Control Engineering announces Engineers’ Choice Award Winners,  2007 New Product Compendium

Oak Brook, IL — Control Engineering has announced the winners of its 2007 Engineers’ Choice Awards, and released its 2007 New Product Compendium, an online index of more than 150 control, instrumentation and automation products introduced to North America in 2007.



Oak Brook, IL Control Engineering has announced the winners of its 2007 Engineers’ Choice Awards, and released its 2007 New Product Compendium, an online index of more than 150 control, instrumentation and automation products introduced to North America in 2007. The 21 product winners and 22 honorable mentions are published in a supplement .


The annual awards competition is open to products introduced and available for purchase between Jan. 1, and Nov. 1, 2007. It garnered more than 150 nominees, a 25% increase versus last year. Products from 34 companies earned awards or honorable mentions in 21 subcategories (See list below.)


Ballots were sent to members of the Control Engineering community—engineers and manufacturing professionals with hands-on interaction and/or purchasing influence for the technologies in each product class. “Response was excellent,” said Marc Moschetto, Control Engineering editorial director. “We generated more than 870 completed ballots, marking a 20% increase versus last year.”




2007 New Product Compendium


an annual list of new products to act as a reference,” said Moschetto. The list includes product names and descriptions, and links to vendor Websites for more information, divided into the same product classes and subcategories as the awards.


“We would like to extend our sincere appreciation to all the vendors whose products were in the running, as well as to our readers who participated in the voting process. Their contributions ensure that manufacturers and other industrial organizations can achieve the levels of agility, efficiency and effectiveness necessary to compete and win in today’s global economy,” said Moschetto.


Renee Robbins, senior editor
Control Engineering News Desk

2007 Engineers’ Choice Award winners and
honorable mentions
Click on the class headline to access product descriptions.



Application & Programming Software





Winner: SolidWorks 2008 - SolidWorks Corporation


Honorable mention: promis-e 2007– ECT International Inc.


Enterprise Integration and Analysis


Winner: FactoryTalk Historian Site Edition - Rockwell Automation


Honorable mention: Proficy Tracker - GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms




Winner: NI LabVIEW 8.5 - National Instruments


Honorable mention: Wonderware System 3.0 - Invensys


Human Machine Interface and Industrial PCs


HMI Hardware


Winner: Silver Series Plus - Maple Systems


Honorable mention: Interact Xpress and XPR PowerStations - Parker Hannifin


HMI Software


Winner: Wonderware InTouch 10.0– Invensys


Honorable mention: ClearSCADA 2007 - Control Microsystems


Industrial PCs


Winner: Stealth LPC-450 Little PC - Stealth Computer Corp.


Honorable mention: CP72XX Control Panel - Beckhoff Automation



Motors, Motion Control & Drives





Winner: Adjustable Speed Brushless BMC & BSM - Baldor Electric


Honorable mention: DS/CM Synchronous servomotors - SEW Eurodrive


Motion Control


Winner: Allen-Bradley CompactLogix L45 - Rockwell Automation


Honorable mention (tie): C396 Electronic Overload Relay - Eaton Corporation


Honorable mention (tie): Ethernet Powerlink MotionBus controller and drives, ACR90x0 & AR-xxCE - Parker Hannifin




Winner: Allen-Bradley PowerFlex DC drives - Rockwell Automation


Honorable mention: V1000 AC MicroDrive - Yaskawa Electric America Inc.



Networks, Communications Hardware & Software



I/O Products & Cabling


Winner: Bluetooth I/O Module - connectBlue


Honorable mention: DeviceNet I/O - Balluff


Network Software & Diagnostics


Winner: KEPServerEX - Kepware Technologies


Honorable mention: Industrial SNMP - Kepware Technologies


Switches, Routers & Gateways


Winner: N-Tron 7000 series Gigabit capable industrial Ethernet switches - N-Tron


Honorable mention: EKI-2735, Ethernet switch - Advantech


Wireless Solutions


Winner: FlexPower Wireless nodes - Banner Engineering


Honorable mention: OneWireless - Honeywell Process Solutions



Machine and Embedded Control





Winner: Modicon M340 PAC - Schneider Electric


Honorable mention: SIMOTION D410– Siemens Energy & Automaton


Discrete Sensors & Readers


Winner: AccuProx Analog Inductive Sensor - Eaton Corporation


Honorable mention: S300 Safety Laser Scanner - SICK


Embedded Products


Winner: ThinkCore W345, embedded computer - MOXA Technologies


Honorable mention: F18 64-bit Core2Duo 3U CPCI Single Board Computer - MEN Micro Inc.



Instrumentation & Control Components



Components & Connectors


Winner: Fluke 771 Milliamp Process Clamp Meter - Fluke Corporation


Honorable mention: BLUEMARK X1 printer - Phoenix Contact


Instrumentation & Analysis


Winner: SM500F four channel recorder - ABB Instrumentation


Honorable mention: FieldMate Versatile Device Management Wizard - Yokogawa Corporation


Process Sensors


Winner: UWTC Thermocouple-to-Wireless Connector - Omega Engineering Inc.


Honorable mention: Foxboro FT10 Electrodeless Conductivity Sensor - Invensys Process Systems


Process & Advanced Control


Advanced Control


Winner: RSLogix 5000 Fuzzy Designer - Rockwell Automation


Honorable mention: LOOP-PRO Product Suite - Control Station Inc.


Process & Batch Control


Winner: Simatic PCS 7 Box 416 - Siemens Energy & Automation Inc.


Honorable mention: Fisher LCP100 - Emerson Process Management


Control Engineering
News Desk


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