2012 Product of the Year Finalists

Read about and vote for the 2012 Product of the Year Finalists.

Bob Vavra

11/19/2012

If innovation is one of the best indications of a strong manufacturing economy, the finalists for the Plant Engineering 2012 Product of the Year awards are pointing the way to a bright future.

Entries in this year’s contest were up by more than 35%. This year’s crop of finalists covers 15 categories, including our newest category—Apps for Engineers. This points toward a greater use of handheld and Smartphone devices on the plant floor, and we expect this to be a very large category in future years as more widespread adoption of apps and mobile devices continues.

Just as exciting this year are the two categories with the most entries. Automation and Controls is a category that highlights the desire of manufacturers to measure and manage their manufacturing process in the most efficient fashion possible. The Safety category highlights that the most important asset on the plant floor is still the human one.

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This year’s 116 finalists stretch across all areas where a plant manager’s influence is felt and his knowledge is required. From motors and drives to maintenance and lighting, the things a plant manager must specify and purchase perform very different functions. They all have one common element: they must help him or her do the job better, smarter, safely and more efficiently. That has been the hallmark of Plant Engineering’s Product of the Year program for the past 25 years.

It might have been tempting to make a bigger deal out of the 25th anniversary of Product of the Year. People tend to like anniversaries and birthdays, especially a silver anniversary year. But Product of the Year is important each year, on its own merits. We certainly hope the cumulative effect of Product of the Year has helped improve your operation each year. But each year, our task is simple: We showcase the best in innovation each year, and then put it in the hands of our readers to determine the best of that best.

In 2012, for the 25th time, we again give the decision of this year’s Product of the Year winners to you. We hope you vote, and we hope you make use of this year’s outstanding innovations in manufacturing products.


2012 Product of the Year Categories


Click on a category to view the finalists within.

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Read about previous Product of the Year winners