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The search for exciting energy supply concepts continues1/23/2018

The motion plastics specialist igus has announced the start of the sixth round of the biannual vector awards. Searching for unique, creative, and innovative uses of energy chain cable carriers, three winners will be announced with prizes up to €5000 at the upcoming Hannover Messe trade fair in Germany. Winners will be selected by an independent jury made up of experts in the fields of science, engineering, media, and more.

Applicants from all industries, company sizes and nations are invited to participate. Deadline for entry is February 23, 2018. All entry information, registration materials, and past winners are available at

Past winners

Past winners of the vector award have ranged from robotic drilling systems to pneumatic hands, massive water treatment facility systems, and more. The 2016 golden vector was awarded to an oil-drilling platform robot, which can select and move drilling elements before utilizing the selected tools to complete a range of tasks. The silver was awarded to A tool and mold-making system, which used cable carriers on a machine tool’s 7th axis to allow for extremely fast accelerations and directional changes. The bronze went to a concrete spreader system, which created prefabricated components across a long travel. See more past winners and learn more about all the submissions and past winners at