Electrical Business


Eaton, Milwaukee Tool, FLIR, Superior Essex among 2016 Edison Award winners

May 9, 2016 | By Renée Francoeur

Photo courtesy Edison Awards.

May 9, 2016 – A few industry players have been recognized with a 2016 Edison Award, an annual competition “honouring excellence in new product and service development, marketing, human-centered design, and innovation”.

Eaton’s Metalux SkyRidge LED—with an integrated sensor control system—has been named a bronze winner in the Building Construction & Lighting Innovations category.

“It’s exciting to see companies like Eaton continuing Thomas Edison’s legacy of challenging conventional thinking,” said Frank Bonafilia, executive director of the Edison Awards. “Edison Awards recognizes the game-changing products and services, and the teams that brought them to consumers.”
The SkyRidge LED luminaires feature aesthetics from Eaton’s WaveStream LED technology, which provides optical control and efficiency, with energy savings of up to 62% compared to traditional fluorescent alternatives, according to Eaton.

FLIR’s FLIR One thermal imaging camera snagged the silver medal in the Cameras & Virtual Reality category. This camera attaches to iOS or Android devices. The company’s FLIR FX, a portable Wi-Fi camera that can be used as outdoor security, home monitoring, sports recording and more, also won bronze in the Home & Personal Security category.


Superior Essex claims it is the first and only cable manufacturer to be certified “zero waste to landfill”, and to offer high-performance copper and optical fiber cables with Environmental Product Declarations and Health Product Declarations, which evaluate and offer transparency about the environmental and health impacts of a product’s ingredients and manufacturing practices. The product took home bronze in the Sustainable Solutions category.

Ecovent took home the gold in the Work & Home Environment category for its “smart home system that delivers room-by-room temperature control through self-configuring sensors and vents.”

SimpliPhi Power says its 2.6 high-output batteries a deliver both peak and baseload power in one unit. They deliver up to five times the power (250 amps) of similar batteries of their type, without generating any heat signature, the company adds. The batteries won silver in the Alternate Energy category.

Dow Chemicals secured the gold medal in the Building Construction & Lighting Innovations category for its LiquidArmor, a sprayable liquid sealant and flashing product that “seals insulation joints and other cracks to reduce air and water leakage, as well as improve overall management of thermal, moisture and air quality in a building”.

It was silver for NEXTracker’s SPT (self-powered tracker) in the Edison Carbon Reduction category. This SPT enables solar utilities to track the sun’s position and adjust photovoltaic panel position to boost energy yield—without tapping into the grid, NEXTracker said.

Placing second in the Workplace Resources category, Milwaukee Tool’s One Key is a digital platform for tools and equipment, “providing a new level of control and access to information”.

The gold for Electric Energy & Propulsion Systems went to the Catalyst platform by Proterra, a zero-emission electric vehicle. ChargePoint took the silver for ChargePoint Home, a home EV charger, and the bronze went to Caterpillar’s Cat Twin Fin propulsion system for diesel electric vessel applications.

The Edison Awards is a program by Edison Universe, a charitable organization “dedicated to fostering future innovators”. More than 3000 senior business executives and academics judge nominees and winners were recognized at the Edison Awards Annual Gala, held in in New York City last month.

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