Mercedes-Benz Cars has received an award for its 'Robot Farming' production concept at the annual International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) in Hong Kong. 'Robot Farming' stands for overcoming previously irreconcilable antitheses in production technology.

The concept allows people and robots to work together directly in production, without a protective fence. In this interaction, the movements of the robot are directly influenced by the actions of the person. In this way, the person and the lightweight robot can carry out intricate assembly work together as part of an optimised production process. Mercedes-Benz Cars received the 'IEEE Robotics and Automation Award for Product Innovation.' Since 2010, the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers) has bestowed this award for new, innovative and commercially viable developments and products in the field of automation and robotics.

"The award for the 'Robot Farming' production concept affirms our position in progressive, revolutionary production technologies of tomorrow," said Markus Schäfer, member of the divisional board of Mercedes-Benz Cars, production and supply chain management. "We aim for premium cars and top quality. These innovative technologies will bring us forward in automotive production in terms of quality and efficiency. At the same time, the robot facilitates the work of our employees by taking over tiring tasks."