2011 Product of the Year Finalists
Read about the 2011 Product of the Year Finalists.
There is no single product that will magically improve productivity, increase energy management, help maintain equipment more effectively, or deliver more profit to your bottom line. However, if productivity, energy, maintenance, or profits are concerns for your organization, then the 2011 Plant Engineering Product of the Year finalists will give you some great ideas on how to start improving your operational excellence.
There are more than 100 finalists in 14 categories vying for your approval in this year’s Product of the Year voting. This is the 24th year Plant Engineering has offered the best of the new ideas manufacturing suppliers have to offer to improve manufacturing operations.
You have two important roles in this year’s Product of the Year process.
First is the voting: Ballots will be distributed, via e-mail, to Plant Engineering print and digital edition subscribers, as well as being available online. The ballot containts all of this year’s finalists and a recap of each product nominated as a finalist. Review each category, make your choices as to which product you think would most help your operation, and submit the ballot for tabulation.
Plant Engineering will announce the winners of the Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards for Product of the Year in the April 2012 edition of Plant Engineering magazine. The product that receives the highest number of votes will be awarded the 2011 Grand Award.
This is an engineers-only voting process, which is why it is of value to our finalists. Only management personnel are eligible to vote for Product of the Year—the people like you who make the decisions about what’s needed and what to buy in your plants.
The second role you have in this year’s Product of the Year process is more important. These great new ideas provide you with a blueprint to help make incremental improvements in the ways to manage processes, data, and all of the resources involved in manufacturing.
Even small improvements will yield greater safety, capacity, energy management, and profit for your operation. Every manufacturer has room for improvement.
The choice this year is yours: Select the 2011 Product of the Year winners and choose to make your operation better by implementing the following product ideas.
Read about the finalists in categories below:
- Automation + Controls
- Compressed Air
- Electric Motors, Drive + Controls
- Environmental Health
- Fluid Handling
- Maintenance Software
- Maintenance Tools + Equipment
- Manual Material Handling
- Material Handling Systems
- Power Transmission
- Productivity + Training Software
Case Study Database
Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Plant Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.
These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.
Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.
Annual Salary Survey
In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.
Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.