Krautzberger wins HERMES Award for steam spraying system

  • April 04, 2011
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April 4, 2011 - The HERMES AWARD is one of the most prestigious international prizes for technological achievement, and this year's winner is Krautzberger GmbH based in Eltville. The company received the award for an innovative steam spraying system. With this technology, atomization is effected by steam instead of the more conventional compressed air. Krautzberger's adoption of steam as the atomizing medium for paints, adhesives, glazes and varnishes is a world first. The use of steam results in a smoother, more even coating with reduced overspray, giving a higher-quality finish combined with significant savings in coating material (up to 25 per cent) and energy consumption (up to 50 per cent). At the same time operating personnel benefit from the reduced noise levels. Furthermore, the drying process takes less time, resulting in a further reduction in energy costs. Altogether it amounts to a big step forward in environment-friendly production processes. As well as conserving resources, the new technology also poses less of a health risk to the paint shop operatives. This year's HERMES AWARD was presented on 3 April 2011 at the opening ceremony for HANNOVER MESSE by Dr. Annette Schavan, Federal Minister for Education and Research. In her speech the Minister praised the SME sector as the driving force behind so much technological innovation today: "Krautzberger GmbH is a perfect example of a relatively small company driving technology, which despite the economic downturn has managed to stay on course with good ideas, discipline and a real commitment to business success. And today that company has been awarded this distinguished prize for a uniquely innovative technology with great commercial potential." "The HERMES AWARD has been given this year for a breakthrough innovation in surface treatment technology that is ready to be marketed to industry worldwide. The Krautzberger family enterprise invented the spray gun as we know it back in 1902, and now the fourth generation of the family has done it again, taking the market by storm with a steam spray gun that represents a real advance in spray application technology. We have awarded the prize to a low-impact technology that combines ecological and economic benefits", added Professor Dr. Wolfgang Wahlster, chairman of the prize jury and head of the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI). The winning company, Krautzberger GmbH of Eltville, was competing against four other finalists for this year's Award. The other nominated companies were: FerRobotics (Linz, Austria), Omega Air (Ljubljana, Slovenia), Tailorlux (Steinfurt, Germany) and Wenglor Sensoric (Tettnang, Germany). The products and processes entered for the Award by all five finalists will be on show throughout HANNOVER MESSE 2011 (4 - 8 April) at the stands of the respective companies. In addition, the special group display "tech transfer - Gateway2Innovation" in Hall 2, Stand D12, will feature a presentation with detailed information about all the finalists and their entries for the 2011 HERMES AWARD. About HANNOVER MESSE (the Hannover Fair) The world's leading showcase for industrial technology is staged annually in Hannover, Germany. The next HANNOVER MESSE will be held from 4 to 8 April 2011, with France to be featured as its official Partner Country. 13 flagship fairs are taking place under the umbrella of HANNOVER MESSE 2011: Industrial Automation - Motion, Drive & Automation - Energy - Power Plant Technology - Wind - MobiliTec - Digital Factory - ComVac - Industrial Supply - CoilTechnica - SurfaceTechnology - MicroNanoTec - Research & Technology. In 2011 the spotlight will be on industrial automation, energy technology, power transmission and control, industrial subcontracting and services as well as cutting-edge technologies.

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