Rockwell Automation will launch a new global award at interpack 2017 that will recognize and reward engineering innovation and machine design that help address the future needs of the demanding manufacturing industry.
With major worldwide end users on the judging panel, the Best Future Machine Award will be an opportunity for machine builders to showcase and discuss their technology in front of some of the industry's most influential companies.
Any company with a machine at the 2017 show that deploys Rockwell Automation products or solutions can enter for a chance to win. A number of subcategories have been established that define the eligibility to enter:
- Modular Machines – Flexible, Pack Styles, Materials
- Smart Machines – Safety, Integration, Information, Real-Time Diagnostic, Operating Efficiency and Data Tracking
- Ease of Use – Intuitive HMI, Simple Troubleshooting, Easy Changeover
- Sustainability – Reduced Waste Material, Energy Efficiency
- Traceability and Product Safety – Product Safety, Serialization, Sanitary Design, Product Tracking
"Interpack is the perfect event for showcasing innovation. In addition to addressing the needs of one of the most demanding markets globally, many exhibitors use the show to launch their latest innovations and machines. We are always impressed with the level of technological advancement we see at the event, and we felt that it was time to recognize these achievements with an award specifically for innovation," said Urs Marti, director for Industries – EMEA, Rockwell Automation.
"This award also fits perfectly with the programs we offer machine builders at interpack, including co-marketing, product availability and on-site technical show support. If 2014 is anything to go by, we know we are going to have a tough job picking a winner. In 2014, there were 220 machines equipped with Rockwell Automation products and solutions, and in 2017, we anticipate this number will nearly double. All of these machines are eligible for entry."
Nominations for the "Best Future Machine Award" need to be submitted by Oct. 31, 2016, and the finalists will be shortlisted by the end of December 2016. A prestigious panel representing leading, global end users and a number of in-country industry associations will judge the winners in each of the categories. An overall winner will then be selected. Winners will be announced at the Rockwell Automation VIP Evening and featured in all promotional activities after the show.