(company with more than 250 employees)
AWARD CRITERIA:A qualified Nominee is a company WITH MORE THAN 250 EMPLOYEES that has designed, developed and produced a technology-based product. Through this product the company has shown success in addressing an industry need or market niche.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE 2011 TECHCOLUMBUS INNOVATION AWARD WINNER!
David R. Mirth, Director and EcoTouch® Product Development Team
EcoTouch insulation is a new fiber glass insulation product that was launched by Owens Corning in late 2010 and early 2011. Owens Corning is a leading global producer of residential and commercial building materials, glass-fiber reinforcements and engineered materials for composite systems, with sales of $5.0 billion in 2010 and about 15,000 employees in 28 countries on five continents. EcoTouch was developed at Owens Corning’s Science and Technology center in Granville, Ohio. It represents a unique combination of total product performance (preferred by 2 out of 3 professional insulation installers) and sustainable product attributes (99% natural, 58% recycled content, GREENGUARD Children and Schools certified for indoor air quality and verified to be formaldehyde-free). EcoTouch sales have exceeded $200 million to date, and it has received national recognition as an innovative building materials product, including being ranked among the top five best new products of 2011 by Professional Builder and Professional Remodeler magazines, and being the first fiberglass insulation to be certified by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) as a Biobased product.
Battelle Memorial Institute
Andrew P. Bartko, Senior Research Scientist
Battelle is the world’s largest non-profit, independent research and development organization. It generates innovative products and solutions through four global businesses: Health and Life Sciences, National Security, Energy Technology and Laboratory Management. By leveraging its broad spectrum of capabilities and expertise in science, technology and leadership, Battelle has developed the Resource Effective Bio-Identification System, also known as REBS.
REBS significantly decreases the time required to detect and identify problems in manufacturing processes. Identification that typically requires days now requires just minutes. This breakthrough development offers: 1) a unique combination of identification and detection; 2) single cell sensitivity; 3) non-destructive detection that allows for secondary confirmation; and 4) an extensible and customizable library.
Craig Courtney, Principal Architect, EA Labs Team
Cardinal Health, Inc. is a Fortune 19 company that improves the cost-effectiveness of healthcare. As the business behind healthcare, Cardinal Health helps pharmacies, hospitals and ambulatory care sites focus on patient care while reducing costs, improving efficiency and quality, and increasing profitability. InfusaTrack is an Infusion Suite management solution for rheumatology clinics. InfusaTrack allows clinics to track incoming patients from point of prescription of treatment through to billing and keep track of complicated patient specific inventory.
Commercial Vehicle Group
Jerry Armstrong, President of Cab Structures and Trim Systems
Commercial Vehicle Group, Inc. is a leading supplier of fully integrated system solutions for the global commercial vehicle market, including the heavy-duty truck market, the construction and agriculture markets, the specialty and military transportation markets. The company has an array of research and development tools to aide CVG as it works with its customers toward design improvements, vehicle performance, operator safety and comfort.
FlameTEK is a flame self-extinguishing interior trim product. It is the result of extensive research and development efforts of CVG to solve the many challenges faced by soldiers inside a military vehicle. FlameTEK forms a protected interior covering and shields the occupants from flames, toxic smoke inhalation, extensive noise and heat. It is ideally suited for all military, passenger bus, rail, aviation, marine and commercial vehicle applications. In addition to being self-extinguishing (material exceeds UL94-V0), this new trim technology offers enhanced safety for the passengers of the vehicle which include acoustical benefits as well as increased thermal performance to improve HVAC operation which also leads to reduction in fuel consumption.
Dr. Anne Berthereau, Georg Adolph, Dr. Eric Dallies, Dr Chris Skinner, Dr. Richard Veit
Owens Corning, a $5 billion sales company headquartered in Toledo is the #1 supplier to the wind industry with a full range of glass fibers and woven solutions. In 2010, a new glass fabric solution for making lighter, longer and stiffer wind blades has been introduced as Ultrablade. Wind Blades are indeed made from resins reinforced by glass tissues also called fabrics obtained by weaving of glass fibers (the core competency of Owens Corning). This Ultrablade Innovation is the combination of 3 innovations: a new High Modulus glass fiber, an improved compatibility between resins and glass, and a new fabric design.
Ultrablade helps designers develop lighter longer blades exceeding 60 m long, increased lifetime up to several decades. The result of this technology is up to 20 % cost material saving, making the wind energy not only a clean source of energy, but also a cost effective one. Ultrablade is a proven wind energy solution allowing Owens Corning to capture significant incremental sales, securing a leading position as supplier of Wind Energy.
Doug Hazelman, VP, Product Strategy & Chief Evangelist
Veeam is a self-funded, rapidly growing company based in Columbus that develops management, backup and recovery software for virtual environments. The trend toward virtualization is an IT transformation on the scale of past innovations such as client-server computing and the advent of the PC. Veeam is adding about 1,500 new customers per month, with more than 30,000 total customers worldwide. The company currently employs nearly 600 people globally. Veeams rapid growth is due to its constant innovation in response to customer feedback.
Customer input has helped Veeam develop several patent-pending capabilities for its flagship product, Veeam Backup & Replication v5. These new features help companies’ IT departments to recover virtual servers in minutes, as opposed to the hours of downtime associated with traditional physical backup software, which can cripple productivity. Visit www.veeam.com or follow @veeam on Twitter for more.