Roborigger Wins WA Innovation Awards
In an historic first in the WA Innovator of the Year’s 13-year programme, three prizes were awarded to a single innovation this year. Roborigger impressed the judges with its universal potential to improve safety and efficiency in lifting for the construction, oil and gas, and mining industries.
Roborigger, a wireless load controlling device for crane lifting operations, won the Woodside Oil and Gas award, the South32 Technology and Innovation in mining award and the Business News ‘Great for the State’ award.
Roborigger founder and inventor, Derick Markwell, said his team were thrilled to receive these three awards.
“We believe this recognition is a strong industry validation of Roborigger’s ground-breaking potential to improve crane lifting safety and efficiency in the construction, mining and oil and gas industries.”
Markwell said the Roborigger technology is now commercialised, with a production facility established in Wangara and Roborigger units in operation across numerous sites in Australia.
“We are confident that Roborigger can do the job that it is designed to do. The awards from the WA Innovator of the Year are a terrific recognition to boost our next step in developing the export market in Europe, North America, Japan and the Middle East where we have customers already committed to trialling Roborigger.”
A larger 20 tonne unit is being commissioned and ready for use by Woodside and the team also recently delivered a unit to an offshore pipeline coating facility in Indonesia where the company is seeking to automate its handling processes.
The prestigious WA Innovator of the Year award has been an initiative of WA government under the New Industries Fund since 2006 to showcase innovative and entrepreneurial individuals and businesses.