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Design Award for hawo: Rotary sealing Device hd 680 DEI-V Wins Red Dot Design Award

The outstanding and innovative design of the hawo hd 680 DEI-V rotary sealing device has now been recognised in one of the best renowned design competitions in the world. The top-flight jury of experts for the red dot award: product design 2010 awarded the "red dot" quality seal for high quality design to the hd 680 DEI-V rotary sealing device.

The secure and sterile packaging of medical instruments is one of the most important measures in protecting against infections relating to medical treatment. The compact hd 680 DEI-V sealer has been specially designed to meet the requirements in both general and specialist medical practice. The sealing process is validatable in accordance to EN ISO 11607-2. With this design, hawo has succeeded in accommodating crucial safety and documentation functions, that would otherwise be reserved for large packaging stations hospitals, into an extremely small space, thereby establishing a new compact class of devices. The use of high-quality and recyclable materials, the reduction of parts prone to wear and the deployment of energy-saving technologies preserve resources and help to protect the environment (GreenTek™). All operating functions are clearly arranged in a central controller. The hd 680 DEI-V possesses an interface connection for batch documentation systems.

Christian Wolf, CEO of hawo GmbH: "With the GENERATION EASY devices, we have not only struck a chord with our customers, but also redefined product design within our sector with the hd 680er series of rotary sealing devices. As the major international benchmark of design, the red dot design award is further confirmation of, and motivation toward continued reliance on outstanding product design."

"Every product that received an accolade in the red dot design award had to convince an international jury of experts. Thanks to their excellent design and innovative concepts, these products stand out from the crowd and are able to demonstrate their quality in one of the toughest design competitions in the world", explains design expert Professor Peter Zec, initiator of the red dot design award. Altogether, designers and companies from 57 nations entered 4252 products into this year's red dot award: product design competition.

The award ceremony in the red dot design museum
Together with the other prize-winning products, the hawo hd 680 DEI-V will be on show from 6 July to 1 August 2010 in the exhibition "Design on stage – winners of red dot award: product design 2010" in the red dot design museum at the "Zollverein" colliery world cultural heritage site. It will then be exhibited for at least one year in the permanent exhibition at the red dot design museum. The red dot design museum houses the largest permanent exhibition of contemporary design in the world with 1500 products on an exhibition area of 4000 square metres.

The GENERATION EASY sealers, first launched in 2007 for the professional packaging of medical products in doctors' and dentists' practices, were developed in collaboration with the Frankfurt product designer Olaf Barski. They combine innovative technologies with pure and simple product design, while the high-quality materials and perfect ergonomic properties make them easier to operate, thus making an important contribution to daily hygiene in the practice.

The following devices of the hawo GENERATION EASY have already been commended for their product design:
– Impulse sealing device hd 320 MS-8 (Good Design Award 2007 from the Chicago Athenaeum, Focus Open in Silver 2009, nominated for the German Design Prize 2009)
– Rotary sealing device hd 680 DE (Good Design Award 2007 from the Chicago Athenaeum, nominated for the German Design Prize 2009)

The red dot design award
The red dot design award, whose origins go back as far as 1955, is today the biggest and most prestigious design competition in the world. It is divided into three disciplines: "red dot award: product design", "red dot award: communication design" and "red dot award: design concept". In total, the competition attracted about 12,000 applications from more than 60 countries in 2009. For more information, visit the official website at www.red-dot.de/presse.

About hawo
hawo has been one of the leading suppliers of sealing devices and welding equipment for medical doctors, hospitals, pharmaceutical and clean room technology, dry cleaning and laundries as well as for industry for 35 years. With its headquarters in Mosbach near Stuttgart the company distributes its products to over 100 countries. At the core of hawo’s company philosophy and product development are the company values of 'quality' and 'innovation'. Therefore hawo has been certified by the new process-oriented Norm ISO 9001:2000. Additional information is available at www.hawo.com