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COPA-DATA zenon Challenge 2014 update

COPA-DATA zenon Challenge 2014 update
At the beginning of April this year, industrial automation software specialist COPA-DATA unleashed its zenon Challenge 2014, combining the complexity of the automation industry with the brilliance of LEGO MINDSTORMS. Already three teams from UK and Ireland have entered but there is still time for late comers to join the party. 

With the closing date for team submissions, of October 16, getting nearer the competition is continuing to build, brick by brick. 

The zenon Challenge invites both existing and potential members of the COPA-DATA Partner Community to use COPA-DATA's ergonomic HMI/SCADA software zenon as the innovative visualization and control system to power LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 creations.

Teams are judged on three criteria; project design, usability and overall creativity. But apart from that, they are encouraged to be as innovative as possible. 40 per cent of the teams' final marks will come via judges scores based on these three criteria, 40 per cent via online votes from the public and the final 20 per cent from completing goals called 'steps to success' along the way.  

The first zenon Challenge, in 2012, was won by the Polish team, SYNERGY. Their project took the form of a bird-shaped robot that collected balls and assigned them to particular containers according to colour.

However, this year the British and Irish are out in force. Three teams have already submitted their plans for the challenge. DBIS Ltd from Doncaster, APD Ltd (Amber Programmable Design Ltd) from Annan and SL Controls from Collooney are all out to bring home the goods.

First prize is 1,000 Euros to be used for a zenon Challenge party, plus a Sony Action Cam. Second prize is a Windows 8.1 tablet and third is a Sony Action Cam.

The teams cannot do it all by themselves though. 40 per cent of the final marks come from public votes after the teams have submitted a video of their creation. 

"With the launch of zenon 7.11 earlier this year we are really excited to see what new ideas the teams can come up with," enthused Beth Ragdale, Partner Manager at COPA-DATA UK. "In 2012 the standard of entries was very high and thus we're looking forward to seeing how the teams will take full advantage of the EV3 features that are now fully integrated in the zenon Logic Editor. This provides an enhanced environment in which the software can run."

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