Sports Turf Managers Association Names 2018 ‘Innovative Award’ Winner
December 18, 2018
Autonomous Mower Is Eight Times More Efficient Than Traditional Units
(LAWRENCE, Kan.) – Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) – the organization for 2,700 men and women professionals overseeing sports fields worldwide and critical to athlete safety – names ECHO Robotics its “Innovative Award” winner for their Autonomous Mower TM-2000.
The self-driving, self-charging, self-sufficient unit mows up to five acres of turf efficiently and quietly while finely mulching clippings to promote turf health. Saving time and labor for facility managers, it can be remotely commanded while monitoring performance via a web platform and mobile app. According to independent studies, its energy costs are eight times lower than traditional mowers. Boasting a 2:1 mowing to recharging ratio, it can mow approximately 16 hours a day (rain or shine) and can be scheduled to operate around field usage and watering cycles.
“As sports turf managers are tasked with more duties and greater responsibility, time becomes their most precious commodity,” says Kim Heck, CAE, CEO of STMA. “The TM-2000 allows sports turf managers to save time, money and resources.”
The “Innovative Awards Program” recognizes STMA commercial company members who’ve developed a product, service, equipment or technology that substantially enhances the efficiency and effectiveness of the sports turf manager and / or makes the playing surfaces safer and / or more playable for athletes. Chosen by STMA’s Innovative Awards Task Group, entries are evaluated on a wide range of qualities including whether or not they fill a need; are creative; save time and resources; are cutting-edge; make a task easier or more productive; improve quality; protect the environment and improve efficiency.
For more than 40 years, ECHO Incorporated has been a worldwide leader in the development and manufacture of professional-grade, hand-held outdoor power equipment. The TM-2000 is one example of a long line of breakthrough technologies introduced by ECHO. Their latest achievement is the world’s most powerful backpack blower, the PB-8010. The product’s high performance is complemented by its reduced weight, a result of the first implementation of carbon fiber components.
“At ECHO, we pride ourselves on creating revolutionary high-performance products,” says Joe Fahey, Vice President of ECHO Robotics. “Thank you to the Sports Turf Managers Association for this prestigious award, we’re honored to play a part in enhancing the sports turf industry.”
First presented in 2011, recent “Innovative Award” winners include Royse Green Industries (2016), New Ground Technology (2017) and The Perfect Mound (2018).
STMA is the non-profit, professional association for men and women who manage sports fields worldwide. Since 1981, it has provided education, information and practical knowledge in the art and science of sports field management. More than 2,700 members across 34 local chapters oversee facilities at schools, colleges and universities, parks and recreational facilities, and professional sports stadiums. Sports include football, baseball, soccer, lacrosse, softball, rugby and horse racing.
About ECHO Incorporated
ECHO Incorporated is a leading manufacturer of professional-grade, high performance outdoor power equipment for commercial use. Based in Lake Zurich, Ill., the corporation markets its products under the brand names ECHO and Shindaiwa. To learn more about each, please visit www.echo-usa.com or www.shindaiwa-usa.com.