2016 Engineers' Choice Awards: Spotlight on innovation

Best automation, control, and instrumentation products in 27 categories.

The 29th annual Control Engineering Engineers' Choice Awards shines a light on 27 categories of control, instrumentation, and automation products, revealing the best of those introduced in 2015 as chosen by you, Control Engineering's print and digital audience. Review the winners and honorable mentions 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 tell them 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 finalists from 60 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 Awards winners and honorable mentions in 27 categories. A total of 27 winners and 27 honorable mentions were named for 2016.

Control Engineering staff extends appreciation to all who nominated products and took the time to vote. The 2016 Engineers’ Choice Awards will be presented to the winners on March 21, 2016, in Chicago.

- Amanda Pelliccione is the project manager of events and awards programs for Control Engineering, CFE Media. Contact her with questions about these programs at apelliccione@cfemedia.com.

2016 Engineers' Choice Awards winners

Hardware — Handheld Test, Measurement, Calibration


Fluke Corp.

Hardware — HMI,
Operator Interface, Thin-client

Wonderware InTouch Panel PC

Schneider Electric

Hardware — Industrial PCs


Moxa Inc.

Hardware — Integrated
HMI Controllers

Unistream 15"

Unitronics Inc.

Machine & Embedded Control — CNCs, Board-level Products

IndraMotion MTX

Bosch Rexroth Corp.

Machine & Embedded Control — Discrete Sensors



Machine & Embedded Control — Machine Vision, Barcode Readers

In-Sight 8405


Machine & Embedded Control — PACs, PLCs

PLC Logic

Phoenix Contact

Motion — Motors

Extreme Duck Ultra

Leeson Electric

Motion Control


Universal Robots

Motion Control —
Drives, Servo Drives

U1000 Industrial Matrix Drive

Yaskawa America Inc.

Network Integration —
Ethernet Hardware

Allen-Bradley Stratix 5400

Rockwell Automation

Network Integration —
Network Hardware

MGate W5208

Moxa Inc.

Network Integration —
Wireless Products

IW3700 Series

Cisco Systems

Network Integration I/O —
Ethernet, Wireless

ioLogik 2542-HSPA-T

Moxa Inc.

Power — Energy, Power Protection

PACT RCP Rogowski Coil Solution

Phoenix Contact

Process Control — Flowmeters

Model 5700

Micro Motion Inc.

Process Control Systems

IPC620 Migration System


Safety — Machine Safety

Guardmaster 440C-CR30

Rockwell Automation

Safety — Process Safety, Intrinsic Safety


Rockwell Automation

Software — Alarm Management

Wonderware Alarm Adviser

Schneider Electric

Software — Applications

KEPServerEX v5.18

Kepware Technologies

Software — Control Design

Studio 5000 Logix Designer v24.0

Rockwell Automation

Software — Diagnostics

FactoryTalk VantagePoint 6.0

Rockwell Automation

Software — HMI Software

InduSoft Web Studio 8.0

Schneider Electric Software

Software — Mobile Apps for Controls, Automation, Instrumentation

KPIWorX v10.9


Software — Process Applications

Wonderware Recipe Manager Plus

Schneider Electric
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