Product of the Year: Official rules

Official rules for the 2021 Product of the Year program, including how to enter, voting eligibility and program schedule.

Updated: 6/11/2021

Entry deadline Friday, July 30, 2021 (no extensions permitted)

About the Product of the Year program

Plant Engineering’s Product of the Year (POY) program is the premier award for new products in the manufacturing and non-manufacturing industries. The annual reader-choice program provides Plant Engineering’s audience with information about the top new product in their fields. 2021 will mark 34 years of the POY program.

2021 Product of the Year program schedule

Note: Dates below are subject to change.

  • March 1, 2021: Entries open
  • July 30, 2021: Entry deadline
    • No extensions permitted
  • Aug. 16, 2021: Finalists notified via email regarding status
  • November 1, 2021: Finalists announced and voting begins
    • Finalists listed in the November 2021 issue of Plant Engineering
  • February 4, 2022: Voting closes
  • February 11, 2022: Winners notified via email regarding status
  • April 25, 2022: Winners announced online at
    • Winners listed in the May 2022 issue of Plant Engineering

How to enter

All entries must be submitted through the New Products for Engineers database. New Products for Engineers is a unique SaaS platform that provides valuable services to engineering users who are interested in discovering new products, and vendors who would like to promote their new products to engineers. Learn more.

  1. Log into existing OR create a new Manufacturer profile in the New Products for Engineers database.
    • Visit the Global Services & Product Platform:
      • Existing users, click “LOG IN” in the top-right corner
        • Enter your log-in credentials in the pop-up window
      • New users, click “REGISTER TODAY” on the bottom of the screen
        • Select “Vendor/Manufacturer” for Account Type
        • Complete Account Details and Company Details
  2. Create a new product listing. There is no limit to the number of products you can upload to your profile or enter into the awards programs.
    • When logged into your Manufacturer profile, click on “New Products for Engineers” to expand the section
    • Provide any missing details for “Company Information”
    • Navigate to “Products,” click “ADD PRODUCT” and follow the instructions to create a listing
      • All fields with an asterisk (*) are required. The more information you provide, the more complete your listing will be for your target audience.
      • On the last section, select “Plant Engineering Product of the Year” and identify a preferred method to pay the entry fee. The entry fee is $495.00 per product. Payment is not required when creating a new listing. See Entry fee section below for more information.
      • Note: If your product listing already exists, contact Amanda Pelliccione at for how to submit an existing listing for an awards program, do not create a duplicate product listing.

Screen capture of the last section on the form when creating a product listing.

All information requested must be provided. An incomplete form or a form providing misleading or false information will result in disqualification. The entry process allows for a user to submit multiple products at once; there is no limit on how many products one user/company may enter. An authorized representative of the manufacturer must complete the entry form verifying all information. Entries must be submitted on behalf of the original manufacturer or sole supplier. If you work for an agency representing a manufacturer, contact Amanda Pelliccione at for access to and information about the agency submission form.

Eligibility requirements

Products entered into the 2021 POY program must meet the following criteria:

  • Products must have been made first available for purchase in the North American market between Oct. 1, 2020, and Sept. 30, 2021.
  • If the entry is a new version of a previously available product, the entry must represent a major modification or redesign of the product. New versions of software must offer new capabilities and significant enhancements.
  • Products must be available for purchase in the United States.
  • All information fields on the entry form are completed and accurate regarding the product and the manufacturer.

Entry fee

The processing fee (i.e. entry fee) for the 2022 ECA program is $495.00 per product. If payment is not received, entry will be void. A CFE Media team member will contact you within 10 business days of submission to collect the entry fee. If payment is not received by Friday, August 6, 2021, entry will be null and void.


All entries that meet the eligibility requirements are named Finalists. Finalists receive an official Finalist logo to use in marketing efforts promoting their status to customers. Finalists are listed in the November 2021 issue of Plant Engineering and on the website early November. The Finalist listing remains on the website indefinitely.

The descriptions published for each Finalist are written/edited/copy-edited by Plant Engineering and average 100 words per product. Descriptions are based upon the description, summary, and press release provided with each product. Reviews of descriptions are not available to entry contacts or manufacturers. Once published in print, descriptions cannot be edited. The website URL included with a Finalist description will direct readers to the manufacturer’s website, not to the product listed on the manufacturer’s website directly.

Based on the voting results (see Voting for more information), each category will have a declared Gold, Silver and Bronze winner. In the event of a tie, it is possible for more than one Gold, Silver or Bronze winner to be awarded in a category. The Grand title is awarded to the product that receives the most votes. All winners receive an official Gold, Silver, Bronze or Grand logo to use in marketing efforts promoting their status. Winners are listed in the May 2022 issue of Plant Engineering and on the website late April 2022. The Winner listing remains on the website indefinitely.


Voting takes place through an online form created by CFE Media; the link to this form will be available November 1, 2021. Voting is strictly limited to qualified subscribers of Plant Engineering products (magazine—print or digital, e-newsletters, white papers, etc.). Qualified subscribers are encouraged to vote in as many categories for which they are qualified based on technological advancement, service to the industry, and market impact. One (1) ballot per qualified subscriber will be accepted; multiple ballots from the same qualified subscriber will be invalid. Ballots received from non-qualified subscribers will be invalid. Employees of product manufacturers with a finalist in the current program and their properties, agencies, vendors, and representatives are not eligible to vote; hence any votes received by these parties will not be counted toward the final tally.

Program contacts

Questions regarding the 2021 POY program should be directed to Amanda Pelliccione, Project Manager, at, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.