The competition's 31 category winners were selected from a pool of more than 125 nominees. The final decision was made by an expert panel of ten judges representing electrical professionals from the engineering, contracting and plant facilities, and maintenance industries. Category winners were then featured on the EC&M website where readers voted to determine which products earned Platinum, Gold or Silver distinction in this year's awards.
Developed in response to the surge of consumer portable electronic devices that charge by means of a USB connection, Cooper Wiring Devices' Combination USB Charger with Tamper Resistant Receptacle is ideal for residential, commercial, educational, municipal and hospitality applications. The device provides a permanent and energy-efficient charging alternative to bulky adapters and computers. Compliant with the 2011 NEC®, the Receptacle's tamper resistant safety shutters also prevent the insertion of foreign objects.
"We are excited that the Combination USB Charger with Tamper Resistant Receptacle has been honored with a Platinum Product of the Year award in EC&M's 2012 competition," said Laura Ulz, President Cooper Wiring Devices. "Receiving this honor is further validation that our company remains committed to the continued development of innovative products."