BEC wins the VR-Innovation Prize 2017

The jury of the VR Innovation Prize awarded BEC with the main prize 2017 for the development of a platform that allows the active control of robots by human movements.

The control platform has been developed by BEC over several years and is used in a wide range of applications and products. Even they are different they have one thing in common - human-robot interaction in real-time. Here, human signals are directly and highly dynamically integrated into the movement of robots. This enables, for example, the irradiation of moving tumors in cancer therapy or interactive flight maneuvers under real conditions in robotic flight simulators. For this exceptional platform, which can be used in various industries and sector, BEC is awarded with the VR-Innovations Prize 2017 of the Volksbanken und Raiffeisenbanken in Baden-Württemberg.
Dr. Roman Glaser, President of the Baden-Württembergische Genossenschaftsverband (BWGV), presented the EUR 20,000 prize, together with Minister of State Klaus Peter Murawski, at the VR Mittelstandstag on Wednesday 22 June in Baden-Baden.

BEC presents: The becbox

flexible experiment control box for research and development! Working on experiments has never been that flexible and easy!

  1. Configurate the control system in the classroom
  2. Test the setup with the peripheral hardware
  3. Transport the becbox to the experiment
  4. Connect the becbox via bus to the robot control
  5. Interact the system with mobile devices

BEC is Growth Champion 2017

BEC is among the 500 fastest growing companies in Germany and is thus one of the 2017 growth champions. In cooperation with the market research institute Statista the German business magazine Focus established the 500 independent companies headquartered in Germany, which generated the largest increase in sales between 2012 and 2015. The objective of the publication of this ranking is to draw attention to the extraordinary achievements of these companies and their sustainable impact on the economy and society.

1st place in electronics, electrical engineering and medical technology
In the latest ranking of the growth campaigns the Reutlingen based technology company, with a strong average annual growth of 135 percent, ranks first among Germany's growth-strongest companies in the electronics, electrical and medical technology segment. Among the nearly 12,500 participating companies BEC is ranked 29th.

Passion is the success driver
Since its founding in 2003, BEC has been growing steadily. 2016 was characterized by a particularly large set of successes: BEC was able to complete the approval of the exacure patient positioning system and the first cancer irradiation using BEC technology will be carried out in December 2016. "We are very proud to be among the growth champion 2017. In recent years, our team has made an exceptional contribution with great passion and deserves this award. At the same time, we are even more motivated to continue our growth path at the same pace in the coming years,” said Matthias Buck, CEO and founder of BEC. However, BEC promises good prospects for engineers and new talents not only because of the rapid growth in sales, but also by the continuous increase in the number of employees.

 In addition to BEC, FOCUS - SPEZIAL and Statista have been presenting the 499 other, fastest growing companies in Germany since 15.11.2016.

--> Read the article on BEC in the FOCUS SPEZIAL edition



BEC supports the HORuS research project


08/2015 Aachen / Reutlingen - The aim of the research project "Horus" is to develop an economic machining solution for medium and large workpieces by cooperating robots. The project starts with studies of the static and dynamic behavior depending on the robot position. The resulting stability maps are used to determine the limits of the processing ability. The path planning of the robot integrates a continiouse CAD-CAM-RC-process chain to distribute high-volume processing features to multiple robots at the optimal and collision-free mapping between feature and robot is determined. Currently the demonstration cell for the research project "Horus" is set up, consisting of a KUKA KR 300 R2500 ultra SE, a powerful milling spindle and an appropriate protective housing.

A new era in precision

© Thomas Kästenbauer

© Thomas Kästenbauer

04/2015 Wiener Neustadt / Salzburg / Reutlingen -

An innovative system for accurate patient positioning had already received attention at its market launch in 2014. Now the first of these systems has been commissioned at MedAustron, an Austrian Center for Ion Beam Therapy, and will there be used clinically for the first time. Cancer patients can be positioned better than ever before and will thus be able to receive pin-point accuracy radiation treatments. To guarantee a successful Ion Beam treatment - a particularly accurate and effective form of radiation therapy -, it is essential to position the patient accurately in relation to the radiation beam and to permanently observe and - if necessary - adapt the patient position during the whole treatment session.

MedAustron will be the first Ion Beam Therapy Center worldwide to use completely new medical systems for these tasks: The exacure system of BEC GmbH (Reutlingen, Germany) as well as the Imaging Ring of medPhoton (Salzburg, Austria). Both systems meet the special requirements for Ion Beam Therapy and ensure the highest degree of patient safety. Together they allow for highly accurate and efficient treatments.


BEC on the ITEC 2016 in Prague

05/2016 Prague - On the ITEC from 28. - 30. April 2016 is has been the first time, that visitors of a show were actually able to test the BEC robotic motion simulator live. BEC offered to a selected group of training and simulation specialists to test the helicopter simulator on the show. We were honestly impressed by the number of visitors and the encouraging feedback on the simulator flight experience.
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Mobile motion simulator on the IDEX in Abu Dhabi

02/2016 Abu Dhabi - At the IDEX 2016 BEC presented for the first time in the United Arab Emirates a robotic system. With the newly developed contained-base-platform the transport of 13 tons heavy flight simulator to Abu Dhabi was easy to handle. Besides the helicopter simulation on the show (Robinson R22) the system can simulate almost unlimited kinematic systems with one universal simulation platform.

examove 7F presentation on ASTRO 2015

11/2015 San Francisco / USA - Through development of the floor-mounted examove 7F, BEC and KUKA added the last piece to a modular system for robotic patient positioning that can easily be customized for different areas of application. examove 7F can easily be installed in new and existing treatment rooms without requiring any structural alterations. The examove 7F patient positioning system is based on the KUKA KR300 R2500 ultra robot. Thousands of KR300 systems have been successfully installed worldwide and demonstrate their reliability day after day under the toughest conditions. Even though examove 7F is a very compact robotic positioning system it nonetheless boasts a payload capacity of up to 300 kg. The agility of the robotic system enables examove 7F to position and move patients in all six degrees of freedom (DOF) and perform +/- 180 degree isocentric rotations. The exacontrol high-level drive controls allow safe, smooth motion with optimized drive settings.

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RWTH Aachen / Institute for automatic controls / BMBF Project RoPaRa obtained approval

If the position of a tumor varies during irradiation as a consequence of physiological processes, such as by breathing, heartbeat or digestion, the calculation and application of an optimal dose distribution gets more and more complicate. In current medical practice, adjusting the focus range of the radiation beam to the statistical distribution of the position to be destroyed tumor tissue is often practiced. This means an extension of the target region of the irradiation to ensure that the tumor tissue is within in this area all the time. This practice has the consequence that also healthy tissue is exposed to high radiation doses. To overcome this conflict, an interdisciplinary team of researchers from research institutes and the German medical technology companies has formed at the RWTH. Core of the approach is a robot-controlled patient support, allowing to individually compensated tumor motion through the corresponding counter-movement of the table. Thus, the target volume can be reduced and set as close as possible around the tumor.

The development of robot-guided patient bed will be held in cooperation with industrial companies and research institutes, the interdisciplinary contribute their skills. "In recent years we have managed at RWTH to initiate numerous research projects, which are characterized by an interdisciplinary team. Now we have to go one step further and also the fundamental sciences such as mathematics and physics in our research projects with industry to integrate, "said Professor Dirk Abel, director of the Institute of Automatic Control.