YASKAWA has won an award in the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2019. MotoMINI, the smallest model of the MOTOMAN robot portfolio, received the Red Dot, which the renowned jury only awards to products that feature an outstanding design. The MOTOMAN GP8 robot model was already among the "Red Dot" winners in 2018.
With a range of 350 mm the new MotoMINI can handle a payload of 500 g. As a lightweight, high-speed robot the compact 6-axis computer combines fast cycle rates with a high degree of repeatability of 0.02 mm. This makes the MotoMINI ideal for handling small workpieces and components, but of course also for assembly work in small production machines. Thanks to its compact design, it has only a small footprint.
Within the smallest of spaces this robot moves components in all three directions and around all three axes. This freedom of movement facilitates more complex, three-dimensional handling operations.
It reduces the space requirements for the production plant, while boosting productivity. At only 7 kg the dead weight of the manipulator is so small that depending on operating conditions or workpiece being processed the robot can be used flexibly and application-specific. The robot is thus in alignment with YASKAWA’s strategy of “built-to-order” products that satisfy the requirements today’s of Industrie 4.0.
Design quality is the common factor for award-winning products
“I would like to congratulate the laureates sincerely on their wonderful success. The fact that their products were able to satisfy the strict criteria of the jury bears testimony to their award-winning design quality. The laureates are thus setting key trends in the design industry and are showing where future directions may lead,” said Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of Red Dot, in reference to the winners.
Experience and expertise get straight to the point
The Red Dot Award: Product Design is one of the world’s largest design competitions. In 2019, designers and manufacturers from 55 countries entered more than 5,500 products in the competition. The international jury comprises experienced experts from different disciplines and has been convening for more than 60 years in order to select the year’s best designs. During an adjudication process that spans several days, they try out the products, discuss them and ultimately reach a well-founded decision regarding the design quality of the entries. True to the motto “In search of good design and innovation”, their assessment focuses on criteria such as the level of innovation, functionality, formal quality, longevity and ergonomics.