FIP presented with leading Italian innovation awards

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Stefano Costa, FIP R&D Manager, holds the ADI trophy, with Rodolfo Zanni, FIP Product Designer (left) and Enrico Gollo, Ergodesign (right).

In December 2017, our Italian FIP colleagues were presented with the prestigious “Premio dei Premi per l’Innovazione” or National Innovation Award by Laura Boldrini, President of the Italian Chamber of Deputies for the design of their DK diaphragm valve. That day, innovations which had been selected because of their product excellence and process innovation were recognised during a prestigious event.

Earlier in the year, the team was also nominated for the ADI Compasso d’Oro Award. Created in Italy in 1954, the ADI Compasso d’Oro Award is the oldest and one of the most influential industrial design awards in Europe. It is also one of the highest industrial design honours in the world.

The DK Diaphragm valve is a compact, lightweight, pneumatically activated two-way diaphragm valve used to shut off or regulate fluids that are abrasive or dirty. It is particularly suitable for applications currently using metallic materials where corrosion can occur. Some notable examples are found in the water treatment sector, for example in desalination plants handling salt water. The diaphragm valve is also highly recommended for the chemical industry, where acids and highly corrosive fluids must be conveyed safely.