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Light in the Tunnel

Nicole Lee

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Eisenmann has received the prestigious Red Dot Award: Product Design 2016 in the industr y, machiner y and robotics category. The 41 judges, including designers, university professors and journalists from around the world, praised the advanced design of the VarioInspect, an LED light tunnel that supports quality control in paint shops. Overall, 5,214 products were entered in the international competition’s 31 categories. They were assessed in terms of innovation, formal quality, functionality, and ecological compatibility.

VarioInspect is the first LED light tunnel to be developed by Eisenmann, and was launched in 2015. “ We are extremely proud to have received this award for our new product,” states VarioInspect project leader Jan Hammermann, “Red Dot is unique in this special area of plant engineering and a reward for the successful integration of engineering and design.” The light tunnel’s layout creates a pleasant and ergonomic working environment, and reduces noise levels and echoes.

The unique LED lighting is adjustable from warm white to cool white, and can be tailored to the specific challenge, such as the paint color and gloss level of the body. The lighting makes highly effective sur face quality inspections possible. This is essential as OEMs and consumers regard the slightest blemish in paintwork as unacceptable. The LEDs’ low power consumption and long ser vice life minimize operating costs.