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28 Nov 19

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New product design contest on AUTEC and Desall invite you to design a new portable wireless remote control for machines and hydraulic cranes.

Company description

AUTEC is a leading manufacturer of wireless control devices, with certified safety functions, used to remotely control self-propelled or fixed position operating machines for buildings, steel industry, maintenance and logistics in general. The headquarters for development and production is Vicenza, 100 km from the Venice airport hub, while the group’s companies for technical, logistics and commercial support are based in Germany, Spain, Korea, China, North America and Brazil. AUTEC creates “Made in Italy” products, integrating the management of business processes, in particular design and production, guided by the values of reliability, robustness and safety.

What we are looking for

The brief is available in the following languages:
- Italian
- English

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AUTEC is looking for a new portable wireless remote control that may be used one-handed, for the control and handling of various self-propelled machines, truck-mounted hydraulic cranes or similar machines for lifting loads (for more information take a look at the Material files), used in construction and other working site areas by specialised personnel.


For the correct realisation of your proposals, keep into consideration the following guidelines:

Product typology: you are invited to design a new portable wireless remote control, with great attention to design and ergonomics, suitable for one-handed use in its primary functions and capable of standing out from the competition for its style and usability. You can find some examples of products available on the market in the Material files attached. Given the context of use, the remote control shall be dust tight and resistant to water projected from a nozzle (IP65 certification).

Main functions of the remote control: the remote control shall enable the selection of the movement that the machine will perform and the proportional adjustment of the movement speed. In particular the main functions are:
- Arm rotation, around the vertical axis of the base;
- Hook lifting, that is the movement of the hook upwards and downwards;
- Extension/retraction of the hydraulic arm;
- Move upwards/downwards, that is the adjustment of the movement of the arm upwards or downwards.

Actuators: in order to perform the commands described above, the portable wireless remote control shall be equipped with the following actuators:

- For the selection of the movements:
- Toggle switches or three-position buttons (up, centre, down), for a maximum of 8 elements;
Or, in alternative:
- 2 mini-joysticks (actionable in the four directions) in combination with toggle switches or three-position buttons (up, centre, down), for a maximum of 4 toggle switches or buttons.

- 1 trigger, aimed at adjusting the speed of the movement in a proportional way;
- 1 red button to STOP the machine in case of emergency.

For a bird-eye view on the actuators and elements currently used by AUTEC you are invited to take a look at the catalogue available on the website: ; you are nevertheless free to explore alternative solutions as long as they provide better ergonomics and usability.

Other elements of the remote control:
- Background panel with dedicated space for icons, customisable depending on the actuators installed and on the functions that the remote control is meant to perform;
- 1,8” LCD display, that will show for ex. information about the selected movement, the battery status, etc;
- Batteries/battery pack, which shall be rechargeable and removable (accordingly, include also a battery cover accessible from the outside). The volume of the batteries/battery pack shall be about 35x50x12mm, that is 3 AAA batteries;
- Quick release hooking system to put the remote control away or to be temporarily worn by the operator (you can suggest the use of a carabiner, a magnet to fix it on the machine metal parts, etc.);
- Safety guard: all actuators shall be protected by a safety guard element and shall not protrude from this element, to prevent the accidental activation of a command (see Material files).
At your discretion, you are also invited to propose the design of a Docking station for recharging and hosting the portable wireless remote control.

How to use: the portable wireless remote control shall be intuitive and easy to use for the activation and handling of the movements and shall also be usable one-handed (either right or left hand) and with protective gloves. When not in use, the remote control might be temporarily fixed on the machine or worn by the operator, through the quick release hooking mechanism. You may also think of a way to let the remote control stand when placed on a surface (through its shape, using a docking station, etc.).

Size and shapes: the remote control shall have a maximum size of 200x100x100mm. Based on your project idea, suggest ergonomic and functional shapes to enable the operator to activate the main functions even one-handed. In this regard, it is of the utmost importance that you attentively consider how to position the actuators and the other elements.

Materials: the allowed materials for the portable wireless remote control are plastics (PA6) and rubber. Metals or other electrically conductive materials are forbidden.

Production technologies: design your project with a view to its industrialisation, minimising the number of components required and keeping into consideration that it will be realised through injection moulding processes.

Style: the style of your portable remote control shall comply with the brand catalogue, with a special attention to the usability and ease of use. For the colours, you are invited to use yellow and black for the plastic components and black for the parts made of rubber, if any. At your discretion, you may suggest various surface finishes, as long as they do not foster the formation and accumulation of dirt.

Logo: include in your project the AUTEC logo, provided in the Material files.

Deliverables: upload all the images that better present your projects (rendering, descriptions, etc.) preferably attaching also the 3D files in STEP or IGES format, inside a .ZIP archive, containing possible extra materials.

Evaluation criteria: in the evaluation of your submissions AUTEC will take into account the following criteria:
Degree of innovation (5/5)
Functionality/Usability (5/5)
Technical feasibility (4/5)
Compliance with the brand (4/5)
Aesthetics (4/5)

Contest timeline
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Upload phase: 30th May 2019 – 10th September 2019 (1.59 PM UTC)
Client Vote: from 10th September 2019
Winner announcement: approximately before the end of November 2019

Optional deadlines
Concept revision: 19th July 2019 (1.59 PM UTC)

Concept revision: deadline for requiring an optional revision of your project by the Desall team. In order to request a revision, upload your project, include the description project and save it as draft (SAVE DRAFT) from the upload page and send your request to the Desall Team via e-mail or through the contact form. The revision is NOT mandatory: it serves only as a further opportunity for the participants but does not constitute a condition for participation, nor does it constitute any advantage in the final evaluation.

Eligibility and submission
Participation is free of charge and open to designers and creative talents of any nationality aged 18 years or older. Participants can present one or more projects, but only the projects published on the web site, via the upload page related to “Transmitter Design Competition” will be accepted.

1°: €5000
The selection of the winner by AUTEC will be the result of an unquestionable evaluation and it will take into account originality, feasibility and consistency with the brief presented.

Option right
For the duration of the option right, the Sponsor offers an extra chance to all participants setting a fee of Euro 2,500.00= (two-thousand-five-hundred/00) for the purchase of the license for the economical exploitation of the projects not-acknowledged as the winning proposals.

For more info, please login and read the Contest Agreement from the upload page. For questions about the brief please use the “Have a question” button or write to We invite you to download the PDF of the brief for some extra guidelines and advices for your submission.


Since we are an international Community, all texts provided with your uploads (abstract, description, tags, etc.) should be written in English.

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