Franklin Controls Systems, a subsidiary of Franklin Electric, has won an R&D 100 award for the development of the Q-Link Variable Frequency Drive, an innovative VFD that leverages smartphone technology to enhance user experience. It’s the first R&D 100 award for Franklin Control Systems, and second for Franklin Electric.

Known as the “Oscars of Innovation,” the R&D 100 Awards are among the most prestigious international innovation awards. The 100 most technologically significant products introduced to the marketplace were recognized.

“We’re honored to receive an R&D 100 award, this is a tremendous achievement and a testament to the hard work our team has put into developing this revolutionary drive,” stated Travis Wood, President of Franklin Control Systems. “Leveraging the technology and usability of a smartphone allowed us to enhance the user experience in a multitude of ways, and we believe the Q-Link is a giant leap forward from traditional VFDs in terms of set up, support, safety, and general usability. This award affirms that belief.”

Winning in the IT/Electrical category, the Q-link connects to a smartphone via Bluetooth® and allows for guided start-up, automated reports, in-app support, and enhanced safety. This connectivity and functionality transforms the way that people interact with drives, and can save hours or even days when compared to the setup of a traditional VFD.

Franklin Control Systems is a leader in the manufacturing of motor controls for the HVAC, pump and industrial markets. Products include variable frequency drives, building automation starters, soft starters, motor control components and related accessories.

Pictured (left to right) Ryan Lauw (Senior Product Manager), Travis Wood (President), Nora Knapp (Engineering Manager)