The entry phase for the vector competition 2014 is open

Companies can register for the vector award until 15 February 2014. This recognises applications that use energy supply systems. Whether huge or tiny energy chains – anyone can apply online and present their designs to the judging panel with brief descriptions, photos and videos. The winners will receive prize money of up to 5,000 euros, with an official award ceremony held at the Hanover Trade Fair in April 2014.

Every two years, creative applications for energy supply solutions are recognised with the vector award. The latest official entry phase began at the Motek 2013. An expert judging panel comprising of representatives from the world of science and specialist associations evaluates the applications and selects the winners from among all the entrants. “The vector award is an extremely important part of our development work,” stated Harald Nehring, authorised representative for e-chain systems at igus GmbH. “We use it to support innovations and promote new potential uses for energy supply systems.” Anyone who dares to put energy chain systems to new uses is encouraged to enter the competition regardless of their sector.

Overview of previous entrants and winners

All further information, including the competition terms and conditions and details of previous winners, can be found at From a robot that loads and unloads presses, a sludge treatment system with igus’s largest plastic energy chain, the E4.350, to a wood working application that uses the igus twisterband and has an overall rotation of 1440 degrees. The site also provides an overview of the many interesting and highly inventive entries that have been received since the competition was first launched in 2008. These range from exercise trainers in the field of physiotherapy to mobile launch pads for space rockets. The current entry period closes on 15 February 2014.

Every two years, igus organises the vector award in recognition of advanced energy chain applications. In the picture: Harald Nehring, authorised representative for e-chain systems, igus GmbH. (Source: igus GmbH) 
Winner of the golden vector award 2012: the KUKA Cobra. An additional axis is mounted to the robot arm to load and unload presses. A new, special chain guide design from the igus E6 series is used to make the robot structure as compact as possible. (Source: igus GmbH) 
This sludge treatment system at the Port of Antwerp uses the world’s largest plastic energy chain, the E4.350. The project won the silver vector award in 2012. (Source: igus GmbH) 
This twisterband can conduct a 1440 degree rotation. This application in the wood working sector won the bronze vector award in 2012. (Source: igus GmbH)