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50 years of iF Awards: Festo keeping the bar high for design-driven industrial companies

Beautiful, shapely, enjoyable to handle – these are usually not the typical words describing machines, cables, valves or bionic arms in the industry. Yet, for Festo, the world´s leading provider of pneumatic and electrical automation technology, design plays a crucial role in industrial production. At iF, of course, this approach to the meaning of design did not go unnoticed: Over a time span of 50 years, Festo has been honored with 158 iF DESIGN AWARDS. We are proud to congratulate on this special anniversary – well done, Festo!

iF’s Dirk Bartelsmeier visited the company’s headquarter in Esslingen, Germany – with Festo’s signature blue elements in windows, rooms, handles and more – and congratulated in the name of the whole iF team on this special accomplishment. “At Festo, we are very proud of this anniversary. We regard the awards as an incentive to continue tirelessly and to face the demands of the market and the customers over and over again”, says Dr. Heinrich Frontzek, Corporate Communication at Festo.

50 years of iF Awards: Festo keeping the bar high for design-driven industrial companies

Jörg Peschel (Head of Global Product Design), Karoline von Häfen (Head of Corporate Bionic Projects), Dr. Heinrich Frontzek (VP, Head of Corporate Communication), Dirk Bartelsmeier (iF) and Philipp Eberl (Head of Global Design) pose with the anniversary certificate.

“Part of this self-conception is to continually boost our brand communication in the areas of technology, innovation, knowledge and education. The iF awards have been making important contributions to this for years.”
Dr. Heinrich Frontzek VP and Head of Corporate Communication at Festo

What makes Festo’s design so outstanding is the signature look: futuristic, clean-cut, fresh and always with blue elements and the signature Festo lettering. A crucial part of the whole corporate identity.

This dedication to design at Festo as a technology-driven company is unprecedented. See for yourself and scroll through the most recent awarded designs by Festo.

The color blue: Designing the best production experience

This new series of brushless permanently-excited synchronous servo motors delivers more torque and power in a small space. Fast commissioning "Plug and Work" functionality thanks to a single-cable connection and a comprehensive range of options and accessories ensures a versatile product line.
"EMMT-AS" iF DESIGN AWARD 2018, Discipline Product

This new series of brushless permanently-excited synchronous servo motors delivers more torque and power in a small space. Fast commissioning "Plug and Work" functionality thanks to a single-cable connection and a comprehensive range of options and accessories ensures a versatile product line.

These cable clips are used to secure sensor cables in T-slots. It is possible to secure a cable so that it runs in the direction of the slot, or alternatively produce a 90° bend, in each case for one or two sensors.
"DADG" iF DESIGN AWARD 2018, Discipline Product

These cable clips are used to secure sensor cables in T-slots. It is possible to secure a cable so that it runs in the direction of the slot, or alternatively produce a 90° bend, in each case for one or two sensors.

Whether for powerful handling or careful lifting, forceful press-fitting or gentle nudging, human beings often need to use certain opposed muscle groups. This principle of an agonist and antagonist has been applied in technical terms to all seven articulated joints of the BionicCobot.
"BionicCobot/Robotic Suite" iF gold award 2018, Discipline Product

Whether for powerful handling or careful lifting, forceful press-fitting or gentle nudging, human beings often need to use certain opposed muscle groups. This principle of an agonist and antagonist has been applied in technical terms to all seven articulated joints of the BionicCobot.

The NEFF maintenance cables are adapters which, in combination with software, allow access to NEFF positioner products in process automation applications. These adaptors are used mainly during commissioning or maintenance and allow configuration, parameterization and diagnostics.
"NEFF" iF DESIGN AWARD 2018, Discipline Product

The NEFF maintenance cables are adapters which, in combination with software, allow access to NEFF positioner products in process automation applications. These adaptors are used mainly during commissioning or maintenance and allow configuration, parameterization and diagnostics.

The drive makes use of the effect that electricity within an appropriately cooled superconductor is transmitted without loss. This allows a strong magnetic field to be generated using very high currents. The SupraMotor has a high overload capacity and is suitable for applications in continuous operation.
"SupraMotor" iF DESIGN AWARD 2019, Discipline Product

The drive makes use of the effect that electricity within an appropriately cooled superconductor is transmitted without loss. This allows a strong magnetic field to be generated using very high currents. The SupraMotor has a high overload capacity and is suitable for applications in continuous operation.

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50 years of iF Awards: Festo keeping the bar high for design-driven industrial companies

About Festo

The world´s leading provider of pneumatic and electrical automation technology has the right solution for every requirement with approximately 30,000 catalogue products, customized solutions, ready-to-install automation systems and a matching range of services from SA products to before- and after-sales support. Festo has developed into a leading company in the field of industrial training.

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