A3 Announces Winners of the New Automate Innovation Awards

AMD, ECM, and GrayMatter Robotics nab innovation awards for breakthroughs in automation that push the boundaries of technology.

Rob Spiegel

May 7, 2024

2 Min Read
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At a Glance

  • AMD Embedded+ Architecture combines the AMD x86 processor with integrated graphics and programmable hardware.
  • PrintStator is an advanced electric motor computer-aided design platform.
  • SCAN&GRIND from GrayMatter Robotics is a solution to the challenges of manual grinding operations.

The Association for Advancing Automation (A3) announced the winners of the inaugural Automate Innovation Awards. This year’s winners – AMD, ECM, and GrayMatter Robotics – were honored during a presentation at Automate 2024 in Chicago.

Representatives at A3 noted that the Automate Innovation Awards is a competition designed to recognize and celebrate the most groundbreaking automation products and solutions introduced to the market in the previous 12 months. “The winners showcase innovative and unique technologies in the field of industrial automation that also demonstrate a clear and measurable impact in terms of increased efficiencies, reduced costs, improved quality, and/or enhanced safety,” A3 said in a statement. The three award categories encompass the scope of how automation technology is implemented in real-world installations: Hardware, Software, and Systems.

A3 Describes the Three Winners

AMD Embedded+ Architecture 

Hardware: The AMD Embedded+ Architecture is the first architecture of its kind to combine the AMD x86 processor with integrated graphics and programmable hardware for critical artificial intelligence (AI) inferencing and sensor fusion applications. This architecture simplifies and accelerates design to enable original design manufacturers (ODM) to deliver optimized hardware platforms off-the-shelf and help their customers to bring automated technology and products to market faster.


Software: PrintStator is an advanced electric motor computer-aided design platform developed by Boston-based startup ECM to enable the design, optimization and manufacture of electric motors across multiple use cases while also factoring in global technology and regulatory trends. Motors designed using PrintStator incorporate ECM’s PCB Stator technology.  They are 70% lighter than conventional options, use 80% less raw materials to produce, are up to 30 dB quieter and achieve efficiencies in excess of 90%.


Systems: SCAN&GRIND from GrayMatter Robotics is a comprehensive solution to the challenges of manual grinding operations, providing efficiency, consistency and adaptability in high-mix manufacturing environments. Traditionally, robots have been limited to mass-production grinding due to the economic impracticality of manual programming. The system’s advanced features, including automated programming of the robot based on scanned data, customizable process parameters and automatic target recognition, make it feasible to leverage robotic technology in a wider range of mass- and specialized-production applications.

“Innovation drives the advancement of automation technology for increasing industrial efficiency, improving worker and consumer well-being and achieving greater sustainability,” said Clarissa Schwendeman, director of marketing at A3. “By recognizing and rewarding innovations that play a pivotal role in shaping the future of automation, we celebrate the industry pioneers leading us toward a smarter, more efficient and sustainable future.”

About the Author(s)

Rob Spiegel

Rob Spiegel serves as a senior editor for Design News. He started with Design News in 2002 as a freelancer and hired on full-time in 2011. He covers automation, manufacturing, 3D printing, robotics, AI, and more.

Prior to Design News, he worked as a senior editor for Electronic News and Ecommerce Business. He has contributed to a wide range of industrial technology publications, including Automation World, Supply Chain Management Review, and Logistics Management. He is the author of six books.

Before covering technology, Rob spent 10 years as publisher and owner of Chile Pepper Magazine, a national consumer food publication.

As well as writing for Design News, Rob also participates in IME shows, webinars, and ebooks.

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