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Bosch Rexroth wins Hermes Award at Hannover Messe for electrical actuator

April 13, 2021
By Manufacturing AUTOMATION

The Hermes Award at Hannover Messe. Photo: Deutsche Messe AG

Bosch Rexroth has nabbed the top industrial technology prize at Hannover Messe, which runs through Apr. 16.

The jury for the Hermes Award, chaired by Professor Reimund Neugebauer, president of the Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, selected Bosch Rexroth’s product SVA R2 (Subsea Valve Actuator), which is the world’s first electrical actuator for controlling process valves under water.

The product won out over Phoenix Contact’s NearFi technology for contact-free transmission of energy and data, and PILZ’s myPNOZ a batch-size-one modular safety switching device.

Bosch Rexroth’s SVA R2 offers an energy-efficient and safe alternative to the actuators previously used in offshore oil and gas production. SVA are self-sufficient assemblies with their own fluid circuit and a variable-speed pump drive. The central unit and the kilometres of lines for the fluid are no longer required. This also minimizes environmental risks.


The SVA only require a power supply and a data line. A displacement control regulates the flow rate from the speed with almost no loss. This simplifies the construction and increases the energy efficiency significantly.

The Hermes Award recognizes outstanding products and solutions that have a particularly high level of technological innovation. All companies and institutions that exhibit at Hannover Messe are eligible to compete.

“The winning product is another milestone and stands for high-tech in connection with environmental protection,” says Dr. Jochen Köckler, CEO of Deutsche Messe AG. “The company is thus making a major contribution to sustainability, one of the key topics at the Hannover Messe Digital Edition.”

“With the SVA R2, the developers at Bosch Rexroth combine economic and ecological aspects into a sustainably innovative product for the maritime process industry – with the Subsea Valve Actuator, existing electrical supply lines for sensors are sufficient for reliable operation of the actuators,” says Neugebauer.

“The small dimensions and integrated interfaces provide industry with another advantage, because they enable the new actuator to be used and retrofitted in existing systems.”

The Hermes Award ceremony took place Apr. 12 at the Hannover Messe Digital Edition 2021.

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