2011 Engineers’ Choice Awards - Spotlight on Innovation
Cover story: Best automation, control, and instrumentation products in 30 categories.
The 24th annual Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Awards shines a light on 30 categories of control, instrumentation, and automation products, revealing the best of those introduced in 2010 as chosen by you, Control Engineering’s print and online subscribers. Review the winners and honorable mentions revealed here to see if their innovative solutions can help you solve one of your most pressing problems.
Also, join us in congratulating these technological innovators. Let them know you learned about their solutions in Control Engineering, and what problems you need solutions for next. Their continuous improvement ensures that manufacturers, machine builders, and automation system integrators can achieve the levels of agility, efficiency, and effectiveness necessary to compete—and win—in today’s global economy.
More than 100 product nominations from 65 companies were listed on ballots for evaluation. Automation professionals from Control Engineering’s subscriber lists—all of whom are responsible for or influence technology purchases, or have hands-on day-to-day interaction with the technologies in each category—then voted to identify the products they felt were the most exceptional based on technological advancement, service to the industry, and market impact. The result is a short list of Engineers’ Choice Award winners and honorable mentions in 30 categories. A total of 31 winners and 33 honorable mentions were named for 2011, due to ties in certain categories.
Control Engineering staff extend our appreciation to all who nominated products and took the time to vote. Awards will be presented as part of the Manufacturing Automation Summit, a conference to be held March 20-22, 2011, in Chicago. For information or to sign up, see www.controleng.com/summit.
Machine + control, controllers
Machine and Embedded Control - machine vision
Machine and Embedded Control – PACs
Machine and Embedded Control - PACs – motion
Machine and Embedded Control – PLCs
Motion Control – drives
Motion Control – motors
Motion Control – robotics
Motion Control - servo drives
Networks, power, process
Network Integration - data acquisition, integration
Network Integration - Ethernet hardware
Network Integration - I/O systems
Network Integration - signal conditioning/diagnostics
Network Integration - wireless
Network Integration -wire, cable, cordsets, connectors
Power - monitoring, protection
Process Control - analysis, optimization, tuning
Process control systems
Process Sensors – flowmeters
Process sensors - other
Safety, hardware, software
Safety System Software
Safety controller - tie
Hardware - Handheld testing, calibration
Hardware - HMI, operator interface, displays
Hardware - industrial PCs
Hardware HMI - bar code and ID readers
Software - application software
Software - connectivity, integration software
Software - design, simulation, diagnostics
Software - HMI software
See 33 Honorable Mentions for 2011, available with more information about Control Engineering recognition programs at www.controleng.com/awards
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