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Heavy machinery products in the running for design award

12 May, 2009

A motor grader, hydraulic drive system and a screening and recycling attachment are among finalists in this year’s Australian International Design Awards.

“Presented later this month, Standards Australia’s Australian International Design Awards recognises products for their design merit, quality and innovation. The program provides an independent indicator of quality for professionally designed products available on the Australian market,” said Stephanie Watson, Program Director of the Australian International Design Awards.

This year, 73 finalist products including three products from the Heavy Machinery category are in the running to take out the 2009 Australian International Design Award of the Year or receive an Australian International Design Award or Australian International Design Mark.

In March, a panel of Australian and international judges thoroughly scrutinised 115 short listed products to reach a list of finalists.

“The standard of entry in this year’s competition was exceptionally high. The judges not only considered each product on visual appeal, but assessed functionality, manufacture, environmental impact, innovation and human factors – design aspects which are considered on a daily basis by industrial designers and manufacturers across the world,” Watson said.

“Products nominated as finalists in the Australian International Design Awards clearly demonstrate a well executed and thought-out approach to design.”

Heavy Machinery finalists in the 2009 Australian International Design Awards are:
  • Caterpillar M-Series Motor Grader: A motor grader with applications including heavy construction, road maintenance, forestry and mining. Designed by Caterpillar Inc.
  • I-Drive: A high capacity, compact, hydraulic drive system for the drilling, construction and earthmoving industries. Its primary use is to efficiently convert high capacities of hydraulic flow and pressure into rotational torque without the need for a case drain, complex hosing or filtration. Designed by Digga Australia (Yatala, Queensland).
  • S30 Flip Screen: A revolutionary screening and recycling attachment used to separate material in industries such as construction, demolition, civil works, steel recycling, waste transfer and quarries. Designed by Flip Screen Australia (Wagga Wagga, NSW).
Winners will be announced at the Presentation Night in Melbourne on Friday 29 May, 2009.

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