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8th vector award 2022

Looking for bold applications with energy chain systems and cables ...

Modern plastic energy chains have for 50 years ensured the safe, reliable supply of energy, data, signals, and media while remaining in continuous motion. They can be used universally, from cranes to machine tools, from industrial robots to laboratory technology. The energy chains and cables must be constantly reinvented to meet high demands on such items as dynamic speeds, compact installation spaces, heavy additional loads, and cleanrooms. Condition monitoring and predictive maintenance solutions, so-called smart plastics, prepare the chains for Industry 4.0. The vector award recognises unique applications with energy supply systems. These applications can be implemented with multifaceted energy chains and cables.

The vector award includes:

Gold vector

The gold vector

A certificate and prize money of €5,000

Silver vector

The silver vector

A certificate and prize money of €2,500

Bronze vector

The bronze vector

A certificate and prize money of €1,000

Green vector

The green vector

A certificate and prize money of €1,000

Registration and conditions of participation

An independent panel of judges evaluates the projects participating in the vector award for plastic energy chain applications. The judges will be looking for application solutions that have been implemented as industrial projects and are marked by technical and economic efficiency and bold creativity. Only applications with plastic energy chains and plastic hybrid solutions will be accepted. By participating, the competitor gives legally binding consent on the part of the participating company to any kind of report/advertising regarding the application.
The winners will be selected by an expert jury composed of members from the fields of science, Industrial fair, specialist media and associations and will be awarded in 2022 (25.-29. April 2022) Hannover Trade Show.

Deadline: 11 February 2022

Take part now

vector awards judges


Hans-Jürgen Alt


Reinhold Schäfer

Reinhold Schäfer

MM Maschinenmarkt editor

Olaf Katzer

Olaf Katzer

Head of education Autostadt GmbH

Arno Reich

Arno Reich

Department Head/Senior Vice President for "Industries, Energy & Logistics" Deutsche Messe AG

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Brecher

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Christian Brecher

Head of Machine Tools(WZL) and Production Engineering RWTH Aachen

Michael Blaß

Michael Blaß

e-chain systems® CEO igus® GmbH


Ken Fouhy

Ken Fouhy

Editor-in-Chief VDI nachrichten

Retrospective: The 2020 vector awards winners

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