The Grand Winner of the 2008 RER Innovative Product Award, the LiftPod from JLG Industries, is featured in the December issue of RER magazine along with the category winners. This year the awards showcase the most innovative products introduced between Aug. 1, 2007 and July 31, 2008.
A panel of nine industry experts narrowed the pool of entries to one winner in each of the 13 categories. The panelists were asked to refrain from voting in categories in which they had any partial interest. Then the panelists selected the product they felt was the most innovative in respect to the rental business from the 13 category winners.
The LiftPod is the first personal and portable aerial work platform on the market to combine the portability of a ladder with the stability of a work platform. It is powered with any common 18-volt drill or with an optional power pack. Its enclosed basket gives workers a 360-degree range of motion at a 14-foot working height. An attachable work tray stores usersâ€™ tools and materials, allowing them to work with both hands. A single person can assemble or disassemble it in less than 30 seconds. When disassembled, the LiftPod can be transported site-to-site in the back of a pick-up truck, van or SUV.
The 2008 Innovative Product Award Category Winners are:
- Compaction Equipment â€” Rammax Viper trench roller, Multiquip
- Compressors/Air Tools â€” M57 Mobilair Utility portable compressor
- Computer Software â€” Dispatch Center Module, Point-of-Rental Systems
- Concrete-Working Equipment â€” Four-Disc floor grinder, Edco
- Cutting/Drilling â€” Bolt on Rock Head (BoRH), Pengo
- Earthmoving Equipment â€” RTX100 pedestrian trencher, Vermeer Corp.
- Generators/Welders â€” Ingersoll Rand L20 light tower/generator, Doosan Infracore Portable Power
- Lawn and Garden Equipment â€” 1305BC brush cutter, Turf Teq
- Lifts â€” LiftPod, JLG Industries
- Material Handling â€” Super Jawz Grabbing Tool, Star Hill Solutions
- Miscellaneous â€” V Series vertical light tower, Allmand Bros.
- Power Tools â€” DCH300 electric diamond cutters, Hilti
- Technology Enhancements â€” AccuPlace with Ride Control Technology, JLG Industries
The RER Innovative Product Award, established in 2003, honors excellence in new product development in the equipment rental industry.