40 Control Engineering Editors' Choice Award winners include NIAS exhibitors


The envelope please.

A list of the 40 companies that won 2000 Control Engineering Editors' Choice Awards follows. For complete information on the Editors' Choice Award winning products and their descriptions, pick up the March 2001 edition of Control Engineering at booth 4508 or visit Control Engineering Online at www.controleng.com.
AEA Technology
Barton Instrument Systems
Beckhoff Automation
Daat Research Corp.
Danaher Controls
Fieldbus Foundation
GE Fanuc
Honeywell Industrial Control
ifm efector
National Instruments
Newport Electronics/Omega Engineering
ODVA and ControlNet International
Omron Electronics
OPC Foundation
Opto 22
Real-Time Innovations
Rittal Corp.
Rockwell Automation
Schneider Electric
Siemens Energy & Automation
Think & Do Software
Tol-O-Matic (sp?)
VIA Developement

Chicago, Ill. -And the winners are.

Officials from 37 firms accepted 40 of the 2000 Control Engineering Editors' Choice Awards at the publication's 14th annual reception and ceremony last night at the Ritz-Carleton Hotel in Chicago. The event also featured a keynote address by Craig Resnick, senior analyst, ARC Advisory Group (Dedham, Mass.), who provided an analysis of trends in Control Engineering 's nine editorial coverage areas.

Many exhibitors displayed their crystal awards in their booths as the National Industrial Automation Show (NIAS) opened today. More than 15,000 engineers and other technical professionals are expected to visit more than 250 exhibitors at this year's show, which is part of National Manufacturing Week 2001 at McCormick Place, Chicago. Control Engineering is one of the show's sponsors.

Competition for 2000's awards was especially fierce because numerous groundbreaking products were released this past year. To be eligible for consideration, products had to be featured in Control Engineering or at the magazine's Control Engineering Online web site at www.controleng.com. In late December, Control Engineering' s editorial staff began reviewing the thousands of products featured in its print and electronic editions during 2000. These were judged on technological advancement, service to the industry, and impact on the control market.

Winners in the nine product areas were selected. These areas include: process and advanced control; instrumentation and process sensors; software and information integration; machine control and discrete sensors; human-machine interface; motors, drives and motion control; PC-based control; networks and communications; and control components.

'For the 14thyear, Control Engineering 's expert editors have reviewed our prior year's coverage to select the best products and software. We look at technical innovation, market impact, and service to the industry. Debate and discussion can be lively-and sometimes heated-as there are thousands of worthy products to choose from in Control Engineering 's print and electronic coverage,' says Mark T. Hoske, editor-in-chief , Control Engineering and Control Engineering Online . 'These 40 products are certainly among the leading automation, control, and instrumentation products of 2000 in the nine product categories or 'channels' we cover in print, at Control Engineering Online at www.controleng.com, and in our electronic newsletters.'

Control Engineering , Control Engineering Europe , and Control Engineering Online cover the $130 billion worldwide market for controls, instrumentation and automation systems (for discrete, process, batch, and mixed applications), reaching 59,000 plants worldwide, serving more than 65 industries. For more about the Editors' Choice Award winning companies and products, see the March 2001 issue of Control Engineering or visit www.controleng.com.

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