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German Design Award 2017 for the ActiveCockpit

German Design Award 2017 for the ActiveCockpit

User friendliness and transparency were the main focus when developing the ActiveCockpit software

Interactive communication platform from Bosch Rexroth receives prize for outstanding design quality

The German Design Council awards the producers and designers of innovative products and projects with the German Design Award each year. Its goal: to discover and present unique international design trends. The ActiveCockpit software from Bosch Rexroth with its clear and intuitive interface was awarded with the "Special Mention" in the human-machine interface category for its excellent product design. The ActiveCockpit interactive communication platform records, processes and visualizes manufacturing data in real time and displays it on a touchscreen or tablet.

The internationally staffed expert jury of the German Design Award 2017 awarded the ActiveCockpit interactive communication platform with the "Special Mention" for outstanding design quality. The competition has high standards when it comes to determining the prize winners: through the unique nomination process, only products and communication design achievements that demonstrably stand out due to their design quality are invited to submit.

ActiveCockpit: award winning, interactive and intuitive

The ActiveCockpit industrial software records, processes and visualizes manufacturing data in real time. In doing so, IT applications such as production planning, quality data management and e-mail dispatch are connected with software functions from machines and systems. Key figures are clearly presented and available in real time, for example on a large touch screen directly at the manufacturing line or an interactive tablet-PC on site. Through this, decisions and process optimizations are accelerated and productivity is increased.

When designing the software, the focus was on incorporating employees' experience in order create a good user experience. The Bosch Rexroth developers determined exactly what the users required through interviews and plant visits. The result is a clear, user-friendly interface. To achieve this, the software uses for instance simple operating elements that are familiar from smart devices or that allow for quick navigation between areas.

The German Design Award, which started in 2012, is one of the most recognized design competitions worldwide and is also highly regarded outside of specialist circles. The German Design Award is awarded by the German Design Council. The German Design Award 2017 jury is made up of experts from business, academia, science and the design industry. The German Design Award has grown significantly since its premiere in 2012: At that time, around 1,500 submissions were presented to the jury – this year it was over 4,000.

The award ceremony for the German Design Award 2017 will take place in Frankfurt on February 10, 2017.

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Economical, precise, safe, and energy efficient: drive and control technology from Bosch Rexroth moves machines and systems of any size. The company bundles global application experience in the market segments of Mobile Applications, Machinery Applications and Engineering, and Factory Automation to develop innovative components as well as tailored system solutions and services. Bosch Rexroth offers its customers hydraulics, electric drives and controls, gear technology, and linear motion and assembly technology all from one source. With locations in over 80 countries, more than 31.100 associates generated sales revenue of approximately 5.4 billion euros in 2015.

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The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. It employs roughly 375,000 associates worldwide (as of December 31, 2015). The company generated sales of 70.6 billion euros in 2015. Its operations are divided into four business sectors: Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy and Building Technology. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 440 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. Including sales and service partners, Bosch’s global manufacturing and sales network covers some 150 countries. The basis for the company’s future growth is its innovative strength. Bosch employs 55,800 associates in research and development at 118 locations across the globe. The Bosch Group’s strategic objective is to deliver innovations for a connected life. Bosch improves quality of life worldwide with products and services that are innovative and spark enthusiasm. In short, Bosch creates technology that is “Invented for life.”

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