Service, Advancement, Impact

Sense, decide, and act are the three cornerstones of the control and automation field and its many related industries and applications. Similarly, the three cornerstones of the Control Engineering2003 Editors' Choice Awards are service to the industry, technological advancement, and market impact. Seven editors—Frank Bartos, David Greenfield, Dave Harrold, Mark Hoske, Jeanine Katzel, Ji...

01/01/2004


Sense, decide, and act are the three cornerstones of the control and automation field and its many related industries and applications. Similarly, the three cornerstones of the Control Engineering 2003 Editors' Choice Awards are service to the industry, technological advancement, and market impact.

Seven editors—Frank Bartos, David Greenfield, Dave Harrold, Mark Hoske, Jeanine Katzel, Jim Montague and Vance VanDoren—use these three criteria to compare and judge the thousands of product and solutions covered each year in Control Engineering 's print, Web, and e-mail publications. The editors then nominate, argue, and vote to determine winners for that year. "It's always challenging to select winners from among all the areas we cover—automation, control, instrumentation, software, and networks," says Mark Hoske, Control Engineering 's editor-in-chief. "It seemed a particularly difficult selection process this year. I believe vendors have ramped up product innovation in anticipation of better business in 2004."

To celebrate Control Engineering 's 50thanniversary in 2004, the editors and publisher have added a second component to the award selection process for 2003. For the first time, the magazine's subscribers are being enlisted to vote for Control Engineering 's new Engineers' Choice Award by selecting the top winner in each of this year's eight product categories. The eight winners will be revealed during the traditional Editors' Choice awards ceremony, held during National Manufacturing Week, Feb. 23-26, in Chicago.

"I'm looking forward to seeing what products our subscribers consider most worthy," says David Greenfield, Control Engineering 's editorial director. "Winners of our new Engineers' Choice Awards will be announced as part of our daily news coverage following the ceremony and in the magazine's March 2004 print edition."

Control Engineering 's editorial categories posting awards this year include: Embedded Control; Human-Machine Interface; Instrumentation and Process Sensors; Machine Control and Discrete Sensors; Motors, Drives, and Motion Control; Networks and Communications; Process and Advanced Control; and Software and Information Integration.

Frank J. Bartos, David Greenfield, Dave Harrold, Mark T. Hoske, Jeanine Katzel, Vance J. VanDoren, and Michael Babb also contributed to this article.

Below are a list of the 2003 Editors' Choice Winners

Please click on the company name to read about the product.


EMBEDDED
Anadigm
AnadigmPID

Kontron
ETX-PM CPU module

Motorola Computer Group
PrPMC880 mezzanine module


HUMAN-MACHINE INTERFACE
IKEY Industrial Peripherals

SlimKey Industrial Keyboard

Opto 22
OptoTerminal-G75

Parker Hannifin Electromechanical Automation - CTC
InteractX


INSTRUMENTATION AND PROCESS SENSORS

ABB Automation
InformIT SM3000 Multipoint Videographic Recorder

CiDRA Corporation
SONARtrac Flow Monitoring System

Hoffman
Watershed Enclosures

Magnetrol International
Eclipse Model 707

Swagelok Company
Swagelok Modular Platform Components (MPC)


MOTORS, DRIVES, AND MOTION CONTROL


Baldor Electric Co.


OptiGen Adjustable-Speed Generator

ELAU Inc.
PacDrive SCL-055

Elmo Motion Control
HARmonica Digital Servo Drive

Control Techniques Emerson Industrial Automation
Unidrive SP

International Rectifier
iNTERO Programmable, isolated intelligent power module PIIPM15P12D007

Siemens Energy & Automation
SIMOTION


MACHINE CONTROL AND DISCRETE SENSORS

Moore Industries-International, Inc.
NCS NET Concentrator System

Cognex
In-Sight 4000 Series

DVT Corp.
Legend Spectral Camera Color SmartImage Sensor

ipd, a division of Coreco Imaging
iGauge

NETWORKS AND COMMUNICATIONS

Beckhoff
EtherCAT Ethernet-based I/O system

Ember
EM2420 with EmberNet Embedded Wireless Networking

Lantronix
XPort Embedded Device Server

Network Vision Inc.
IntraVUE

PROCESS AND ADVANCED CONTROL

Emerson Process Management
DeltaV PredictPro

GE Fanuc
PACSystems

Yokogawa Electric Corporation
Network-based Control System, Stardom


SOFTWARE AND INFORMATION INTEGRATION

Autodesk
AutoCAD Electrical 2004

Honeywell Process Solutions
Experion PKS (Process Knowledge System)

Wonderware
Industrial Application Server 1.5

MYNAH Technologies
mimic Process Simulation Software

National Instruments
LabVIEW 7 Express

Rockwell Software
RSTestStand Enterprise

Verano, Inc.
Industrial Defender solution suite




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