Hannover Messe Hermes award goes to Trumpf

The company’s award-winning product supports the use of all location technologies, bundling position data to enable targeted optimisation of process flows.

Machine tool manufacturer Trumpf has won this year’s Hermes award, one of the most coveted prizes in the international industry, for its open location standard product omlox. The award ceremony took place on July 14 during the Hannover Messe Digital Days.

A jury under chair Prof Dr Reimund Neugebauer, president of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, honoured the product “omlox – open location standard” as a global and location-technology independent solution. More than 60 industrial companies participated in the omlox project, which provides the first open standard for location services. Omlox unites all location services available on the market, including UWB, WLAN, BLE, GPS and 5G, and transfers these into a uniform coordinate reference system, making them available for internal use on edge platforms or for global use in a cloud. Omlox supports for the first time the use of all location technologies, bundling position data to enable targeted optimisation of process flows. Omlox is an interoperable ecosystem that harmonises heterogeneous technical infrastructures, making IIoT and Industry 4.0 affordable for SMEs.

Professor Reimund Neugebauer, president of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft and chair of the Hermes award, said, “Every year, the Hermes award recognises an exceptional, innovative product. Trumpf points the way to a versatile, standardised and flexible production environment. Jointly developed by 60 industrial companies, it is the first open and interoperable standard for location services. The integrative solution makes it easier to use hardware and software from various manufacturers, right up to plug-and-play, a step that companies consistently rate as very helpful.”

“Despite the current situation, companies should keep their sights fixed firmly on the future and expand their digital applications. A common standard for positioning solutions simplifies logistics enormously and ensures efficiency gains in digital manufacturing,” says Thomas Schneider, Managing Director of Development at Trumpf Werkzeugmaschinen.

Omlox may now be used worldwide. Industry partners from all over Europe, Asia and the USA have committed to supporting it. The initiators’ goal is to make it easier for industrial customers to use hardware and software from different vendors.

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