2009 Product of the Year finalists announced

The best in innovation on display for the top prize in manufacturing.


Plant Engineering has announced the 112 finalists for the 2009 Product of the Year awards. The 22nd annual Product of the Year awards represent the outstanding achievements in product design and innovation.

"Innovation had an outstanding year, as represented by all of the Product of the Year finalists," said Plant Engineering editor Bob Vavra. "The 2009 finalists again show the willingness of manufacturing leaders to find better solutions to meet plant floor needs. Plant managers need to look at these products to find the best solutions to operate their plants smarter, safer and more efficiently."

Plant Engineering's readers will review the products nominated as finalists and vote over the next month on their preferences in 16 categories. The winners of the 2009 Product of the Year awards will be presented on Monday, March 29, 2010 at the annual Manufacturing/Automation Summit, hosted by Plant Engineering , Control Engineering and Manufacturing Business Technology magazines. The 2010 Summit will be at the Hotel Sofitel in downtown Chicago from March 28-30, 2010.

"The 2010 Summit will bring together the best knowledge, the best products and the best minds to give plant managers the tools they need to come out of this recession ready to grow their operations and develop a game plan for the future of manufacturing," Vavra said.

A special ebook has been prepared highlighting the finalists for Product of the Year.

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