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.

2013 Engineers’ Choice Awards: Winners


Hardware – Handheld test, measurement, calibrationTi125 Thermal Imager
Fluke Corp.
Hardware – HMI, Operator Interface, Thin-ClientTPC-1251SR

Hardware – Industrial PCs
CX2000 Embedded PC
Beckhoff Automation

Hardware – Integrated HMI ControllersVision570
Machine & Embedded Control – CNCs, Board-Level ProductsM700V CNC System
Mitsubishi Electric

Machine & Embedded Control – Discrete SensorsSureCross Q45 Wireless Photoelectric Sensor
Banner Engineering
Machine & Embedded Control – Machine Vision, Barcode ReadersIn-Sight 7000 Series Vision Systems
Cognex Corp.

Machine & Embedded Control – PACsAllen-Bradley CompactLogix 5370 PACs
Rockwell Automation

Machine & Embedded Control – PLCsDo-more H2 Series PLC

Motion ControlQD77MS Simple Motion Control Module
Mitsubishi Electric

Motion Control – DrivesAllen-Bradley PowerFlex 753 AC Drive with Optimized Frame Size
Rockwell Automation
Motion Control – Servo DrivesMicroFlex e150 Servo Drive
ABB Inc.
Network Integration – Ethernet Hardware
Hirschmann RSP Switches
Belden Inc.
Network Integration – I/O SystemsSafetyBridge Technology
Phoenix Contact
Network Integration – Network Hardware
USB Port Guardian (UH201)
B&B Electronics

Network Integration – Wireless ProductsSpectre 3G Cellular Router
B&B Electronics
Power – Energy, Power Interruption
SU200PR Ring Tongue Miniature Circuit Breaker
ABB Inc.
Power – Energy, Power ProtectionLightning Monitoring System
Phoenix Contact
Power – Energy, Power Protection, UPSEaton 9PX UPS
Eaton Corp.

Power – Motor ControlAllen-Bradley ArmorStart LT Distributed Motor Controllers
Rockwell Automation

Process Control – Process SensorsDG25 Digital Pressure Gauge
Ashcroft Inc.
Process Control Systems
Simatic PCS 7 v8.0
Safety – Machine Safety
Allen-Bradley GuardLogix 5572S, 5573S
Rockwell Automation
Software – ApplicationsKepServerEx v5.9
Kepware Technologies
Software – Applications, MonitoringBusiness Intelligence Dashboard Template
InduSoft Inc.

Software – Control DesignSolidWorks 2013
Dassault Systèmes SolidWorks Corp.

Software – DiagnosticsPlantTriage v11.0v
ExperTune Inc.

Software – HMI Software
Web Studio v7.1
InduSoft Inc.
Software – Mobile Apps for Controls, Automation, InstrumentationMobile Access
InduSoft Inc.

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