2016 DIN Prize winners

On 3 November 2016 several winners received awards in DIN's 16th annual DIN Prize competition. Seven prizes in four categories were awarded to entries demonstrating the central role standards play in science, research and practical applications. The "Weltfaktor Normung" (Standardization : A global factor) awards ceremony was held in Berlin's Museum for Communication, attended by nearly 300 guests.

Benefits of Standardization

DIN's "Benefits of Standardization" prize is awarded to those who provide the best examples of the concrete benefits of standardization in practice.
The first prize winner receives € 10,000, while the second and third prize winners receive € 7,500 and € 5,000, respectively.
1st prize went to Karl-Ludwig Blumenthal, Siemens AG
Title: Examination of the practical benefits of standardization taking as an example the revision of DIN 2626 "Line blanks"
DIN 2626 lays down types, dimensions, materials, manufacturing methods and technical delivery conditions for line blanks. By doing so, this standard reduces part variety by replacing a number of diverse company standards with clear, generally applicable specifications, resulting in considerable cost savings.
2nd prize went to Dr. Uwe Oelmüller, Qiagen GmbH
Title: New pre-analysis standards increase the reliability of molecular diagnostics and enhance reproducibility of results in life sciences research
Every day laboratories from around the world test millions of specimens in the life sciences. Until now there have not been any universal standards on the quality of these specimens during the pre-analysis stage, which covers sampling, transport and sample analysis. It is estimated that the European health system and researchers lose billions of euros due to poor sample quality. Nine European Technical Specifications are changing this.
3rd prize went to Christian Köfinger, Austrian Institute of Technology
Title: Benefits of DIN EN 16147 on heat pumps
Up to 4 % of the total annual energy consumption in Germany is used to heat drinking water in private households. Standardized product information will help consumers select the most efficient technology for heating water, thus lowering their energy consumption. DIN EN 16147 lays down a standard test method that provides the necessary data for labelling heat pumps. This makes it easier to compare heat pumps and similar products on the market.

Best Practice prize

This prize is awarded to projects that demonstrate how standards are successfully integrated in business processes. The winner is awarded € 5,000.
Johannes Mainhardt, RECARO Aircraft Seating GmbH & Co.KG
Title: Increasing quality by using the newest ISO GPS standards to implement geometrical tolerances and develop a measurement strategy
The "Geometrical product specifications (GPS)" published by ISO define universal tolerance symbols used throughout the world. They make it possible to clearly define and fully describe tolerances in technical drawings. Users of these standards thus avoid ambiguities and inconsistencies when planning production or test procedures, and reduce the time needed to clarify matters with other departments. RECARO Aircraft Seating have successfully implemented a number of ISO GPS standards, saving time and money while at the same time enhancing product quality.

Young Science prize

DIN's "Young Science" prize is awarded to academic theses and doctoral dissertations that deal with standardization. Entries should focus on how standards increase efficiency in practical applications. The winner is awarded € 1,000.
Daniel Burdensky
Title: Company standards at BMW: An empirical analysis of their significance and impact on original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and their suppliers
Company standards enhance the efficiency of communications - for example, with suppliers - and increase legal security for all involved. Internal standards also help increase quality and productivity. The winning entry analyses the practical benefits of company standards and describes how standards reduce negative economic effects, while at the same time having positive strategic and financial benefits.
Christian Burmann
Title: The effects of DIN EN ISO 9001 on innovation – A comprehensive analysis of empirical literature.
This thesis examines the effect quality management systems according to DIN EN ISO 9001 have on innovative processes within companies. The thesis includes a comprehensive analysis of empirical studies. The results show that there are major positive effects on procedural, organizational and marketing innovations.

Special "Science" prize

The special "Science" prize is awarded to exceptional doctoral dissertations that deal extensively with standardization. The winner is awarded € 3,000.
Sandra Drechsler
Title: Skills requirements for mechanical engineers in terms of using standards and other technical rules in their daily work
Standards are extremely important for the development of many types of product, for they can have a positive impact on the quality, safety, functionality and compatibility of that product. However, this potential is not always optimized, often due to a lack of awareness of the relevance of standards and insignificant knowledge on the part of employees.
This dissertation describes a skills model depicting industry's need for knowledge of standards among employees in certain positions. The model can be used as a basis for academic as well as business activities where there is an increased need for a specific knowledge of standards and specifications.


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