Pantera DI6400, the new down-the-hole (DTH) percussive drill platform from Sandvik Mining, has won over a 40 member expert jury to earn top honors in the 2014 Red Dot Award product design category.

Pantera charmed a panel of design experts to win the coveted Best of the Best award over thousands of international products in one of the world’s largest and most renowned product competitions.

Pantera was built to set new industry standards in technology and design and deliver mine operators increased drilling capacity, lower fuel consumption and improved safety. Featuring a distinctive new-look design, the drill range has been developed to take advantage of mining industry trends toward fully autonomous operation.

The Red Dot Award: Product Design is an internationally-recognised quality label for outstanding design achievement and one of the world’s most sought-after seals of design quality.

"This award symbolises our creativity, hard work and innovative spirit," said Sandvik Mining vice-president of PA UG Drilling Jan Petzold.

"We’re all so proud that Pantera has received this globally-recognised mark of industrial design quality and we are delighted that it’s getting the recognition it deserves."

More than 1,000 guests from the world of design, industry and media will celebrate Sandvik Mining and other Red Dot award winners at a July 7 awards ceremony at the Aalto-Theater in Essen, Germany.

All Red Dot products are evaluated according to the highest standards and judged on the following criteria: Degree of Innovation, Functionality, Ergonomics, Durability, Self-explanatory Quality and Ecological Compatibility.

"The 40 experts assessed the quality of the entries with the utmost care and attention," said Red Dot initiator and CEO Dr Peter Zec.
"Due to their backgrounds, they also assessed the special cultural aspects of the designs from 53 countries. But only the best products receive an award from the jury."

Well-known past winners of the Red Dot: Best of the Best distinction include Apple, BMW, Nokia and Porsche.

"We are honored to be acknowledged by the esteemed panel of judges," said Sandvik Mining design engineering manager and project leader for Pantera, Markus Reinikka.

"All of us in the design team are proud to be recognised as we are constantly renewing our design approach. This award is more validation of the progress that our company has made over the past few years, development we are extremely confident will continue."