The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) is awarding a Scientific and Engineering Award to ARRI’s Erwin Melzner, Volker Schumacher, and Timo Müller for the development of the ARRIMAX 18/12 HMI. Not since 2004 has an AMPAS Scientific and Technical award been given for advancement in lighting equipment. Also known as the “Sci Tech Oscars,” the presentation will take place at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills on February 7, 2009. This marks the 15th Scientific and Technical Award for ARRI and the first towards one of the company’s lighting products.

The ARRIMAX combines the variable beam spread of a Fresnel and the light output of a PAR, and uses a unique reflector concept for beam control that eliminates the need for spread lenses.

AMPAS notes, “With its choice of vari-focus and specular reflectors, the superior optical and mechanical design of this lighting fixture allows it to operate at 18,000 watts, producing unsurpassed light quality while its innovative cooling system keeps the housing safe to touch.”

AMPAS has distinguished Melzner, Head of Research & Development Lighting, Arnold & Richter Cine Technik GmbH for the overall concept including the optical system, cooling system, physical design, and product development. Schumacher, CEO Opsira GmbH, will be credited for the optical concept, optical development and simulations; while Müller, Product Manager Location Lighting, Arnold & Richter Cine Technik GmbH for concept and mechanical design. The award in the form of an Academy plaque will be presented to the three recipients for the ARRIMAX during the ceremony hosted by actress Jessica Biel.