Sumitomo Cyclo Drive Germany won the coveted Hermes Award at Hannover Messe for its completely integrated drive system for robot applications and automation technology. Bettina Stark-Watzinger, Germany's minister of education and research, presented the prize at the Hannover Messe opening ceremony in the presence of German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.
This year, 2022, saw the jury chaired by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Reimund Neugebauer, president of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, award a product ideally suited for applications in the rapidly growing robotics market. The award-winning TUAKA product is a fully integrated drive. New features include the gear unit, the motor and the driver with safety functions.
"This year we were again impressed by the number of excellent submissions from a wide range of technical fields and industries," said Neugebauer. "Sumitomo Cyclo Drive Germany is a worthy winner of the Hermes Award. The TUAKA product impressively demonstrates its innovative strength. This solution is not just technologically impressive: The fully integrated drive for robotic applications and automation technology is suitable for high-precision, sensitive applications in service robotics as well as for interaction with humans. Furthermore, the modular concept and building block systems enable the necessary hardware to be configured to the specific application."
The Hermes Award has once more gone to a company that has been exhibiting at the Hannover Messe for many years and has already presented numerous innovations there. “I am delighted that Sumitomo Cyclo Drive Germany has now been awarded the Hermes Award for this outstanding product," said Dr. Jochen Köckler, chairman of the managing board of Deutsche Messe. "This is the Oscar of industry."
The Hermes Award is Hannover Messe’s international technology prize and is presented each year at the event. All companies and institutions exhibiting at the fair are eligible for entry, and the prize goes to the one whose product or solution demonstrates a particularly high degree of technological innovation.