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.”