ABB’s pulp & paper Network Platform 800 scanner wins Red Dot design award

Zurich, Switzerland, June 12, 2017
  • Red Dot design award recognizes the most innovative product designs from around the world
  • Network Platform 800 scanner awarded with Red Dot for high design quality
  • Completely new scanner design provides pulp and paper customers with solid, stable foundation for precision measurements of product quality and consistency

ABB’s recently introduced Network Platform 800 scanner has been recognized with the prestigious Red Dot award in the groundbreaking design category. This completely new scanner’s structure provides customers with a stable, solid foundation for precision measurements of product quality and consistency during the process of making pulp or paper. The scanner detects the slightest imperfections in the paper web to ensure that on-spec product is made for and delivered to end customers. ABB worked with Irish product design firm Dolmen to design the scanner to be durable, accurate, and perform flawlessly in rough mill environments.

“We are delighted to be honored with this prestigious design award,” said Jim Fisher, Global Product Group Manager for Pulp and Paper, “This underscores ABB’s ongoing commitment to continuously improving our customers’ experience and delivering products that help to be more successful.”

Manufacturers and designers from around the globe are invited each year to enter their products in the competition. The jury of around 40 independent designers, design professors and specialist journalists test, discuss and assess each individual product. The year’s competition included more than 5,500 entries from 54 countries. The Network Platform 800 received the “Red Dot for high design quality”.

The Network Platform 800 is a high-performance scanner correctly-sized for today’s small-to-mid size paper machines of up to 6.2 meters (244 inches) sheet width. When combined with ABB’s leading-edge paper sensors and controls, Network Platform 800 is a critical component of the ABB quality control (QCS) system for improving paper quality, optimizing paper machine stability and improving process efficiency. Its combination of powerful processing and real-time data acquisition provides precise sensor and frame coordination, fast signal processing and world-class measurement accuracy.

Professor Dr. Peter Zec, founder and CEO of the Red Dot Award, stated “The Red Dot winners are pursuing the right design strategy. They have recognized that good design and economic success go hand in hand. The award by the critical Red Dot jury documents their high design quality and is indicative of their successful design policy.”

About the Red Dot Design Award:
In order to appraise the diversity in the field of design in a professional manner, the Red Dot Design Award breaks down into the three disciplines of Red Dot Award: Product Design, Red Dot Award: Communication Design and Red Dot Award: Design Concept. The Red Dot Award is organized by Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen and is one of the world’s largest design competitions. In 1955, a jury convened for the first time to assess the best designs of the day. In the 1990s, Red Dot CEO Professor Dr. Peter Zec developed the name and brand of the award. Ever since, the sought-after Red Dot award has been the revered international seal of outstanding design quality. More information is available at

About ABB
ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader in electrification products, robotics and motion, industrial automation and power grids, serving customers in utilities, industry and transport & infrastructure globally. Continuing more than a 125-year history of innovation, ABB today is writing the future of industrial digitalization and driving the Energy and Fourth Industrial Revolutions. ABB operates in more than 100 countries with about 132,000 employees.

Network Platform 800 is a right-sized scanner for today’s small-to-mid size paper machines.



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