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HANNOVER MESSE 2017, 24 - 28 April

HANNOVER MESSE 2017, 24 - 28 April
HERMES AWARD

HANNOVER MESSE International Technology Prize

The technology prize expedites the process of turning new ideas into market-ready products and processes.

14th International HERMES AWARD

HANNOVER MESSE 2017 is looking for the best innovations of the year. Enter and guarantee international publicity for your company.

Your innovations are in demand! 24 - 28 April 2017, Hannover

Deutsche Messe will be presenting the coveted HERMES AWARD for the 14th consecutive year. This international technology prize is awarded to outstanding products, innovations and solutions that are displayed for the first time at HANNOVER MESSE 2017.

Enter YOUR innovations and... Shine the spotlight on your company at HANNOVER MESSE Receive international attention from business, research, and politics. Win a PR package worth €100,000.

Winner HERMES AWARD 2016

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.

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


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

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