2017 POY Finalists Voting
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Vote for the Plant Engineering 2017 Product of the Year Finalists

It's been 30 years since Plant Engineering first introduced Product of the Year, and it's remarkable how many of the great innovations in the 2017 edition are improvements on products from the past. Taken individually, each of this year's 102 Product of the Year finalists offer a unique solution to a specific problem. In some cases, that improvement is incremental, but then, so is the entire concept of improvement. Process improvement is, by definition, a process; manufacturers are looking for ways to get a little better every day.

What Product of the Year offers each year is a way to identify all the ways to improve operations in one place. Not every product fits every plant application, but what we also hope Product of the Year does each year is expose readers to think about how each of these categories impact their operations.

There are 15 categories this year; in 2018, we'll add robotics as a category to identify another area of plant operations getting a lot of attention. The products you'll find for consideration this year represent the best efforts of product managers and innovators around the world. They've spent years talking to plant managers like yourself, reviewing the needs of manufacturing and then putting their product development teams on the trail of ways to make their great products just a little better.

Now it's your turn! The other aspect of Product of the Year that makes it such a sought-after award is selecting the winners are your responsibility. Because each year's Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners in each category are selected by qualified subscribers to Plant Engineering, we can confidently say this is the best award in manufacturing. Click here to view the 2017 finalists and vote.

The awards are won by the individual suppliers, but the awards themselves belong to our readers. Each year, we ask you to consider these entries, and each year, you get it right. And we ask you to do it again this year. The voting ballot for Product of the Year is now live, along with the link to each of this year's products. Each vote is screened to make sure only qualified readers vote on these product categories. This ensures the integrity of the contest; it also lets both our suppliers and our readers know when the awards are handed out in April 2018, they represent the best insight from our readers.

As it has been for 30 years, Product of the Year is a three-step process: Review the entries. Cast your votes. Think about your manufacturing plant and ways new products can lead to process improvement.

Click here to access the 2017 Product of the Year Finalists, and to vote.

Voting will conclude on January 5, 2018.