The Extractor, an innovative welding torch that takes away 90 to 95% of harmful welding fumes directly at the source, has been awarded the EARTO Innovation Award 2015. This international award of the European Association of Research and Technology Organisations was presented to the developers of the Extractor by Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation in Brussels on 14 October 2015. The Award was accepted by Bas Knoll of TNO in the absence of the two TNO researchers Ellemieke Henquet and André Moons, who were responsible for the research and development of the conical extraction system of the Extractor welding torch.
The Award was presented by the European Association of Research and Technology (EARTO), which was established in 1999 and represents the interests of more than 350 European research and technology organisations (RTOs) in European political circles and European R&D research programmes. The Awards have been presented since 2009 to RTOs that have contributed significantly to innovation.
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