The perfect marriage of form and function

Industrial toolmaking: The iF jury eagerly awaits the new generation of machines, tools, robots, and components


A deft combination of mechanics and electronics

Traditional industrial tools are designed with functionality, durability, and safety in mind. They must withstand tough conditions such as exposure to heat, harsh chemicals, and extreme pressure. Ergonomics reduce the risk of repetitive strain injuries and materials are chosen for their strength and durability. Advanced safety features such as guards, switches, and lockout devices prevent accidents and injuries.

Modern industrial tools such as conveyor systems, hoists, industrial scanners, logistic systems, measuring, testing & laboratory technologies, as well as robotics and systems engineering involve a deft combination of mechanics and electronics.

Questions designers face include how to use Big Data, intelligent process controls, and sensor technology, how to integrate 3D printing, and ensure sustainable material, supply and repair cycles. All of these considerations go into the selection of the iF DESIGN AWARD winners in this category.


Product Design

Industry /Tools

Since 70 years, a traditional and important category of the global iF DESIGN AWARD and the iF Ranking, starting in the 1950s in cooperation with the Hannover Messe, open for

  • Conveyor technology,

  • hoisting technology,

  • industrial scanners,

  • logistic systems,

  • machines,

  • materials handling,

  • measuring and testing technologies and laboratory technology,

  • production engineering,

  • robotic technology,

  • systems engineering,

  • tools, components and more.

Join the community of global design pioneers in an important industry by applying for the iF DESIGN AWARD!

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Best design for challenging needs for Industry 4.0



Designs can be submitted in 9 main disciplines with various subcategories and even across disciplines.


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Apply early!

Early Bird – 30 Jun 2023: EUR 250
Regular – 29 Sept 2023: EUR 350
Last Chance – 8 Nov 2023: EUR 450

Time to complete your application until 8 Nov

iF Online Preselection 4-8 December

Receive a detailed iF Jury Feedback Chart

You´re Finalist!

After passing the iF Online Preselection, your entry is evaluated by the iF Final Jury in Berlin 20-22 Feb 2024

Chance to modify application before Final Jury

Choose between digital or physical presentation

Receive an updated iF Final Jury Feedback Chart

Winner 🙌

In April 2024, iF Design starts a global winners campaign

Entry featured online and in the iF Design App

Unlimited access to iF DESIGN AWARD 2024 Logo

Receive points for the global iF Ranking

Invitation to the iF DESIGN AWARD NIGHT 2024 in Berlin

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