Negri Bossi is a leading supplier of premium injection molding machines. Founded in 1947 in Monza, Italy, the company has produced industrial machinery for some of the most well-known brands in the world. Negri Bossi trusted us with creating the new design language for NOVA sT and NOVA iT, the first models of a new generation of their injection moulding machines.
NOVA have a new, transparent aesthetics. The insides of the machine are open to view, emphasizing the intrinsic beauty of the mechanics.
The look and feel are modern, combining a sense of durable hardware and elegant simplicity – a perfect balance between the minimalism of the main door and the dynamism of the rear portion of the machine. Horizontal lines create a light overall feel, even if the machine is massive.
Part of the challenge was to create design principles that would be highly scalable and applicable to a wide range of machines. The large window on the side of the machine gives the users a direct view inside the mold closing system, to inspect its cleanliness and the functionality of the motors. Splitting lines mark the sliding doors in a stylistically clean and intuitive way.
NOVA features the new multi-touch controller Tactum with the UX co-designed by together with the Negri Bossi team.
The NOVA system includes hundreds of parameters such as different moulding actions, production parameters such as speed, positioning and time, which are governed by the control panel.
Working closely together with the team, we firstly analysed information taxonomies and navigation to define the information hierarchy and organise them into a recognisable layout. A great effort was dedicated to creating a clear difference between machine actions (such as mechanical movements and moulding types), parameters (editing single values) and feedback (status, alerts, errors).
The resulting design uses multitouch as an essential part of the new Human Machine Interaction (HMI). The user is able to select various things through swipes without ever lifting the finger from the screen. The new touchpad is easier and more intuitive to use than the previous button keypad. It has a modern feel and an innovative approach to UI, moving Negri Bossi to the frontline of development in its sector.