The National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) last week recognized Dometic Environmental Corporation for introducing one of the most innovative new products for the U.S. boating industry.
Dometic’s new Turbo marine air conditioning system was one of ten new products to receive NMMA Innovation Awards at the International Boatbuilders’ Exhibition and Conference (IBEX). The Innovation Awards are organized by NMMA and judged by a panel of experts from Boating Writers International (BWI).
The Turbo product won the Innovation Award for the Mechanical Systems category. The product, marketed under Dometic’s Marine Air and Cruisair brands, was unveiled earlier this year at the Miami International Boat Show.
“Turbo was the result of a major R&D program, in which our engineering team used Design for Six Sigma tools to reinvent the self-contained marine air conditioning unit from the inside out,” said Frank Marciano, president of Dometic Environmental Corporation. “We reduced unit height by up to 17 percent, decreased amperage draw by up to 27 percent and reduced standing water in the condensate drain pan by up to 85 percent.”
James Barron, one of the BWI judges, commented, “This is a prime example of a manufacturer that listened to its customer feedback and retooled the product accordingly. The Turbo system has a greater efficiency, faster install time and a higher BTU rating, not to mention it’s quieter to run and dramatically reduces unit vibrations.” Barron is the technical editor and writer for Trailer Boats magazine.
The other judges on the panel were Roger Marshall, U.S. editor of The Yacht Report; Dean Travis Clarke, executive editor of Sport Fishing, Fly Fishing in Salt Waters and Marlin magazines, and host of Sport Fishing Magazine TV; Jan Mundy, editor of DIY Boat Owner; Marilyn Mower, editor of Southern Boating and Marine Business Journal; Lenny Rudow, senior technical editor of Boating; and Alan Wendt, editor of Marine CEO.
Innovation Awards recognize products that best meet the following criteria: innovative distinction from other products currently being manufactured, benefit to the marine industry and/or consumer, practicality and cost-effectiveness. Award-winning products must also be available to the market within 60 days of award receipt.