2002 Product of the Year Winners

The readers made their choice loud and clear in the 2002 "Product of the Year" competition. After reviewing 150 finalists in the November issue, they selected Rapidgrip self-adjusting pipe wrench as the Grand Award winner (pictured below). Gold, Silver, and Bronze were awarded in each of our 15 categories.


Grand Award
Gold Awards



The readers made their choice loud and clear in the 2002 "Product of the Year" competition. After reviewing 150 finalists in the November issue, they selected Rapidgrip self-adjusting pipe wrench as the Grand Award winner (pictured below).


Gold, Silver, and Bronze were awarded in each of our 15 categories. The winners are listed on the following pages. Use the reader service card in this issue for information on a specific winner. Write the number provided, or visit the company's web site.


Awards were presented March 3, 2003, at a black-tie reception during the National Plant Engineering & Facilities Management Show in Chicago.


To find out how to enter your new product in our 2003 competition, call Pat Mustari at 630-288-8775 or send her an email at pmustari@reedbusiness.com . Rules and entry forms are also available on our web site at plantengineering.com .


Grand Award



Pipe wrench has no adjustments


Rapidgrip is an innovative, heavy-duty, self-adjusting pipe wrench designed for one-handed operation with a rapid ratcheting action. The spring-loaded jaw adjusts to any size pipe, from 3/8 in. to 2 in. A thumb trigger allows easy application and removal. The V-groove hook design enables the ratcheting action to be performed quickly and easily. Ridge Tool Co. ; ridgid.com For information, write 1 on card


Gold Awards

Compressed air



Series Nitrogen Generator


Hankison International




For information, write 2 on card


General and maintenance software



SMART Inventory






For information, write 3 on card


Construction, buildings, and grounds



DG 150 grinding system


Hilti, Inc.




For information, write 4 on card


Control equipment



VU HB LCD monitors


Stealth Computer Corp.




For information, write 5 on card


Electric motors, drives, and controls



Decentralized ControlTechnology


SEW-Eurodrive, Inc. ;




For information, write 6 on card


Electrical power



Power Light plugand connector


Leviton Manufacturing Co.




For information, write 7 on card


Environment, safety, and health



SunBarrier SPF 30sunscreen towel


LPS Laboratories




For information, write 8 on card


Fluid handling



Drum Overfill Preventer


New Pig Corp.




For information, write 9 on card





PS 20 detection device


Hilti, Inc.




For information, write 10 on card


Heating, ventilating, and air conditioning



Wickerbill fan


Big Ass Fans




For information, write 11 on card





ALTO Plus Slimline T8


Philips Lighting Co.




For information, write 12 on card


Maintenance products



Power-Return tape measure


Klein Tools




For information, write 13 on card


Maintenance tools and equipment



Invertec V205-T AC/DC


The Lincoln Electric Co.




For information, write 14 on card


Material handling



AeroTec Truck TrailerCooling System


DL Manufacturing




For information, write 15 on card


Power transmission



Type MCG MotorCoupling Guard


Falk Corp.


Orange Peel Guards opguards.com


For information, write 16 on card




Compressed Air



GX2-4 Series Compressor


Atlas Copco Compressors, Inc.




For information, write 17 on card


Construction, Buildings, & Grounds



StressPly EUV Mineral


The Garland Company, Inc.




For information, write 18 on card


Control Equipment



Proxtrol Limit Switch


Softnoze USA, Inc.




For information, write 19 on card


Maintenance Products



4AA LED ProPolymer


Streamlight, Inc.




For information, write 20 on car


Electrical Power



OPM-NG Fuse Holder


Cooper Bussmann




For information, write 21 on card


Environment, Safety, & Health



SafetyRail 2000


BlueWater Mfg., Inc.




For information, write 22 on card







SPM Instrument, Inc.




For information, write 23 on card


Fluid Handling



1010 GC Flowmeter


Controlotron Corp.




For information, write 24 on card


General & Maintenance Software





EPAC Software Technologies, Inc.




For information, write 25 on card


Heating, Ventilating, & Air Conditioning



Drain Pan Pump


EDC International Ltd.




For information, write 26 on card


Electric Motors, Drives, & Controls



Model 460 Voltage Monitor


SymCom, Inc.




For information, write 27 on card





875-Watt Metal Halide Lampand Ballast System


Venture Lighting Intl.




For information, write 28 on card


Maintenance Tools & Equipment



Power Grip


Metabo Corp.




For information, write 29 on card


Material Handling



Ergo Lift


Industrial Design & Supply, Inc.




For information, write 30 on car


Power Transmission



TorqLOC Hollow ShaftMounting System


SEW-Eurodrive, Inc.




For information, write 31 on card




Compressed Air



Air Tool Protector


domnick hunter, inc.




For information, write 32 on card


Construction, Buildings, & Grounds





Rytec Corp.




For information, write 33 on card


Control Equipment



RadioLinx EthernetWireless Switch


ProSoft Technology, Inc.




For information, write 34 on card


Electric Motors, Drives, & Controls



58mm ECM Motor


General Electric




For information, write 35 on card


Electrical Power



Ground Fault Locator System


ABB Inc.




For information, write 36 on card


Environment, Safety, & Health



High Visibility Spill kit


New Pig Corp.




For information, write 37 on card


Fluid Handling



PumpSmart Model PS200


Goulds Pumps




For information, write 38 on card


General & Maintenance Software









For information, write 39 on card


Heating, Ventilating, & Air Conditioning



Blue Max Plus Leak Detector


Spectronics Corp.




For information, write 40 on card





PhotoTemp MX6


Raytek Corp.




For information, write 41 on card







Daniel Woodhead Co.




For information, write 42 on card


Maintenance Products



System Cleaning Liquid


Paratherm Corp.




For information, write 43 on card


Maintenance Tools & Equipment



Ultraprobe 201 Grease Caddy


UE Systems, Inc.




For information, write 44 on card


Material Handling





Southworth Products Corp.




For information, write 45 on card


Power Transmission



Browning TorqTaper


Emerson Power Transmission - EPT






For information, write 46 on card


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