In any industry, there are key moments and recognitions that stand out from all the others. In the world of concrete and masonry, one of the noteworthy industry recognitions is the Most Innovative Products Award Program, sponsored by Hanley Wood, and offered through World of Concrete; an annual exhibition for concrete construction products. It is designed to specifically recognize innovation in product designs that better enhance the concrete and masonry experts in the field. With three awards offered in each of seven categories, the best of the best are represented at the exhibition each year.
This year’s World of Concrete trade show was no exception. With a variety of manufacturers taking part, the buzz on the conference floor was enthusiastic, says Jason Spangler, Sales Product Manager for Wagner Meters’ Rapid RH® line. “The MIP display this year was very well-done and the response was good.” With the new Rapid RH® DataMaster™ among the products nominated for the Most Innovative Products Award, the conversations around the booth were constant and lively. “The automated data recording and reporting capacity of the DataMaster™ seemed to strike the right chord for the flooring professionals looking to improve their testing and reporting,” says Spangler. Its touch-screen format and Bluetooth™-enabled reader combine known technologies for an innovative solution to data integrity.
Why is innovation so important?
“Obviously, it’s about what customers need,” says Ed Wagner, president and CEO of Wagner Meters. “They are always looking for better, more accurate, and more responsible ways to do their jobs. As the industry changes, the tools and resources they need to do their jobs well will also change, and we are here to provide the best possible solutions in the field.”
The original Rapid RH® is a prime example of Wagner Meters’ response to changes in the concrete industry. When a concrete moisture testing method, based on research begun in Sweden, began to show greater accuracy in determining slab moisture content than the industry standard test methods, Wagner Meters developed the Rapid RH® to provide concrete and flooring professionals a definitive tool for accurately testing the relative humidity in concrete slabs. The original Rapid RH® won a Most Innovative Product Award in 2006 as the industry recognized the advantage of a scientifically-based test method for concrete moisture measurement.
With over $500 million dollars being spent annually on flooring failure, the stakes for installers are still high. Therefore, Wagner Meters expanded the proven Rapid RH® line of products with the new Rapid RH® DataMaster™ and the related website, www.f2170reports.com for easy-to-operate tools and industry-compliant reporting. The DataMaster™ represents Wagner Meters’ solution to a directly-reported need from customers and industry professionals to ensure their RH testing data is tracked securely and accurately from the first reading to the final report.
In addition, those same professionals recognized the benefit of the new DataMaster™ for their industry. Through the votes cast by industry professionals, Wagner Meters’ Rapid RH® DataMaster™ received the Most Innovative Products Industry Choice Award for Concrete Construction Equipment at World of Concrete 2013.
“We’re very excited, and very honored, to receive this award again,” says Wagner. “The concrete and flooring industries have seen great changes and have taken great strides over the past decade, and we’re glad to be part of such an exciting time in the world of construction.”