For the fifth year, MHI honored their event exhibitors who have created the most innovative products and solutions in our industry. Prior to ProMat 2017, exhibitors were invited to submit entries in three different categories: Best New Innovation, Best Innovation of an Existing Product and Best IT Innovation.
We received a record 153 total submissions spread between the three categories, an increase from 95 entrants at MODEX 2016. It’s clear evidence that ProMat exhibitors are dedicated to continuous improvement of the industry that makes supply chains work.
To narrow down each category to four finalists prior to the show, the submissions were judged by a committee of seven industry experts in the month before the show. The volunteer judges represented seven different companies: Ashley Furniture, Big Lots!, Boeing, DHL eCommerce, Luxottica, McKee and Shaw Industries.
On Monday at ProMat, finalists’ exhibits were visited in person by the judges, and winners selected. The winning products and technologies were specifically recognized for delivering quantifiable and sustainable return on investment (ROI), cost savings and customer satisfaction.
We announced the winners on Wednesday during MHI Industry Night with Dana Carvey. That gave show attendees plenty of time to visit the 12 finalists and check out the entries during the first three days of the show.
By Greg Baer