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EC&M Announces 2005 Product Of The Year Category Winners

Feb. 11, 2005
On Feb. 8 at the Electric West show in Anaheim, Calif., EC&M announced the 25 category winners for the 2005 competition.

The Product of the Year competition has honored innovation and excellence in product development in the electrical industry for the past five years. On Feb. 8 at the Electric West show in Anaheim, Calif., EC&M announced the 25 category winners for the 2005 competition. The magazine received a record number of entries, which increased from 111 last year to 136 in 2005.

A panel of eight judges including electrical engineers and electricians, met on Feb. 3 at Primedia Business Magazines & Media, the Overland Park, Kan., publishing company that owns EC&M, Electrical Marketing, Electrical Wholesaling, and several other publications.

The judges spent five hours evaluating each of the products, reviewing all of the manufacturers’ literature, and determining a winner in each of the product categories. The 25 finalists will go on to compete for the 2005 Product of the Year Platinum Award. This winner will be selected by EC&M readers, who will vote online for their favorite product on EC&M's Web site. Photos and descriptions of the finalists will also be published in the February issue of EC&M and the March issue of Electrical Wholesaling.

Here’s a list of the finalists:

  • Ballasts
    Optanium(TM) PS Electronic Ballast
    Advance Transformer Co.


  • Boxes & Enclosures
    Clear Cover J Series Enclosure
    Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures


  • Computers & Software
    Volts v3.34 Design Software
    Dolphins Software


  • Conduit & Cable Fittings
    Space-Saver EMT Connectors
    Cooper Crouse-Hinds


  • Connectors & Terminating Devices
    GelPort Submersible Secondary Connectors
    Tyco Electronics Corp. / Raychem


  • Construction Equipment
    SoaperMonkeyTM Wire Lubricating System
    WLD, LLC


  • Fasteners, Hangers & Accessories
    C-Port Rooftop Supports
    Cooper B-Line


  • Lamps
    PulseStrikeTM T15 Metal Halide Lamp
    USHIO America, Inc.


  • Lighting Fixtures
    Indura 4X Industrial Emergency Unit
    Lithonia Lighting


  • Lighting Systems
    LED-FLEX(TM) LED Lighting System
    Mule Lighting, Inc.


  • Monitoring Instruments
    Shark 100 Power & Energy Meter
    Electro Industries/GaugeTech


  • Motors, Drives & Motor Controls
    Super-E® Brake Motors
    Baldor Electric Co.


  • Portable Test & Measurement Equipment
    Industrial Clamp Meters with TightSightTM Display
    Ideal Industries, Inc.


  • Power Conditioning Equipment
    Powerware® 9390 Three-Phase UPS
    Eaton Corporation


  • Power Distribution Equipment
    TransforMore(TM) Dry Type Transformer
    GE Consumer & Industrial


  • Power Sources
    Bi-Fuel Standby Generator
    Generac Power Systems, Inc.


  • Protective Devices
    S1 Safeguard Automatic Ignitor Cutoff
    Thomas Research Products


  • Security Equipment & Systems
    VideoJet 10 Digital Encoder for CCTV Systems
    Bosch Security Systems


  • Specialty Products
    BonDuit(TM) Conduit Adhesive
    American Polywater Corp.


  • Tools (Hand)
    SpeedSet Conduit Tool
    Maxis Corp.


  • Tools (Accessory Items)
    The Lolly(TM) Portable Dolly
    Mindco Industries, LLC


  • Voice/Data/Video Equipment
    LinkMaster(TM) PRO XL Handheld Tester
    Ideal Industries, Inc.


  • Wire & Cable
    Romex® SIMpull Type NM-B Cable
    Southwire Co.


  • Wiring Devices
    DS100C Decontactor Plug/Receptacle/Switch
    Meltric Corporation


  • Wiring Systems
    MWS® Modular Wiring System
    MWS / Cooper Lighting