Leading power and automation technology group, ABB has won the prestigious red dot award 2014, for their latest crane operation system.
Established in 1955, the internationally recognised award recognises quality products from around the globe.
An international panel of 40 experts assessed a number of products by more than 1,800 manufacturers, architects and designers world-wide.
Each product was evaluated over a series of categories, including; degree of innovation, functionality, quality, ergonomics, durability and ecological compatibility.
ABB managed to clinch the vote with their latest remote control station (RCS).
The new RBS was formulated after extensive ergonomic and usability studies, to ensure the best improvements in productivity, and operator comfort and safety.
The most used controls on the tabletop unit are located within a ‘primary reach zone’ making certain that it supports an operator’s natural work flow, making the job as comfortable as possible.
Speaking of the design, head of ABB’s marine and crane business, Heikki Soljama said “The new design of the RCS tabletop unit was created following ABB’s ‘Operator in focus’ concept. This concept addresses crane operators’ performance and well-being as the container handling industry continues to expand the scope of remote operations and searches for ways to improve productivity as the ships get larger and the cranes taller.”
“This year the world’s first remote ship-to-shore crane operators will be joining their stacking crane operator colleagues in a centralized remote control room. Now both operator groups will be able enjoy operating comfort, top quality and leading edge technologies.”
The ‘Operator in focus’ concept not only focuses on the RCS, but places operator health and effectiveness at the forefront of the design of the entire working environment.
This includes design of the entire control room; from lighting to noise absorption solutions, to the placement of adjacent areas such as lockers, dining rooms and meeting areas.
This is then second year in a row that the Zurich-based company has snatched up the award; gaining previous recognition for their Azimuth lever design, used in Azipod powered ships to control propulsion speed and steering angle.