Winning entries in the 2021 LEAP (Leadership in Engineering Achievement Program) Awards were announced by WTWH Media today in 12 categories:
Switches & Sensors, and
Test & Measurement.
These brands cross four of the company’s design engineering brands: Design World, Fluid Power World, Fastener Engineering, and EE World. This year’s winners were chosen by an independent judging panel of 12 engineering and academic professionals. For each category, judges could award Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorable Mentions, but note that all categories do not necessarily have all of these medalists, based on the scoring. The winners are:
HP Molded Fiber Advanced Tooling Solution
The judges commented: “Automating a traditionally manual process is no easy feat… cutting down fabrication time AND having more precise, lighter results… incredible!” Congratulations!
EOS M 300-4: The Future of Metal 3D Printing and Production
Aries Smart Retimer Portfolio for CXL 2.0
The judges commented: “A powerful and innovative addition to the system designers’ toolbox.” Congratulations!
Series 670 NCC Subminiature Connector
har-Modular: Create Your Own PCB Connector
SPXI In-Line Solar Fuse
Maxim Integrated Products
MAX78000 Low-Power Neural Network Accelerated Microcontroller
The judges commented: “Very impressed by executing AI inferences at less than 1/100th the energy of other embedded solutions, improving run-time for battery-powered AI applications.” Congratulations!
SEMPER™ Secure NOR Flash
Monarch 2 GM02S Module
CV5 Edge AI Vision SoC
Fluid Metering, Inc.
The FVD Variable Dispense Next Generation All-In-One Pump
The judges commented: “The reduction of components by combining 3 functions within one pump is innovative. Fewer components mean fewer potential leakage points; and system better system reliability.” Congratulations!
CMT valve section for the CMA advanced mobile valve
Chieftek Precision USA Co., Ltd.
Ultra Thin linear motor stage, Mini Robot
The judges commented: “Compact, accurate and efficient.” This is ideal for high-speed, low-payload applications, where very compact size is required.” Congratulations!
EZTouch EZ7 Series Detachable Front
Phoenix Contact USA
Rockstar Heavy Duty Connector
NexSafe™ Functional Safety Certified Rod Locks
Punch and Pack
AZM40 Electronic Solenoid Interlock
BRECOflex Co., L.L.C.
BRECOroll Timing Belts
The judges commented: “The eloquent idea lowers heat and friction for a common application. Multiple installations in a facility add up to lower energy bills and less overall ambient heat.” Congratulations!
IKO CRBTF Crossed Roller Bearings
Ogura Industrial Corp
Brake & Mechanical Torque Limiter Combination for Cobots
XPlanar flying motion system
The judges commented: “The revolutionary XPlanar approach helps move product effortlessly with a smooth, vibration less exit across a production floor. If feasible, products on the XPlanar platters can be on the X-Y axis (right side up or upside down) and on the Z vertical axis. Excellent innovation.” Congratulations!
SCARA Robot with integrated 5th axis
POSITAL 22-mm diameter kit encoders for motor feedback
Smart Function Kit for Pressing and Joining
Ultra EC 22ECP35-2A
Programmable Smart Encoder
Wireless Auto Recovery Module (ARM)
The judges commented: “Great product, which would really help in the setting up and diagnostics of pneumatic systems, without actually physically connecting up to the system. This makes maintenance easier and increases practicality.” Congratulations!
Pressure and vacuum generator PGVA
Industry’s first automotive GaN FET with integrated driver
The judges commented: “Impressive switching speeds to minimize EMI issues. Demonstrated device reliability. Potential low-cost, high-power power conversion compared to SiC.” Congratulations!
ST60A2 — 60 GHz Contactless RF Transceiver
InnoSwitch4-CZ & ClampZero
Revamped Digital Quoting Platform
The judges commented: “Engineers have access to a 3D view of their CAD model that highlights any manufacturing issues that need to be adjusted.” Congratulations!
Switches & sensors
TMCS1100 and TMCS1101 Hall-effect current sensors
The judges commented: “This product exploits zero-drift technology to create devices with low drift and high accuracy over time and temperature. The 3-kVrms AC and DC isolation makes these devices appropriate for motor drivers, solar inverters, energy-storage equipment and power supplies.” Congratulations!
Infineon Technologies AG
XENSIV™ PAS CO2 Sensor
Ashcroft® sealed E2X & E2F industrial pressure transducers
Q5X Jam Detection
Custom membrane switch panel for LogiLube’s SmartOil-M series
Omron Electronic Components
B5W-DB Diffuse Reflective Sensor
Test & measurement
N9042B UXA X-Series Signal Analyzer
The judges commented: “Instrumentation such as this signal analyzer are essential tools for designers working at these outer limits of RF, where measurements are extraordinarily difficult and smallest design subtleties will have major negative effect on circuit and system performance. Designers need confidence in their instrumentation and its capabilities.” Congratulations!
ITECH Electronic Co., Ltd.
IT7900 Regenerative Grid Simulator
Rohde & Schwarz