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Golden Mousetrap 2009 Finalists

Golden Mousetrap 2009 Finalists
Design News' Golden Mousetrap Awards highlight the best and brightest engineering innovations of the past year, as well as creativity in product design.
This year, awards were given in five major categories - Electronics, Motion Control/Automation, Rapid Prototyping, Hardware and Software, and Materials/Fastening, Joining & Assembly - and in 20 subcategories.
Our editors poured over the record numbers of entries we received and painstakingly selected 23 winners and 71 finalists, listed below.
Click on the category names below to learn more about each product.
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CATEGORY

PRODUCT

COMPANY

ELECTRONICS

Analog Control
AD9272 Octal Ultrasound Receiver
Analog Devices Inc.
  CSS555C Micro Power 555 Timer
Custom Silicon Solutions Inc.
  DAC9881 Digital-to-Analog Converter
Texas Instruments Inc.
Components, Hardware & Interconnect
AD926x ADC Family
Analog Devices Inc.
  IQ 1030 Toggle Switch Sealing Boot
APM Hexseal
 BeagleBoard
BeagleBoard.org
 Wi-Fi Data Acquisition (DAQ) Devices
National Instruments Corp.
 OLED SmartSwitch/ISC 15ANP4
NKK Switches
 R4-EM Electronic Rotary Latch
Southco
Digital Control/Embedded Computing
MontaVista Montabello
MontaVista Software Inc.
Power Management & Control
ADP1043 Digital PWM Digital Power Controller
Analog Devices Inc.
 3RHP Series Hybrid Solid State Contactor
CST-Crydom Inc.
 FAN9612 Interleaved Dual BCM PFC Controller
Fairchild Semiconductor Inc.
 SentryFlow 9150 Security Processor
Hifn/Exar
 LM3445 TRIAC Dimmable LED Driver
National Semiconductor Corp.
Sensors & Vision Urea-Dosing Sensor
Kavlico
 Inclinometer
TURCK Inc.
 Weld Nut Sensor
TURCK Inc.
Test & Measurement
ProLine Panelboard
ABB Inc.
 16962A Logic Analysis Module
Agilent
 DigRF V4 Analyzer/Exerciser
Agilent
 N5455A Mask/Waveform Limit Testing
Agilent
 PCI Express Jammer In-Line Error Injection Tool
Agilent
 Expert I/O 1000
Dajac Inc.

MATERIALS

 
Fastening, Joining & Assembly Components
D-Locknut
Asymmetric Fasteners Inc.
 Bernard HD Q and S Series MIG GunDesign Integrity Inc.
 PEM C.A.P.S. (colored access panel screws)
PennEngineering
Other Materials
DataCELL Foundation Fieldbus M-EZ Cables
Northwire Inc.

RAPID PROTOTYPING

 
Rapid Prototyping Tools
MechaWare 3.0 Mechatronic Toolkit
Kollmorgen Electro-Optical

MOTION CONTROL/AUTOMATION

 
Amplifiers & Drives
MicroDrive MD Plus
Dart Controls Inc.
Controllers
EZ4AXIS Stepper Motor
AllMotion
 C2 Proportional System Controller
Enfield Technologies
 RIO-47xxx Pocket PLC
Galil Motion Control Inc.
 Aries Controller, AR-xxCE
Parker Hannifin Corp.
 Allen-Bradley CompactLogix L23 PACs
Rockwell Automation Inc.
Feedback DevicesOmnicoder Dynamic Resolution Encoder
BEI Industrial Encoders
Motors/Mechanical Components
AGS15000 Cartesian Gantry System
Aerotech Inc.
 ANT95-XY Dual-Axis Stage
Aerotech Inc.
 LaserTurn®1 Laser Machining System
Aerotech Inc.
 Dodge Hydraulic ISAF Pillow Block
Baldor Electric Co.
 HammerSchmidt Shifting System
Design Integrity Inc.
 EasyTrax 0320 Cable & Hose Carrier
KabelSchlepp America Inc.
 Signature Series, 3709 Stepper Motors
Lin Engineering
 Gen II Planetary Gearheads
Parker Hannifin Corp.
 Athlonix High-Power Density Brush DC Motors
Portescap
 DualVee® Washdown Wheels
Bishop-Wisecarver Corp.
Automation
Geared PRT Slewing Ring Bearing
igus Inc.
 OCB100 Auto Calibration
TT electronics OPTEK Technology
 IM151-8 PN/DP Controller
Siemens Energy & Automation Corp.
 Robotic Truck Loader (RTL)
Wynright Inc.
 MLA Mini-Actuator
PBC Linear
 AS-Interface Safety at Work Gen II Safety Monitor
Pepperl+Fuchs GmbH
Fluid Power Connectors & Components
PRD3HP Pressure Regulator
Beswick Engineering Co. Inc.
 GH100 Fuel Hose
Eaton Corp.
 ChloritrolTMFluid Metering Inc.
 LifeGuardTM Line-of-Sight Sleeving System Gates Corp.
 Heated Hose
Gates Corp.
 G3 Fieldbus Electronics
Numatics Inc.
 SmartActuator - ICR Basic and ICR Plus
Tolomatic Inc.

HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE

 
Analysis & Calculation Software
TurboGrid Release 12.0 (ATM) Technology
ANSYS Inc.
 WEBENCH® Sensor Designer
National Semiconductor Corp.
CAD Software
Adobe Acrobat 9 Pro Extended
Adobe Systems Inc.
 Autodesk Inventor 2010
Autodesk Inc.
 WEBENCH® Sensor Designer
National Semiconductor Corp.
 FreeForm Modeling PlusTM Version 10
SensAble Technologies Inc.
 SolidWorks® 2009
Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.
 PCB123TM Version 3.2 with LiveBOM Functionality
Sunstone Circuits
Hardware
CAPTURE 100 Digital Display
AccelerOptics LLC
 The Cube
GestureTek Inc.
 iDLMax
MaxID
 PowerChamp PM37223 Power SuppliesPioneer Magnetics
 SIMATIC HMI Pro Panels
Siemens Energy & Automation Corp.
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