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HANNOVER MESSE 2018, 23 - 27 April
HERMES AWARD 2017

And the winner is...

SCHUNK wins HANNOVER MESSE International Technology Prize

This year’s HERMES AWARD winner is German company SCHUNK GmbH & Co. KG. The HERMES AWARD is one of the world’s most prestigious industrial technology awards, and SCHUNK a global leader in innovative gripping systems. SCHUNK is both an owner-operated German family business and a global player. The award was presented during the HANNOVER MESSE Opening Ceremony on 23 April by Germany’s Minister for Education and Research, Johanna Wanka.

"The company’s award-winning solution supports human-robot collaboration, making it a vital part of the smart factory tool kit. It is therefore a perfect fit for HANNOVER MESSE, which this year will once again play a key role in reflecting and driving the ongoing development of Industry 4.0," said Dr. Jochen Köckler as the Deutsche Messe Managing Board member in charge of HANNOVER MESSE.

SCHUNK’s JL1 co-act gripper is an intelligent modular gripping system for human-robot collaboration that is capable of directly interacting and communicating with its human operator. The JL1’s integrated sensor systems effectively envelop the module in its own safety “bubble” by continually tracking the proximity of humans and triggering evasive action to avoid any direct human-machine contact. They also enable the module to grip, handle and assemble objects of all geometries. The module’s jaws are able to measure gripping force and have tactile sensors, so their operation is highly adaptive and responsive. The sensor constellation also includes two cameras that enable the gripper to see its surroundings in 3D and help it to detect workpieces. SCHUNK’s self-learning gripping system is ideally suited to highly flexible Industry 4.0 manufacturing environments where humans and robots work collaboratively at close quarters.

"Safe and barrier-free human-robot collaboration in Industry 4.0 manufacturing operations with small production runs, high component diversity and frequent retooling is only possible if every part of the manufacturing system is intelligent, right down to the end effector level. SCHUNK’s JL1 is a perfect example of a state-of-the-art, smart end effector, which is why the jury has chosen it as this year’s winning entry."

Chairmanship of Dr. Wolfgang Wahlster, who heads the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI)

Presentation of the TOP 5 Nominees | Mo 11:30 AMr | Hall 2 | Stand C02

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

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

HERMES AWARD

HERMES AWARD

The following companies were nominated for the 2017 HERMES AWARD


AGS-Verfahrenstechnik GmbH, Stade, Germany

The nominated product is a technology for laying underground power lines. It involves pulling a plastic pipe containing the power line into a water-filled duct. Positive buoyancy eliminates tensile loading on the line, meaning the technology is suitable for laying lines in single runs of up to 2 km in length. Longer runs mean fewer cable junction boxes, which reduces the scale of the required earthworks. The laying process is reversible, so that lines can be replaced without any additional earthworks. The power lines can also be water cooled, thereby reducing the required clearance and facilitating very narrow cable corridors. This reduces the earthworks required and the impacts on adjacent land uses and infrastructure. Exhibitor



Augumenta, Oulu, Finland

The nominated product is an augmented reality (AR) software that generates virtual control panels for users of industrial and other systems. The technology is designed for use with smart glasses and is used to visualize 3D user interfaces and control panels on passive, flat surfaces. It enables workers equipped with smart glasses to see and interact with data and control information on a virtual screen using hand gestures. The viewable data is personalized to each user based on permissions and access rights. Authorized users thus see only the interface and data they actually need in order to do their job. Exhibitor



Linz Center of Mechatronics, Linz, Austria

The nominated product is a Salvagnini sheet metal bending machine that has been fully automated using material recognition software developed by the Linz Center of Mechatronics (LCM). The software virtualizes the entire design and production process. Using measurements and complex computer simulations, LCM determined the defining mechanical properties of a wide range of sheet materials and then compiled the data into a highly efficient software package. Sensors in the machine actuators detect within milliseconds how the workpiece responds to the bending force applied. The software uses this data to determine the material properties of the sheet. The machine thus automatically adjusts the degree of bending to the specific material properties of each sheet. The result: perfect batch-size-one production, with no rejects. The technology also supports large-series manufacturing. Exhibitor



Noonee AG, Zurich, Switzerland

The Chairless Chair is a wearable leg exoskeleton for employees in production environments. Weighing less than 4 kg, it is a hassle-free solution that enables users to sit wherever and whenever they need to. Users wear the device as they walk around and can easily lock it in the required sitting position at the push of a button. The Chairless Chair is simple to use and enables its wearer to switch quickly between standing, sitting and walking. It adjusts hydraulically to the wearer's height, build and desired sitting position. The Chairless Chair thus improves workplace ergonomics, supports posture and increases employee productivity. Exhibitor



SCHUNK GmbH & Co. KG, Lauffen/Neckar, Germany

The nominated product is an intelligent gripper module. Equipped with multiple sensor systems for maximum safety and powered by a decentralized control architecture, it is able to interact and communicate directly with humans and robots. The sensor systems are built into the gripper and enable it to grip, handle and assemble objects of all geometries. The sensors effectively envelop the module in its own safety "bubble." The module's jaws are able to measure gripping force and have tactile sensors, so their operation is highly adaptive and responsive. The sensor constellation also includes two cameras that enable the gripper to see its surroundings in 3D and help it to detect workpieces. The gripper is specifically designed for safe, barrier-free human-robot collaboration. Exhibitor


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