Siemens Wins Multiple Innovation Awards

  • Two PPMA awards and an MHEA award recognise Siemens‘ innovative and partnering achievements

The PPMA and the MHEA have separately awarded Siemens for its innovative work in industrial automation and plant upgrade improvements.

First, the PPMA (Processing, Packaging & Machinery Trade Association), which represents over 400 processing and packaging machinery suppliers in the UK, awarded Siemens and Festo two awards around their development of the Multi-Carrier System (MCS).  The first award was for Most Innovative Automation System, the second for Partnership of the Year, and the PPMA remarked: "The innovative and flexible system devised by these two industry giants offers truly flexible automation while offering Industry 4.0 opportunities."  

The MCS is an Industry 4.0-ready linear motor track system that delivers unparalleled levels of flexibility and can easily be incorporated into existing processing and packaging environments.  With precise sychronisation and seamless infeed and outfeed of transport carriers, the movement and profile of carriers within the MCS system can be rapidly adapted to deal with different formats, sizes and types of product, down to batch sizes of just one, with a flexible, fast and jerk-free operation.

Second, in a fitting recognition of its innovative work on upgrading materials handling plants to be more energy efficient, Siemens won the Materials Handling Engineers‘ Association‘s first Innovation Award, presented at the MHEA’s annual Bulkex conference.

The MHEA award was part of a new group of industry awards instigated by the MHEA, which represents materials handling engineers, and focused on the significant fan and control improvements made by Siemens to the clinker cooler and kiln systems at three Hanson UK sites, which have already brought Hanson over £1,750,000 in energy savings and reduced CO2 emissions.

Mike Houghton is divisional director of Siemens Process Industries and Drives and commented: "The Siemens team is delighted to be recognised by two of the industry’s leading associations for this innovative work in helping companies gain long-term benefits from significant process and automation improvements.  The acute need for flexibility in modern manufacturing environments is driven by increasingly complex product diversity, shorter product lifecycles and growing levels of mass customisation, and industry partnerships can make significant impacts in all these areas."


PHOTO-CAPTION: The MCS linear motor track system jointly developed by Siemens and Festo 

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About Siemens

Siemens AG (Berlin and Munich) is a global technology powerhouse that has stood for engineering excellence, innovation, quality, reliability and internationality for more than 165 years. The company is active in more than 200 countries, focusing on the areas of electrification, automation and digitalisation. One of the world’s largest producers of energy-efficient, resource-saving technologies, Siemens is No.1 in offshore wind turbine construction, a leading supplier of gas and steam turbines for power generation, a major provider of power transmission solutions and a pioneer in infrastructure solutions as well as automation, drive and software solutions for industry. The company is also a leading provider of medical imaging equipment – such as computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging systems – and a leader in laboratory diagnostics as well as clinical IT. In fiscal 2015, which ended on September 30, 2015, Siemens generated revenue of €75.6 billion and net income of €7.4 billion. At the end of September 2015, the company had around 348,000 employees worldwide. Further information is available on the internet at

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