Judges confirmed for high-profile Bosch Rexroth vehicle engineering award


Jim Wade of the JCB Academy, Morgan Williams of the Manufacturing Technology Centre, Neil Lyon of Azura Engineering and John Savage of the National Fluid Power Centre have been confirmed as judges for the Bosch Rexroth Innovation Award.

The judging panel combines expertise in technology development and commercialization, fluid power and education. The overall winner of the award will receive a complete Bodas control system, together with 100 hours of design support, to help turn their innovation into a reality. The top prize also includes hardware, software, and product training for up to five people, while additional prizes are on offer for second and third places.

The Bodas system consists of a hardware and software kit, ideally suited to the diverse requirements of mobile working machines, and can be adapted for use in any number of innovative mobile concepts. In addition, the modular control system is designed to be simple to install and commission in order to reduce costs, both during prototyping and in production.

Mark Simpson, business unit manager at Bosch Rexroth, said, “We’ve compiled a judging panel of leading independent engineers and education specialists to help us identify and support the emerging technical innovators to assist in the development of machine design concepts, from large-scale construction vehicles through to materials handling solutions.

“While Elon Musk sets his sights on transforming the way we travel, we’re looking for those people who are set to make the next step change that will improve the vehicles that help build our cities, transform landscapes and transport goods. I’d like to encourage any engineer with a good idea that they’re looking to take to the next level, to get in touch and submit an application form.”

Neil Lyon, managing director of Azura Engineering, said, “Vehicle engineering is at the forefront of technical innovation. The Bodas control system plays a key role in helping innovators take their latest technological solutions from concept through to reality, by providing a control system that can be quickly and easily adapted for any number of applications. I’m looking forward to seeing a diverse range of new technologies.”

November 10, 2017

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