2006 Finalists Product of the Year

The best of 2006’s product innovation are presented in the 19th annual PLANT ENGINEERING Product of the Year balloting. Picking this year’s winners is now in our readers’ hands. Literally. This year’s balloting will be conducted electronically. Each of PLANT ENGINEERING’s qualified subscribers – those who have told us they have buy/specify responsibilities in...

11/01/2006


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Product of the Year Panel of Experts
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Training
Compressed Air
Motors/Drives
Safety and Health
Fluid Handling
Construction Equipment
Instrumentation
Power Transmission
HVAC
Automation
Productivity Software
Electric Power
Material Handling
Lighting
Maitenance Software
Maintenance Products
Maintenance Tools

The best of 2006’s product innovation are presented in the 19th annual PLANT ENGINEERING Product of the Year balloting. Picking this year’s winners is now in our readers’ hands. Literally.

This year’s balloting will be conducted electronically. Each of PLANT ENGINEERING’s qualified subscribers %%MDASSML%% those who have told us they have buy/specify responsibilities in their plants %%MDASSML%% will receive an email with a link to this year’s ballot. There will also be a copy of the pages on which the products appear for readers to review while placing their votes.

Voting takes just a few clicks, but the voting is important. For 19 years, Product of the Year has been a prestigious honor bestowed only on those manufacturers who have created the best new ideas that make plant management better, faster and smarter.

Those products have already been reviewed by our panel of plant management experts, and they have narrowed the field to 125 finalists in 17 categories. An alphabetical list of finalists is available on pages 92 and 93.

The votes are tabulated to pick gold, silver and bronze winners in each category. The one product with the highest single vote total will receive the Grand Award, won in 2005 by New Standard Institute.

The Product of the Year awards will be presented at a gala dinner as part of PLANT ENGINEERING’s first Strategic Manufacturing Summit in March.





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There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.

But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.

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