Australian International Design Awards

Agilent and Cobalt's Cary 630 FTIR has won a prestigious 2013 Australian International Design Award at a gala industry ceremony. The instrument was judged as Best in Category ahead of a field including devices from Philips and Cochlear.

The Award was presented at a Vivid Festival event overlooking Sydney’s circular quay and a resplendent Opera House and was hosted by Ita Buttrose and attended by the Premier of New South Wales. The Cary 630 development team was represented by Andrew Hind, Jeffrey Commerford, Steve Martinuzzo and Daniel Booker.

The Agilent Cary 630 FTIR was designed in the USA and Australia by Agilent’s optical engineering design and Cobalt’s industrial design and enclosure engineering teams respectively.  It is the world’s smallest scientific instrument for the analysis of solids, liquids and gases. Its size, simplicity and low operating cost and complexity has opened its use to a wider group of routine operators. These users influenced the design toward ease-of-use, robustness and precision.

This latest award follows the instrument winning the top Gold Prize Award by IBO (Instrument Business Outlook) for the 2012 Analytical Instruments as well as being shortlisted for a Premier’s Design Award (Victoria). However, the best measure of the product design rests with its commercial success; with sales exceeding expectations and exceptionally positive user feedback.

The Australian International Design Awards are held annually and host over 600 designers, manufacturers, media, government officials, VIP guests and emerging talent.

Congratulations to Cobalt and Agilent teams for their extraordinary achievement.