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:
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
Conduit & Cable Fittings
Space-Saver EMT Connectors
Connectors & Terminating Devices
GelPort Submersible Secondary Connectors
Tyco Electronics Corp. / Raychem
SoaperMonkeyTM Wire Lubricating System
Fasteners, Hangers & Accessories
C-Port Rooftop Supports
PulseStrikeTM T15 Metal Halide Lamp
USHIO America, Inc.
Indura 4X Industrial Emergency Unit
LED-FLEX(TM) LED Lighting System
Mule Lighting, Inc.
Shark 100 Power & Energy Meter
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
Power Distribution Equipment
TransforMore(TM) Dry Type Transformer
GE Consumer & Industrial
Bi-Fuel Standby Generator
Generac Power Systems, Inc.
S1 Safeguard Automatic Ignitor Cutoff
Thomas Research Products
Security Equipment & Systems
VideoJet 10 Digital Encoder for CCTV Systems
Bosch Security Systems
BonDuit(TM) Conduit Adhesive
American Polywater Corp.
SpeedSet Conduit Tool
Tools (Accessory Items)
The Lolly(TM) Portable Dolly
Mindco Industries, LLC
LinkMaster(TM) PRO XL Handheld Tester
Ideal Industries, Inc.
Wire & Cable
Romex® SIMpull Type NM-B Cable
DS100C Decontactor Plug/Receptacle/Switch
MWS® Modular Wiring System
MWS / Cooper Lighting