HANNOVER MESSE 2018, 23 - 27 April

Five nominees announced

2018 marks the 15th season in which Deutsche Messe is awarding this prize in the context of HANNOVER MESSE. The technology prize expedites the process of turning new ideas into market-ready products and processes.

Hermes Award 2017

The HERMES AWARD is one of the world's most prestigious technology prizes. It is offered every year by Deutsche Messe AG in connection with the HANNOVER MESSE industrial technology fair. Each year's award recognizes a product which is characterized by outstanding technological innovation and which is on show at HANNOVER MESSE for the first time.

An independent jury under the chairmanship of Dr. Wolfgang Wahlster, who heads the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), has nominated five companies for the 2018 HERMES AWARD. The five solutions developed by these firms will be presented at the formal Opening Ceremony for HANNOVER MESSE on the evening of 22 April. The winner will then be announced by Anja Karliczek, Germany’s Minister for Education and Research.

The following companies were nominated for the 2018 HERMES AWARD

Alpha Laser, Puchheim

Alpha Laser's entry is a new type of mobile laser welding system for flexible repair operations. What makes it special is the fact that it comes with safety goggles featuring integrated 3D AR visualization functionality. Thanks to this functionality, the operator can focus on the welding task at hand while remaining fully aware of his/her surroundings. The welding task appears in magnified form in the field of vision, and process-relevant data such as the crosshair is also displayed in the image. The laser is triggered by an ergonomically designed handset which allows it to be deployed flexibly and safely. Exhibitor

Endress+Hauser Messtechnik GmbH + Co. KG, Weil am Rhein

The iTHERM TrustSens TM371 is a hygienic, compact, in-line thermometer with a self-calibrating sensor. It is used for safety and quality-related process temperature measurements, such as are used in the food and life sciences industries. The unit's sensor self-calibrates against the material-specific Curie temperature of an integrated reference sensor. Thanks to the precision and long-term reliability of the Curie temperature-based reference system, the iTHERM TrustSens TM371 is audit-proof and eliminates the need for regular recalibration. Exhibitor

GBS German Bionic Systems GmbH, Augsburg

The German Bionic CRAY X is a wearable human-robotic exoskeleton, which helps users with the manual handling of goods and tools. By pairing human intelligence with machine power, the unit's smart mechatronic system effectively supports and amplifies the wearer's movements. Users can match the level of support they receive with the individual task at hand by way of a smartwatch interface. The underlying software is cloud-based and open source. The German Bionic CRAY X makes light work of heavy lifting and enables the reintegration of people with impaired or declining physical abilities into the workforce. Exhibitor

TH Ingolstadt / Continental AG

SAFE is an integrated safety system for autonomous driving applications. Using cameras, radar and LIDAR sensors, SAFE can reliably predict the likely severity of an impending accident as well as trigger the vehicle's protective systems prior to and at the moment of the collision. SAFE's integrated Safety Domain Control Unit determines which protective measures are activated. Predictive vehicle safety systems are a critical part of autonomous driving systems because they help increase acceptance of driverless mobility solutions. Exhibitor TH Ingolstadt Exhibitor Continental AG

Upskill, Vienna, Virginia, USA

Upskill's Skylight Augmented Reality (AR) project is all about boosting productivity and collaboration by making web-based information available via AR technology. For instance, machine operators wearing AR smart glasses can use Skylight to tap into step-by-step instructions guiding them through complex tasks. The Skylight Application Builder, Skylight Connect and Skylight Web modules enable users to create, test and implement new AR solutions on a single, shared platform. Skylight also allows process data to be directly integrated into the AR application. Exhibitor

Presentation of the TOP 5 Nominees | Mo 11:45 AM | Hall 2 | Stand C02

The innovative prizewinner and other nominees will be presented at tech transfer forum by Anja Karliczek, Germany’s Minister for Education and Research. more


Review 2017

HANNOVER MESSE International Technology Prize - SCHUNK wins HERMES AWARD 2017


HERMES AWARD Jens Lehman, Henrik A. Schunk, SCHUNK GmbH & Co. KG, Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka, Federal Minister of Education and Research, Wolfgang Wahlster, DFKI



Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka Federal Minister of Education and Research


Henrik A. Schunk SCHUNK GmbH & Co. KG


Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka Federal Minister of Education and Research



Wolfgang Wahlster DFKI



Wolfgang Wahlster DFKI


HERMES AWARD AGS-Verfahrenstechnik GmbH, Stade, Germany


HERMES AWARD Augumenta, Oulu, Finland


HERMES AWARD Linz Center of Mechatronics, Linz, Austria


HERMES AWARD Noonee AG, Zurich, Switzerland






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