SCHNEIDERs Modulo Line wins German Innovation Award 2019

On May, 28th, 2019, SCHNEIDER was honored with the German Innovation Award for the invention of the Modulo Line – the first fully automated Industry 4.0 ophthalmic lens production system. More than 350 international guests joined the festive gala at the German Technikmuseum in Berlin.

Established by the German Bundestag in 1953 and endowed with a foundation by members of the German industry, the German Design Council awards prizes to future-proof and pioneering innovations generating sustainable impacts. The German Innovation Award honors products and solutions across all industrial sectors providing a significant added value for customers. Among 695 international submissions from companies like Samsung, Bosch or the Deutsche Telekom, the German Design Council selected winners in a total of 40 categories.  

"The German Innovation Award is a tremendous honor. We are very proud of the positive feedback that we received from the expert jury and the market. Disruptive innovations often carry great potential for success but also carry risk. So we are happy that our vision has become reality and we are very thankful that Modulo has ultimately revolutionized the market as the first fully-automated Industry 4.0 lens production system”, stated Gunter Schneider, owner and president of the SCHNEIDER Group.

It was the level of innovation in Modulo and economic efficiency that quickly convinced the top-class jury. “SCHNEIDER’s Modulo Line lives and breathes Industry 4.0 and is a fantastic showcase of what its true power is – not just in theory but in reality. It provides fundamental competitive advantages like utmost efficiency and cost savings“, says Prof. Dr. Alexander Wurzer, member of the jury.

Introduced in 2013, the fully integrated Modulo system replaces rigid and centralized production conditions with an intelligent, decentralized and dynamic production approach. Cognitive machines manage the production flow fully self-sufficiently. The system automatically optimizes and permanently checks the quality resulting in maximized throughput with minimized defects and downtime.

All Modulo components are connected to the dynamic and multidirectional Control Center. The integrated MES monitoring system constantly monitors the efficiency of the production system and exchanges information, actively warning the operator and controlling compliance with quality specifications. To date, around 67 million lenses have been produced on Modulo machines worldwide. Modulo has become one of the most important milestones in the history of SCHNEIDER.

"We are working on the development of autonomous and intelligent systems that will play an even greater role in the ophthalmic market in the future and will set new standards," concluded Gunter Schneider.