April 8, 2022 — Elekta’s latest linear accelerator, Elekta Harmony, has won a 2022 Red Dot Award for Product Design. Harmony, which achieved CE Marking and US FDA 510(k) clearance in 2020 and 2021, is a system that perfectly balances productivity, precision and versatility, making it a solution for mature and developing markets.
According to Red Dot, product submissions came from about 60 countries vying for the product design award. Only products that impressed the judges with “outstanding design quality” won an award.
In creating Elekta Harmony, engineers focused on a simple, minimalist design that takes the focus away from the machine and celebrates the company’s focus on patient and user experience. Specific design elements include a smooth, clean appearance intended to evoke a feeling of lightness and space in patients that promotes calm.
“Similar to our Elekta Unity system which also won a Red Dot Design Award in 2019, considerable effort has gone into developing a modern and seamless design for Elekta Harmony,” said Lionel Hadjadjeba, MD, President, Linac Solutions at Electra. “Harmony incorporates continuous curved lines that visually suggest softness and calm. The system also features a lower treatment couch for initial patient positioning and subsequent up and down movement to ensure accommodation of even the smallest patients. Additionally, user controls allow therapists to maintain close physical and emotional engagement with the patient during important moments in the treatment process.
Dr. Peter Zec, Founder and CEO of Red Dot, said of the 2022 competition: “I was particularly struck by the exceptional creativity displayed by the winning products,” he says. “It’s really impressive and commendable that there are still designs that can surprise us with their form and functionality.”
The jury for the Red Dot Award: Product Design – an award that dates back to the 1950s – was made up of 48 judges from 23 countries in 2022. The jurors review and evaluate each entry. Products do not compete with each other. Instead, they are assessed on a stand-alone basis. The Red Dot Design Award is one of the largest design competitions in the world. In three disciplines, participants submit products, communication projects and brands, as well as prototypes and concepts. The “Red Dot” distinction is an internationally recognized seal of design excellence.
The Red Dot Awards Ceremony will take place in Essen, Germany on June 20.
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*Elekta Harmony is CE marked and FDA 510(k) cleared. Not available in all markets.