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Announcing the 2018 NED Innovation Award Finalists!
It’s that time again. As we break in
the New Year, we here at NED have
taken a look back at all the innovations we have covered over the past
12 months. And clearly it has been
an incredible year.
In 2017, we saw the Industrial Internet of Things mature and proliferate into nearly every component of
manufacturing life; we saw 3D printing (even metal!) get simpler,
cheaper, and more powerful; we saw tools and machines get
smarter; we saw collaborative automation find its footing in the
market; and, of course, we saw engineering genius play out in
every conceivable market and field.
In the end, we were left with over 2,000 new products, solutions, components, and tools published last year, all of them
designed to produce a bigger, brighter, more productive future
for the industry.
And, as is our tradition, now is the time to celebrate the best
of those innovations.
After pouring over a year’s worth of content, our full New
Equipment Digest team has identified what we agree are the top
20 most innovative products of the year. These tools demonstrate
the best of manufacturing—they create new markets, they expand
capabilities, they provide much-needed improvements, and they
offer solutions never seen before in this market.
And you can see this for yourself here, with the 2018 class
of NED Innovation Award finalists:
This is just the first step in the process, though. Writers and
editors safe in an office can only judge the technical merits of
these innovations. It’s up to you—the practitioners out in the
field, for whom these solutions were designed—to decide the
So I am asking all of you out there, wherever you are, to take
a minute and log on to NewEquipment.com and vote for your
choice of the most innovative products of the year. In return, we
will enter your name into a drawing for free tickets to the 2018
Manufacturing Technology Conference and Expo (May 8-10) where
the results of this year’s innovation contest will be announced.
Lithium-Powered Soldering Iron
maintains an optimized temperature during use
A lithium-powered soldering solution, the M12
Soldering Iron, heats quickly and maintains an
optimized temperature throughout demanding
applications, delivering unmatched productivity
to users that make soldered connections. The
iron heats quickly, reaching operational temperature in 18 seconds, which minimizes downtime.
features a payload of 500 grams
Building on the success of YuMi—the world’s
frst truly collaborative, dual-arm industrial robot—
ABB has previewed its single-arm collaborative
robot, made at the request of customers. The
robot combines industry-leading capabilities with
a much smaller footprint.
The single-arm collaborative robot has a payload of 500 grams and, thanks to its compact
form, is easily integrated into existing assembly
lines. The robot also features lead-through programming, eliminating the need for specialized
training for operators.
Its small footprint makes it easy to add to existing production lines. It will soon be used by all
kinds of manufacturers—from the electronics and
watchmaking sector, to a host of other industries
with products that require small parts assembly.
This cobot is revolutionary in allowing manufacturers to design fexible production processes that are oriented to today’s consumers.
Leo 3D Scanner
ProGlove Smart Glove
e105 Series True Blue
Digital Box Levels
FLIR Systems Inc.
EntellEon Low Voltage
X Metal 3D
5 Cable-Pull Switch
Hardy E-Scale Bench
Concord Safety Boot
Real Wear, Inc.
RGED Series Wireless
Digital Torque Wrench