2015 CSE Product of the Year Winners Special

2015 Product of the Year Winners Special

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Winners of the 2015 Product of the Year Awards

Winners of the 11th annual Consulting-Specifying Engineer Product of the Year awards included mobile applications that allow engineers to perform tasks wirelessly, a magnetic bearing water-cooled chiller, and an all-in-one variable frequency drive that combines induction and permanent magnet motors. Each of the following winning innovations has been designed to increase efficiency and improve system quality.

This year, companies submitted from their new and improved products debuted in 2014 to be judged for this distinguished honor. Then readers whittled them down to 41 winners you'll find here—including the 2015 Most Valuable Product winner, which received the most reader votes overall.

A total of 96 products qualified as finalists for the 2015 Product of the Year award. We left the final say up to the readers. Here are the winners, starting with the Most Valuable Product and followed by the 40 individual winners for each of the 13 sub-categories. To learn more about all the winners click HERE.

Most Valuable Product

Scalable platform connected system controller
The ECLYPSE Connected System Controller, Distech Controls

Air movement, humidification

GOLD: Low-leakage dampers
AAON Low Leakage Dampers, AAON

SILVER: HVLS industrial fan
AirVolution-D, MacroAir

BRONZE: Mixed flow inline fan
Model EQB, Greenheck

Apps for engineers

GOLD: Measurement data sharing, storage application
Fluke Connect, Fluke Corp.

SILVER: Fire alarm system test software, mobile app
eVance Services, Honeywell Fire Safety

BRONZE: Remote connectivity device for boiler plant operations

CON-X-US, Lochinvar LLC

BAS, controls, energy management

GOLD: Integrated building management system
SmartStruxure Lite, Schneider Electric

SILVER: Commercial room thermostat
RDY2000, Siemens Industry Inc.

BRONZE: Dashboard for real-time energy usage
Power Xpert Insight, Eaton


GOLD: Water-cooled, evaporative cooled chiller compressors
The Variable Twin Turbo (VTT), Danfoss

SILVER: Ice-enhanced air-cooled chiller plant
EarthWise, Trane

BRONZE: Magnetic bearing chiller
Daikin Magnitude, Daikin Applied

Electrical distribution

GOLD: Circuit monitoring system
Circuit Monitoring System, ABB

SILVER: Nonmetallic coupling for indoor and outdoor applications
T&B Fittings Non-Metallic Expansion/Deflection Coupling, Thomas & Betts

BRONZE: Arc resistant switchgear
Arc-resistant low-voltage switchgear technology, Eaton

Emergency, on-site, standby power

GOLD: Generator sets for mission critical, standby power applications
QSK95 Series, Cummins Power Generation

SILVER: Industrial diesel generator
1,500 kW Diesel Generator, Generac

BRONZE: Mobile generator line
Gaseous-Fueled Mobile Generators, Kohler Power Systems

Equipment-level sensors and controls

GOLD: Parallel sensorless pump control
Parallel Sensorless Pump Control (PSPC), Armstrong Fluid Technology

SILVER: Automatic transfer switch controller
Eaton's ATC-900, Eaton

BRONZE: Grounding/monitoring ring with electrical bearing protection
AEGIS iPRO-MR Ring, Electro Static Technology

Fire, life safety, mass notification

GOLD: Housing for fire detection systems
FireLock Series 745 Fire-Pac, Victaulic

SILVER: Wireless smart fire detectors
Smart Wireless Integrated Fire Technology (SWIFT), Notifier

SILVER: VoIP emergency communicator
Siemens' Intelligent Voice Communication systems, Siemens Industry Inc.

BRONZE: Sounder base for fire detectors
Siemens' ABHW-4S, Siemens Industry Inc.


GOLD: Geothermal, water-source heat pumps
AAON M2 Series, AAON

SILVER: Large wet rotor circulator pump
Bell & Gossett ecocirc XL, Xylem Inc.

BRONZE: Direct expansion CRAC unit
gForce Ultra, Data Aire

Lighting controls

GOLD: Long-range outdoor light sensor, controller
Echelon's Lumewave MWX-LVE-180U, Echelon Corp.

SILVER: Wireless PIR sensor
ENCELIUM wireless PIR sensor, Osram Silvania Inc.

BRONZE: Luminaires with integrated sensor control system
Metalux Encounter and SkyRidge LED, Eaton

Lighting fixtures, luminaires

GOLD: High bay LED
Big Ass High Bay LED, Big Ass Light

SILVER: LEDs to retrofit fluorescent lights
APOLLO Troffer Retrofit Series, Orion Energy Systems Inc.

BRONZE: LED luminaire for parking garages
GSL, Hubbell Outdoor Lighting, a Hubbell Lighting brand

Plumbing and water management

GOLD: Sensor-operated faucets
M•Power sensor-operated faucets, Moen Commercial

SILVER: Stainless steel butterfly valve
The Series 461, Victaulic

BRONZE: Submersible pumps
SKG Series, BJM Pumps

Variable frequency drives, variable speed drives

GOLD: Variable speed compressor, drive
The Copeland Scroll, Emerson Climate Technologies

SILVER: Screw compressor with integrated VSD
CSVW2, Bitzer SE

BRONZE: All-in-one variable frequency drive
A800 Series VFDs, Mitsubishi Electric