An independent jury made up of top-class experts from politics, business, research and society, chaired by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, nominated three companies for the Hermes Award from among the numerous submissions: Bosch Rexroth, Harting and Sumitomo Cyclo Drive Germany (list in alphabetical order). This was announced by Deutsche Messe AG, organizer of the Hanover Fair. The winner will be announced at the opening ceremony of the Hanover Fair on May 29th in the presence of Federal Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
According to Deutsche Messe AG, the annual award is given to a company whose product or solution has a particularly high degree of technical innovation. The award is the most important international industry prize. Only technology solutions that have already been industrially tested are considered for this award. "We are pleased that after a break caused by the pandemic, we are finally back with the Hanover Fair and can present a wide variety of innovations and solutions to the international industrial community. Three outstanding products have now been nominated for the Hermes Award," says Dr. Jochen Köckler, Chairman of the Management Board of Deutsche Messe AG.
Jury chairman Prof. Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft: "I am convinced that we were able to nominate three solutions that, with their forward-looking, innovative character, are excellent examples of innovative strength and absolutely worthy of an award."
Jury chairman and Fraunhofer President Prof. Neugebauer explains the selection of this year's nominees:
“The Hermes Award is one of the most important technology prizes in the international industrial landscape. This year, too, the quality of the submissions with their application-specific, efficient and user-oriented solutions was consistently impressive. The task of the jury, which was made up of top-class international industry and technology experts, was correspondingly challenging. I am convinced that we were able to nominate three solutions that, with their forward-looking, innovative character, are excellent examples of innovative strength and absolutely worthy of an award."
According to the information provided, the nominated project CrtlX Core is a flexible, compact, modular and app-based control platform that is based on the real-time operating system Linux and is freely configurable. This makes it easier for companies to automate processes because the use of standards and consistent web-based engineering makes in-house software installations superfluous. The entry hurdle in PLC programming is thus reduced. Further advantages result from the integration of third-party apps and the possibility of integrating AI.
The Han-Modular Domino Module industrial connector was nominated, a further development of the existing standard, consisting of two modules that can be flexibly assembled via a tooth system. As reported by the trade fair, the connector system transmits power, signals, data or compressed air. For the first time, electrics and pneumatics can be transferred in one module, which significantly reduces the required plug connections, installation space and weight.