For what is now the twentieth time, Deutsche Messe is inviting entries for the HERMES AWARD – the world's leading industry prize – on the occasion of HANNOVER MESSE. It will be presented by Germany's Minister of Education and Research, Bettina Stark-Watzinger, at the opening ceremony of HANNOVER MESSE on 16 April. Companies and institutions exhibiting at HANNOVER MESSE were invited to apply for the prestigious award by 24 February.
An independent jury, composed of leading experts from politics, business, research and society will nominate three products for the HERMES AWARD , as well as for the HERMES Startup AWARD . These products will be selected from among the entries, and the jury will determine the winners from this group of finalists. The degree of technological innovation, benefits for industry, the environment and society, as well as cost-effectiveness and implementation maturity are key criteria in assessing which entry merits the award in each case.
The HERMES AWARD is HANNOVER MESSE's international technology prize and is presented each year at the event. All companies and institutions exhibiting at HANNOVER MESSE are eligible for entry, and the prize goes to the one whose product or solution demonstrates a particularly high degree of technological innovation. The HERMES AWARD is presented at the HANNOVER MESSE opening ceremony.
The Jury for the HERMES AWARD 2023
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reimund Neugebauer (jury chairman), President, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
Alexander Armbruster, business editor, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Ken Fouhy, Chief Editor, VDI Nachrichten
Alexander Gölz, Chief Editor, Industrieanzeiger
Benedikt Hofmann, Chief Editor, MM MaschinenMarkt
Prof. Dr. Steffen Ihlenfeldt, Institute Director Fraunhofer IWU and Professorship for Machine Tool Development and Adaptive Controls, TU Dresden
Prof. Dr. Kathrin Möslein, Vice President Outreach, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Siegfried Russwurm, President of the Federation of German Industry
Prof. Dr. Ina Schieferdecker, Head of Department, German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)
Claus Wilk, Chief Editor, Produktion
Dr.-Ing. E.h. Manfred Wittenstein, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, WITTENSTEIN SE
HERMES AWARD Winner 2022
Sumitomo Cyclo Drive Germany
This year saw the jury chaired by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, award a product ideally suited for applications in the rapidly growing robotics market. The award-winning TUAKA product is a fully integrated drive. New features include the gear unit, the motor and the driver with safety functions. Thanks to the product’s sensor technology and thermal management, it is suitable for high-precision, sensitive applications in service robotics as well as for interaction with humans. The modular concept and modular systems enable an application-specific configuration of the required hardware.
"This year we were again impressed by the number of excellent submissions from a wide range of technical fields and industries," says Prof. Reimund Neugebauer, president of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and chairman of the HERMES AWARD jury. "Sumitomo Cyclo Drive Germany GmbH is a worthy winner of the HERMES AWARD. Their TUAKA product impressively demonstrates its innovative strength. This solution is not just technologically impressive: The fully integrated drive for robotic applications and automation technology is suitable for high-precision, sensitive applications in service robotics as well as for interaction with humans."
HERMES Startup AWARD Winner 2022
The HERMES Startup AWARD 2022 marks the third time that the jury has honored a young company for the development of an outstanding product. The award this year is for a magnetic information platform developed by MIP Technology of Hannover. The award-winning project is a magnetic identification solution as an alternative to optically readable codes and RFID tags. The ID tag is applied beneath a non-magnetic protective layer and integrated into the respective product. This integration can be done by welding, vulcanization or injection. The robustness of the data carriers in terms of thermal and chemical resistance is a particular advantage in industrial applications,
as it means that production equipment can be automatically identified and logged. In addition, the product provides dependable protection against plagiarism.
"Startups invigorate the innovation system with fresh ideas, daringness and entrepreneurship; and some approaches can even become real gamechangers," says Prof. Reimund Neugebauer. "I am very pleased to honor MIP Technology, a young company that is ensuring the secure transport of data with its Magnetic Information Platform (MIP). The highly-reliable labeling makes it possible for numerous industries to harness closed-loop processes for components with surfaces are subject to heavy wear."
Picture Gallery HERMES AWARD 2022
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