HORIBA STEC wins a 2018 iF DESIGN AWARD with its innovative VG-200 capacitance manometer

News   •   Mar 26, 2018 09:00 UTC

HORIBA STEC, an OEM of instruments and measurement systems, has secured a prestigious iF DESIGN AWARD 2018, in the ‘Product Design’ discipline, with its VG-200 series of self-temperature-regulating capacitance manometers, which are used in a variety of processing industries including pharmaceutical, food and beverage production and semiconductor manufacturing.

This year’s iF DESIGN AWARD received more than 6,400 entries from 54 countries. Entrants were judged by a panel of 63 design experts, who were paying special attention to functionality, reliability and innovation as well as product ergonomics and aesthetics.

Believed to be one of the smallest capacitance manometers of its kind in the world, the VG-200’s temperature regulation is achieved through internal heating, which prevents gases condensing within the unit and potentially affecting pressure readings. It also minimises the risk of corrosion, all of which contributes to accuracy, repeatability and robustness. In addition, whereas competitive solutions tend to be cylindrical, the VG-200 is a quadrangular prism, which makes it easier to handle. Its case is manufactured using the impact moulding technique, to produce a single-piece robust case without seams or screws.

Stuart Knight, Director of HORIBA UK, comments: “The iF DESIGN AWARD is an undisputed, internationally-recognised seal of approval. It is a credit to HORIBA’s design engineers that the VG-200 secured the Product Design and that so many of the product’s technical, practical and aesthetic features were recognised by an independent panel of experts.”

Manufactured in Japan, HORIBA’s VG-200 capacitance manometers afford high performance and stability, have adjustable temperature ranges, an analogue 0 to 10V output (across full-scale), a ‘one push to re-zero’ function, and are CE and RoHS compliant.

iF DESIGN AWARD 2018 Overview

The iF DESIGN AWARD, introduced in 1953, is an internationally renowned design award organized by the German design organization iF International Forum Design GmbH. The award is offered in 7 disciplines: Product, Packaging, Communication, Interior Architecture, Professional Concept, Service Design / UX and Architecture.

Approximately 60 design experts select exceptional designs through its impartial screening process every year. Special attention is paid to functionality, reliability and innovation as well as beauty of the product during the screening process, and the iF DESIGN AWARD logo is well-respected as proof of excellence in design.

All the winning designs are exhibited at the iF Design Exhibition in Hamburg, Germany.