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HERMES AWARD 2021 - three solutions nominated

The independent jury chaired by Prof. Dr. Reimund Neugebauer, President of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, nominated three companies for the HERMES AWARD 2021: Bosch Rexroth, Phoenix Contact and Pilz (listed in alphabetical order). The winner will be announced at HANNOVER MESSE Digital Edition on 12 April.

Every year, Deutsche Messe AG presents the HERMES AWARD, the most important international industry prize, to a company whose product or solution demonstrates a particularly high degree of technological innovation. Only technology solutions that have already been tried and tested on an industrial scale are considered. The award will be presented at HANNOVER MESSE Digital Edition on 12 April in Hannover. "With HANNOVER MESSE Digital Edition, we will be organising a digital industry trade fair in April 2021 that offers unique diversity with its innovations and solutions. We are delighted that we can once again offer our exhibitors such a comprehensive platform in these difficult pandemic times for everyone, and thus provide the stage for the worthy and glamorous presentation of the HERMES AWARD," says Dr. Jochen Köckler, Chairman and CEO of Deutsche Messe AG.

Jury Chairman and Fraunhofer President Prof. Neugebauer explains the selection of this year's nominees: "The current general conditions and uncertainties due to the ongoing Corona pandemic have not reached the HERMES AWARD 2021. Numerous qualified applications met the important key aspects of our criteria "degree of technical innovation", "benefit for industry, environment and society" as well as "economic efficiency and readiness for implementation". The projects of the three nominees all stand for dynamic development in mechanical engineering as well as the innovative capacity of Germany as a high-tech location."

Bosch Rexroth, Lohr am Main: The nominated project SVA R2 (Subsea-Valve_Actuator) is the world's first electric actuator for controlling process valves under water. The SVA R2 offers an energy-efficient and safe alternative to the pneumatic actuators previously used in offshore oil and gas production. The central unit and the kilometre-long lines for the fluid are no longer required, and environmental risks are greatly minimised. The power unit nevertheless has the same dimensions, can be integrated directly at the point of use, increases energy efficiency and only requires a power supply and a data line.

Phoenix Contact, Blomberg: The company was nominated for its NearFi technology. It enables the contactless transmission of energy and data and can replace previous plug connections. Through protocol-independent and latency-free Ethernet communication, it offers flexible application options for all Ethernet protocols up to 100 Mbit/s. Real-time transmission takes place in both directions. The technology enables high reliability with low wear.

PILZ, Ostfildern: The nominated product myPNOZ is a new type of modular safety switching device that is manufactured in batch size 1. Users can assemble their product via an online tool, whereby no programming knowledge is required, as the linking logic of the safety functions is defined via the module selection and its plug-in sequence. The product myPNOZ is a ready-to-install and completely customised system that represents an efficient and safe solution for mechanical and plant engineering as well as other industries.



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