It's that time again....the 2023 NED Innovation Awards are live!
In every issue of New Equipment Digest, we scour our resources and contacts to bring you the latest and greatest pieces of industrial equipment on the market. Most of these finds are exactly that: fantastic new machines, software systems or tools designed to make your work a little easier.
Generally, these innovations add to the suppliers' long lineups of other fantastic devices that have been steadily improving, upgrading, and redesigning for years to fit your changing needs.
But some of these products fall into a different category as well.
A few times a year, a company is able to break out of the box, to push its designs and equipment beyond the scope of anything before it.
The aim of these products is to fundamentally change the nature of the tool. They go beyond the known to tackle new functionality and new power, the likes of which the market has never seen before.
These products open the door for innovation across the sector; they unlock new productivity and serve their users differently than any other device before. This, in any industry, is a rare offering, and one that requires a tremendous amount of resources, R&D, and top-to-bottom company backing to bring to market.
Innovation is as much an act of inspiration as it is bravery. Making an existing piece of equipment better is a safe and profitable bet. Doing something different is a gamble.
The NED Innovation Awards is designed to celebrate those efforts.
The awards celebrate the most disruptive innovations in industrial technology, tools, and equipment. We are looking for the most innovative products that offer new capabilities and new levels of efficiency or harness the latest technologies to empower manufacturers to work faster, better, and more cost-effectively than ever before.
And just like anything we do, we want you to be involved.
Instead of scouring our own pages to find what we believe are the most innovative products and presenting them to you for a vote, we have decided to leave it in your hands: the manufacturers, the engineers, and the innovators. After all, you're the ones who know the ins and outs of your product creation and development and the amount of time and resources needed to bring it to fruition.
So we are asking you to submit what you believe and know to be a truly innovative product, piece of equipment or technology. These entries run the gamut of industrial equipment—everything from hand tools to software. The only related factor is that they somehow change the status quo of their industry.
Submissions are now open and will close on June 16, 2023. Then, we will present all of the entries to you, the readers, to vote on what you feel is the most innovative and worthy of celebrating.
This is not a ranking of the best products. It’s not a ranking of the best in any particular industry. It’s your choice of what you see as the most disruptive products that have been released to the market this year—products released between September 1, 2022, and December 31, 2023.
This year is a bit different from last year as there will be two rounds of voting. The first round will determine the finalists and the second round will determine the winners.
Once the votes are tallied, we will announce the winners in our November/December Innovation Awards issue of New Equipment Digest.
If you would like to submit a product for consideration or know of a company that should, you can use this link to start the process and find out all you need to know: NED Innovation Awards: Call for Entries
Good luck to the applicants and the innovators!
If you're unsure if your product fits the bill to be entered, take a look at the finalists and winners from years past: