This year's international HERMES AWARD goes to Bosch Rexroth. Presented annually at HANNOVER MESSE, the award singles out outstanding innovations pioneered by individual companies. "This year's HERMES AWARD has been won by Bosch Rexroth, an internationally successful manufacturer of high-tech products. For many years the company has exhibited at HANNOVER MESSE in order to present its dynamic innovation processes to decision-makers. The award-winning solution makes a major contribution to ' Integrated Industry' and will accelerate the trend towards networked industrial production", explains Dr. Jochen Köckler, Member of the Managing Board at Deutsche Messe AG.
Bosch Rexroth has received the HERMES AWARD for its Open Core Engineering project, which unites the previously separate worlds of programmable logic controllers (PLC) and information technology (IT). Bosch Rexroth has created a seamless solution based on open standards, software tools, function packages and the Open Core Interface. Traditional PLC-based engineering can now be combined with the enhanced capabilities of high-level programming languages. In addition, innovative functions can be run as native applications on external devices such as smartphones. Via these native apps it is possible to read data as well as to write data directly to the controllers. This gives OEMs an opportunity to differentiate themselves from their competitors by creating customized software functions without the direct support of the respective controller manufacturers.