Touchless Automation celebrates triumph against European startups


The Zurich-based startup specialising in contactless handling technologies, has received €25’000 as the winner of the Productronica Fast Forward competition. The startup’s first fully automatic machine, Levio stood out against other products from European startups.



Organised by Elektor Media and Productronica, the Fast Forward competition recognises the best innovative ideas and awards them accordingly. This year, ten startups from Belgium, Slovenia, Germany, Switzerland and Italy made it to the finals thereby getting the opportunity to pitch their solutions to over 250’000 community members of Elektor and to more than 44’000 trade fair visitors. Following their pitches, the jury nominated Touchless Automation from Switzerland and its contactless industrial machine Levio, as the winner of the competition. The startup received a cash prize of €25,000 in addition to a free booth for the next Productronica fair in 2021. Touchless Automation produces innovative industrial equipment that can manipulate parts of any material, without touching them. The equipment are designed for the manipulation, assembly and inspection of optoelectronic, MEMS and micro-optical components. Touchless Automation’s peak product, Levio, is a fully automatic die-sorter, which picks up components from a wide range of adhesive tapes. The automatic inspection system can then analyse the component and place it into different carriers and trays. Livio has been in the market since February 2019. “This prizes is a fantastic demonstration of the hard work done by the team in the last months” says Maurizio Migliore, COO at Touchless Automation. “We have presented Levio, our first fully automatic machine early this year and the industry is already recognizing its excellence and innovation potential.”(Press release/ran)