The innovation motor keeps running at Endress+Hauser: 219 patent applications and a total of six awards were celebrated by the Group’s inventors who came together for the eleventh Innovators’ Meeting. More than 300 inventors throughout the Endress+Hauser Group came together to present their inventions, exchange experience and, of course, to celebrate.
The three “Patent Rights Incentive Awards” for patents with special business relevance, each with a cash prize of 15 000 €, went to inventors from the production centers Endress+Hauser Conducta, Endress+Hauser Flowtec and Endress+Hauser Maulburg. With their invention, Dr. Dietmar Spanke, Edgar Schmitt, Marc Baret, and Yong Jin of Endress+Hauser Maulburg, the production center for level and pressure measurement, have enhanced the measurement reliability of radar level measurement instruments (Fig.). The four inventors have now developed a method in which every echo is continuously recorded and identified. The level echo is now determined from the dynamics of the echo and from previously recorded values. This method substantially increases the measurement reliability.
Beside the patent awards, this was also the first event where outstanding improvements in business processes were honored for the first time. The ‘Process Innovation Awards’, with a cash prize of 10 000 €, went to teams in the production centers Endress+Hauser Flowtec and Endress+Hauser Process Solutions and to the production site of Endress+Hauser Maulburg in Stahnsdorf near Berlin.