Detmold / Berlin, 07 June 2018. The prize which highlights innovations: at an award ceremony in Berlin on 6 June the Detmold-based electrical engineering company Weidmüller won the 2018 German Innovation Award in the competition class “Excellence in Business to Business”. The independent jury awarded the prize for the Industrial Analytics solution for forward-looking maintenance and data analysis, and the campaign to launch the new Klippon Connect terminal block range in the categories of “Connectivity” and “Machines & Engineering”. “The award is an accolade and an incentive for us, as well as proof that we are on the right course with our product range” explains Tobias Gaukstern, Head of the Industrial Analytics Business Unit. “Weidmüller's Industrial Analytics has established a solution for data analysis, which customers in the mechanical engineering and plant construction sectors can use to expedite the structural change driven by digitalisation, and in particular to secure and expand their high-margin service business. To this end, Weidmüller has created a new area of competence with a strong focus on Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. At the same time Weidmüller is thus helping its customers to realise digital innovations.”
Capture 1: Dr. Markus Köster, Head of Research and Development in the Industrial Analytics business unit (left), and Tobias Gaukstern, Head of the Industrial Analytics business unit (right), proudly presented the award for the software solution in Berlin.
Capture 2: Tosha Hübert, Marketing Manager at Weidmüller (left) and Benjamin Hollmann, Head of Marketing Management at Weidmüller (right), were delighted with the awards for Klippon Connect and Industrial Analytics.
This is not the first time Weidmüller has won an award for its innovativeness. In 2017 the company won the Top-100 Innovation Prize as an innovative SME and the German Brand Award. “Innovations, together with application competence, consistent procedures and state-of-the-art production processes are the basis for commercial success”, explains Weidmüller's board spokesman Jörg Timmermann. “We therefore invest continuously in research and development, and will focus even more strongly in future on developing software, services and digitalisation solutions which enhance our existing portfolio.”
The German Innovation Award has achieved an astonishing result with more than 650 submissions in its first year. Nearly 40% of entrants competed in the “Excellence in Business to Consumer” category, and more than 60% in the “Excellence in Business to Business” category. Submissions were evaluated on the basis on the following criteria: level of innovation, user benefits, and cost-effectiveness. An innovation strategy should take account of aspects such as social, environmental, environmental sustainability and the use of energy and resources. Factors such as location and employment potential, durability, market maturity, technical quality and function, materiality and synergy effects also play a crucial role in the adjudication process.
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