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Double award winner: Transport robot VARIO MOVE wins German Design Award

The flexibly configurable transport robot VARIO MOVE has been honored with the German Design Award 2023. This is the second time that the sophisticated industrial design of the automated guided vehicle (AGV) from ek robotics has won a design award.

The design of the VARIO MOVE has convinced once again: After the popular Red Dot Award, the transport robot has now received the German Design Award in the category "Excellent Product Design Industry". “As a high-tech transport robot, the VARIO MOVE combines power and performance with a compact but friendly appearance and helps minimize fear of contact between humans and robots," acknowledged the jury of the German Design Awards. The VARIO MOVE has been designed for the sustainable optimization of transport and material flows and fulfills a wide range of transport requirements. The modular concept, maximum availability, maintenance-friendly construction and an exceptionally long life cycle are just as striking features as its design. Together with industrial designer Meike Hahr from Creative Specialists, the engineers from ek robotics focused on a friendly appearance during the development of the VARIO MOVE. Right from the start, people should experience the transport robot as a work partner and not as a disruptive factor. "Our goal was to develop an appealing and smart design that conveys our new distinctive corporate design," says Andreas Böttner, CEO of ek robotics. "We are very pleased to receive this second award. It also confirms the positive feedback from our customers who use the VARIO MOVE." 

VARIO MOVE: High performance, excellent design

This year, the VARIO MOVE also convinced the international jury of the Red Dot Design Awards. Friendly, but not playful; robust, but not threatening or aggressive - these were some of the specifications that had to be met. Depending on the application profile, the VARIO MOVE can be equipped with different chassis, various load handling devices and all major navigation technologies that are available on the market. The VARIO MOVE modular system consists of five defined lifting masts with which a transfer height of up to 5 meters can be achieved. At the same time, it has a high load capacity of up to 1,600 kg.

Inside, intelligent sensor technology ensures maximum safety during operation, while the intelligent Li-Ion energy system is built for 24-hour use, 365 days a year. This results in a wealth of possible combinations - one of the strengths of the Infinite Colors of Transport from ek robotics.