MHI names Innovation Award winners

Prior to Tuesday’s morning keynote session, the winners of the inaugural ProMat Innovation Awards were announced.
By Sara Pearson Specter, Editor at Large
January 22, 2013 - MMH Editorial

Prior to Tuesday’s morning keynote session, the winners of the inaugural ProMat Innovation Awards were announced. Winning the Best New Innovation award for IQ Fusion was Packsize, while Fox IV took Best Innovation of an Existing Product for its Twinprint.

“The awards were created to educate and provide valuable insights to ProMat attendees about the latest innovative manufacturing and supply chain products and services offered by exhibitors,” explained George Prest, CEO of show sponsor MHI.

“Seventy-four companies submitted 78 different entries, and were judged prior to the show by a committee of industry experts to narrow down each category to six finalists,” Prest continued. “Those finalists were visited on Monday by the committee, who then selected the winner in each category.”

Finalists in the “Existing Innovation” category were: Bishamon Industries, Daifuku Webb, Dematic, Intelligent Lighting Systems, Fox IV Technologies and Jungheinrich. In the “New Innovation” category, finalists included: Blickle Casters, Engineered Lifting Systems, Intelligrated, KUKA Systems, Opex Corporation and Packsize International.

About the Author

Sara Pearson Specter
Editor at Large

Sara Pearson Specter has written articles and supplements for Modern Materials Handling and Material Handling Product News as an Editor at Large since 2001. Specter has worked in the fields of graphic design, advertising, marketing, and public relations for nearly 20 years, with a special emphasis on helping business-to-business industrial and manufacturing companies. She owns her own marketing communications firm, Sara Specter, Marketing Mercenary LLC ( Clients include companies in a diverse range of fields, including materials handing equipment, systems and packaging, professional and financial services, regional economic development and higher education. Specter graduated from Centre College in Danville, Ky. with a bachelor’s degree in French and history. She lives in Oregon’s Willamette Valley where she and her husband are in the process of establishing a vineyard and winery (

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