Swisslog Ultra Station Wins Red Dot Design Award

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International experts recognize the TranspoNet Ultra Station for its quality and innovation in 2014 competition for design excellence.

The Red Dot Award acknowledges this new station’s advanced design and capability.

Swisslog Healthcare Solutions (HCS), the leading provider of hospital automation for material handling and medication management, today announced it has won the 2014 Red Dot Award for product design. The award-winning Ultra Station combines modern design with the latest technology for intuitive functionality. A component of the TranspoNet Pneumatic Tube System, Ultra Station sends and receives medications, lab specimens, blood and other critical materials for transport throughout hospitals.

“Ultra Station, with its enhanced ergonomics and acoustics, represents the next generation of pneumatic tube systems,” states Karsten Wangelin, Head of Healthcare Solutions Central Europe. “The Red Dot Award acknowledges this new station’s advanced design and capability.” This year’s Red Dot competition featured 4,815 entries from 53 countries. A 40-member expert panel chose the Swisslog Ultra Station for its high design quality and innovative strength.

Red Dot CEO and founder Dr. Peter Zec, notes, “[Our] experts assessed the quality of the entries with the utmost care and attention…But only the best products receive an award from the jury. This is especially reflected in the percentage of successful entries in the Red Dot Award, which is much smaller in contrast to other international design competitions. Therefore, the winners can be proud of their achievements – with their entries, they stood out from the rest and were able to pass the test in front of the critical eyes of the experts.”

Design winners are celebrated during a presentation at the acclaimed Red Dot Gala on 7 July 2014. The award-winning products will be presented in a special exhibition at the Red Dot Design Museum in Essen, Germany from 8 July to 3 August 2014.

Hospitals worldwide rely on automated solutions from Swisslog to increase workflow efficiency and improve the patient experience. The new Ultra Station, part of a complete system for automated material transport, will be featured at the 70th China Medical Equipment Fair (CMEF) in April in Shenzhen, China.

About Swisslog

Swisslog designs, develops, and delivers efficient automation for forward-thinking hospitals, warehouses, and distribution centers. We offer integrated solutions from a single source – from consulting services to design, implementation and lifetime customer service.

Headquartered in Buchs/Aarau, Switzerland, Swisslog has 2 200 employees in 20 countries worldwide, supporting customers in more than 50 countries. The group’s parent company, Swisslog Holding AG, is listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (security number: 1232462, Telekurs: SLOG, Reuters: SLOG.S). Leading hospitals around the world work closely with Swisslog to optimize their logistics processes, increase their efficiency and effectiveness, and improve patient services.

About The Red Dot Design Award

With the Red Dot Design Award, the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen created an internationally renowned product competition. Its prize, the Red Dot, has established itself worldwide as one of the most sought-after quality marks for excellent design. The Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen displays the award-winning products in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen for at least one year.

In order to appraise the diversity in the field of design in a professional manner, the Red Dot Design Award breaks down into the three disciplines Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept. Further information at:

Upcoming Swisslog Healthcare Solutions Events
March, 27/28, 2014: 19th Congress of the EAHP, Barcelona, Spain
March 28/29, 2014: 12th BGF – Health Forum, Munich, Germany
April 17 – 20, 2014:    70th China Medical Equipment Fair, Shenzhen, China

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Claus von der Decken
Swisslog Healthcare Solutions - North America
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