Winners: Machine and Embedded Control

Winners of the 2007 Engineers' Choice Awards - Machine and Embedded Control


Honorable Mentions


Schneider Electric

High performance 32-bit processor, 64 interrupts, advanced multi-tasking operating system and support for all five IEC 61131-3 programming languages, make the Modicon M340 PAC capable of handling the most demanding applications. The processor incorporates up to 4 MB of internal memory (data storage upgradeable to 16 MB), an SD card for permanent flash memory backup, a mini-USB port, and two additional communication ports (choose from Ethernet, CANopen or Modbus). Both compact and rugged, the Modicon M340 PAC exceeds IEC industrial standards and can be programmed using Schneider Electric’s Unity Pro IEC 61131-3 development software.

Discrete sensors & readers:

Eaton Corporation

The Cutler-Hammer AccuProx from Eaton’s electrical business provides unmatched sensing range, linearity, and resolution in an affordable, compact tubular package. Unlike standard inductive sensors, which send an open or close signal upon target presence or absence, AccuProx analog sensors provide an electrical signal that varies in proportion to the position of the metal target within its sensing range. This makes it ideal for applications requiring precise position sensing and measurement. Utilizing components from the iProx family, AccuProx provides sensing ranges of three to four times that of typical tubular analog inductive sensors without compromising accuracy.

Embedded products:

MOXA Technologies

ThinkCore W345 is a RISC-based, ready-to-run embedded computer with four software-selectable RS-232/422/485 serial ports, quad band 850/900/1800/1900 MHz for cellular connections, 1 Ethernet port, 2 USB 2.0 hosts, 1 relay output, and an SD socket for external storage expansion. The MOXA ART 32-bit ARM9 processor and the built-in Linux OS provide a powerful and reliable platform for harsh industrial environments, promising an ideal solution for industrial M2M applications, such as data acquisition, protocol conversion, and remote device control and monitoring.

Honorable Mentions


The SIMOTION D410 is a single axis controller that includes the drive, motion controller, PLC, full function web server and more in a compact package.


Discrete sensors & readers:

The Sick S300 Safety Laser Scanner is the smallest and lightest safety-rated laser scanner available on the market. It offers unique capabilities to help solve challenging safety applications– such as those where the available space to install the scanner is limited or where a large scanning angle is required.


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

The F18 offers excellent graphics performance for a host of industrial applications including monitoring, visualization and control for test and measurement. The F-18 features the newest CompactPCI/CompactPCI-Express SBC with a 64-bit board based on the Intel Core 2 Duo Processor T7500 combined with the Mobile Intel 965GM Express Chipset.


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