Press Release

Call for Submissions for the SPRINT Robotics Awards

SPRINT Robotics, January 25, 2021

The nomination period for the SPRINT Robotics Awards 2020 is open. The SPRINT Robotics Awards acknowledge and reward exceptional work in inspection, maintenance and cleaning robotics of capital-intensive infrastructure. Any company, other than an asset owner or operator, which contributed to the vision of SPRINT Robotics, may apply for the awards. The winners are selected by means of a majority vote by the SPRINT Robotics Program Committee. The nomination period is open until Sunday, January 31, 2021.

The SPRINT Robotics Awards are awarded annually and are divided into three categories:

  • SPRINT Robotics Award for Groundbreaking Collaborative Work towards Acceptance of Inspection and Maintenance Robotics
  • SPRINT Robotics Award for Scaling of a Robotic Solution
  • SPRINT Robotics Award for New Innovative Technology in Inspection, Maintenance or Cleaning

Former Winners

Presented at the SPRINT Robotics World Conference for Inspection and Maintenance in Robotics in Rotterdam, the 2019 winners included GE Inspection Robotics, Dow, and Nexxis.

Peter Voorhans, Dow: “The SPRINT Robotics Award process was a great experience for both our organization and the industry as well. Winning the “Scaling of a Robotics Solution” provided an excitement and renewed focus from our team. In addition, the camaraderie during the Awards event amongst all participants was great to experience; highlighting the individual and collaborative efforts of the industry as we move towards a common goal. As Dow, we were grateful to be part of this event and appreciative for the recognition of our results.”

Ekkehard Zwicker, Waygate Technologies (formerly GE Inspection Robotics): “In 2019 we won the SPRINT Robotics Award for Groundbreaking Collaborative Work for our joint development with BASF on our Boiler Robot for Inspection & Cleaning. The acknowledgment and reward for collaboration with an end-user to deploy a new robotic solution helped us in many ways. The global robotics community learned that there is a new service solution, capable and proven, to perform the entire maintenance and inspection scope without sending humans into hazardous and confined areas. For us, this led to numerous requests to offer this service to new asset owners. Internally we could justify further development and industrialization investment to scale the solution. Now we are able to offer the service on a global scale and continue to grow. We would also like to thank BASF for their continued support and trust in this solution.”

Jason De Silveira, Nexxis: "Over the years, Nexxis has continued to grow and innovate our business. We have designed a culture that encourages open learning, and curiosity, this was the main driver behind our innovative thinking and creativity that helped develop Magneto as a platform. Throughout our journey, there have been distinct moments in time, that we can pinpoint, as a company, where a shift in our success occurred and the SPRINT Robotic Awards in 2019 was definitely one of them. Winning the 1st Prize for New Innovative Technology for Inspection, Maintenance, and Cleaning, and 2nd Prize for Groundbreaking Collaborative Work towards Acceptance of Inspection and Maintenance: this was the validation and approval we needed from our customers to confirm our direction strategy and vision"

Nomination forms for the SPRINT Robotics Awards are available for download on the SPRINT Robotics website ( The application window is open up to Sunday, January 31, 2021, 23:59 CET. The winners will be revealed in Q1 of 2021 during a virtual event.

Winners of the SPRINT Robotics Awards will receive the SPRINT Robotics Award 2020 Trophy for the category, publicity in a recognized robotics and/or NDT/inspection magazine, and hotel accommodation and flights for the recipient of the award (1 person, economy class; 2 nights).

About SPRINT Robotics
Launched in 2015, the SPRINT Robotics Collaborative is a not-for-profit global foundation, driven by asset owners and operators to promote the development, availability, application and commercialization of robotics techniques in technical inspections and maintenance of capital-intensive infrastructure. SPRINT Robotics aims to achieve field use of inspection and maintenance robotics of capital-intensive infrastructure assets on a large scale to address immediate needs and long-term industry priorities: connect the value chain, develop best practices, fast-track innovations, remove barriers to entry, encourage knowledge sharing, and reduce cost, increase quality and control the risk of inspection activities.

With industry progress and acceptance of inspection and maintenance robotics globally, the SPRINT Robotics Collaborative network continues to grow at a rapid speed. Participants include asset owners and operators, technology developers and suppliers, and service providers in the robotic inspection and maintenance field around the world.

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