2008 Finalists: Product of the Year

It’s time again to put the vote in the hands of the people. The 2008 PLANT ENGINEERING Product of the Year voting begins Nov. 17, 2008, when electronic ballots are emailed to all eligible readers who have direct buying authority and purchasing responsibility in America’s manufacturing plants.

11/12/2008


It’s time again to put the vote in the hands of the people. The 2008 PLANT ENGINEERING Product of the Year voting begins Nov. 17, 2008, when electronic ballots are emailed to all eligible readers who have direct buying authority and purchasing responsibility in America’s manufacturing plants.

At a time when improving efficiency in manufacturing plants has never been more important, the products featured here represent the best new ideas to help manufacturers operate safer, smarter and faster.

It’s also an opportunity to evaluate new products that can help your plant achieve these goals. That makes the choice for this year’s Product of the Year winners an important one.

Entries have been received from all over the world, and our panel of experts have juried the entries to narrow them down to the finalists on the following pages. Vote for the product in each category you think delivers the greatest value to manufacturing. The top three in each category will receive the Product of the Year trophy at the 2009 Manufacturing Summit in Charleston, SC. The product with the single highest vote total from all product finalists will receive the 2008 Grand Award, won last year by Ramsay Corporation.

Only PLANT ENGINEERING readers eligible to vote for Product of the Year will receive a link to their electronic ballot via email. Duplicate ballots or ballots from those not eligible to vote will not be accepted.


Product of the Year Panel of Experts


Rex Appel, Manager, Plant and Facilities Engineering, Dietrich Metal Framing
Chester Asher, Maintenance Engineer, ArcelorMittal Steel
Brian Varley, Plant Engineer, Sonoco Clear Pack





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The Product of the Year program recognizes products newly released in the manufacturing industries.
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2017 Product of the Year winners, retrofitting a press, IMTS and Hannover Messe preview, natural refrigerants, testing steam traps
March 2018
SCCR, 2018 Maintenance study, and VFDs in a washdown environment.
Jan/Feb 2018
Welding ergonomics, 2017 Salary Survey, and surge protection
April 2018
ROVs, rigs, and the real time; wellsite valve manifolds; AI on a chip; analytics use for pipelines
February 2018
Focus on power systems, process safety, electrical and power systems, edge computing in the oil & gas industry
December 2017
Product of the Year winners, Pattern recognition, Engineering analytics, Revitalize older pump installations
April 2018
Implementing a DCS, stepper motors, intelligent motion control, remote monitoring of irrigation systems
February 2018
Setting internal automation standards
December 2017
PID controllers, Solar-powered SCADA, Using 80 GHz radar sensors

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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.

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.

Read more: 2015 Salary Survey

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