"iF DESIGN AWARD" presented to compact MICRO PLC controller from Yaskawa

Around 2,000 guests celebrated the presentation of the international "iF DESIGN AWARDs" in Munich on March 9. Among the winners in 2018 is Yaskawa. The compact MICRO PLC controller was awarded the coveted design prize.

Yaskawa's MICRO PLC machine control system, first introduced in 2016, boasts extremely compact dimensions and easy handling throughout. These properties also have an impact on the design of the case, which is both functional and elegant. A completely redesigned display and operating concept enables the user to oversee the essential status information of the overall system at a glance. For this purpose, display and control elements were deliberately focused on the essential and practical information. With a width of just under 72 millimeters, the MICRO PLC is more than 50 percent smaller than comparable controllers. Therefore, the controller requires little space in the switching cabinet.

At the same time, the compact controller demonstrates exceptional performance. SPEED7 technology ensures maximum clock rates and rapid program execution. This allows the MICRO PLC to carry out processes quickly, e.g. for precise positioning and a variety of control tasks. The fast backplane bus transmission of 48 Mbit/s also offers further advantages in terms of speed. This makes the MICRO PLC one of the fastest micro controllers currently available in the controller market.


The "iF DESIGN AWARD" is one of the most influential design awards in the world and has been a recognized mark of quality for over 65 years when it comes to excellence in design. Every year, iF International Forum Design GmbH (Hannover) awards this internationally renowned design title. Recognition is given to design achievements across all disciplines: Product Design, Packaging Design, Communication and Service Design/UX, Architecture and Interior Design as well as Professional Concepts. In 2018, a total of 6,402 entries from 54 countries and seven disciplines were submitted to the competition.