motan Innovation Award "mia" Awarded
During K 2016, n the 21st October 2016, motan holding gmbh, Constance, Germany, announced and honored the winners of the competition mia – motan innovation award 2016 – which began roughly 10 months ago. Instead of the usual three, four innovations for different functions of material logistics and handling have made it onto the podium: Along with first and second place, the jury awarded two third places. Prize money of over EUR 20,000 was donated by motan.
- 1st place: Ludwig Reissner. With the Matrixkoppler, an automated material station for small conveying systems, Ludwig Reissner has made material changes even more efficient and safe. Conventional material stations require manual switching of the hoses leading to the material loaders during material changes. The Matrixkoppler automated the material allocation with a newly designed multiple switch. This way, contamination from neighbouring lines can be prevented. This is practical, cheap, and completely new. motan is honoring this development with prize money of EUR 10,000.
- 2nd place: Team Fabian Kienzler. Together with Arnulf Hörtnagl, Marc Hiefer, and Oscar Lattner, Fabian Kienzler has developed an alternative method for drying of granules. At the core of the innovation is the use of an inductive heating element – for energy transfer via radiation. Here, pre-warmed air flows through the granules to extract moisture. This new automated drying is efficient and can be controlled precisely. The idea was born while searching for a dew point sensor. Kienzler's team receives a prize money of EUR 5000.
- 3rd place: Peter Haupt. Energy which is used for drying and dosing in usual material flow constellations, is used more than once by the dry dosing unit developed by Peter Haupt. The idea is focussed on dramatically reducing energy consumption – and therefore costs. Operation can then also be designed more ergonomically. motan is honoring this development with prize money of EUR 2500.
- 3rd place: Karl Wolfgang. Better utilisation of material and increased cleanliness are the benefits of using the Octa-Flow-Bag by Karl Wolfgang. If octabins are emptied with an automated conveying system in production, then material normally remains in the corners and must be sucked out manually. This new development transports remaining material automatically into the middle of the octabin, where it can be removed easily. Wolfgang also receives a prize money of EUR 2500.
The prizes were awarded by Sandra Füllsack, CEO of motan holding gmbh, as well as the four jury members, Prof. Dr. Martin Bastian, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Carsten Manz, Dr.-Ing. Peter Faatz, and Karl Miller. The submissions for the next mia 2018 awards will start in January 2017 and the prize giving ceremony will take place in two years’ time at the Fakuma exhibition in October 2018 in Friedrichshafen, Germany.
Motan Holding GmbH
Would you like to subscribe to our Newsletters on plastics technology and profit from the latest information?
Looking for a new challenge? Check out our jobs market!
Patents encourage innovation: Stay on the ball with the latest innovations in the plastics industry in our patents section.