of automation.

Brandix is the principal sponsor of the 2014 Sri Lanka Robotics Challenge which will select Sri Lanka’s representation at the next International Robotics Challenge (IRC) conducted annually by the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Mumbai.

The Brandix Innovation Award will comprise of a cash prize of Rs 250,000 and a trophy. To top it, Brandix will provide an opportunity within its group to the innovator to build or refine the robot and connect with global robotics specialists and employment opportunity to work on the prototype.

If the product is commercially viable, seed funding and assistance to register a company from Disrupt Unlimited, the Brandix-led start-up seed accelerator. Disrupt Unlimited is a seed accelerator that seeks to inspire, mentor and fund start-ups with breakthrough solutions to disrupt products, practices, processes and business models in the apparel, textile and accessories sectors.

Brandix said its role is to encourage innovators from across industries to develop technology-driven solutions that address challenges at every stage of the supply chains, leading to revolutionary changes in the way apparels, textiles and accessories are made, packaged, distributed and consumed.

The finals of the 2014 Sri Lanka Robotics Challenge are scheduled for 12th December 2014, with the qualification round for the Industry Challenge to be held on 11th December 2014.

Fibre2fashion News Desk - India

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