2011 Product of the Year Finalists

Read about the 2011 Product of the Year Finalists.

11/20/2011


There is no single product that will magically improve productivity, increase energy management, help maintain equipment more effectively, or deliver more profit to your bottom line. However, if productivity, energy, maintenance, or profits are concerns for your organization, then the 2011 Plant Engineering Product of the Year finalists will give you some great ideas on how to start improving your operational excellence.

There are more than 100 finalists in 14 categories vying for your approval in this year’s Product of the Year voting. This is the 24th year Plant Engineering has offered the best of the new ideas manufacturing suppliers have to offer to improve manufacturing operations.

You have two important roles in this year’s Product of the Year process.

First is the voting: Ballots will be distributed, via e-mail, to Plant Engineering print and digital edition subscribers, as well as being available online. The ballot containts all of this year’s finalists and a recap of each product nominated as a finalist. Review each category, make your choices as to which product you think would most help your operation, and submit the ballot for tabulation.

Plant Engineering will announce the winners of the Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards for Product of the Year in the April 2012 edition of Plant Engineering magazine. The product that receives the highest number of votes will be awarded the 2011 Grand Award.

This is an engineers-only voting process, which is why it is of value to our finalists. Only management personnel are eligible to vote for Product of the Year—the people like you who make the decisions about what’s needed and what to buy in your plants.

The second role you have in this year’s Product of the Year process is more important. These great new ideas provide you with a blueprint to help make incremental improvements in the ways to manage processes, data, and all of the resources involved in manufacturing.

Even small improvements will yield greater safety, capacity, energy management, and profit for your operation. Every manufacturer has room for improvement.

The choice this year is yours: Select the 2011 Product of the Year winners and choose to make your operation better by implementing the following product ideas.

Read about the finalists in categories below:



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Burners for heat-treating furnaces, CHP, dryers, gas humidification, and more
April 2018
Implementing a DCS, stepper motors, intelligent motion control, remote monitoring of irrigation systems
February 2018
Setting internal automation standards

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