2013 Product of the Year: Finalists

Another year of innovation and technological advancement has led up to the ninth annual Product of the Year awards. In 2013, companies submitted their new and improved products to be judged for this distinguished honor. Here, we have listed the 112 finalists in each of the 10 categories.

The winners have been announced! See who won here.

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Electrical Distribution
Emergency, On-site, Standby Power
Equipment-level Sensors & Controls
Fire, Life Safety, Mass Notification
Lighting & Lighting Controls
Networked BAS, Energy Management Systems
Plumbing & Water Management
Software: Design, Modeling, Analysis
Test Instruments, Meters, Data Loggers

All Finalists

Advanced signal analysis

Siemens’ ASAtechnology is a software-based solution that compares sensor signal data to sophisticated algorithms to differentiate between a fire emergency and harmless smoke, steam, or dust. » more

Aluminum lugs, splices

Blackburn Copper-Clad Aluminum Lugs and Splices from Thomas & Betts are designed exclusively for termination on copper-clad aluminum cable and have been UL listed. » more

Arc-resistant switchgear

Eaton’s arc-resistant switchgear is engineered to enhance operator safety, while the front-accessible design minimizes equipment footprint for utility, industrial, data center, institutional, hospital, and water and wastewater… » more

Aspirating smoke detector plus monitoring

VESDA ECO Ex by Xtralis is a dual aspirating smoke and gas detector that provides multi-hole aspirating gas detector protection from both fire and gas threats in powerful yet cost-effective configurations. » more

Automatic variable air volume damper

The SmartAire P by Tate is a pressure sensing, automatic variable air volume damper that minimizes bypass airflow through servers, racks, and other containment structures. » more

Bi-level dimming control

The SD1 Series LED module by Thomas Research Products works with two standard wall switches to allow bi-level step-dimming of LED luminaires. » more

Braided hose for sprinkler system

The AH2 Braided Hose Series by Victaulic is kink-resistant and offers a tight bend radius at 2 in. for easy installation. » more

Building system transparency application

Siemens’ Facility Prime mobile application for the APOGEE BAS enables fast, convenient, mobile interaction with a multitude of facility conditions. » more

Cable tray system

The Redi-Rail cable tray system by Cooper B-Line features an I-Beam side rail design, which reduces design time, installation cost, and procurement costs.  » more

Change panel for indoor air temperature changes

Tate’s EcoCore Phase Change Panel incorporates the latest advances in micro-encapsulated phase change materials to reduce indoor air temperature fluctuations and save energy. » more

Clamps for solar panels

Kindorf Solar Panel Fittings from Thomas & Betts comes with Solar Panel Hold-Down Clamps and a Solar Panel Grounding Washer with features that enable fast and easy installation.  » more

Clog-resistant grinder system

The SANICUBIC 1 by Saniflo is a pre-assembled simplex grinder designed to handle the wastewater and sewage streams from multiple plumbing fixtures. » more

Combination USB charger

The USB Duplex Tamper Resistant receptacle by Cooper Wiring Devices eliminates the need for bulky adapters by including two integrated USB charging ports rated at 2.1 A to charge virtually any electronic device.  » more

Commercial lavatory system

Bradley’s Advocate AV Series Lavatory System is a touchless hand washer designed for a more sustainable, cleaner, and more efficient lavatory environment. » more

Communicating room sensor

The Allure EC-Smart-Vue communicating sensor is designed to interface with Distech Controls’ BACnet ECB Series and LONWORKS ECL Series controllers. » more