Rototilt Group AB manufactures tiltrotators, machine couplers, work tools and other accessories for the construction industry. During the autumn of 2022, the company launched its Rototilt Control product concept, including new joysticks for excavators. Rototilt has now won two prestigious international design awards for its joysticks – the Red Dot Award 2023 and the iF Design Award 2023.
“We are incredibly proud and grateful to have been awarded these distinctions,” says Caroline Jonsson, Product Manager. “Our primary aim is to be well received by our users, of course, but this is further evidence that we are an innovative company.”
Through field testing carried out with both male and female machine operators, Rototilt’s objective has been to design a handle that offers the very best ergonomics, regardless of the operator’s gender or hand size. The materials and design have been carefully selected to deliver a high level of comfort and style, considers Caroline.
“This has involved a well-thought-out design process, where the aim has been to create a well-functioning product that improves the working environment for the user,” says Caroline. “Working in collaboration with product designers, we made use of methods such as 3D printing and modelling. Everything from button placement to surface quality and the choice of materials was scrutinised down to the smallest detail.”
The technology behind RC Joysticks prioritises safety and scalability. Both the hardware and the software design comply with the ISO 13849 safety standard. The joysticks are also prepared for future work tools and applications.
“We have incorporated the potential to make adaptations in terms of the placement and function of buttons and rollers for controlling the tiltrotator and the machine,” says engineer Mikael Häggström. “Work tools and areas of use are constantly evolving, and we want RC Joysticks to be technically prepared for future applications.”