The HERMES AWARD, the international technology prize, is presented annually during HANNOVER MESSE. It is aimed at all companies and institutions exhibiting at HANNOVER MESSE and honors outstanding products and innovative solutions.
TRUMPF wins the HERMES AWARD 2020
The machine tool manufacturer TRUMPF has won this year's HERMES AWARD ‒ one of the most coveted prizes in international industry ‒ for its open location standard product omlox. The award ceremony took place on 14 July at the HANNOVER MESSE Digital Days.
A jury under chair Prof. Dr. Reimund Neugebauer, president of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, honored the product “omlox – open location standard” as a global and location-technology independent solution. More than 60 industrial companies participated in the omlox project, which provides the first open standard for location services. Omlox unites all location services available on the market ‒ including UWB, WLAN, BLE, GPS, and 5G ‒ and transfers these into a uniform coordinate reference system, making them available for internal use on edge platforms or for global use in a cloud. Omlox supports for the first time the use of all location technologies, bundling position data to enable targeted optimization of process flows. Omlox is an interoperable ecosystem that harmonizes heterogeneous technical infrastructures, making IIoT and Industrie 4.0 affordable for SMEs.
HERMES Startup AWARD 2020 goes to young Indonesian company
Deutsche Messe premiered a startup category for the HERMES AWARD, presenting Mitra Sejahtera Membangun Bangsa, a young company from HANNOVER MESSE partner country Indonesia, with the new award. The jury selected the winner for its Smart Farming 4.0 project.
The winning product consists of a sensor network, database and app the together enable farmers to fertilize and irrigate their fields based on weather and soil conditions. In addition, it provides farmers with real-time information about expected soil and weather conditions. Artificial intelligence continuously improves predictions and subsequent recommendations. Benefits include increased yield and quality of agricultural products as well as reduced use of fertilizer and water.
Prof. Dr. Reimund Neugebauer, president of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and chair of the jury, said, "Startups are true innovation catalyzers: As bridges between research and industry, they quickly turn new developments and technologies into applications and bring these to market. I am pleased to recognize Mitra Sejahtera Membangun Bangsa as a company that has used an AI solution to address several current challenges at once, including food quality and efficient use of fertilizer and resources."
HERMES AWARD 2020
Originally, the prize was to be announced at HANNOVER MESSE 2020 in April, which was cancelled due to the developments surrounding Covid-19. As a result, Deutsche Messe, together with the jury, decided to announce the winner during the HANNOVER MESSE digital event on 14 July.
Friedhelm Loh Group, Hessen, Germany
The nominated complete solution ONCITE makes data available quickly, securely and easily in networked factories so that it can be used for digital value creation. ONCITE is a complete solution for the processing and analysis of industrial data at its own production site. Through Edge technology, ONCITE collects, stores and processes locally, but is compatible with cloud solutions. New is the continuous use of digital data in real time and the secure environment for digital value creation. This allows companies to harmonize their production data and perform AI-based analyses. ONCITE is a “germ cell” of Gaia-X, the project to build a powerful, competitive, secure, and trustworthy data infrastructure for Europe.
Schneider Electric, Rueil-Malmaison, France
An SF6-free medium voltage switch was nominated. SF6 (sulfur hexafluoride) is one of the most intense greenhouse gases and expensive to recycle. For the new SF6-free medium voltage switch, a new interruption technology was developed. When the switch is opened, the current initially changes from the air-insulated contact connection via a swivel lever to a vacuum switch, and then is safely interrupted by the vacuum switch at the current’s zero-crossing and the open air-insulated contact path is safely separated. The main contact then swings to the grounding position. By increasing the air pressure to 2.5 bar absolute in the switch, the insulation properties of air and SF6 are comparable and the dimensions of the switches are similar.
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reimund Neugebauer (jury chairman), President, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
Prof. Dr. Ina Schieferdecker, Head of Department, German Ministry for Education and Research (BMBF)
Prof. Dr. Friedrich Bleicher, Chair for Cutting Production Technology, Institute for Manufacturing Technology and High Power Laser Technology at the Vienna University of Technology
Ken Fouhy, Chief Editor, VDI Nachrichten
Georg Giersberg, Business Editor, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
Werner Götz, Chief Editor, Industrieanzeiger
Prof. Dr. Kathrin Möslein, Vic President Outreach, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Siegfried Russwurm, Universiy Erlangen-Nürnberg, Member of the Presidium, acatech
Udo Schnell, Chief Editor, MM-Maschinenmarkt
Claus Wilk, Chief Editor, Produktion
Dr.-Ing. E.h. Manfred Wittenstein, Chairman of the Supervisory Board, WITTENSTEIN SE
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