HARTING Technology Group

24. April 2006

HARTING wins Hermes Award

At the "Hermes Award" ceremony: (from left) Sepp D. Heckmann, Dr. Michael Burmeister, Christian Wulff, Dr. Annette Schavan and Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wahlster.

Prize for RFID transponder

It is the size of a bar of chocolate, mainly black and rather nondescript – but in logistics and industrial environments, the passive UHF RFID transponder shows exactly what it is capable of. At the opening ceremony of the 2006 Hannover Messe on Sunday evening, this innovation was honored with the “Hermes Award – International Technology Prize of the Hannover Messe”. HARTING Mitronics AG from Biel (Switzerland), a subsidiary of the HARTING Technology Group, submitted the winning contribution. HARTING Mitronics Managing Director Dr. Michael Burmeister was clearly delighted by the prize: “Last year we were one of the top 5 shortlisted for the Hermes Award. Winning the prize this time round is the icing on the cake for this successful innovation, in whose development and execution many of our staff played a role. We are really thrilled to win the Hermes Award, clear proof that we are going in exactly the right direction with our stronger focus on micro-technology.”

This year a total of 81 companies competed for the 100,000 euro technology prize. Prof. Dr. Wolfgang Wahlster, Managing Director of the German Research Institute for Artificial Intelligence, declared HARTING the winner of the Hermes Award. Accompanied by the Federal Chancellor, Dr. Angela Merkel and Lower Saxony’s Minister-President, Christian Wulff, the Federal Minister for Education and Research, Dr. Annette Schavan, presented the prize to Dr. Michael Burmeister.

Alongside the Chancellor, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the invited guests applauded the winner and the other nominees. This was also a special moment for Dietmar and Margrit Harting. The husband and wife entrepreneurs, who were present at the ceremony, were able to celebrate the win at first hand. An independent jury, which included patron Christian Wulff and among others Federal Education Minister Dr. Annette Schavan and the President of the Fraunhofer Society, Prof. Dr. Hans-Jörg Bullinger, had chosen the top 5 and the eventual winner.

The winning innovation by HARTING Mitronics is a passive transponder HARfid LT 86 (HT) with a read range of up to five meters. Using 3D-MID techniques, HARTING Mitronics can now develop directional antennas with integrated RFID chips, for applications in harsh industrial environments. The innovative technology used in HARTING’s RFID transponders guarantees high read ranges on metal or liquid objects, unlimited service life (without maintenance), high protection categories for applications in extreme environments and a robust, multi-variant housing with multiple mounting options.

The transponder is used in RFID applications in transport and production logistics. It provides information on the manufacturer, contents, date of manufacture, serial number and owner of the “object” (this information is available at all times) and has the capacity to store updated information. Conventional, film-based RFID transponders (or smart labels – transponders on disposable packaging) are not suitable for this purpose.

The shortlisted and prize-winning products will be showcased during the Hannover Messe 2006 at the special event “techtransfer – Gateway2innovation” (Hall 2, Stand D16).

The HARTING Technology Group is exhibiting in Hall 11, Stand C13 and Hall 17, Stand B40.