A Chance to Win €4000 in Robotic Storage Design Contest by Desall

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Pharmathek and Desall invite designers from all around the world to design the new case of the Sintesi robotized warehouse dedicated to the pharmacy world. Pharmathek is looking for the new design of the case of the Sintesi robotized warehouse and of the automatic loader Pharmaload, installed inside the pharmacies and developed to facilitate the pharmacist and her/his collaborators in the daily management of the medicines and their data.

Contest Guidelines:

Product typology

The object of the contest is the case, that is the external enclosure, that covers the internal components of the Sintesi robotized warehouse and of the Pharmaload automatic loader. A peculiar feature of the robotized warehouse is the modular structure that enables to adapt it to the various contexts of installation, thanks to its modules and its customizable dimensions. For more information on the warehouse structure and on the Pharmaload automatic loader, the designer should refer to the Material files.

How to use:

The robotized warehouse enables the pharmacist and her/his collaborators to manage the medicines and their data, in an easy and automated way. In particular, there are four main modalities:

  • Phase of medicine delivery for selling purposes: the pharmacist, through the pharmacy management software, sends the request to the warehouse for the products to be automatically collected by the robot and delivered to one of the delivery doors accessible to the operators;
  • Phase of medicine delivery for warehouse management purposes: the operator sends the request from her/his position for the robot to automatically collect the medicine from the warehouse and deliver it at the dedicated exit service hatch, that constitutes the point of delivery;
  • Assisted loading: the operator uses the dedicated scanner to read the product and places it on the conveyor belt, outside the hatch door for inserting the medicines. After verifying that the dimensions of the product match the target size, the warehouse opens the hatch door and moves the belt taking the product inside; then, the robot will automatically store it;
  • Automatic loading (through Pharmaload): the operator pours the products to store in the hopper of the automatic loader and Pharmaload will provide automatically to identify, measure and take the products inside the warehouse where the robot will autonomously provide for their storage.

Where to use:

Thanks to its modularity, the Sintesi robotized warehouse is able to adapt to any type and size of the pharmacy, enabling the installation either on the back counter or in a separated room, either on the same level or at a higher or lower story.


For the purpose of the contest, the designer should keep into consideration a standard warehouse measuring 4m in length, 2,5m in height and 1,43m in width. The dimensions will be customized based on the client needs, as better illustrated in the layout attached in the Material files.


The panels that constitute the external enclosure of the robotized warehouse may be realized in metal, wood or derivates, glass, plastics, even alternating different types of panels in order to offer greater customization for the pharmacist. A designer should always keep into consideration a view of product industrialization, avoiding processes or solutions not compatible with mass production.

Interactive elements:

For the purpose of the contest، designer is invited to include the following elements to enable the operators to interact with the system:

  • Robotized warehouse:
  1. 1 operator station with a screen (touch), space for a qwerty keyboard and mouse, barcode scanner, conveyor belt and hatch door for inserting the medicines, 1 emergency STOP button, and 1 power switch;
  2. 1 entrance/exit door for the operator;
  3. 1 service exit hatch, to collect the medicines collected by the robot upon request of the operator (for ex. to collect the expired medicines or for other warehouse operations);
  4. 2 medicines delivery trays.
  • Pharmaload:
  1. 1 hopper;
  2. 1 service compartment.


The designer is invited to include the Pharmathek logo on the external enclosure of the robotized warehouse, making sure it receives proper visibility; for this purpose, Desall suggests the designer place the logo near the operator station. The designer can use the vector file provided in the Material files.

Style and shapes:

The design of the external enclosure of the robotized warehouse shall prioritize the use of clean lines, preferring a minimal and timeless style. The designer project shall be characterized by a distinctive stylistic trait, that might provide added value with its uniqueness. The shapes shall be essential and clean, still providing some characterizing element. It is fundamental that the design the designer suggests is versatile and able to adapt to the various configurations, thanks to the modularity and adaptability of the warehouse.


For the purpose of the contest designer is invited to show in at least one view the warehouse in a white standard or neutral shade. The designer is nevertheless free to suggest some colors variants based on his project idea, both for the panels and for some details, in order to show the great degree of customisation of his project.

Surface finishes

If provided by the designer project, he should make sure that any possible surface finish enables a practical cleansing of the external enclosure.

Customer typology:

The system of the robotized warehouse addresses the pharmacy industry and provides for the interaction with various typologies of user, including pharmacists, sales people or warehouse workers.

Values to convey

The design of the external enclosure shall fully reflect the values of the brand, always keen on the technological research and innovation, supported by a long experience in offering highly functional and customised solutions for the final customer.


Designer should upload all the images that better present his projects and preferably provide further materials (.DWG, .STP, .AI or .PDF files, etc.) inside a .ZIP archive.

Evaluation Criteria:

 In the evaluation of the submissions Pharmathek will take into account the following criteria:

  • Functionality/usability
  • Aesthetics
  • Technical feasibility
  • Economic sustainability
  • Modularity and versatility

Eligibility and Submission:

Participation is free of charge and open to designers and creative talents of any nationality aged 18 years or older. Participants can present one or more projects, but only the projects published on the www.desall.com web site, via the upload page related to “Robotic Storage Design” will be accepted. 



The selection of the winner by Pharmathek will be the result of an unquestionable evaluation and it will take into account originality, feasibility and consistency with the brief presented.

Desall Required Files:

Minimum 1 image, up to 5.

  • Recommended dimensions: 960 x 720px (player size);
  • Allowed format: .jpg , .gif , .png;
  • Color mode: RGB;
  • Allowed resolution: 72 dpi;
  • Max file (for each one) size: 1 mb.

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