CONiQ, the new weighing control unit from Schenck Process for industrial weighing applications, is engineered to operate in completely different environments. Launched in 2019, the new control unit has already received its first award: the Red Dot Design Award 2019 for interface design.
CONiQ was developed in an iterative human centered design process together with custom interaction.
Starting with field observations, detailed data from usage with the predecessor weighing device as well as user needs were collected. The analysis of that information was transformed into first drafts of the CONiQ user interface. User feedback from early UX-tests and interviews were what developed those first drafts into first wireframes and later click-dummies. In every iteration, user feedback was gathered and integrated in the next version of the user interface. The visual design was developed and integrated into the user interface in parallel. The result was an easy-to-understand, easy-to-operate and like-to-have interface design.
Peter Groll, Chief Technology Officer Schenck Process Group, said, “This is really a breakthrough for Schenck Process to be recognized as a company having significant capabilities in designing excellent user interfaces. Schenck Process is very well known as an expert for bulk material handling equipment, but this award proves we are more. “
Schenck Process is proud that both the first users of the interface as well as the international jury of the Red Dot Design Award 2019 are content with its design and usability. Over a period of several days, the experts had intensively reviewed, discussed and evaluated over 8,000 international award contributions to ultimately reward the best designs, which included CONiQ.
Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of the Red Dot Award, explained, “For around 65 years, the Red Dot Award as one of the world’s largest design competitions has been providing a platform for designers, agencies and companies to evaluate good design. I want to congratulate the laureates sincerely on their distinction, which both bears testimony to their convincing performance and highlights their quality and design leadership. Anyone who succeeds in such a strong and international bunch of competitors deserves to be proud of themselves and of their achievements.”