Professor Anna Valente acknowledged with the Swiss DINNO Award 2021
01 settembre 2021
Professor Anna Valente, Chair of the Automation, Robots and Machines Laboratory within the Institute of Systems and Technologies for Sustainable Production (ISTePS) of SUPSI Department of Innovative Technologies, received the Swiss DINNO Award from the President of the Swiss Confederation, Guy Parmellin.

Anna Valente and the ARM laboratory have been selected as one of the three winners of the Swiss DINNO Award 2021. This prize honors companies, projects or individuals who have digitally modernized a product, service or process in an innovative, creative and exemplary way.

ARM laboratory is in fact deeply committed to engineer and prototype solutions of robots that could support people in executing complex tasks while preventing human exposure to health and safety risks. UMA-2 Universal Machine Automata Model 2 is a wheeled robot that can execute, in cooperation with humans, inspection and repairing processes in harsh environment. UMA-2 moves on horizontal and vertical surfaces through patented vacuum interfaces; it adapts to curved surfaces such as pillarsand tanks. Examples of industrial value chains that could benefit from its adoption would be the wind power, chemical and transport industries.

But UMA-2 is not just that. It is a little building block of a more comprehensive pipeline that ARM is promoting to launch a new approach to the so-called ethical manufacturing, where people, their competences and skills play a central role in the production ecosystem.

The award ceremony took place on August 31 in Bern during the opening of SINDEX 2021, the most important Swiss exhibition for industrial automation, with the participation of President of the Swiss Confederation, Guy Parmelin.