On 31 March 2019, on the occasion of the Opening Ceremony for HANNOVER MESSE, we will once again be presenting one of the world’s most coveted industrial awards – the HERMES AWARD, now in its sixteenth consecutive season.
New chairperson for HERMES AWARD jury
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer Society, has been appointed the new chair of the HERMES AWARD jury and will thus play a key role in the ongoing growth and development the world’s leading technology prize over the years ahead.
Deutsche Messe will be presenting the coveted HERMES AWARD for the 16th consecutive year. This international technology prize is awarded to outstanding products, innovations and solutions that are displayed for the first time at HANNOVER MESSE.
In 2019, the jury will shortlist three nominees for the award. Once submissions are closed, the independent jury will meet to assess them and determine the winner. All HERMES AWARD nominees will be recognized at the HANNOVER MESSE 2019 Opening Ceremony on 31 March, and their innovations will be on display throughout the show, from 1 to 5 April, at the Research & Technology showcase in Hall 2.
Submissions for the coveted award are now open to all companies and institutions which are exhibiting at the upcoming HANNOVER MESSE or in some other way contributing to its content. They will be judged against a number of criteria – chiefly the product or solution’s degree of technological innovation, its benefit for industry, the environment and society, and its degree of readiness for implementation. The closing date for submissions is 6 February 2019.
The winner of this year's HERMES AWARD, one of the world’s most prestigious industry awards, is Endress+Hauser Messtechnik GmbH + Co. KG. The award was presented by German’s Federal Minister of Education and Research, Anja Karliczek, at the official Opening Ceremony for HANNOVER MESSE on Sunday, 22 April.
"From small business to global player’ is the success story behind many of the exhibitors at HANNOVER MESSE, and this also applies to Endress+Hauser,” said Dr. Jochen Köckler, Chairman of the Managing Board at Deutsche Messe. The HERMES AWARD is the latest accolade earned by this family-owned company of global renown thanks to its tremendous innovative spirit. “The award-winning product makes a major contribution to the deployment of Industry 4.0 throughout the process industry."
Endress+Hauser received the HERMES AWARD for a hygienic compact thermometer featuring a self-calibrating sensor for process temperature measurements that meet stringent safety and quality specifications. These are required in sectors such as the food and pharmaceutical industries. The temperature of the sensor is calibrated automatically using a physical fixed point based on the Curie temperature (which is material-specific and has long-term stability) of an internal reference sensor integrated in the sensor. The fully automated inline calibration of the temperature sensor is audit-proof and facilitates regular recalibration without additional processes or system downtime.
The jury were particularly impressed by this product due to the fact that – despite the existence of various self-monitoring temperature sensors on the market – there has so far been none for process-industry applications that is comparably precise and lends itself to automatic, completely traceable self-calibration based on the Curie temperature.
The following companies were nominated for the 2018 HERMES AWARD
Alpha Laser, Puchheim
Alpha Laser's entry is a new type of mobile laser welding system for flexible repair operations. What makes it special is the fact that it comes with safety goggles featuring integrated 3D AR visualization functionality. Thanks to this functionality, the operator can focus on the welding task at hand while remaining fully aware of his/her surroundings. The welding task appears in magnified form in the field of vision, and process-relevant data such as the crosshair is also displayed in the image. The laser is triggered by an ergonomically designed handset which allows it to be deployed flexibly and safely.
Endress+Hauser Messtechnik GmbH + Co. KG, Weil am Rhein
The iTHERM TrustSens TM371 is a hygienic, compact, in-line thermometer with a self-calibrating sensor. It is used for safety and quality-related process temperature measurements, such as are used in the food and life sciences industries. The unit's sensor self-calibrates against the material-specific Curie temperature of an integrated reference sensor. Thanks to the precision and long-term reliability of the Curie temperature-based reference system, the iTHERM TrustSens TM371 is audit-proof and eliminates the need for regular recalibration.
GBS German Bionic Systems GmbH, Augsburg
The German Bionic CRAY X is a wearable human-robotic exoskeleton, which helps users with the manual handling of goods and tools. By pairing human intelligence with machine power, the unit's smart mechatronic system effectively supports and amplifies the wearer's movements. Users can match the level of support they receive with the individual task at hand by way of a smartwatch interface. The underlying software is cloud-based and open source. The German Bionic CRAY X makes light work of heavy lifting and enables the reintegration of people with impaired or declining physical abilities into the workforce.
TH Ingolstadt / Continental AG
SAFE is an integrated safety system for autonomous driving applications. Using cameras, radar and LIDAR sensors, SAFE can reliably predict the likely severity of an impending accident as well as trigger the vehicle's protective systems prior to and at the moment of the collision. SAFE's integrated Safety Domain Control Unit determines which protective measures are activated. Predictive vehicle safety systems are a critical part of autonomous driving systems because they help increase acceptance of driverless mobility solutions.
Exhibitor TH IngolstadtExhibitor Continental AG
Upskill, Vienna, Virginia, USA
Upskill's Skylight Augmented Reality (AR) project is all about boosting productivity and collaboration by making web-based information available via AR technology. For instance, machine operators wearing AR smart glasses can use Skylight to tap into step-by-step instructions guiding them through complex tasks. The Skylight Application Builder, Skylight Connect and Skylight Web modules enable users to create, test and implement new AR solutions on a single, shared platform. Skylight also allows process data to be directly integrated into the AR application.