2013 Engineers' Choice Awards
2013 Engineers' Choice Awards: Spotlight On Innovation

Best Automation, Control, And Instrumentation Products In 29 Categories

The 26th annual Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Awards shines a light on 29 categories of control, instrumentation, and automation products, revealing the best of those introduced in 2012 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 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 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 Award winners and honorable mentions in 29 categories. A total of 29 winners and 31 honorable mentions were named for 2013, due to ties in certain categories.

Control Engineering staff extends their appreciation to all who nominated products and took the time to vote. Awards will be presented as part of a presentation recognizing the winners of the 2013 Engineers’ Choice awards to be held on March 18, 2013, in Chicago.

Winners of the 2013 Engineers’ Choice Awards


Hardware - Handheld test, measurement, calibration
Ti125 Thermal Imager, Fluke Corporation

Hardware - HMI, operator interface, thin-client
TPC-1251SR, Advantech

Hardware - Industrial PCs
CX2000 Embedded PC, Beckhoff Automation

Hardware - Integrated HMI controllers
Vision570, Unitronics

Machine and embedded control

Machine and embedded control - CNCs, board-level products
M700V CNC System, Mitsubishi Electric

Machine and embedded control - Discrete sensors
SureCross Q45 Wireless Photoelectric Sensor, Banner Engineering

Machine and embedded control - Machine vision, barcode readers
In-Sight 7000 Series, Cognex Corp.

Machine and embedded control - PACs
Allen-Bradley CompactLogix 5370 PACs, Rockwell Automation

Machine and embedded control - PLCs
Do-more H2 Series PLC, AutomationDirect – Host Engineering

Motion Control

Motion control
QD77MS Simple Motion Control Module, Mitsubishi Electric

Motion control - Drives
Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 753 AC Drive, Rockwell Automation

Motion control - Servo drives
MicroFlex e150 Servo Drive, ABB Inc.

Network Integration

Network integration - Ethernet hardware
Hirschmann RSP Switches, Belden Inc.

Network integration - I/O systems
SafetyBridge Technology, Phoenix Contact

Network integration - Network hardware
UH201 USB Port Guardian, B&B Electronics Inc.

Network integration - Wireless products
SPECTRE 3G Cellular Router, B&B Electronics Inc.


Power - Energy, power interruption
SU200PR Ring Tongue Miniature Circuit Breakers, ABB Inc.

Power - Energy, power protection
Lightning Monitoring System (LM-S), Phoenix Contact

Power - Energy, power protection, UPS

9PX UPS, Eaton

Power - Motor control
Allen-Bradley ArmorStart LT Distributed Motor Controllers, Rockwell Automation

Process Control

Process control - Process sensors
DG25 Digital Pressure Gauge, Ashcroft Inc.

Process control systems
SIMATIC PCS 7 Version 8.0, Siemens Industry, Inc.


Safety - Machine safety
Allen-Bradley GuardLogix 5572S, 5573S PACs, Rockwell Automation


Software - Applications
KEPServerEX v5.9, Kepware Technologies

Software - Applications, monitoring
Business Intelligence Dashboard Template, InduSoft Inc.

Software - Control design
SolidWorks 2013, Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

Software - Diagnostics
PlantTriage v11.0, ExperTune Inc.

Software - HMI software
InduSoft Web Studio v7.1, InduSoft Inc.

Software - Mobile apps for controls, automation, instrumentation
Studio Mobile Access, InduSoft Inc.

Click here to view Engineers' Choice Awards index: 31 honorable mentions.

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Hardware - Industrial PCs: Multi-core enabled embedded PC for high performance applications including advanced multi-axis machinery and powerful graphical user interfaces. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice Award winner.

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Machine and Embedded Control - Machine vision, barcode readers: The In-Sight 7000 series is a series of vision systems designed for industrial inspection, location, defect detection, guidance, alignment and measurement applications, which feature powerful vision tools, all in a compact, industrial IP67 package. This is a Control Engineering 2013 Engineers' Choice Award winner.

The In-Sight 7000 series offers features that make the system ideal for more applications than ever before. These features include: Autofocus Users can simply set and save the optimal focus values associated with the inspection of specific parts, making In-Sight 7000 the ideal choice for production situations requiring regular part changes or projects that require the vision system to be placed in hard-to-reach spaces.

2014 Engineers' Choice Information

*All nominations get additional exposure through subscriber and reader voting

*All nominated products accepted as appropriate (meeting guidelines) will receive a Finalist logo, and be posted online at www.controleng.com; in October's monthly edition, newsletters, and online. Subscribers will be encouraged to review nominees and vote.

*Leading vote-receivers among subscribers get an Engineers’ Choice Award; runners-up get an Honorable Mention; each get an appropriate logo to use in association with the product.

*February 2014 monthly issue and newsletters will highlight winning technologies; links to all products remain on the awards page.

*Award winners will be invited to an Engineers' Choice Awards Dinner and in 2014.

Entry deadline: Friday, August 30, 2013

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