Machine manufacturing firm Klingelnberg is the proud recipient of yet another award. This time, the company won over the expert jury for the 2021 German Innovation Awards with its “Done-in-One – Complete Measurement in a Single Stage” solution. The German Innovation Awards honor products and solutions that distinguish themselves from earlier solutions primarily by their user centricity and added value. The German Innovation Awards are granted by the German Design Council, which was enacted into law by the German Parliament in 1953 and is funded by the Federation of German Industries (BDI).
A novel approach
With its innovative “Done-in-One – Complete Measurement in a Single Stage” solution, Klingelnberg entered the “Machine and Engineering” category in the “Excellence in Business to Business” competition class. Klingelnberg’s approach is to perform various measurement processes in a single stage as one complete measurement (“Done-in-One”), all in the immediate production environment. A Klingelnberg Precision Measuring Center (G variant) has rapid measurement capability for dimensions, shape, contour, and surface roughness in one automated cycle. By combining measurement tasks traditionally performed on up to four different devices, it is possible not only to lower investment costs, but also to decrease setup times and reduce quality costs.
The integration of measuring technology into the immediate production environment, in particular, helps to increase the productivity and output of the production plants. In sum, a fully automatic measuring run can save approximately 40% of the measurement and setup time.
“The German Innovation Awards honor projects that are pioneering in their field. So we are thrilled that our Done-in-One solution is among the winners of the 2021 German Innovation Awards,” said Jan Klingelnberg, CEO of the KLINGELNBERG Group. “True to the expert jury’s ‘Making innovations visible’ motto, the award represents our hard work in recent years.”
“This success is ultimately the result of many small- and large-scale developments from recent years, some of which are patented, including the further development of the tactile measurement system 3D NANOSCAN,” added Dr. Christof Gorgels, Division Head of the Precision Measuring Centers Product Line. “The Klingelnberg Done-in-One solution can only be implemented when a wide range of innovations and detailed technical solutions come together. We are therefore extremely pleased to have received the award and gained widespread recognition in the market.”
The jury is made up of independent interdisciplinary experts from industry, science, institutions, and finance. The assessment was based on the criteria of innovation, benefit to users, and economic efficiency. The innovation strategy had to take aspects such as social, ecological, and economic sustainability and the use of energy and resources into account. Factors such as the potential of the location and employability, durability, market maturity, technical quality and function, materiality, and synergy effects also played a decisive role in the judging process.