Five companies were nominated for the renowned Hermes Award. The jury led by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wahlster from the DFKI has announced the winner at the start of the Hanover Fair: Endress+Hauser with a hygienic compact self-calibrating thermometer.
Endress+Hauser Messtechnik won the coveted Hermes Award this year. At the opening ceremony of the Hanover Fair on 22 April, the new Federal Minister of Education and Research, Anja Karliczek, presented the award.
»From small business to global player, that is the success story of many Hannover Messe exhibitors. This also applies to Endress+Hauser. The Hermes Award is further proof of the innovative strength of this family-owned company of world renown. The award-winning product makes a significant contribution to the implementation of Industry 4.0 in the process industry,« explained Dr. Jochen Köckler, CEO of Deutsche Messe AG.
Endress+Hauser receives the Hermes Award for a hygienic compact thermometer with a self-calibrating sensor for safety- and quality-related process temperature measurements. These are used, for example, in the food and pharmaceutical industries. The automatic temperature calibration of the sensor is carried out via a physical fixed point based on the material-specific and long-term stable Curie temperature of an internal reference sensor integrated in the sensor. The fully automated calibration of the temperature sensor in the production line meets audit standards and saves additional work processes and avoids plant downtime due to regular recalibration.
The jury headed by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wahlster, Chairman of the Management Board of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), justified its decision with the fact that there are currently self-monitoring temperature sensors on the market, but no comparable exact solution for an automatic, completely traceable self-calibration of a temperature sensor for the process industry based on the Curie temperature.
Wahlster explained the decision: »Smart sensor technology is an important driver of the next stage of Industry 4.0. Precisely because the density of sensors in a smart factory increases dramatically, the audit-proof self-calibration of sensors without system downtime becomes an economic success factor. This is precisely where Endress+Hauser's innovative product comes in, contributing to the ongoing process verification and production quality control that we aim to achieve with Industrie 4.0.«