Steinbeis transfer award goes to Esslingen

Award for diagnostics platform for industrial network systems 

Steinbeis transfer award

Together with Festo and other partners, Steinbeis-Transferzentrum Systemtechnik and Steinbeis Embedded Systems Technologies GmbH (Steinbeis EST GmbH) in Esslingen have developed a platform for the diagnostics of industrial network systems. For this, the participants received the Löhn Award for outstanding projects in technology transfer.

The factory of the future is networked. Industrial network systems with real-time capability and various Internet protocols therefore play an important role. The growing complexity poses challenges for developers and operators of such systems and components – not only in their development, but also in their operation, optimisation and the search for the causes of faults.


The developers from Steinbeis, Bosch Rexroth and Festo show how they use the diagnostic platform.

Platform for the diagnostics of network systems

In order to simplify the troubleshooting and analysis of network systems, Steinbeis-Transferzentrum Systemtechnik and Steinbeis Embedded Systems Technologies GmbH (Steinbeis EST GmbH) in Esslingen – in cooperation with Sercos International e.V., Bosch Rexroth AG and Festo AG & Co. KG – created a comprehensive platform for the diagnostics of such systems.

Originally developed for the analysis of the Sercos network standard, the modular approach of this platform now enables a detailed analysis of various network protocols. We at Festo use the diagnostic tool not only interactively, but above all for automated tests of our components during development and testing. The diagnostic platform provides us with the internal network data synchronously to the analogue values of the measurement technology. This enables us to automatically analyse and test the complete system behaviour of our components. We can thus offer our customers more complex components with even higher availability and a longer service life in a shorter development time.

Steinbeis transfer award

The winners at the awards ceremony: Christian Hayer (Steinbeis), Dr Ralf Koeppe (Bosch Rexroth), Dr Andreas Selig (Bosch Rexroth), Klaus Weyer (Sercos), Manuel Jacob (Steinbeis), Professor Reinhard Keller (Steinbeis), Simon Wiedemer (Festo), Dr Andreas Hölscher (Festo), Alexander Reisenhauer (Festo) (from left to right)

Löhn Award

The transfer award, which was presented for the 15th time this year, honours extraordinarily successful projects and achievements in the competitive area of knowledge and technology transfer. It was conferred late September at the Liederhalle in Stuttgart. Steinbeis initiated this award in recognition of the achievement of Dr Johann Löhn, former chairman of the board of the Steinbeis Foundation and today’s honorary trustee.