PTEN magazine has announced the winners of the 2014 Innovation Awards. This year, the publication received more than 92 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 May and June 2014 issues of PTEN. (View a full list of the 2013 PTEN Innovation Award nominees.) Winners can also be found in the August issue of PTEN.
Air Conditioning: Airsept, Inc. Smart Splice Ultimate Line Repair Kit
Air Tools: Chicago Pneumatic CP7732 "Stubby" 1/2" Impact Wrench
Battery Starting / Charging Equipment: Midtronics, Inc. DSS-7000 Battery Diagnostic Service System
Body Shop: Master Appliance Corp. Master Proheat STC Heat Gun
Brake Service: Bosch Automotive Service Solutions OTC Brake Caliper Pin/Bolt Remover
Education & Training: Automotive Lift Institute (ALI) ALI Lift Inspector Certification Program
Electrical Systems: Bosch Automotive Service Solutions OTC CrimPro 4-in-1 Angled Wire Tool
Engine Service & Repair: Bosch Automotive Service Solutions OTC Ford Spark Plug Remover Set
Fluid Exchange: Link New Tech Qwik Draw QD7S Stationary Coolant Flush & Exchange machine
Hand Tools: Snap-on Tools Flip Socket - S6810
Heavy Duty: Redline Detection HD PowerSmoke
Inspection Tools, Lab Scopes: Snap-on Tools True Digital Video Borescope - BK6500
Leak Detection: Redline Detection Easy Intake
Lifts: Rotary Lift AR18 Four-Post Alignment Lift
Lighting: Lumen LED DropLED Pro
Oil and Lube: Bosch Automotive Service Solutions OTC Drain Plug PRO Kit
Power Tools: Ingersoll Rand R3130 3/8" 20V Cordless Ratchet Wrench
Repair Information Sources: Chief Automotive Technologies Thunderbolt Specifications
Scan Tools: Launch Tech USA GOLO OBD Interface
Shop Equipment: Schley Products Inc. 11015 Extender Arm for 11000A
Specialty Tools: Airsept, Inc. Door Lock Acutator
Tire, Wheel Service: Hunter Engineering Revolution Tire Changer
Tool Accessories: Brown Line Metalworks, LLC Digital Angle Gauge
Tool Storage: ToolLodge Tool Drawer Organizer
The PTEN and VehicleServicePros.com 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 2014 PTEN Innovation Awards and the AAPEX Show this fall.