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03 Feb 21

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New product design contest on AUTEC and Desall invite you to design a new concept of portable modular transmitting unit.

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 concept of transmitting unit characterised by a modular system, that enables the company to customise the remote controls based on their clients’ needs, with a view to offering a custom-solution for the control and handling of small size self-propelled machines, lifting machines or similar, to be used either in industrial environments or in environments for civil use.


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

Product typology: the new wireless transmitting unit shall be a professional product, portable, handheld, used with one hand only (right or left), with or without protective gloves, customisable with various modules, for a minimum of 4 buttons and a maximum of 10 buttons in total.

Modular system: the most distinctive and significant trait of the new transmitting unit will be the ability to offer various configurations, thanks to a clasping system between complementary modules. The system you propose shall take into account the suggested configurations and the need to be dust tight and resistant to water projected from a nozzle (IP65 certification), in any moment. The modules will not be assembled by the final client or by the operator that uses the device, rather they will be delivered to the client ready-to-use.

The system will offer the following module typologies that can be combined with one another:

1) Basic module, provided in all configurations, it shall have an approximate size of 65x80x15 mm and shall include:
- 4 buttons (see Buttons paragraph for more info)
- 4 label areas (see Label areas paragraph for more info)
- 6 LEDs, arranged on 1 or 2 rows and placed on the frontal surface of the case
- battery compartment: with a hatch, to reach 3 AAA alkaline batteries (easily replaceable) or 1 non-replaceable long-life battery
- clasping system with connectors for the modules coupling: you are free to suggest the mechanism or technology that best serve the purpose and you are invited to describe in detail the clasping system between modules.

2) Buttons module, it shall have an approximate size of 30x80x15 mm and shall include:
- 2 buttons (see Buttons paragraph for more info)
- 2 label areas (see Label areas paragraph for more info)
- clasping system with connectors for the modules coupling (see above)

3) 1,8” display module, it shall have an approximate size of 30x80x15 mm and shall include:
- a 1,8 inch display, to be installed with landscape orientation
- clasping system with connectors for the modules coupling (see above)

4) e-STOP button module, consisting of:
- e-STOP button, red, easily accessible, with an approximate diameter of 25 mm (for more info see other products by AUTEC on their catalogue)
- clasping system with connectors for the modules coupling (see above)

5) “Service” module, it might either be integrated in the basic module or be an independent module. It will consist of:
- connector, to allow cable connection for powering the unit, connecting it to the network or for other diagnostics, maintenance or service operations (for ex. RJ45 connector);
- clasping system with connectors for the modules coupling (see above)

- Buttons: the buttons shall have a squircle shape, with a minimum operating area of 18x18 mm and shall be arranged in pairs, one next to the other. The approximate distance between two buttons (minimum operating area) shall be 10 mm. Depending on the configuration (“Basic module” only or “Basic module” plus one or more “Buttons modules”), the transmitting unit might have from 4 to 10 buttons in total. The buttons shall be protected by a safety guard element (integrated in the case of the module or consisting of a separate element) to prevent any accidental pressure. The buttons might be customised with the icon of the relevant command.

- Label area: each command shall have a corresponding description in a dedicated area on the surface of the cover near the button. Alternatively, you may suggest the use of a panel for each module where all the icons/descriptions of the transmitting unit are to be depicted.

- String: every unit shall be equipped with a string, to enable the operator to fasten it to the wrist, against accidental falls. At your discretion the way the string is attached to the module.

- Docking station (Optional/Nice to have): at your discretion, the possibility to design a support base to install/use even inside lorries cabs, cars, boats, to safely store the modular transmitting unit (while not in use). The docking station shall NOT have charging functionalities (as the batteries will not be rechargeable).

CONFIGURATIONS: for the purpose of the contest, you are invited to show your transmitting unit in at least the following two configurations:

1) BASIC CONFIGURATION, consisting of:
a) 1 x Basic module

a) 1 x Basic module
b) 3 x Buttons module
c) 1 × 1,8” display module
d) 1 x e-STOP button module
e) 1 x “Service” module

Functions: the transmitting unit you design will be employed for the remote control of self-propelled machines, lifting machines, gates, switches, sensors and similar appliances.

Where to use: the transmitting unit will be a professional product, to be used in industrial environments or in environments for civil use, inside working site areas or other contexts, either inside the building or outdoors, even under harsh environmental conditions.

How to use: the operator shall be able to activate the commands using one hand only, right or left, either with or without protective gloves. The configurations you propose shall meet the best standards of usability and ergonomics.

Style and shapes: the design of your modular transmitting unit shall be modern and minimal, with simple shapes, not too elaborate. The proposals that will succeed in optimising shapes, size and components with a view to reducing the production costs as much as possible will be greatly appreciated.
Great attention will be given to ergonomics and to the appropriate balance of the transmitting unit, for a more comfortable use by the operator. For the plastics prefer the use of the brand colours, that is yellow and black; alternatively, you may suggest other colours, as long as they are different from one another and highly visible. The rubber shall be black.
At your discretion the possibility to suggest surface finishes, as long as they do not foster the formation and accumulation of dirt.

Materials: the modular transmitting unit shall be made of plastics and rubber, which are weather resistant and apt to ensure proper protection against dust and water projected from a nozzle (IP65). For safety reasons, no metal or electrically conductive materials can be employed.

Logo: the AUTEC logo (provided inside the Material files ) shall be depicted on the case of each module, maintaining the same size across all modules.

Production technologies: the modular transmitting unit shall be designed in view of its industrialisation (injection moulding and rapid assembly), thus avoiding complex manual processes and with a particular attention to reducing at the minimum the number of needed components.

Deliverables: upload all the images that better present your projects (rendering, descriptions, CAD files, etc.) showing in detail at least the basic configuration, the complete configuration and the clasping system between modules. Preferably attach the 3D files in .STP/.IGS format, inside a .ZIP archive, which might contain additional materials useful for the evaluation of the project.

Evaluation criteria: in the evaluation of your submissions AUTEC will take into account the following criteria:
Usability (5/5)
Degree of innovation (4/5)
Modularity (4/5)
Aesthetics (4/5)
Technical feasibility (3/5)

Contest timeline
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Upload phase: 11th June 2020 – 05th November 2020 (1.59 PM UTC)
Client Vote: from 05th November 2020
Winner announcement: approximately before the end of December 2020

Optional deadlines
Concept revision: 01st September 2020 (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 Modular Challenge” 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.

Revision 1 03 Aug, 20

Contest timeline updated


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