Your 2011 Impovation Award Winners!
IMPO readers voted in droves for the third annual IMPOvation product technology award. From a pool of over 100 nominees, you picked your favorites:
New DryLube Bearings from SKF (Lansdale, PA) eliminate the need for grease relubrication and are designed to perform virtually maintenance-free over a wide temperature range. Filled with a dry lubricant based on graphite or molybdenum disulfide and a resin binder, the dry lubricant maintains a thin film on the bearing’s rolling elements to protect against metal-to-metal contact and any potential damage caused by solid contaminants. The bearings can provide effective lubrication up to 660ºF and exhibit minimal lubricant loss over time. Eliminating slippery surfaces for enhanced worker safety, the lubricant can also help contribute to “green” operating goals compared with many oils and greases.
To see the four variants offered, visit www.skfusa.com .
The runner up:
Dialight (Farmingdale, NJ) has unveiled its new SafeSite Series LED Area Light, a compact, high-output Class I and Class II, Div 1 certified LED Area Light. Approved for use in Class I, Div 1 Groups B, C, Dl; and Class II, Div 1 Groups E, F, and G hazardous locations, the light is designed to replace up to 150-watt HID fixtures. Consuming less than half the electricity of 150-watt HID units, Dialight’s 70-watt SafeSite Series delivers efficacy of 79 lumens per watt. Available in cool white and neutral white models, the SafeSite’s reflector-based optics design enhances lighting efficiency by directing the light where it’s needed in a 180 degree pattern, reducing light spill and pollution.
To see more, visit www.dialight.com .
The new A1000 Variable Speed Drive from Yaskawa America Inc. (Waukegan, IL) is compatible with interior and surface permanent magnet motors and provides up to 200 percent torque. The user-friendly configuration includes a multi-language LCD display, parameter storage, and application presets. It has DriveWizard computer software to deliver monitoring and trending functions through the A1000’s standard USB port. Embedded applications functions, such as PID control, droop control, and function block programming provide system level control without the use of a stand-alone controller. All materials used in the A1000 comply with the directive for Restriction of Hazardous Substances.
For more information, see www.yaskawa.com .
5: Ergonomic SwingSeat 
6: Grippy Mat 
7: HPI Swivel Technology 
8: Lumetronic Slider Light 
10: Acumatica/JAAS Systems 
11: SCW Wash-down Curtain Wall 
14: StressPly E Roof Membrane