New Industrial Robotics Competition for Wisconsin Students
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LAB Midwest is pleased to announce the first-ever Team Automation and Robotics Competition to be held at the Wisconsin Manufacturing and Technology Show (WIMTS) at the Wisconsin State Fair Park, October 8-10, 2019.

This competition will test teams’ skills in industrial robotics programming and operation, utilizing the FANUC LR Mate 200iD educational robot. This is a one-of-a-kind robotics competition that will give students an opportunity to demonstrate the kind of teamwork, programming and operation skills employers attending the event are looking for in prospective employees.

Winning teams will receive a prize for their school, with additional scholarships awarded to the top 3 teams in the high school and college divisions. Details on prizes will be announced in the coming months, so stay tuned for more information.

Additionally, there will be a special networking opportunity for participants to meet and share their resume with hundreds of employers looking for automation skills to fill high-wage, high-demand jobs.

This is a perfect opportunity for students to practice real-world application of their training and to compare their skills to others in the field.

Competition Overview

Teams of 3 will sign up for a three-hour window in which they must design an automated solution to a proposed manufacturing objective. The objective will contain key elements of automation, including dual check safety, end of arm tool selection, robot programming, and robot operation.

A group of industrial robotics experts will judge the final operation of the program. Judging criteria will include teamwork, end of arm tool selection, complexity of the program, success of the operation, and more. A full judging matrix will be available to registrants prior to the competition.

On Thursday, October 10th there will be an awards ceremony during which winning teams will be announced and prizes handed out. The event will also include keynote speakers that are state and industry leaders. Friends and family are welcome to attend the awards ceremony.


Teams will be made up of three students who attend the same high school or college, currently enrolled during the 2019-2020 school year. An instructor from their school must approve and support the team.

For more information or to register for the competition, visit the Team Automation and Robotics Competition page.


The Wisconsin Manufacturing & Technology Show is the Midwest’s industry-leading manufacturing trade show featuring everything from additive manufacturing to robotics, manufacturing centers to welding, tooling and tool management to forming and fabricating and dozens of other essential technologies for today’s marketplace.

“Connections to Technology, Talent & Resources” is the theme of this year’s show, which is aiming to directly connect businesses to the best & brightest manufacturing talent in Wisconsin. One of the Manufacturing Labor Enhancement Initiatives within the show will be its “Connection Reception” Networking Event where students who are participating in the competitions will bring their resumes and meet with exhibitors and VIP attendees on the show floor.

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