Third vector® award
... for inspiring applications with e-chains®
... e-chain systems® with cables

Winner 2012

Gold vector® 2012:
KUKA Cobra

KUKA Cobra with innovative technology  
Faster, lighter and more compact

This robot becomes faster, lighter and more compact with an additional axis. This innovation makes it possible to increase output and reduce the distance between presses, and combines the dynamism of a linear axis with the flexibility of a robot in a quite unique way.

Silver vector® 2012:
Sludge treatment

Sludge treatment  
Largest worldwide

The largest plastic e-chain® in the world, the E4.350 as part of the Amoras project, is used for this application. Brackwater from the Port of Antwerp is routed into the large tanks and the sludge is suctioned off by pumps on the bridge for treatment. The pumps can be moved over the whole bridge length of 150 metres.

Bronze vector® 2012:
Wood working

Woodworking  
Endless rotation

This machine is usually used for woodworking. The tool has to be able to carry out numerous different movements in order to follow the workpiece contour, including rotating about its own axis with an overall rotation of 1440 degrees.

Special jury mentioning

DigitL Pneumatic Hand

e-chains® move the digits on a robotic hand.

DigitL Pneumatic Hand    
Lucky winners of vector® contest 2012

Winners of third vector®-awards (from left): Gold winner Michael Büchel (KUKA Systems GmbH, Germany), Joury van Gijseghem (DEME, Belgium) and Fabio Ferri (SCM Group, Italy) with Günter Blase (igus®).