Hilti’s product design has once again been proven successful by winning several Red Dot and iF design awards, with both competitions citing the DX 9-HSN, a fully automatic powder-actuated nailer for fastening profiled metal sheeting to steel decks.
One significant design development factor of the DX 9-HSN was the ergonomics. The stand-up operating position relieves stress on the operator’s back while the handle cushions the tool’s recoil, protecting the wrists, elbows and shoulders of the operator. The display, which is integrated into the handle, also shows the user when the tool requires maintenance in real time, helping to avoid unplanned downtime.
The second tool receiving both the Red Dot and iF awards is the PM 40-MG multi-line laser, used for plumbing, levelling, aligning and squaring when installing drywall, supply pipes and cables runs. The green laser is four times more visible than red laser lines and can be identified from a distance of 25 metres in bright light. Hilti’s Metal Blade Axicon technology ensures that the tool stands up to construction site conditions by protecting all sensitive diodes and prisms against drops and rough handling.
A Red Dot Award was also given to the new TE 60-A36 cordless combihammer. Hilti reset the bar for battery powered performance with this tool while adapting cordless flexibility to even include heavy-duty drilling and chiseling work. The modest weight and low level of vibration generated by the tool also ensure precise and comfortable work over a lengthier period of operation. The SC 60W-A36 cordless circular saw, which also exhibits ergonomic balance suited to longer operation and was developed specifically for the North American construction market, also received a Red Dot Award. This tool features, among others, a fast acting blade brake and minimised kickback for added safety.
The juries of both product design competitions primarily assessed the submissions according to design and ergonomics, degree of innovation, product quality and functionality.
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