Advanced Technologies and Energy Benefits are Highlights of Best New Products

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Stacey A. Ober
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Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Five new products have been recognized for their innovative use of engineering principles and materials, as well as overall benefit to society, by the National Society of Professional Engineers's Professional Engineers in Industry.

The winners are SopoNova4.0, developed by Sopogy, Inc. of Honolulu, and Produce Bin Washer GCS©, developed by Salazar Machine & Steel, Inc. of Immokalee, Fla. in the small category; AES1510, a fingerprint sensor developed by AuthenTec, Inc. of Melbourne, Fla. in the medium category; The Evolution Series Residential Food Waste Disposers, developed by InSinkErator of Racine, Wis. in the large category; and Cummins Particulate Filter, developed by Cummins Emission Solutions in Stoughton, Wis. in the mega category.
The purpose of the NSPE-PEI New Product Award program is to recognize the full range of benefits derived from the research and engineering of new products. These benefits include added employment, economic development, the strengthening of the nation's competitive position internationally and a contribution to the public's standard of living. The awards recognize those companies with the foresight and knowledge to bring these new products, and their benefits, to the marketplace.
Sopogy, Inc. is a leader in MicroCSP technologies that bring the economics of proven large scale Concentrating Power Systems to the distributed generation markets. MicroCPS technologies are used to create process heat, solar air conditioning, and electrical power. Founded in 2002 at the Energy Laboratories, an energy concept incubator of Energy Industries, Sopogy is dedicated to bringing renewable energy technologies to the market. Using their solar energy systems to produce electricity or solar air conditioning, they maximize energy production while minimizing cost and reducing the carbon footprint.
The Produce Bin Washer GCS© is the solution to older models on the market that break down easily, waste water and clean only one or two bins per minute. The Produce Bin Washer GCS© uses gravity to control the tilting of bins, creating a holding tank that reclaims and recycles water. It has improved efficiency, moving at speeds capable of cleaning 300 bins per hour, and is fully bolted together and can be taken apart easily for transporting between packing houses. More importantly, the system is used to sanitize bins, helping to minimize harmful bacteria, such as E. Coli and salmonella.

The AES1510 is a fingerprint sensor and one of several small form factor sensors offered for the PC and wireless markets by AuthenTec. It has been built into more than three million cell phones, where it provides convenient security and personalization features for the user. The AES1510 is the smallest sensor with AuthenTec's award-winning Power of Touch technology, enabling manufacturers to easily add security, convenience, navigation and personalization controlled by the swipe of a finger. The sensor also uses patented TruePrint® technology to read fingerprints below the surface of the skin, enhancing both fingerprint accuracy and reliability. This product is especially popular in Japan where the cell phone can be used like a "mobile wallet."
The Evolution Series, a line of residential food waste disposers, addresses the most common issues for consumers—grinding capability and noise.  MultiGrind technology features multiple grind stages to allows the disposer to grind virtually any food waste without clogging or jamming. SoundSeal technology features insulation and anti-vibration components that make the disposers up to 60 percent quieter than a standard disposer. Five different models were developed with specific consumers in mind. The Septic Assist is for consumers with septic tanks; the Evolution Compact fits in a kitchen with limited space; the Evolution Essential is the solution for a wide variety of kitchens; and the Evolution Cover Control offers the extra assurance of covered operation. Finally the Evolution Excel is for consumers who enjoy the very best of kitchen appliances.
In 2007, emissions requirements changed dramatically for heavy-duty trucks when the allowable limit for particulate matter was reduced by 90 percent from 2004 levels. To meet the unprecedented emissions target, Cummins introduced the Cummins Particulate Filter that, when combined with other system components, met the required reduction. Exhaust gas is filtered to remove soot particles by flowing through a porous ceramic media consisting of an array of small channels. Adjacent channels are plugged at opposite ends, forcing the exhaust gas to flow through the porous wall where soot is captured. As soot accumulates, and when sufficient heat is present, a "regeneration" occurs which oxidizes the soot and cleans the filter.

New products are judged on three criteria: sales and economic impact, innovative use of engineering principles and improved function. Entries must be submitted through state engineering societies and include any new product, machine, process or material that has been developed in the U.S. and was first placed on the market between 2002 and 2006. For more information about the New Product Award, or to inquire about how to submit a product for the 2009 awards, contact Erin Garcia at or visit the NSPE Web site at


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