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Red Dot Award for nemaX grab

(Posted on 16/04/18)

Generally awarded to consumer products on the cutting edge of innovative design, one of the Red Dot Awards this year has gone to an unusual candidate: the nemaX grab from Nemag. Previous product design winners have included the iPhone, the BMW 5 series and the GoPro Hero. This is the first time in history that an industrial grab has received this internationally acclaimed distinction. The expert jury was won over by the outstanding design quality exemplified in the innovative nemaX concept.

The patented nemaX is the most productive grab on the market, increasing the entire productivity of a dry bulk terminal by at least 10%. Its optimised closing mechanism helps it close 20% faster, facilitates ergonomic maintenance at safe heights, and reduces spillage. The nemaX has 70% less moving parts and the lowest maintenance costs on the market. The design capitalises on the mechanical properties of high-tensile steels by preventing multi-axial stresses in the main construction. The resulting lean, graceful design has a minimum of joints and welds that are vulnerable to fatigue, ensuring cost-effective operation and maintenance.

Dating back to 1955, the Red Dot Award is presented in several categories, including product design, communication design and design concept. In 2018, designers and manufacturers from 59 countries submitted more than 6,300 objects to the competition. True to the motto “In search of good design and innovation”, a jury assessed the products individually based on the original. The strict assessment criteria, which include level of innovation, functionality and durability, provide a frame of reference which the jurors then complement with their own expertise. The nemaX® grab has won this year’s Red Dot Award for Product Design, which is most frequently presented to consumer products.

As Professor Peter Zec, PhD, founder and CEO of the Red Dot Award, explained, “Success in the Red Dot competition is proof of the good design quality of the products and once again shows that companies are on the right path. All of the products are characterised by outstanding functionality.

Nemag, a family business founded 93 years ago, has a strong reputation around the world for providing a full range of grabs and various types of quick-release links and rope pear sockets.

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