The LEAP (Engineering Leadership Program) Awards celebrate the most innovative and advanced products serving the design engineering space. This dynamic competition awards the most innovative designed products / components in several of our leading brands: The world of design, The world of Fluid Power, Fastener engineeringand EE world.

Documents for the LEAP Awards for 2022 are accepted from today, May 2, 2022, c this site.

This year’s categories are:

Additive production
Advanced materials
Built-in calculations
Fastening technology
Industrial automation
Movement control
Power electronics
Switches and sensors and
Testing and measurement.

Submissions must be new products that are commercially available in the United States and were released on January 1, 2021, and have not previously been included in the LEAP Awards. If the product is derived from a past component, the updates made in the design and function must be significant. All statements become the property of WTWH Media LLC and the company reserves the right to publish information in each of its media. The deadline for participation is June 24, 2022, and the participation fee is $ 325.

Late entries (please note that the fee jumps to $ 450 for late entries) will be accepted until July 22, 2022.

The best suggestions will include or address the following:

• Basic product description in 250 words.
• Product photo with high resolution (300 dpi) and accompanying information sheet.
• List of ideal product applications.
• Details of any patents.
• Description of the purpose of the product. What problem does it solve? How does it improve with older products / from what did it develop? How is it different from competing products? What are the advantages?
• Information about the development process. Was there any kind of customer contribution or beta testing? Were there any technical innovations involved in product development?
• Description of product design aspects. What were the engineering tools or processes used in the development?
• Outline how an engineer will refine his machines, equipment or product designs as a result of this component or product. What value does it provide to the end user or users? How much is this product changing the industry or setting a benchmark?


The world of design

Additive production: This category focuses on machines that build parts – usually with 3D printing layer by layer. Records may include higher-end desktop variants of these machines. Submitted materials may include technologies and machines that use layer-by-layer construction by extrusion, photopolymerization in a bathtub, various forms of laser sintering, various forms of powder bed, jet blasting, and some forms of lamination.

Advanced materials: Introduce innovative materials here that improve design or increase design flexibility for engineers. This category also includes lubricants and additives.

Industrial automation: This category is for components and services that perform or suggest system-level functions and provide machines with advanced networking and connectivity; energy management; safety; transmission and management of information at system and operational level; and other IoT capabilities. For motors, we recommend this category for automation if the leading characteristics of the motor are related to ease of integration (with controls and drives); sophistication in flexibility (in terms of acceptable inputs and outputs); or maintaining centralized, decentralized and distributed control.

mechanical: This category includes bearings, gears, pulleys, clutches, brakes, gears and other power transmission components. We recommend that you include motors in this category if their innovative characteristics are mechanical in nature – related to integrated gearing or sealing; advanced body or material geometry; compactness or specialization, allowing creative installations; or other design features aimed at increasing efficiency, strength and serviceability.

Movement control: This category is for components that improve the moving axes of the machine. Introduce intelligent electronic components such as controllers, encoders, drives, stepper drives, servo drives and other components for which e-government is an integral part of their work.

software: Submissions here should be for design automation software, not focused on EE. Suitable records include CAD, CAM, simulation software and additive manufacturing.

Switches and sensors: Entries in this category must be feedback devices, including mechanical switches and photoelectric sensors, proximity sensors, reel and Hall effect. Documents sent may include devices for measuring pressure, speed, temperature and vibration, vision systems and terminals.

Fastener engineering

Fastening technology: Enter products used specifically to attach or join parts in a system. This category includes ultrasonic welding technology, adhesives, fasteners, hinges, springs, sockets, washers and more.

The world of Fluid Power

hydraulics: This category focuses on components and subsystems for hydraulic motion control, including but not limited to pumps, motors, cylinders, valves, hoses, sensor technology, HPUs, batteries, filtering and sealing technologies. Please do not enter a process control component.

pneumatics: This category focuses on components and subsystems for pneumatic motion control, including but not limited to air compressors, cylinders, valves, hoses, sensor technology, FRL, vacuum grippers, suction cups, pumps and other lifting devices. Please do not enter a process control component.

EE world

connectivity: In this category, introduce interconnection technologies ranging from wires, cables, and connectors. Cables: Industrial traffic control cables, optical cables, data, power and network projects. Connectors: ranging from PCB level designs to robust industrial round, rectangular types of plugs and sockets. It also includes cable assemblies, bundles and protective devices such as bushings, cable glands and more.

Built-in calculations: This category is for microcontrollers (MCUs) or microprocessors (MPUs) or other specially designed chips and supporting software in ROM (read-only memory) that includes built-in calculations. Also included are development tools and operating systems, computer boards, systems and components, storage, and wired and wireless connectivity, including IoT and IIoT.

Power electronics: In this category, enter AC-DC, DC-DC power supplies, transistors, and any other power electronic circuits, components, or components used in power electronics, including battery and battery management.

Test and measurement: This category is for test and measurement equipment commonly used by design and development engineers engaged in product design and development. Do not enter equipment that is usually only on production and assembly lines or that is used outside of engineering settings.

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