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VARIO MOVE impresses 133 international jurors and wins iF Design Award 2023

The VARIO MOVE transport robot has been awarded this year's iF Design Award. This is the third time that the flexibly configurable automated guided vehicle (AGV) from ek robotics, with its sophisticated industrial design, has received a coveted design award.

The industrial design of the VARIO MOVE series has convinced an international design jury for the third time: After receiving the Red Dot Award 2022 and German Design Award 2023, the VARIO MOVE transport robot from ek robotics has also been honored with the globally renowned iF Design Award in the category "Industry / Tools". The number of submissions was large: The 133-member jury had to choose between 11,000 applicants from 56 countries, for the winners who may carry the popular design label in the future.

"We are very pleased and proud of the third award for the VARIO MOVE. All three design awards confirm the postitive feedback from our global customers who use the VARIO MOVE to optimize their material flows," says Andreas Böttner, CEO of ek robotics. "Our goal for this transport robot series was to develop an appealing and smart design that conveys our new distinctive corporate design. With the versatile VARIO MOVE, we have succeeded in this."

The VARIO MOVE AGV has been designed for the sustainable optimization of transport and material flows and meets a wide range of transport requirements. The modular concept, maximum availability, maintenance-friendly design and an exceptionally long life cycle are just as striking features as its design. "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," adds Ronald Kretschmer, CSO at ek robotics.

Together with industrial designer Meike Hahr from Creative Specialists, the engineers from ek robotics deliberately focused on a friendly appearance when developing the VARIO MOVE. Right from the start, people should experience the transport robot as a working partner and not as a disruptive factor. The iF DESIGN AWARD is awarded once a year by the world's oldest independent design institution, iF International Forum Design GmbH. Since 1954, the iF DESIGN AWARD has been a globally recognized trademark when it comes to excellent design.


VARIO MOVE: High performance, excellent design

Depending on the application profile, the three-time award winner can be equipped with different trolleys, various load handling devices and all major navigation technologies available on the market. The VARIO MOVE modular system consists of five defined lift 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, an intelligent sensor system ensures maximum safety during operation, while the intelligent Li-Ion energy system is designed for 24-hour use, 365 days a year. This results in a multitude of possible combinations - one of the strengths of the Infinite Colors of Transport from ek robotics.


On April 25 - 27, visitors to LogiMAT will be able to experience the transport robot VARIO MOVE, which has won the Red Dot 2022, German Design Award 2023 and iF Design Award, in action under real conditions. You will find ek robotics in hall 6 at booth B05.


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