IERA Award goes to ABB's PixelPaint Technology


The 2021 Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics & Automation (IERA) goes toPixelPaint technology of ABB. Two high-precision robots make car painting faster, more sustainable and flexible – helping manufacturers to efficiently respond to individual demands. Two-tone and customized designs are applied in one pass. The technology eliminates overspray benefitting the environment.


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Recipient: ABB PixelPaint
Presenter: Carrie-MiaoJing Zou
Citation: “For innovations in the field of automated painting, providing more flexibility and customization with reduced wasted paint for the wellness of the environment”


The Winner

ABB’s PixelPaint non-overspray technology helps automotive manufacturers to respond to the demands of car buyers, enabling them to create two-tone or customized paint jobs without the need for time-consuming masking and demasking. This significantly reduces time and cost, while also improving productivity and expanding the possibilities of customization. PixelPaint is 50% faster and more sustainable, using an inkjet head to eliminate overspray, allowing two-tone paint and individual designs to be applied in onepass, without masking and de-masking.


The finalists were:

  • InPicker by INFAIMON (Spain) – a universal pick and place system for industrial applications.
  • MIRAI software by Micropsi Industries (Germany) – an AI-driven control system that enables industrial robots to deal with variance in production.
  • MiR250 by Odense (Denmark)- a user-friendly mobile robot that optimizes material handling workflows across industries.

About the Award for Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Robotics & Automation Award (IERA)

The IERA Award highlights and honors the achievements of innovators with value creating ideas and entrepreneurs who propel those ideas into world-class products. The IEEE Robotics and Automation Society (IEEE/RAS) and the IFR jointly sponsor the award - underlining their determination to promote stronger collaboration between science and industry in robotics.

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