PTEN announces winners of 2013 Innovation Awards

Professional Tool & Equipment News magazine has announced the winners of the 2013 Innovation Awards. This year, the publication received more than 80 product nominations. 

Evaluated by a panel of judges consisting of technicians and shop owners, the PTEN Innovation Awards recognize the most innovative products introduced in the last year to the automotive aftermarket. These tools, introduced or significantly updated within the last year, are evaluated based on their ability make vehicle diagnosis and repair easier and more efficient, and make shops more productive.

Nominees were featured in the April and May 2013 issues of PTEN.  (View a full list of the 2013 PTEN Innovation Award nominees.) Winners can also be found in the June issue of PTEN.

Air Conditioning                               

Lock Technology Inc.

LT991- Hollow End Line Taps


Air Tools                              

Lock Technology Inc.

LT1800- 4 Pc Impact Drivers


Battery Starting/Charging                            

Midtronics, Inc.

GRX-5100 EV/HEV Battery Service Tool



Bar's Products

Rislone Gasoline Fuel System Treatment No. 4700


Computers & Software                

Inspection Connection

ProSpec Inspection Software


Diagnostic Test Equipment         

AESwave (Automotive Electronics Services, Inc.)

uActivate - Ulitmate Circuit Breakout Box       


Electrical Systems                           

Matco Tools

TH209 Professional Circuit and Parasitic Drain Tester           


Fluid Exchange                 

Link New Tech

PXA9 Transmission Flush


Hand Tools                

Knipex Tools



Heavy Duty                        

Thexton Manufacturing

DEF-Chek Tester         


Inspection Tools, Lab Scopes     


BK8000 Wireless Digital Inspection Scope


Jacks & Stands                  


ProGear Topside Creeper (No. 3-700)   


Leak Detection                 

Global Leak Detection

Pop-it Capless Double Door Fuel Neck Adapter



Rotary Lift

Spotline laser spotting guide




Rechargeable Lithium Ion Work Light (CTLED7850)


Oil & Lube                          

SKF/Lincoln Industrial 

18V Lithium-Ion PowerLuber


Power Tools                      


ARI2044B Li-ion 18V 3/8" Angle Impact Wrench with Digital Clutch   


Repair Information Sources        

Autodata Publications

Quick Reference Pro 


Safety Equipment                           

New Pig Corporation

PIG Battery Acid Spill Kit in See-Thru Bin


Scan Tools                          

Drew Technologies

MongoosePro GM II


Shop Equipment                             

Snap-on Equipment

Integrity Test Drive


Specialty Tools                 

Innova Electronics Corp (Equus)

Digital Compression Tester 5612              


Tire, Wheel Service                        

Snap-on Equipment

John Bean AC400 Touchless Wheel Clamp


Tool Accessories                              

Big Gator Tools

V-Drill and V-Tap Guides


Tool Storage                      


Diagnostic Mobile Workstation


View a full list of the 2013 PTEN Innovation Award winners.

The PTEN and staff will be holding the annual awards ceremony on the show floor of the AAPEX Show in Las Vegas this November. Look for more coverage of the 2013 PTEN Innovation Awards and the AAPEX Show this fall.