1999 Product Of The Year Awards

As the century comes to a close, Plant Engineering is proud to end on a high note -- with the presentation of the candidates for "1999 Product of the Year.


As the century comes to a close, Plant Engineering is proud to end on a high note -- with the presentation of the candidates for "1999 Product of the Year."

To be a candidate for this competition, a product must have been made available for purchase between October 1, 1998, and September 30, 1999; be new to the world market; and be useful in the plant engineering function.

In the past 11 yr, the more than 1000 winning products in this contest have ranged from "high-tech" to "low-tech," but all have one thing in common: They are all practical, functional, and just plain handy to have around. In fact, the goal of all our winners has been to make your job easier!

And now, we need you!

Our panel of experts (pictured on the following page) has narrowed down the field, but now we need you to help us select the winners. The product receiving the highest number of votes wins the Grand Award. Additionally, each category honors Gold, Silver, and Bronze winners. After looking through our finalists on the following pages, please fill out the ballot to help us select the best new products of 1999.

This year's competition offers 15 categories of plant engineering products that can help you perform your job more efficiently. The categories are Electrical Power; Electric Motors, Drives, and Controls; Lighting; Construction, Buildings, and Grounds; Fluid Handling; Compressed Air; Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning; Power Transmission; Maintenance Tools and Equipment; Main- tenance Products; Environment, Safety, and Health; Control Equipment; Instruments; Material Handling; and General and Maintenance Software.

Trophies are presented to the winners at a black-tie reception during the National Plant Engineering Show in Chicago. Winners from this competition will be honored March 13, 2000.

Ballots postmarked by December 15, 1999, will be entered in a special prize drawing for $100 gift checks. Only original ballots will be accepted. Additional balloting rules and prize information are listed on the next page.

The Judges Bill Muni, PE

Design Engineer


Pete Gilbert, CPE

Plant Engineer

Level Valley Creamery

William J. Meeks, PE

Senior Consultant


Hank Krishman

Plant Maintenance Mgr.

Kalmus & Assoc.

John Klein, CPE/CFEP

Plant Engineering Mgr.,

Knowles Electronics, Inc.

Ricky Heidgerken, CPE

Vice President, Total Quality & Mgmt. Strategies

Kiehl Engineering Co., Inc.

Larry Pierog

Plant Engineer

Favorite Brands

Mail your ballot by December 15 and you could win $100!

You could win a $100 prize just by voting in the 12th annual Plant Engineering "Product of the Year" competition.

We will award a $100 gift check to each of 10 lucky voters. Winners will be selected by random drawing from ballots we receive postmarked by December 15, 1999. Only original ballots will be considered for the drawing.

Product balloting and prize drawing rules

1. Vote for five products by writing in the appropriate voting number appearing with each item.

2. No more than one ballot may be submitted by an individual. Only original ballots will be accepted.

3. All complete ballots postmarked by December 15, 1999, will be entered in a random drawing for the $100 prizes.

4. Employees of Cahners Business Information and its agencies are not eligible.

5. Contest is void where prohibited or taxed by law. Liabilities for any taxes on prizes are the sole responsibility of the winners.

6. All decisions made by the editors or publisher of Plant Engineering magazine on the administration of this contest are final.

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