2012 PTEN Innovation Awards winners announced

The votes are in, and all tools closely analyzed and reviewed.

Each year, tool and equipment manufacturers come up with the biggest and best and most innovative new automotive tools and equipment to help automotive technicians complete their job more quickly and efficiently. This year’s nominees were no exception.

Thank you to all the companies that participated, and a special thank you to our panel of Innovation Awards judges. Congratulations to all of the winners!

We've expanded the categories this year to include Lighting, Scan Tools and Battery Charging and Starting Systems. 

Professional Tool & Equipment News will be holding a special ceremony for all 2012 PTEN Innovation Awards winners during the 2012 AAPEX Show at the Sands Expo in Las Vegas this October. Watch for live updates from the show on our VehicleServicePros.com Facebook and Twitter pages, and through our exclusive mini-website at www.vehicleservicepros.com/aapex.

Check out the list below, and click on the product name for more information about that product.

Category: Air Conditioning

Company: Airsept

Product: Click Lock A/C Security System


Category: Battery Starting/Charging

Company: Midtronics

Product: GRX-3000 Battery Diagnostic System


Category: Body Shop

Company: Dent Fix

Product: Hot Stapler Plastic Repair Tool


Category: Brake Service

Company: Cal-Van Tools

Product: In-Line Flaring Tool


Category: Diagnostic Test Equipment

Company: Innovative Products of America

Product: Relay Bypass Switch Set


Category: Electrical Systems

Company: Snap-on

Product: EEFF500 Data Bus Fault Finder


Category: Emissions Systems

Company: Redline Detection LLC

Product: EasyEVAP Universal Gas Cap Filler


Category: Engine Service & Repair

Company: SP Tools

Product: 10700 Lexus Engine Support


Category: Inspection Tools, Lab Scopes

Company: Matco Tools

Product: PRO1000 Borescope


Category: Hand Tools

Company: E-Z Red

Product: Wrench Connection Set


Category: Heavy Duty

Company: Rotary Lift

Product: EFX60 Lift


Category: Leak Detection

Company: Redline Detection

Product: SmokePro Air Complete Diagnostic Leak Detector


Category: Lifts

Company: Rotary Lift

Product: Shockwave


Category: Lighting

Company: Alert Stamping

Product: RTL30 LED Screw-In Module­­­


Category: Oil & Lube

Company: Alemite

Product: 18V Lithium-Ion Grease Gun


Category: Power Tools

Company: Milwaukee Electric Tool Corp.

Product: M12 Cordless 1/4” Litihium-Ion Ratchets


Category: Repair Information Sources

Company: Autodata Publications

Product:  Battery Replacement Reset Procedures manual and CD


Category: Scan Tools

Company: AutoEnginuity

Product: ScanTool Version 10


Category: Shop Equipment

Company: SP Tools

Product: 11000A Mobile Hydraulic Press


Category: Shop Environment

Company: New Pig Corporation

Product: PIG Grippy Mat


Category: Specialty Tools

Company: Snap-on

Product: Low Profile Pitman Arm Puller


Category: Suspension

Company: SP Tools

Product: 11100 Manual Bushing R&R Tool


Category: Tire, Wheel Service

Company: ATEQ

Product: TPMS Tire Inflator


Category: Tool Storage

Company: MAC Tools

Product: MB7432 Macsimizer Plus Tool Box


Category: Welding

Company: Elektron

Product:  MultiSpot MI-100control T spot welder