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Pepperl+Fuchs Brand ecom Wins German Design Award 2020


Logo German Design Award 2020
The German Design Awards are presented annually by the German Design Council.

Two products from the Pepperl+Fuchs brand ecom won over the jury for the German Design Award 2020: Both the intrinsically safe Smart-Ex® 02 smartphone and the intrinsically safe RSM-Ex 01 remote speaker microphone were awarded the internationally renowned award in the category “Computer and Communication.” “We are very proud of the award,” says Werner Gebert, Vice President of R&D at ecom: “Making technology usable for the mobile worker is a major goal in our design development. The design of our mobile solutions is optimally adapted to the tasks in hazardous environments and meets the highest ergonomic standards.”

The German Design Awards are presented annually by the German Design Council, the authoritative German body for branding and design. The award ceremony will take place on February 7, 2020 in Frankfurt.

Smart-Ex® 02—Rugged Smartphone for Zone 1/21 and Div. 1

Developed completely in-house, Smart-Ex® 02 has a 5-inch Gorilla® Glass display.
Developed completely in-house, Smart-Ex® 02 has a 5-inch Gorilla® Glass display.

“The Smart-Ex® 02 presents itself as a highly resilient, user-friendly, and intrinsically safe Android smartphone. The protective case is narrow on the outside so that the large screen can be used completely and intuitively," the jury said, explaining its decision.

The Smart-Ex® 02 was specially developed for harsh industrial environments and ATEX Zone 1/21 and Div. 1 hazardous areas, making it ideal for use in chemical plants, refineries, and on drilling rigs. It is extremely rugged and offers a slim housing with clean lines and high functionality. Operating the rugged smartphone is intuitive: Programmable keys, volume control, and the camera release button have an ergonomic design and handy arrangement that makes them easy to operate—even when wearing gloves. Some keys can be customized, while dedicated keys for alarm functions ensure swift communication in case of emergency. A versatile modular mounting base that consists of a belt clip, hand strap, charger, and docking station ensures easy carrying, mounting, and charging.

RSM-Ex 01—Intrinsically Safe Remote Speaker Microphone for Zone 1/21

The RSM-Ex 01 is made for communication in harsh industrial environments and Zone 1/21 and Div. 1.

“The RSM-Ex 01 remote speaker microphone incorporates the latest technologies for integration into IoT applications. The small housing features soft grooves that are combined with large buttons, making it easy to wear and operate with safety equipment and clothing," the jury said.

The RSM-Ex 01 for ATEX Zone 1/21 comes with an IP65/67 rating and a built-in noise reduction function. It delivers a clear, high-volume audio signal (up to 103 dB). The remote speaker microphone is extremely rugged yet flat and ergonomic. It is intuitive and easy to use, even when wearing gloves. The new 3.5-mm plug is made for the most diverse industrial applications. Besides a rugged design, the plug features a safety screw for attaching to a smartphone, and it is compatible with current and future products.

About the German Design Award

The German Design Awards are the premier international prize awarded by the German Design Council. Its goal: to discover, present, and honor unique trends in design. Every year, high-caliber entries in the fields of product and communication design are honored, each of which blazes new trails in the international design landscape. The German Design Awards, launched in 2012, are among the most prestigious design competitions worldwide and have an excellent reputation far beyond specialist circles.


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Smart-Ex® 02 smartphone

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