Commercial & Industrial Products


BIP concrete chairs hold rebar securely at standard specified heights within concrete slabs. This product allows for a typical rebar grid to be constructed quickly with very little labor compared to traditional methods. Instead of having to balance rebar on top of low-precision concrete blocks and then securing the rebar by tying a thin-skin cutting wire, the worker just snaps the rebar into the BIP chair.

Credits: FUSE, Toren Orzeck Industrial Designer, Dave Lindberg Mechanical Engineer, Ivan Epling Industrial Designer and Ross Savage Mechanical Engineer
Corporate Sponsor: BIP Company
Contact: Toren Orzeck:


Belkin Advanced Secure DVI-I KVM Switch

The Advanced Secure DVI-I KVM Switch provides superior security for government agencies that access sensitive data from multiple computers connected to different networks. It reduces the danger of entry into or data leakage from secure networks. It was designed to meet and exceed the stringent requirements of government agencies and the military.

Credits: Belkin, Thorben Neu, Abraham Camacho, Michael Wick and Robert Jeng
Contact: Mitchell Suckle:


Husqvarna TS 60

The TS 60 is a robust full-featured wet tile saw intended for both home and professional users. It is equipped with a patented water and slurry system, known as the Jet Stream Containment System, for little to no mess. This includes an efficient recycling system that cleans water for reuse. Additional features include a refined cart and rail system, a powerful motor with overload protection, integrated transport wheels, and the ability to do plunge and miter cutting.

Credits: The Beyond Design Team
Client: Husqvarna Construction Products
Contact: Michael Prince:


John Deere 944K Wheel Loader

The challenge of the 944K Wheel Loader, the largest of John Deere’s loaders, was to develop a substantially proportioned machine with the same design language as smaller machines so that the entire line of loaders will have a distinct and cohesive family aesthetic. The 944K features a best-in-class interior with a comfortable, spacious and functional cab that can take on the rigors of a 10-hour workday.

Credits: BMW Group DesignworksUSA
Corporate Sponsor: John Deere
Contact: Jackie Jones:


Stair climbing hand truck

The lifting mechanism of the Techaulogy Hand Truck cuts the force used to climb stairs by half. The mechanism is activated by extending the handle, which has the added benefit of putting the user in a more upright and ergonomic position, reducing joint and lower-back stress. When not climbing stairs, the lifting arms tuck behind the wheels allowing the Techaulogy Hand Truck to be as maneuverable as a standard two-wheeled hand truck.

Credits: Fikst, Douglas Sabin, Paul Sabin, Timothy Deso, Joshua Gomes, DHS Design and Daniela Stark
Corporate Sponsor: Techaulogy
Contact: Paul Sabin:


B/E Aerospace Essence Inserts Collection

Since the introduction of the modern airplane galley for wide-body aircraft in the late 1960s, the industry has seen little change to the galley in terms of technology and innovation. Today, in an era centered on brand and differentiated services, and at the crux of a new economy focused on value, airlines can no longer afford to overlook the galley as a potential space for cost reduction and brand differentiation.

Consisting of 10 products ranging from a steam oven to an espresso maker, the Essence Inserts Collection offers a consistent design language and user experience. Designed to work alone or as an integrated system, Essence products bring a new level of comfort and ease of use to the galley with an innovative user interface and plug and play accessibility.

Prototyping both the industrial and interaction design proved instrumental in developing a consistent product line. Armed with knowledge gained through research, the team experimented with various materials deemed appropriate to the airplane cabin environment. The exploration of shape, colors, materials and finishes led to a distinct design language that conceptually diverges from the technical aesthetic that previously dominated the inserts category.

The design language of the Essence Inserts Collection creates a sense of harmony and balance within the cabin galley enhanced by a new level of visual sophistication. The core principles of the design language—a highly intuitive and refined user experience and a neutral color palette in combination with an ergonomically friendly rotary latch that uniquely couples first and secondary latching—help define and ensure a distinct, constant and consistent quality of brand expressions across all touch points. A distinctive palette of colors and materials were selected to support a minimalist look and feel, communicating a message of understated elegance unique to the Essence product line.

Essence’s intuitive interface synchronizes with button iconography and layout; a high contrast screen makes for easy use and touch interaction zones. Menus can also be preprogrammed on the fly with simple input commands to maximize efficiencies.

Responding directly to an increasing demand for solutions that speak to long-term value, the Essence embodies advanced technologies and innovative features setting a new industry standard for functionality, reliability, quality and value that results in the lowest cost of ownership available on the market. Weight reduction varies from 3–40 percent, depending on the product, while the full range of Essence products benefits from improved power efficiencies, superior product performance, increased reliability and progressive design coupled with enhanced ergonomics.

Credits: TEAGUE: Brian Conner, Tony Bravetti, Sebastian Petry and Adam Kumpf; B/E Aerospace Design Team
Contact: Keisha Kelly:


Crown RM 6000S MonoLift™ Reach Truck

The Crown RM 6000S MonoLift™ reach truck delivers breakthrough operator visibility and unsurpassed lifting capabilities—taking loads higher than ever before. Used in warehouses and distribution centers to store and retrieve pallets of inventoried goods, the RM 6000S allows racks to be constructed higher, increasing the number of pallets up to 30 percent.

