Fifth vector® award ...
...for audaciously inventive energy supply solutions - Energy supply systems with cables

Winner 2016

Gold vector® award 2016: robot for drilling platform


High costs, numerous manual procedures and a big safety risk for workers: A new robot-aided solution compensates for all these negatives associated with work on a drilling platform. An autonomous drilling platform system has been developed for use on land or at sea.

Silver vector® 2016: machine tool

Tooling machine  

Previously, freely hanging cables were used for the 7th axis of a machine tool. The multi rotation module (MRM) from igus®, which allows rotational movements of up to 720 degrees, is now being used. As a result, rapid rotation of 180 °/s and acceleration of 30 °/s² with extremely fast changes of direction are possible.

Bronze vector® 2016: production equipment

Production facility  

Equipment for the production of different concrete elements: In this project in Thailand, a concrete spreader can only get to the place where it is washed via a branch line – the bucket has to travel 13,5 metres in the working area and a further 55 metres a day to the cleaning point.

Special jury mentioning


Yacht systems

The first variable width seafaring catamaran has been created with components from igus®. In harbours, these double-hull boats always need two moorings next to each other. This is cost-intensive and, during high season, normally impossible to book.


Further participant applications 2016 (PDF)

Lucky winners of vector® contest 2016

The winners of the vector award 2016 were honored at Hannover Messe. The golden vector® award won Robotic Drilling Systems from Norway. From right to left: Rune Bjørnbekk, Jimmy Bostrøm (beide Robotic Drilling Systems), Laudator and patron of the contest Ken Fouhy, vdi nachrichten, Harald Nehring, igus GmbH.

HMI 2016  
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