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Pentarch wins two innovation awards for its robotic artillery shell handling project

Pentarch won the National Innovation and SME Innovation categories at the Land Forces Innovation Awards, in what the organizer said was a first in the awards’ history.

Pentarch was recognized for its Damocles Project, which is described as a safe and purpose-built system utilizing “robotic manipulation and the creative use of vision systems and X-ray technology to individually decant artillery shells from its casing, defuse the projectile and interrogate the armament status of a large quantity of 105 mm artillery shells”. (Photo.)

The company won a cash prize of $15,000 for each category at the awards ceremony, held on Tuesday afternoon at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Center as part of the Land Forces Exhibition.

Engineer James Tsarouhas of Anywise won the Young Innovator Award for his work designing and integrating a set of sensors for military bridges to increase their reliability and the safety of the engineers erecting them. Tsarouhas also received a cash prize of $15,000.

Commendations were also awarded to the following individuals:

  • DMTC (VIC) for leading a team that developed a rapid diagnostic system that can diagnose minutes of COVID and other viruses and bacteria that can afflict deployed troops (National Innovation Award category);
  • Tekuma (SA) for the development of the Easy Maneuver Unit (EMU), incorporating a patented Tekuma control orb as a universal controller for robots (Defense SME Innovation category); and
  • Lachlan Clark of Anywise (VIC) for his work on the software, graphical user interface (GUI) and data management system of the Fleet Agnostic Bridge Health and Usage Monitoring System (Young Innovator category).

The Innovation Awards were created by the AMDA Foundation and were first held in 2013 at the Avalon International Airshow in Australia.

“Our Innovation Awards are designed to recognize and reward innovation and achievement Australian businesses and individuals. These are still the only awards of their kind and have become more and more prestigious,” said Justin Giddings, CEO of Land Forces 2022.

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