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7th bi-annual vector awards on Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Bi-annual global contest for inspiring innovation energy solutions and energy chain systems

Modern polymer energy supply chains are the umbilical cord of mechanical engineering and automation. They ensure the safe supply of energy, data, signals and media, while being continuously in motion. From cranes to machine tools, from industrial robots to laboratory technology, they can be used universally. The vector award is for creative applications involving the use of energy supply systems in the form of energy chains with cables and hoses. These can be in the form of versatile energy chains with cables.
The vector award is a worldwide joint initiative initiated by igus. The winners will be selected by an expert jury composed of members from the fields of science, specialist media and associations and were awarded on Tuesday, June 23, 2020.


The 2020 Vector Awards winners are:

Gildemeister Italiana SpA

Gildemeister Italiana SpA  

The golden vector award goes to the company Gildemeister Italiana SpA from Italy. 8 energy chains, 64 cables and 73 hoses for supplying liquid, power and signals to the rotating main drum represent the cardiovascular system in a multi-spindle lathe.

Learn about golden vector award winner

AlpinaTec Technical Products GmbH

AlpinaTec Technical Products GmbH  

The silver vector award goes to the company AlpinaTec Technical Products GmbH from Austria. The “GESTRA” project is a specially developed, radar-based system for searching and mapping space junk. A rotating energy supply and a double-sided double chain system enable a secure supply to the antennas.

Learn more about the silver award winner

Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH

Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH  

The bronze vector award goes to Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH from Germany. The connection structure and media supply in the friction stir welding portal system had to be as flexible as the welding head itself. The solution: a twisterband coupled with an R4 energy chain.

Learn more about the bronze award winner

Special Awards for Sustainable Applications

In addition to the winners above, igus is giving the green vector award for sustainable applications for the first time this year.

Drop Water Co

Drop Water Co  

The green vector award goes to the company Drop Water Co from the USA. DropWater is a new sustainable beverage vending machine that fills beverages into compostable containers at the push of a button.  A ready-made readychain ensures a secure energy and data supply.

Learn more about the green award winner

Huber SE

Huber SE  

The green vector award goes to the Huber SE company from Germany. Huber SE relies on sewage sludge drying with solar energy in a water treatment plant in Egypt. The drinking water is reprocessed here for 500,000 people.  128 e-chains with a travel of 100 meters are used for the power and energy supply of the system.

Learn more about the green award winner

Vector Applications brochure

vector 2020 awards brochure  

In this brochure you will find all submissions of the 2020 vector awards.  Download the brochure for free below.

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Jury of the vector awards

Ken Fouhy  

Ken Fouhy
Chief Editor, VDI Nachrichten

Arno Reich  

Arno Reich
Hannover Messe

Olaf Katzer  

Olaf Katzer
Head of Vocational Training Volkswagen AG and Managing Director Robotation

Christian Becher  

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Brecher
Head of Department, (WZL) - RWTH Aachen

Hans-Jürgen Alt  

Hans-Jürgen Alt

Reinhold Schäfer  

Dip.-Ing. (FH) Reinhold Schäfer
Editor MM MaschinenMarkt

Michael Blaß  

Michael Blaß
Vice president e-chainsystems®, igus® GmbH

vector Winner 2018


Gold vector

igus energy chains are used in two robots, which undertake the drilling and reveting of aircraft fuselages.

Irrigation system

Silver vector

The "Hummingbird" is a multitasking tool for the agricultural industry for irrigation and the supply of fertilizer in the fields.

Passenger lift

Bronze vector

The company "thyssenkrupp Elevator Innovation GmbH" uses igus energy chains in their lift technologies.

Hydroelectric power station

Special jury mentioning

The company CorPower Ocean from Sweden uses igus energy chain systems and cables for this Hydroelectric power station.

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