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Plantworx innovation award winners 2013 announced

Green technologies, security and engineering innovation have been acknowledged in the inaugural Plantworx awards, announced last month.

Komatsu’s hybrid excavator won the award for Environmental Innovation, one of five categories in the awards, which were organised in conjunction with the forthcoming Plantworx construction equipment event. Awards judge Land & Water plant director Richard Maclean says the hybrid technology “makes a great deal of sense for excavators and saves a quarter of the fuel consumption and consequently CO2 emissions”.

Runner up in the environment category was TCP’s Eco Lite H2 lighting tower, which is powered by a hydrogen fuel cell, making it noise and emission-free.

JCB was highly commended for its Ecomax Stage IIIB/Tier 4i engine, which was also runner up in the Efficiency Innovation category. It was beaten to that award by a satellite-based communication system for static and mobile connections on site.

“Communications can be a real problem - especially at remote sites like [our] hydroelectric project in the Scottish Highlands,” said awards judge Bam Nuttall plant general manager Steve Jarvis.

Plantworx 2013 takes place at Stoneleigh Park, Coventry from 14-16 May.

The full list of winners is:

Efficiency Innovation

Winner: Ethnet - Static broadband solution

Runner up: JCB - Ecomax Stage IIIB engine

Highly commended: Prolec - Prolec machine engine


Environmental Innovation

Winner: Komatsu - Hybrid excavator

Runner up: TCP - Eco Lite H2 lighting tower

Highly commended: JCB - Ecomax Stage IIIB engine


Safety Innovation

Winner: Merlo - Dynamic load control

Runner up: Nobel Fire Systems - Stat-X fire suppressant

Highly commended: Hill Engineering - Tefra quick coupler; Miller - Miller Mate


Engineering Innovation

Winner: Hill Engineering - Tefra quick coupler

Runner up: Prolec - Prolec machine engine

Highly commended: Cemo - Fuel trolley


Security Innovation

Winner: Automatrics - Mtrack Proactive

Highly commended: OnGarde - Hybrid solar power station


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