Ferret Tools, a multi award-winning technology company headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand who design and manufacture new innovative solutions in smart inspection camera technology for the electrical and cabling industry, has been recognized by the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) for a Showstopper Award in Nashville USA at the 2021 Convention.
The NECA Showstopper Awards highlight the best new products and services that make a real difference on the job for electrical contractors.
A Ferret is a small compact inspection camera that allows the user to see and access dark, hard to reach spaces and find and pull in cables easier, faster, and safer. You can attach it to a glow rod or fish stick and the Ferret slides easily into tight spaces, wall cavities, ceilings, under floors or anywhere where access is hard to reach, and visibility can be difficult for the electrical contractor and for other trades.
The Showstopper Showcase and Awards is the USA’s electrical industry’s longest running award showcase. The Showstopper Showcase and Awards is designed to identify the newest innovations in products and services for electrical construction professionals. The Showcase gives attendees a chance to explore the newest products available, while a panel of expert judges determine the winners based on a variety of set criteria. The Showcase is held annually and features new products from small manufacturers to large corporations, designed to enhance the efficiency, productivity and successes for electrical contractors. This year’s Showcase took place at the Music Centre Convention in Nashville. While more than 200 products were submitted to the Showcase, only 25 could actually win.
Selected from a diverse range of products the Ferret Tools team were proud to be recognised alongside the best and well-known brands in the industry with their entry - the Ferret Plus.
The 25 winners of the NECA Showstopper Awards were announced on Sunday, October 10. The award was presented by Denis O’Malley from Electrical Contractors Magazine to Patrick Bergin, Ferret Tools VP of Sales – North America and David Lopez Head of International Sales. David flew out especially from New Zealand to attend the tradeshow and receive the award. Patrick and David conducted demos of all the new products during the tradeshow.
Winning Innovation – Ferret Plus
Their award-winning Ferret Plus model provides the ultimate innovation in inspection camera and cable pulling technology. The Ferret Plus features include built-in (on board) memory and the first ever non-contact voltage detector that is not handheld to help detect live cables from a greater reach than ever before. It comes in a compact case with a variety of accessories to support user flexibility and functionality. This is a perfect tool for someone who loves having the latest technology to help work easier, faster and safer. The Ferret Plus is ideal for pulling cables in faster and for supporting visual inspections, cable installations, maintenance and repair work.
The other products in the new range includes - the Ferret Lite, the Ferret Pro. If the user wants a general-purpose inspection camera and likes to keep things simple, the Lite model is the ideal cost-effective solution. If they’re looking for a professional and durable inspection tool the Pro features an App controlled variable focus lens and super-fast charge and if the user loves having the latest technology with all the bells and whistles, the Ferret Plus is the ultimate inspection solution.
Designed and engineered to support electricians on the job, the Ferret range is versatile and easy to use productivity solution. Wirelessly linked to a smart phone the Ferret encourages an efficient and safer work environment.
“Winning the 2021 NECA Showstopper award for our Ferret Plus is a great acknowledgement of the focus from the Ferret Tools to drive the future of innovation of inspection camera technology for the industry. We look forward to continuing to listen to our customers and their challenges so we can continue to evolve our inspection tool technology with new functionality and performance to make those day-to-day visual inspections and cabling much easier, safer and more efficient. We wish to thank the judges, the industry and our customers for their support and for the recognition of what we are doing to help make a difference." - Therese McNaughten VP Head of Marketing & Brand Strategy
An ideal must have tool for every electrician, cable installer or data/telecom technician to carry in their tool pouch. While their primary market is the electrical industry, due to its versatility and functionality the Ferret has universal appeal across a wide range of trades including Home Inspections, Plumbing, Building, HVAC, Chimney Sweeps, Marine, Pest Control, and more.
The National Electrical Contractors Association is a trade association in the United States that represents the $171 billion/year electrical contracting industry. NECA supports and is the voice of the businesses that bring power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities. NECA represents electrical contractors from firms of all sizes performing a range of services. NECA holds an annual Tradeshow which includes a Showstopper Showcase and Awards program. This is the electrical industry’s longest running recognition award showcase which has been running for over 30 years. The Showstopper Showcase and Awards is designed to identify the newest innovations in products and services for electrical construction professionals. www.necashow.org
About Ferret Tools
Ferret Tools (rebranded from Cable Ferret) are an award-winning technology company headquartered in Auckland, New Zealand, who design and manufacture new innovative solutions in smart inspection camera technology for the electrical and cabling industry as well as for other trades.
The company is passionate and committed to creating reliable, useful, durable inspection cameras packed with the latest technology to support easier, faster, and safer visual inspections, cable installations, maintenance and repair work. The Ferret is a versatile, easy to use solution that is linked wirelessly to a smart phone. Ferret launched the world's first combination compact wireless rechargeable inspection camera and cable pulling tool in 2018 with the original Ferret WiFi model. Its innovation and design were accoladed, winning a total of six electrical and cabling industry awards in both the US and the UK throughout 2019-2020. Ferret Exports to AU, UK, EU, US, Canada, and Japan.
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