The Mammoth ice-resurfacing machine has been shortlisted for one of the world’s most prestigious design awards. The specialized equipment, designed by AMV Design, is said to have transformed the world of vehicles for ice rink preparation in sports arenas.
Two months ago the Italian Association for Industrial Design (ADI) unveiled the names of the products selected to be part ADI Design Index, the yearbook collecting the best of Italian design. From furniture to mobility, from working tools to graphics, these products essentially form a shortlist for the next ADI Compasso D’Oro Award, the most famous prize of Italian design.
Among them is the Mammoth, AMV Design’s creation from concept to bodywork engineering, framework and cabin, and which is manufactured by WM in Bolzano, Italy. The design process for such an individual machine was thorough.
The project had started out of a desire to fully review an ageing product, an outdated giant that was in need of a modern design. WM’s goal was for a brand new machine, updated not only in aesthetics but also in construction conception, mechanics and performance. The aim was for the vehicle to set a new benchmark among manufacturers and customers worldwide.
Guidelines took shape from AMV Design’s first sketches and they set the trend for the entire development process, which included styling and industrialization of the framework structure, the container for ice collection, the operator’s all-aluminum cabin, technical compartments and full outside bodywork.
Due to the complexity of the project, it was necessary to support its development with the construction of prototypes to test and validate aesthetical, technical and mechanical solutions, as well as the ergonomics of driving and control station of the vehicle.
Technical and aesthetic quality, as well as the performances of the new ice-resurfacing Mammoth, were planned to be the best ever. The close partnership between AMV Design and WM’s highly qualified team made it possible.
The official launch of the Mammoth took place in late October 2015 in Köln, Germany, at the FSB trade fair, the exhibition that showcases the world’s best sports and amenities facilities. In early 2016 the first machines were delivered and, now that the year is close to the end, the combination of excellent sales and a strongly growing production trend confirm the success of this ambitious project.
Watch the Mammoth machine in action here.
November 18, 2016