Engineers’ Choice Awards: Official rules

Official rules for the 2017 Engineers’ Choice Awards program, including how to enter, voting eligibility, and program schedule.

Updated: 09/13/2016

 

Entry deadline: Friday, Aug. 5, 2016 (5 p.m. CT) — EXTENDED to Friday, Aug. 12, 2016 (5 p.m. CT)

About the Engineers’ Choice Awards program

Control Engineering’s Engineers’ Choice Awards (ECA) program is the premier award for new products in the automation, control, and instrumentation technology markets. The annual reader-choice program was created to provide Control Engineering’s readers with information about the top new product in their fields. 2017 will mark 30 years of the ECA program.

2017 Engineers’ Choice Awards program schedule

Entry form

All entries must be submitted using the official electronic entry form available at www.controleng.com/EngineersChoice. All information requested on the entry form must be provided. An incomplete form or a form providing misleading or false information will result in disqualification. The electronic entry form allows for a user to submit multiple products on one form; there is no limit on how many products one user/company may enter. An authorized representative of the manufacturer must complete the entry form verifying all information. Entries must be submitted on behalf of the original manufacturer or sole supplier. Requested information includes:

Users are able to review their entered information prior to submitting the form. Upon submittal, the user is redirected to the Control Engineering website to log-in and pay the processing fee. If payment is not received, entry will be void. See Entry fee for more information. Users will receive a confirmation email upon submission with a PDF copy of their entry for their records. If any corrections need to be made to an entry after submission, contact Amanda Pelliccione at apelliccione@cfemedia.com or 631-320-0655, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

Eligibility requirements

Products entered into the 2017 ECA program must meet the following criteria:

Entry fee

The processing fee (i.e. entry fee) for the 2017 ECA program is $495.00 per product entered. If payment is not received, entry will be void. Only credit card payments are accepted; Control Engineering will not invoice or bill entrants for the ECA program. If you experience an issue when trying to pay the fee online, call Amanda Pelliccione to submit payment over the phone. Amanda can be reached at 631-320-0655, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET. A receipt will be automatically sent to the email address provided when logging into the website immediately after payment has been captured. If payment is not received by Friday, Aug. 12, 2016, entry will be null and void. No refunds will be issued; no exceptions.

Recognition

All entries that meet the eligibility requirements are named Finalists. Finalists receive an official Finalist logo to use in marketing efforts promoting their status to customers. Finalists are listed in the October 2016 issue of Control Engineering and on the website mid-October. The Finalist listing remains on the website indefinitely.

The descriptions published for each Finalist are edited by Control Engineering. Descriptions are based upon the description and summary provided with each product. Reviews of descriptions are not available to entry contacts or manufacturers. After Oct. 13, 2016, descriptions cannot be edited, even online. The website URL included with a Finalist description will direct readers to the manufacturer’s website, not to the product listed on the manufacturer’s website directly.

Based on the voting results (see Voting for more information), each category will have a declared Winner and Honorable Mention. In the event of a tie, it is possible for more than one Winner and/or Honorable Mention to be awarded in a category. All Winners receive an official Winner logo to use in marketing efforts promoting their status; all Honorable Mentions receive an official Honorable Mention logo to use in marketing efforts promoting their status. Winners and Honorable Mentions are featured in the February 2017 issue of Control Engineering and on the website mid-February. The Winner and Honorable Mention listings remain on the website indefinitely.

The descriptions published in the February 2017 issue are written/edited/copy edited by Control Engineering. Descriptions are based upon the description, summary, and press release provided with each product. Reviews of descriptions are not available to entry contacts or manufacturers. After Jan. 20, 2017, descriptions cannot be edited, even online. The website URL included with a product description will direct readers to the manufacturer’s website, not to the product listed on the manufacturer’s website directly.

Voting

Voting is only open to qualified subscribers of Control Engineering products (magazine—print or digital, e-newsletters, white papers, etc.). Qualified subscribers are encouraged to vote in as many categories for which they are qualified based on technological advancement, service to the industry, and market impact. One (1) ballot per qualified subscriber will be accepted; multiple ballots from the same qualified subscriber will be invalid. Ballots received from non-qualified subscribers will be invalid. Employees of product manufacturers with a finalist in the current program and their properties, agencies, vendors, and representatives are not eligible to vote; hence any votes received by these parties will not be counted toward the final tally.

Program contacts

Questions regarding the 2017 ECA program should be directed to Amanda Pelliccione, Project Manager, at apelliccione@cfemedia.com or 631-320-0655, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.

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