The innovation centers on the MonoLift™ mast, a single-column mast design that provides unprecedented strength and a clear view to the warehouse environment. All competitive reach trucks worldwide use conventional twin column masts with shorter lift-height capabilities that limit warehouse operations. The RM 6000S provides operators the flexibility to sit, lean or stand, creating a more comfortable, less fatiguing experience that delivers greater operator, truck and operation-wide productivity.

The challenge was to balance two goals that were seemingly at odds: For the operator, make the width of mast as small and unobtrusive as possible for unparalleled visibility to the warehouse environment. For the customer’s business, make the mast stronger to lift heavier loads higher than any other reach truck.

Success required close collaboration between design and engineering team members to define the mast’s lifting capabilities and integrate that solution into an updated truck chassis. To determine the true market potential, the team sought to understand operator benefits and validate the impact of the value propositions on the customer’s business. Extensive field-testing was used to quantify the value and establish a customer’s potential return on investment. Subsequently, gaining acceptance from operators and companies currently using competitive trucks was another significant challenge and a key business mandate.

The most challenging reach truck task involves aligning the forks to a 3.5-inch tall pallet opening that is 42 feet above the floor. The RM 6000 makes this task easier with enhanced visibility and greater truck stability, improving operator confidence and productivity as well as reducing the risk of damage to product, racks and truck.

The RM 6000 runs 25 percent longer between recharging and lifts up to 30 percent higher and 1,000 pounds more than other reach trucks without growing the truck’s physical size or footprint. A reach truck is no longer the limiting factor in warehouse operations because going higher no longer means using larger trucks with reduced capacity in wider warehouse aisles. Operations managers gain the flexibility of placing heavy loads at almost any height in the racks, simplifying warehouse logistics and maximizing space utilization. New warehouses can be built taller with denser aisles, saving capital investment—it’s less costly to build up versus out.

The RM 6000 has exceeded expectations. In less than one year, sales have doubled original projections and businesses that were once brand loyal to competitors have switched to Crown.

Credits: Crown Equipment Corporation: Mike Gallagher, Roger Quinlan, Adam Ruppert, Phil Swift, Jim Kraimer, Craig Rekow and Ben Purrenhage (Tekna Inc.), Eric Hanson (Caterpillar Inc.) and Robert Henshaw (Formation Design) and the Lextant Group
Contact: Adam Ruppert:


37X/38X Clamp Meters with iFlex™

A clamp meter is an electrical tester that combines a voltmeter with a clamp-type current meter. It is used by electricians to measure electrical energy. Voltage is measured by attaching a set of test leads and probes, which make contact with an electrical source, such as a household electrical outlet. Alternatively, when you clamp the instrument’s jaws around a conductor carrying AC current, that current is coupled through the jaws and a reading can be obtained in a non-contact way.

The company's existing line of amp clamps have become iconic best-sellers in the industry. They are known by their unique shape and trade dress, as well as their reputation for ruggedness and safety. However, the family was beginning to age in appearance and feature set. In order to restore vitality, the new design had to visually communicate innovation while acknowledging the brand equity of its predecessor.

The design of the new 37X/38X family of clamp meters introduces a color and material palette more closely tied to the company's other core electrical products. The shape of the new product mimics the old in basic silhouette, but differs in touch points and ergonomic details. For instance, the 381 model has a remote display, an innovative design that significantly increases the tool's functionality. Displays on clamps can be awkward to read because the clamp has to be held more or less perpendicular to the wire being measured. This does not always present the most ergonomic viewing angle for the user. The 381's remote display detaches from the clamp's housing and can be mounted some distance away. The remote display communicates with the device using wireless technology.

Credits: Ferdinand Laurino, Matthew Marzynski, Jeff Worones, Tiena Yang and Duncan Kearsley
Corporate Sponsor: Fluke Corporation
Contact: Leah Friberg:


Professional Extreme

The Professional Extreme is a welding table designed for optimum flexibility and precision. It features accurate positioning to the precise millimeter. It can be used as a welding and clamping table or as a measuring table at metalworking shops and industrial companies.

Designed by Mario Selic of Selic Industriedesign and Bernd Siegmund, Evelyn Bergmann, Stephanie Laritz and Michael Kirschneck of Bernd Siegmund GmbH

Contact: Mario Selic -


DEWALT® Compact Reciprocating Saw (DWE357)

The configuration of the DEWALT Compact Reciprocating Saw (DWE357) provides outstanding control and balance without sacrificing power. At only 6.8 pounds and 14.5 inches in length, it is ideal for residential and commercial construction professionals who are tasked with completing cutting applications in tight spots, including under sinks, in corners and other challenging workspaces.

Designed by Jason Busschaert, Bob Gehret, Gary Fisher, Andrew Bush, Christopher King, Joe Anderson and Craig Schell of Stanley Black and Decker Inc.

Contact: Ashley Fails -