FRANKLIN, Mass., Sept. 19, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Dynisco Plastics Division has won a Gold Stevie® Award for development of the Vertex™ Mercury-Free Pressure Sensor. The sensor was entered in the New Product or Service of the Year – Industrial Products & Services category of the 2013 American Business Awards. Dynisco also won a Silver Stevie for Most Innovative Tech Company of the Year - Up to 2,500 Employees. The prizes were presented at a banquet held September 16, in San Francisco.
In giving Dynisco its highest award in the category, the independent panel of judges acknowledged that the Vertex Mercury-Free Pressure Sensor sets a new, higher standard of control for melt pressure in plastics extruders.
Dynisco's selection as a Silver Award winner for Most Innovative Tech Company of the Year arises out of their use of an innovative new-product-development approach called Simply Complex™. Developed in-house by Dynisco, the process challenges complexity wherever it resides and was employed first in the development of the Vertex sensor.
A mercury-free approach to pressure sensing has been the plastics industry's "Holy Grail" for decades. Several companies, including Dynisco, tried alternative approaches but none caught on because of the challenging extrusion application, which can involve caustic and abrasive materials and temperatures as high as 750 degrees F. Even though mercury is a known environmental hazard, the industry steadfastly resisted attempts to eliminate it. Since Vertex is a drop-in replacement for existing sensors, the last barrier to removing toxic mercury from this application has been removed.
"Too often, I think people assume that innovation comes only from young, start-up companies," says Matthew Carrara, VP & GM, Dynisco Plastics. "We're proud that Dynisco flies in the face of that conventional wisdom. We are a 65-year-old company that is both experienced and innovative, and to have our efforts validated this way is very gratifying."
The American Business Awards are the nation's premier business awards program. More than 3,200 nominations from organizations of all sizes and in virtually every industry were submitted this year. www.StevieAwards.com.
Headquartered in Franklin, MA, Dynisco is the leading provider of accurate, robust and reliable measurement and control solutions for extrusion and other plastics processes where pressure and temperature are critical. The Dynisco Plastics Segment is part of a global organization providing sensing technologies, control equipment and analytical instrumentation for a wide range of industrial applications. www.dynisco.com.