MHI Innovation Award winners announced

MHI Industry Night hands awards to innovators, young professionals and a few lucky others.

On Wednesday, during MHI Industry Night with Craig Ferguson, the winners of the annual MHI Innovation Awards were crowned.

The winners came from a field of 12 finalists in three categories: Best New Product, Best Innovation of an Existing Product and Best IT Innovation.

“We received 108 total submissions spread across the three categories, and each one could have qualified as a finalist,” said Greg Baer, director of sales for show sponsor MHI. “Every year I am amazed by the innovative solutions our exhibitors bring to the show floor that will shape and disrupt the supply chains of today. The number one reason that attendees come to ProMat is to see new products.”

To narrow down each category to four finalists prior to the show, the submissions were judged by a committee of industry experts. The volunteer judges represent six different companies: Covenant Transport; Department of National Defense, Canada; Framebridge; IKEA; PharmaLink; and Steelcase Inc.

On Monday, those finalists’ exhibits were visited in person by a separate judging panel who determined the winners in each category.

Finalists in the “Best New Product” category are:

● CMC srl (Booth S1259) – Pick2Pack WINNER
● Fetch Robotics (Booth S4841) – CartConnect
● Locus Robotics (Booth S3212) – Gamification
● OE Attachments (Booth S2495) – Forklift Safety Device

Finalists in the “Best Innovation of an Existing Product” category are:

● Artitalia Group (Booth S2491) – Versatile Nesting Cart
● ProGlove (Booth N6429) – MARK 2 Smartglove
● RightHand Robotics (Booth S2397) – RightPick: The Piece Picking Solution WINNER
● Swisslog Logistics Automation (Booth S1212) – ItemPiQ

Finalists in the “Best IT Innovation” category are:

● KNAPP (Booth S1231) – redPILOT WINNER
● LogistiVIEW (Booth S5268a) – Vision Pick and Put Wall
● Schaefer Systems (Booth S3468) – WAMAS Lighthouse
● Yard Management Solutions (Booth N6856) – Eagle Eye Yard Management Software

The contest defines innovation as a new product, product line, technology or service, new application of existing products or technology, that creates quantifiable and sustainable results in terms of return on investment (ROI), cost savings and customer satisfaction.

Other awards announced on Industry Night:

Young Professional Award (YPN)
Rosales Brown, Rasco Industries Inc.

Outstanding Young Professionals Award
“While only one person gets the award, everyone has been recognized for their outstanding work,” said MHI CEO George Prest. The winner was Ben Moyer, Hytrol Conveyor Company

Trip of a Lifetime
Elizabeth Buza, Raymond Corp.

Trip of a Lifetime #2
This is the last MHI show for Tom Carbott, MHI Senior Vice President - Exhibition. “He is the ultimate professional and has done an absolutely incredible job,” said Prest. As a token of appreciation for his 27 years with MHI, Tom was also awarded a Trip of a Lifetime.

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