Oil Purification Systems, a provider of fluid cleaning technology, announced that the Connecticut Quality Improvement Award Partnership has recognized the company with its silver level Innovation Prize. OPS says it received the honor based on its OPS-1 onboard oil refining system, designed to remove the solid and liquid contaminants from engine oil, virtually eliminating the need for routine oil changes. This is the second consecutive year OPS has been recognized by CQIA as a leader in innovation.
The Connecticut Quality Improvement Awards are judged based on the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Criteria for Performance Excellence. CQIA recognizes accomplishments during the first stages of the quality journey for all Connecticut-located organizations. It is meant to stimulate interest in organizations to implement quality while fostering recognition of innovative improvements.
“We are pleased to receive the CQIA Innovation Prize for the second year in a row,” says Mitch Weseley, president and chief executive officer of Shelton, Conn.-based OPS. “The award reaffirms OPS as an innovative leader and recognizes our work in continuing to develop products that minimize oil consumption, lower maintenance costs and extend equipment life – all while helping companies do their part to protect the environment.”
OPS and other recipients were judged based on their ability to solve a problem or leverage an opportunity within an organization by using an innovative new service, process or product that has been developed within the last five years. This year’s winners will be recognized at the CQIA Partnership’s 21st Annual Conference on Quality and Innovation, to be held Nov. 7 at Water’s Edge Resort in Westbrook, Conn.
OPS says the CQIA award recognition further solidifies its commitment to improving environmental quality at the state level. In 2007, the Connecticut Legislature’s Environment Committee approved a program to fund the use of OPS’ technology to reduce oil consumption and waste oil generated by public and private fleets. The program provides financial incentives for municipalities to implement the OPS technology.