Smart Spring Technology receives Blechnet Award

Stuttgart – At this year’s Expo in Stuttgart, the second Blechnet AWARD was presented in six categories. A jury consisting of Blechnet editors selected the winners with the greatest innovations among the many applicants.

Blechnet Award 2015

As a joint development by the companies Scheuermann + Heilig and Hoffmann + Krippner, the “Smart Spring Technology” was awarded first place in the “Multifunctional Sheet Metal Working Technology” category. The Smart Spring Technology is a hybrid product of a stamped and bent part on a spring steel strip by Scheuermann + Heilig with a force sensor printed on by Hoffmann + Krippner using the screen printing process. The resulting steel switch spring can be directly paired with a connector and therefore requires no additional components or processing steps for installation. The evaluation of analog signals occurs through the use of microcontroller technology. This is a convincing novelty on the market.

Besides the on/off operation, the wear-free Smart Spring switch also evaluates actuating force thus proving useful as a dimmer switch.  The product is custom made and can be adapted in form and function as well as actuating force according to application requirements.

The picture shows the Director of Technology + Innovation at Scheuermann + Heilig, Dr. Wieland Bundschuh and his associate Peter Hofmann (3rd from left), the Managing Directors Silke Heilig and Steffen Scheuermann as well as the Managing Directors of Hoffmann + Krippner, Ralf Krippner and Martin Gehrig.