Technology Leaders

The industrial automation space is one of constant change. At Control Engineering, our job is to keep you informed of the latest trends and technologies, and we have a responsibility to provide an opportunity to share your thoughts and insights with editors and peers. It is in this spirit that the Engineers’ Choice program was created.


Winners by Category

The industrial automation space is one of constant change. At Control Engineering , our job is to keep you informed of the latest trends and technologies, and we have a responsibility to provide an opportunity to share your thoughts and insights with editors and peers. It is in this spirit that the Engineers’ Choice program was created.

In October 2007, we had an open call for submissions. Eligible products were those introduced in North America and available for purchase between Jan. 1, and Nov. 1, 2007. Submissions were collected and assembled into ballots according to one of seven major and 21 sub-categories. More than 150 new products were nominated , marking a 25% increase versus last year.

Ballots, including a brief description of each product, were sent to members of our opt-in e-mail list who indicated that they are responsible for or influence technology purchases, or have hands-on interaction with the technologies in each respective area.

Votes were cast via an online form, results were tallied and the winning solutions are featured in the pages of this supplement.

Reader response was excellent as well, generating more than 870 completed ballots, marking a 20% increase versus last year.

We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to all the solution providers whose products were “in the running,” as well as our readers who participated in the voting process. Their contributions ensure that manufacturers and other industrial organizations can achieve the levels of agility, efficiency and effectiveness necessary to compete and win in today’s global economy.

Winners by Category
The Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Awards highlight the most notable new products from the previous year.
An index follows for the 21 winning products and their respective categories.
In each category you also will find a listing of “Honorable Mention” recipients, indicating those products that received the second-most number of votes in each category.
You can find a list of all 150+ nominees on page 12 . To learn more about any of these products, visit for brief descriptions and Web links.

Application and Programming Software
• Applications
• Enterprise integration & analysis
• Programming
HMIs and Industrial PCs
• HMI hardware
• HMI software
• Industrial PCs
Motors, Drives and Motion Control
• Motors
• Motion control
• Drives
Networks/Communications Hardware, Software
• I/O products and cabling
• Network software & diagnostics
• Switches, routers and gateways
• Wireless solutions
Machine and Embedded Control, Discrete Sensors
• Controllers
• Discrete sensors and readers
• Embedded products
Instrumentation & Control Components
• Components & connectors
• Instrumentation & analysis
• Process sensors
Process and Advanced Control
• Advanced control
• Process & batch control

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