The Steinbeis Foundation has honored four project teams with the 2019 Steinbeis Foundation Transfer Award – the Löhn Award
Benefits add value – a guiding principle that shapes the work of the Steinbeis Network and the underlying idea behind the Steinbeis Foundation Transfer Award – the Löhn Award. The honor has been bestowed for over 15 years in acknowledgement of outstanding transfer projects. This year the award was shared by four project partners: Steinbeis experts from Pforzheim, Würzburg, Chemnitz, and Saarbrücken received the coveted award with their business partners at the Steinbeis Night in Stuttgart. Congratulations!
The Steinbeis Foundation Transfer Award – the Löhn Award – was initiated and first bestowed in 2004 to honor the unique achievements of Prof. Dr. Dr. h. c. mult. Johann Löhn, the former chairman of the Steinbeis Foundation. It is awarded annually in recognition of outstanding transfer projects in the competitive field of knowledge and technology transfer between science and business. What makes a project worthy of the award? On the one side, the transfer process should be particularly successful in qualitative terms, and on the other the sharing of know-how should be excellent, offering recognizable potential to transfer knowledge. The projects that are selected for the award are chosen by a jury, which includes members of the Steinbeis Foundation board, and the chairman and honorary members of the Steinbeis Foundation board of trustees.
In addition to the prize money, the winners receive a unique sculpture to take home. The sculpture, which was designed specially for the Löhn Award by Prof. Detlef Rahe (the Institute for Integrated Design, a Steinbeis Transfer Center in Bremen), symbolizes the idea behind Steinbeis transfer and the underlying system developed by Johann Löhn, which has been applied successfully through the Steinbeis Network since 1983. Two individual, yet complementary sculptures reflect the reciprocal transfer process, thus mirroring the “multi-dimensional duality” of a process that brings together independent partners working together for mutual benefit. The three-dimensional, interwoven, and overlapping double uprights were designed and sculpted using digital technology. The materials are produced using rapid prototyping and the very latest ceramic and metallic science.
- A New Generation of Electrical Contacts – Optimum Performance Thanks to High-Speed Laser Structuring 
Partner: TE Connectivity Germany GmbH, Speyer | Steinbeis-Forschungszentrum Material Engineering Center Saarland (MECS), Saarbrücken
- Kyana – Predictive Maintenance Using Digital Twins 
Partner: Koenig & Bauer Coding GmbH, Veitshöchheim | Steinbeis-Forschungszentrum Design und Systeme, Würzburg
- BetoLamina®-Cast: The New Fiberglass-Reinforced Building Concrete for Complex Creative Facades 
Partner: Fiber-Tech Products GmbH, Chemnitz | Medicke Metallbau GmbH, Glauchau | Steinbeis-Innovationszentrum FiberCrete, Chemnitz
- An Innovative Production System for Manufacturing Highly Complex Components with Vulnerable Surfaces 
Partner: Optik-Elektro Huber GmbH, Mühlacker | Steinbeis-Transferzentrum Produktion und Organisation, Pforzheim