22 October, 2018

Motion Control Industry Awards success

28 April, 2016

The inaugural Motion Control Industry Awards – in association with the UK Motion Control Alliance (UK MCA) – took place at the National Conference Centre (formally known as the National Motorcycle Museum) on the evening of Tuesday 12 April, following the first day of DFA Media’s co-located exhibitions at Birmingham’s NEC.


Supported by some of the biggest names in the motion control arena, and with some 250 people in attendance, the event was heralded a great success by all those involved.

The evening commenced with a Drinks Reception, sponsored by Bosch Rexroth, with guests being invited through to a four-course meal dinner at 8.00pm.

The event was formally opened with a Welcome Address given by both Andy Jones, president of British Compressed Air Society (BCAS), and Chris Buxton, director and CEO of the British Fluid Power Association (BFPA), incorporating the British Fluid Power Distributors Association (BFPDA). They took the opportunity to offer some background on the formation of the UK Motion Control Alliance, and pointed out that the awards programme was one of the first initiatives to evolve from the formation of the UK MCA.

Event host, comedian and writer Simon Evans, took to the stage directly after dinner for a bout of entertainment before launching into the main awards ceremony. This was followed by some further networking in the bar, where guests enjoyed a fun casino into the small hours.

Supporters and sponsors

The sponsors of this inaugural event were:

1. Motion Control Alliance.

2. BFPA/BFPDA/BCAS

3. Beko Technologies.

4. GAMBICA.

5. ABB.

6. Beaumanor Engineering.

7. Bosch Rexroth.

8. Parker Hannifin.

9. Hydraulics & Pneumatics Magazine.

10. MTA/MACH.

Award categories – sponsors, finalists and winners

The following list details each of the award categories and their respective sponsors, with a breakdown of all of the finalists and winners.

Technical Innovation of the Year

Sponsored by Beko Technologies

Presenter: Martin Potter, general manager

• ABB Air Gap Inspector.

• Lenze Smart Motor.

• Phoenix Contact PSR Mini Safety Relays.

• Pirtek Fluid Power Glove.

• Rockwell Automation iTRAK System.

• Webtec Products Portable Hydraulic Tester (DHM 4 Series) with Bluetooth and QuickCert App.

Winner: Rockwell Automation iTRAK System.

Environmental/Energy Efficiency Award

Sponsored by GAMBICA

Presenter: Graeme Philp, chief executive

• Bosch Rexroth Sytronix.

• Danfoss Drives FC 103 VLT Refrigeration Drive.

• Danfoss Drives for generating surplus power from wastewater treatment.

• Donaldson Filtration for significant energy savings with heat generated HRS 2750 (Enersave).

• Hydrovane TO2 Transit Compressor.

• Ing. Enea Mattei SpA Xpander.

Winner: Danfoss Drives for generating surplus power from wastewater treatment.

Project of the Year

Sponsored by ABB

Presenter: David Hawley, LBU manager, motors & generators

• Danfoss Drives for generating surplus power from wastewater treatment.




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