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, calibration

Ti125 Thermal Imager

Fluke Corp.
Hardware – HMI, Operator Interface, Thin-Client



Hardware – Industrial PCs

CX2000 Embedded PC

Beckhoff Automation

Hardware – Integrated HMI Controllers


Machine & Embedded Control – CNCs, Board-Level Products

M700V CNC System

Mitsubishi Electric

Machine & Embedded Control – Discrete Sensors

SureCross Q45 Wireless Photoelectric Sensor

Banner Engineering
Machine & Embedded Control – Machine Vision, Barcode Readers

In-Sight 7000 Series Vision Systems

Cognex Corp.

Machine & Embedded Control – PACs

Allen-Bradley CompactLogix 5370 PACs

Rockwell Automation

Machine & Embedded Control – PLCs

Do-more H2 Series PLC


Motion Control

QD77MS Simple Motion Control Module

Mitsubishi Electric

Motion Control – Drives

Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 753 AC Drive with Optimized Frame Size

Rockwell Automation
Motion Control – Servo Drives

MicroFlex e150 Servo Drive

ABB Inc.
Network Integration – Ethernet Hardware

Hirschmann RSP Switches

Belden Inc.
Network Integration – I/O Systems

SafetyBridge Technology

Phoenix Contact
Network Integration – Network Hardware

USB Port Guardian (UH201)

B&B Electronics

Network Integration – Wireless Products

Spectre 3G Cellular Router

B&B Electronics
Power – Energy, Power Interruption

SU200PR Ring Tongue Miniature Circuit Breaker

ABB Inc.
Power – Energy, Power Protection

Lightning Monitoring System

Phoenix Contact
Power – Energy, Power Protection, UPS

Eaton 9PX UPS

Eaton Corp.

Power – Motor Control

Allen-Bradley ArmorStart LT Distributed Motor Controllers

Rockwell Automation

Process Control – Process Sensors

DG25 Digital Pressure Gauge

Ashcroft Inc.
Process Control Systems

Simatic PCS 7 v8.0

Safety – Machine Safety

Allen-Bradley GuardLogix 5572S, 5573S

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

Web Studio v7.1

InduSoft Inc.
Software – Mobile Apps for Controls, Automation, Instrumentation

Mobile Access

InduSoft Inc.

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