HANNOVER MESSE 2017, 24 - 28 April

HANNOVER MESSE 2017, 24 - 28 April

HANNOVER MESSE International Technology Prize

The winner is...

Harting wins HERMES AWARD

Based in the town of Espelkamp, Germany, the Harting IT Software company has been announced as the recipient of this year's HERMES AWARD – one of the world's most prestigious industrial innovation prizes. The award was presented on 24 April at the HANNOVER MESSE Opening Ceremony. "Since 1947 Harting has been an exhibitor at HANNOVER MESSE and over the intervening decades has evolved from being a pure hardware manufacturer to becoming a software-driven technology provider. The award-winning MICA product represents a key contribution to the keynote theme for this year's HANNOVER MESSE, and will make it easier for small and medium-sized enterprises to enter the world of Industry 4.0," stated Dr. Jochen Köckler, member of Deutsche Messe's Managing Board.

Harting received the award for its MICA product – an open and modular platform consisting of embedded hardware and software which serves as a central component in the Industry 4.0 environment. Thanks to its innovative combination of established Linux technologies, the product allows users to virtualize field devices and add their own customizable hardware components that communicate via USB. MICA can be operated using Power over Ethernet. Each MICA unit contains a TPM chip and supports both SSL and VPN, thus allowing secure authentication and communication between the various MICA modules. Chaired by Dr. Wolfgang Wahlster, director of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the jury was impressed by the concept of lightweight virtualization using Linux-based containers which MICA implements on compact field devices. MICA makes it possible to add intelligence to existing machines and equipment.

"By installing numerous integrated MICA modules, which essentially represent the nervous system of a digitized factory, an existing plant can be gradually migrated over to Industry 4.0, shortening the time needed for product changeovers along the way," commented Wahlster.

The award was presented at the HANNOVER MESSE Opening Ceremony on 24 April by the German Federal Minister for Education and Research, Dr. Johanna Wanka.

The other companies nominated for the HERMES AWARD were:

BLOCK Transformatoren-Elektronik GmbH, Verden

BLOCK Transformatoren-Elektronik GmbH, Verden: The nominated product EasyB is a 1-channel circuit breaker system that can protect control voltages up to a total current of 80 A. The channels are automatically addressed during switch-on. So an additional and time-consuming operation to assign addresses manually is no longer necessary. All functional modules and electrical connections are housed inside a standard casing. Parametrization is done through the master computer, and changes can be made at any time. EasyB trips at just five percent excess current, and limits the output current to this level. The jury members were impressed by the innovative combination of extremely slim casing profile, very high current-carrying capacity, automatic addressing and additional switch-on function. Exhibitor

DDM Systems, Atlanta, GA, USA

DDM Systems, Atlanta, GA, USA: This spin-off enterprise from the renowned Georgia Institute of Technology entered an additive manufacturing process for ceramics for the Hermes Award. The nominated product, known as LAMP System CPT6060, makes it possible to eliminate seven out of twelve process steps from the investment casting process. The jury was impressed by the high number of over two million parallel rays of UV light used in the photopolymerization process, which is responsible for the extremely high accuracy of ten micrometers achieved with large ceramic molds measuring up to 600 x 600 x 450 millimeters. The nominated product produces highly accurate integral-cored molds direct from digital data sets using 3D printing technology. This means that rapid prototyping and series production can be carried out in a single plant. Manufacturing costs can be reduced by 60 percent using this high-tech process. Exhibitor

ITM Power, South Yorkshire, Großbritannien

ITM Power, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom: The nominated project is a compact plant for the flexible, on-demand production of hydrogen and oxygen by electrolysis (power to gas). Electricity from renewable sources is converted into hydrogen or methane and can either be used to fuel suitably equipped vehicles, or - as methane - fed into the natural gas grid. Thanks to its compact design, the plant can be installed close to the point of use. As well as the system's rapid-response (under one second) and self-pressurizing (up to 80 bar) capabilities, what impressed the jury were the compact dimensions of the plant and its high energy efficiency of 72 percent. The project thus contributes to the stabilization of gas grids as well as promoting hydrogen-based electromobility. Exhibitor

J. Schmalz GmbH, Glatten

J. Schmalz GmbH, Glatten: The product nominated for the Hermes Award is the VSi vacuum/pressure switch, the first to be equipped with both IO-Link technology and NFC technology. Consequently the user is able to view and adjust all key data directly via mobile devices such as tablets or smartphones. So production processes can be optimized or made more efficient locally, at the point of use. Errors can be more quickly diagnosed, analyzed and corrected. The modular switch has been designed to be Industry 4.0-ready, and makes an important contribution to predictive maintenance and the visualization of key process data via a wireless consumer device. Exhibitor


The products and processes on offer by the five nominees will be displayed at their respective stands during HANNOVER MESSE 2016 (25 to 29 April). In addition, the " tech transfer – Gateway2Innovation" display in Hall 2, stand B02 , will provide detailed information on the products nominated for the HERMES AWARD 2016 as well as on the responsible firms.

25 April 2016 - HANNOVER MESSE International Technology Prize - Harting wins HERMES AWARD 2016

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