Schleuniger wins the 2015 Innovation Award
The Swiss Schleuniger Group celebrated a great success at the productronica 2015 trade fair in Munich, Germany. The company's CoaxCenter 6000 won the productronica Innovation Award 6000 in the Cables, Coils and Hybrids Cluster prevailing against renowned competitors. The CoaxCenter 6000 is the world's first and currently the only machine system that enables micro-coaxial cables to be processed fully-automatically and with high precision. On behalf of the award panel, Christian Stoppok from the German Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers' Association (ZVEI) emphasized that the panel was particularly convinced by the innovative combination of a maximum degree of precision, the quality monitoring, and the processing volume. Schleuniger CEO Christoph Schüpbach was extremely pleased about the prize and put this important award into a comprehensive context: "Our DNA drives us to perfect cable processing, to even better understand the current and future requirements of the industry, and respond with convincing solutions. Our CoaxCenter 6000 is just such a solution. It won the productronica Innovation Award in representation for the entire range of Schleuniger innovations. Christoph Schüpbach is also pleased "that our employees were rewarded for their continuous and outstanding commitment."
The CoaxCenter 6000 was first presented to the public this spring at the Internepcon exhibition in Tokyo, where it attracted considerable interest amongst the visitors. The machine was designed to fulfil the modern communication society's increased data transfer demands in terms of data volume and data security and the resulting growing requirements on antenna components. As a result, assemblers of such cables are increasingly coming up against limits, because the required length tolerances can hardly be fulfilled using manual or semi-automatic tools. Hence, the cable ends must be checked systematically and without errors. In particular, it was important to exclude human sources of error, because even the slightest contact with the cable end can bend it and render the cable unusable.
The CoaxCenter 6000 systematically integrates and automates all the confection steps on a highly flexible machine platform. For the customer, this results in numerous benefits:
- The machine offers the highest degree of stripping accuracy of all the solutions that are currently available on the market
- Fully automatic monitoring of the stripping results using QCam 360
- Production protocol with all the relevant process parameters including 3D images
- Maximum degree of flexibility with regard to the integration of additional process steps, such as crimping, tinning, and window stripping
In addition to these technological and qualitative innovations, the CoaxCenter 6000 also achieves extremely high productivity: The output of this machine is at least three times higher than with manual and semi-automatic processes, and all this with considerably lower personnel and handling requirements and in perfect quality.
This is the first year that the productronica Innovation Award was conferred. It is presented by the productronica trade fair in cooperation with the productronic trade journal. The independent award panel consisted of Professor Klaus-Dieter Lang from the Frauenhofer Institut IZM, Professor Mathias Nowottnick from the University of Rostock, Dr. Martin Oppermann from the Dresden University of Technology, Professor Lothar Pfitzner from the Frauenhofer Institut IISB, Dr. Eric Maiser from the German Engineering Federation (VDMA), and Christoph Stoppok from the Association of the Electrical Engineering and Electronics Industry (ZVEI).