PTEN magazine has announced the winners of the 2018 Innovation Awards. This year, the publication received a total of 142 product nominations. Top products in 27 categories have been recognized.
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 2018 issues of Professional Distributor and PTEN magazines. Winners can also be found in the August issues of Professional Distributor and PTEN.
Air Conditioning Service: Bosch Robinair - LD7 Premium Refrigerant Leak Detector
Air Tools: Mac Tools - Heavy Duty Geared Air Saw, No. MPS1911
Battery Service Equipment: Midtronics, Inc - Battery Diagnostic Service System, No. DSS-5000
Body Shop: Bartec USA - LLCQST250 Parking Sensor Tool
Brake Service: Sp Tools/Schley Products Inc. - Toyota Parking Brake Tool, No. 14150
Chemicals: Snap-on Tools - 4-Pack Black Cherry Hand Cleaner, No. WOD1125ACSA
Computers and Software: ALLDATA Corp. - ALLDATA Collision Advantage
Diagnostic Test Equipment: Snap-On Diagnostics - ZEUS
Diagnostics, Heavy Duty: TEXA USA - AXONE HD
Electrical Systems: Snap-on Tools - Digital Multimeter, Circuit Tester and "Y" Terminal Master Kit, No. EEDMCT-KIT
Engine Service and Repair: Sp Tools/Schley Products Inc.- Sensor Socket Set, No.15300-EGT
Hand Tools: Sp Tools/Schley Products Inc. - Diesel DEF Tube Release Forks, No. 15200
Inspection Tools, Lab Scopes: Snap-On Tools - Video Inspection Scope, No. BK3000
Leak Detection: Bosch - HPT 500 High-Pressure Diagnostic Leak Tester
Lifts, Jacks and Stands: Rotary Lift - Mach Flex powered by RedFire
Lighting: Streamlight, Inc. - Stinger Switchblade
Oil and Lube: Lumax, LLC - Heavy Duty Quick-Release Grease Coupler, No. LX-1403
Personal Gear: Snap-On Tools - Heated Hoodie, No. SSX17P111
Power Tools: Snap-On Tools - 3/8" Drive Cordless Long-Neck Ratchet, No. CTR767
Repair Information: Mitchell 1 - ProDemand 1Search Plus
Scan Tools: ALLDATA Corp. - ALLDATA Diagnostics
Shop Equipment: Hunter Engineering Company - AutoComp Elite Brake Lathe
Specialty Tools: Lisle Corporation - Oil Filter Plug for Cummins, No. 57180
Tire, Wheel Service: Lock Technology - German Vehicle Rotating Ring Lug Nut Removal Kit, No. LT4569
Tool Accessories: Cal-Van Tools - Versa Drive 2 in 1 adapters
Tool Storage: Milwaukee Tool - PACKOUT Modular Storage System
Welding: DentFix Equipment - EZ Nitro Plastic Welder Kit, No. DF-EZN1G
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 2018 PTEN Innovation Awards and the AAPEX Show this fall.