2014 Pittcon Editors' Awards videos – now available to view

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  • Published: Mar 11, 2014
  • Source: spectroscopyNOW / Pittsburgh Conference
  • Channels: Detectors / Ion Chromatography / Electrophoresis / Proteomics & Genomics / Sample Preparation / Laboratory Informatics / HPLC / Gas Chromatography / Raman / UV/Vis Spectroscopy / Chemometrics & Informatics / Base Peak / Proteomics / NMR Knowledge Base / X-ray Spectrometry / Infrared Spectroscopy / Atomic
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The 2014 Pittcon Editors' Awards videos for the most innovative product in show are now available to view in our Video Gallery.

Altenatively, you can view the awards directly from this page:

Gold Medal: DLP NIR Scan Technology,Texas Instruments

Silver Medal: Acquity QDa Mass Detector, Waters Corporation

Bronze Medal: CESI 8000, High Perfomance Separation-ESI Module, AB SCIEX

About the Pittcon Editors' Award

Pittcon® offers many different award ceremonies for outstanding scientific achievement to members of the scientific community; however, there is only one award for innovations in instrumentation. The prestigious Pittcon Editors’ Awards are becoming more and more popular each year as exhibiting companies vie for the Gold, Silver, or Bronze. These independent awards, which represent the results of an informal poll of leading editors in the industry, have become an important feature of Pittcon, the world’s largest annual conference and exposition for laboratory science.

Pittcon organizers and onsite press room staff totally support this endeavor by providing the venue and promotion for the awards, but have no involvement in the actual process. The entire process, from nominations and voting to the award selections, are completely run by the journalists. Instrument News Editorial Board Member Eileen Skelly Frame observed that she gets pleasure out of finding new equipment—“When you see it, you know it!”

The Editors’ Awards, established in 1996 by Dr. Gordon Wilkinson, Managing Editor of Analytical Instrument Industry Report (later Instrumenta), were established because of the challenge that journalists faced to effectively cover the exposition given the enormity of the event. The journalists believed they could do a better job of covering Pittcon by working collectively than by trying to do it all individually. This initiative would also prove to give the press a cohesive voice and enhance the relationship between the media and exhibiting companies. The awards are not funded by any organization; the expenses, such as the cost of the plaques which were originally designed by Gordon Wilkinson, are covered by the judging editors.

The award process is very straightforward. For a product to be considered for the award, the requirements are 1) it must be the first time it is on display at a Pittcon exposition, and 2) it must be a functioning instrument. Typically, winning products feature innovations in technology or industrial design or may enable new analytical applications. During the four-day exposition, accredited media representatives, of whom there are more than 150 per year from all over the world, can be seen navigating the crowds, walking with purpose in and out of numerous booths, moving up and down the 10-foot aisles, and evaluating hundreds of new products from leading companies. Each press member is invited to submit up to three new products on a nomination form provided on registration in the onsite Media Center. On Wednesday, the next-to-the-last day of the show, editors are invited to attend a judging session where the entries undergo an intense review process before the winners are selected.

Marian Nardozzi
Senior Marketing Communications Specialist
Pittsburgh Conference

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