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Harting wins Hermes Award at Hannover Messe

Harting wins Hermes Award at Hannover Messe

April 25, 2016 -The Harting IT Software company has been announced as the recipient of this year’s Hermes Award – one of the world’s most prestigious industrial innovation prizes.

Harting received the award for its MICA product – an open and modular platform consisting of embedded hardware and software, which serves as a central component in the Industry 4.0 environment. Thanks to its combination of established Linux technologies, the product allows users to virtualize field devices and add their own customizable hardware components that communicate via USB. MICA can be operated using Power over Ethernet. Each MICA unit contains a TPM chip and supports both SSL and VPN, thus allowing secure authentication and communication between the various MICA modules. Chaired by Dr. Wolfgang Wahlster, director of the German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence (DFKI), the jury was impressed by the concept of lightweight virtualization using Linux-based containers which MICA implements on compact field devices. MICA makes it possible to add intelligence to existing machines and equipment.

“By installing numerous integrated MICA modules, which essentially represent the nervous system of a digitized factory, an existing plant can be gradually migrated over to Industry 4.0, shortening the time needed for product changeovers along the way,” commented Wahlster.

The award was presented at the Hannover Messe Opening Ceremony on 24 April by the German Federal Minister for Education and Research, Dr. Johanna Wanka.

The other companies nominated for the Hermes Award were: BLOCK Transformatoren-Elektronik GmbH (Verden, Germany), DDM Systems (Atlanta, Georgia, USA), ITM Power (South Yorkshire, United Kingdom), and J. Schmalz GmbH (Glatten, Germany). The products and processes on offer by the five nominees will be displayed at their respective stands during Hannover Messe 2016 (25 to 29 April). In addition, the “tech transfer – Gateway2Innovation” display in Hall 2, stand B02, will provide detailed information on the products nominated for the Hermes Award 2016 as well as on the responsible firms.

About Hannover Messe

A trade fair for industrial technology will next be staged from 25 to 29 April 2016 in Hannover, Germany. The upcoming Hannover Messe will feature five parallel shows: Industrial Automation, Energy, Digital Factory, Industrial Supply and Research & Technology. At Hannover Messe 2016, major emphasis will be placed on the following four topics: Industrial Automation & IT • Energy & Environmental Engineering • Innovative Subcontracting Solutions and Lightweight Design • Research & Development. The United States of America is being honored as the event’s Partner Country.

About Deutsche Messe AG

Deutsche Messe AG plans and stages capital goods trade fairs around the globe. The company’s event portfolio includes such events as CeBIT (digital business), Hannover Messe (industrial technology), BIOTECHNICA/LABVOLUTION (biotechnology and lab technology), CeMAT (intralogistics and supply chain management), didacta (education), DOMOTEX (carpets and floor coverings), INTERSCHUTZ (fire prevention, disaster relief, rescue, safety and security), and LIGNA (woodworking, wood processing, forestry). 

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