8 February 2017


PULLMAN, Wash.—METER Group, Inc. USA was a winner of this year’s iF DESIGN AWARD, a world-renowned design prize. The winning product, SKALA, won in the discipline “Product”, in the “Laboratory Instrument” category. Each year, Germany’s oldest independent design organization, Hannover-based iF International Forum Design GmbH, organizes the iF DESIGN AWARD.

The SKALA system won over the 58-member jury, made up of independent experts from all over the world, with its revolutionary approach to food quality record management. The competition was intense: over 5,500 entries were submitted from 59 countries in hopes of receiving the seal of quality.

SKALA was designed to replace pen and paper in food quality assurance labs. It connects to any device with a serial port, including lab balances, moisture analyzers, pH meters, refractometers, and water activity meters. SKALA Hub and SKALA AQ 1 were submitted as a unit and provide the basis laboratory equipment for food safety. SKALA is the first system to design lab workflow into a device that reduces documentation tasks to two clicks on a touchscreen. Unlike LIMS, paper records, and Excel spreadsheets, SKALA eliminates transcription errors and creates a permanent record, which is uploaded to a secure server for permanent storage and manager review.

“With SKALA, we had the opportunity to design a product from scratch,” said Manuel Irritier, industrial designer at METER Group AG. “The result is a measuring system that offers extreme flexibility as well as finesse. SKALA impresses with precision and outstanding processing quality down to the smallest detail.”

"To be awarded the iF Design Award is a great honor for us. We are delighted that we could convince the jury with our product and feel that our commitment to combining technical innovation with user-oriented design is our guarantee."

Manuel Irritier (Industrial Designer)
METER Group AG, Germany
SKALA AQ 1 | Water Activity | METER
  • About METER Group

    METER Group, Inc. USA, a Decagon and UMS combined company, delivers real-time, high-resolution data that fuels production and processes for the food quality, environmental research, urban and agriculture sectors. Through the power of its employees, METER combines science, engineering and design expertise to turn physical measurements into useful information.

  • About the iF DESIGN AWARD

    For over 60 years, the iF DESIGN AWARD has been recognized as an arbiter of quality for exceptional design. The iF label is renowned worldwide for outstanding design services, and the iF DESIGN AWARD is one of the most important design prizes in the world. Submissions are awarded in the following disciplines: Product, Packaging, Communication and Service Design, Architecture and Interior Architecture as well as Professional Concepts. All awarded entries are featured on the iF WORLD DESIGN GUIDE, in the iF design app and are displayed at the iF design exhibition Hamburg.



Skala can give your lab an extra day’s worth of time every week. It’s the first data management system purpose built for food quality assurance labs.

Lysimeter cooperation agreement with the company JR-AquaConSol GmbH

With the new Lysimeter division it is systematically expanding its business field. Univ. lect. Dr. Johann Fank (CEO JR-AquaConSol), has been leading the Lysimeter Research Group for more than 10 years. Through this cooperation, the METER Group transfers its entire technical know-how in the areas of consulting and plant design, installation and training as well as in the areas of services and support to JR-AquaConSol.