Press Release: ZEISS UVClean Wins Two Red Dot Awards

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April 14, 2021
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Connie Tran
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Tyler Hagler

April 14, 2021 (CHAPEL HILL, NC) - Trig’s collaborative product design with Voxelight LLC for the ZEISS UVClean has won Red Dot awards in two categories: Industrial Design and Innovative Product. This marks the first Red Dot awards Trig has received for their work.

The ZEISS UVClean is a simple, yet powerful UV disinfection tool for eyecare professionals. With a push of a button, a cycle of UV-C radiation is initiated, effectively disinfecting up to 6-10 pairs of eyeglasses in only 40 seconds. This product requires no chemicals or liquids and produces zero waste due to its innovative use of 4 germicidal UVC bulbs. The bulbs bathe each eyeglass frame in powerful UV-C light, killing up to 99.5% of common viruses and bacteria on the surface of the eyeglasses.

The ZEISS UVClean is the perfect solution for Eye Care Professionals, who serve numerous customers per day and must clean multiple contaminated eyeglasses per visit by hand. Due to the pandemic, new standards of practices require every single pair of eyeglasses to be set aside for an extended period of time until an employee is available to thoroughly disinfect them by hand. This means a large amount of inventory is temporarily unavailable to other customers and the staff is now spending much more time disinfecting eyeglasses than assisting customers. With the ZEISS UVClean, an Eye Care Professional can simply load the eyeglasses into the chamber, and with a single push of a button, quickly disinfect multiple frames.

Trig and Voxelight LLC worked together with ZEISS to develop the ZEISS UVClean after ZEISS identified the opportunity for an effective and efficient disinfection solution to improve the safety and workflow for Eye Care Professionals. Trig provided design and development services such as concept illustrations, prototype CAD, Design for Manufacture, product rendering, as well as  product video animation. Voxelight, being experts on UV light from their Sunscreenr product, provided UV lighting requirements, component sourcing, electronics circuitry, as well as executing the prototype build, assembly and product testing.

“The ZEISS UVClean represents an extraordinary commitment by our client to respond to the changing world with clever technology and good design to solve real customer problems,” said Ty Hagler. “We are thrilled that they have received the prestigious honor of winning two Red Dot awards in recognition of their commitment to excellence.”

About Red Dot Awards

The Red Dot Award is one of the most internationally sought-after seals of quality for outstanding design. The Red Dot Award is a German international design prize that is awarded annually in three different categories: product design, brands and communication, and design concept. Designers have been applying for the award since 1955, with winners receiving awards in annual ceremonies. Red Dot award recipients have their work featured in the Red Dot Design Museum in the historic Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen, Germany.

About Trig

Now in its fourteenth year, Trig is a full service industrial design firm serving the consumer, healthcare, and durable goods markets. Trig’s comprehensive innovation process includes insights & ideation, product design & development, and brand asset management for start-ups, mid-sized, and Fortune 500 companies across the United States. Based in Chapel Hill, the Trig product design consulting team can be found in Charlotte, Raleigh, Knoxville, Los Angeles, and Richmond.

About Voxelight

Voxelight’s mission is to empower people with light. They develop innovative technology-based products that use underexplored properties of light to create meaningful value for consumers. Voxelight synthesizes primary research, trends in commercial and military technology, and a keen eye for consumer need into a fusion of new capabilities.


ZEISS is a global leader in technology, operating in the fields of optics and optoelectronics. TheZEISS Group develops, produces, and distributes measuring technology, microscopes, medical technology, eyeglass lenses, camera and cinema lenses, binoculars, and   semiconductor manufacturing equipment. With its solutions, the company constantly advances the world of optics and helps shape technological progress. ZEISS is divided into four business segments: Research & Quality Technology, Medical Technology, Vision Care/Consumer Products, and Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology. The ZEISS Group is represented in more than 40 countries and has over 50 sales and service locations, more than 30 manufacturing sites, andabout 25 research and development centers around the globe.

Founded in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. Carl Zeiss AG is the strategic management holding company that manages the ZEISS Group. The company is wholly owned by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation).

Further information is available at www.zeiss.com.  

Media Contact
Ty Hagler, Founder and Principal

*Independent laboratory tests show effectiveness of 99.995% against adenovirus, 99.68% against influenza viruses, 99.47% against Escherichia coli,and 99.74% against staphylococcus aureus.

Connie Tran
Brand Development & Design Manager

Driven by inspiration, Connie is obsessed with any opportunity to master new creative skills. Connie is passionate about stories and discovering the complex layers of every person and of every business. She is passionate about leveraging authentic inner selves to tell new stories in a delightful and surprising way. She believes that the art of great story-telling is at the heart of every powerful brand. At Trig, this is shown in the way Connie helps clients discover their voice, find clarity in their messaging, and speak with a contagious passion about what they do and why they do it.

Tyler Hagler

As a career industrial designer and innovation practitioner, Ty Hagler has managed hundreds of new product development programs through the process of opportunity identification guided to commercialization.


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