It was a double win for Festo & Siemens who won two awards on the night: Most Innovative Automation System and Partnership of the Year. The PPMA said “Their innovative and flexible system devised by these two industry giants offers truly flexible automation while offering Industry 4.0 opportunities”.
The awards were for the Multi-Carrier-System (MCS), an Industry 4.0-ready linear motor track system, jointly developed between Festo and Siemens. The MCS is an adaptable, modular transport solution for manufacturing and production, combining linear motor and mechanical guidance technology from Festo with Siemens’ extensive controls expertise. It delivers unparalleled levels of flexibility and can be easily incorporated into existing processing and packaging environments.
The judges said for the ‘Most Innovative automation System’ award that “Festo and Siemens’ innovative and flexible system is reaching towards Industry 4.0, but has its feet firmly on the ground by offering impact today. Although produced by two of the industry’s biggest players, it has the potential to help hundreds of SMEs to enjoy truly flexible automation”. The judges deemed it ‘excellent engineering and well integrated’. For the ‘Partnership of the Year’ award the judges said ‘This Multi-Carrier-System has been developed by two automation giants to allow machine builders the ultimate in flexibility, for the benefit of customers.
Over 400 industry leaders, government representatives and press came together at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham on the evening of 27 September 2016 – the first night of the PPMA TOTAL Show – to see the winners of the PPMA Group Industry Awards 2016 revealed. The gala event was hosted by comedian and TV star Andy Parsons, ably assisted by Sky Sports News anchor Hayley McQueen.
This year’s awards ceremony featured 14 categories, covering every facet of the industry from processing and packaging to the environment, vision and automation. Competition was fierce, with a record number of entries and the judges faced a difficult decision picking just one winner in each category.
Festo were also pleased to sponsor the Apprentice of the Year award again which was presented by Eliza Rawlings, Managing Director of Festo and went to Chris Eckert of Packaging Automation.
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