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2014 Engineers’ Choice Awards winners

2014 Engineers’ Choice Awards: Spotlight on Innovation

Best automation, control, and instrumentation products in 23 categories.

The 27th annual Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Awards shines a light on 23 categories of control, instrumentation, and automation products, revealing the best of those introduced in 2013 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 tell them 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 58 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 23 categories. A total of 23 winners and 23 honorable mentions were named for 2014.

Control Engineering staff extends appreciation to all who nominated products and took the time to vote. The 2014 Engineers’ Choice Awards will be presented to the winners on March 31, 2014, in Chicago.

2014 Engineers’ Choice Awards winners


Hardware – Handheld test, measurement, calibrationFluke 1730 Three-Phase Electrical Energy Logger
Fluke Corp.
Hardware – HMI, operator interface, thin-clientEZPanel PC HMI

Hardware – Industrial PCsCX9020 Embedded PC
Beckhoff Automation
Hardware – Integrated
HMI controllers
UniStream HMI Touch Panel
Machine & Embedded Control – Discrete sensors, visionInductive Angle Sensors

Machine & Embedded
Control – PLCs
Simatic S7-1500 Controller
Siemens Industry

Motion Control – Drives
Allen-Bradley PowerFlex 525 AC Drive
Rockwell Automation

Motion Control – MotorsSimogear Gear Motors
Siemens Industry
Network Integration – Ethernet hardwareAllen-Bradley Stratix 5700 Managed Industrial Ethernet Switch with Network Address Translation
Rockwell Automation
Network Integration –
I/O systems

EP9214 EtherCAT Box I/O Module

Beckhoff Automation


Network Integration – Network hardwareVPort 56-2MP-T Wide-Temperature HD IP Camera
Moxa Inc.
Network Integration – Wireless products
802.11abgn Fast Industrial Hotspot
ProSoft Technology
Power – Energy, power protection
Heavy-Duty Safety Switches
ABB Low Voltage Products
Process Control – FlowmetersRosemount 3051SFC Compact Annubar Flowmeter
Emerson Process Management
Process Control – Process sensorsRosemount 3051 Wireless Pressure Transmitter
Emerson Process Management

Process Control Systems
PlantPAx v3 Process Automation
Rockwell Automation

Safety – Machine safetyAZM300 Solenoid Locking Keyed Interlock Switch
with RFID

Safety – Process safety, intrinsic safetyLiquiphant FailSafe FTL8x Point Level Measuring System

Software – ApplicationsKEPServerEX v5.12 Communications Platform
Kepware Technologies

Software – Control designAutodesk AutoCAD
Electrical 2014

Autodesk Inc.


Software – DiagnosticsFactoryTalk
VantagePoint Energy

Rockwell Automation


Software – HMI software

FactoryTalk View v7
HMI Software

Rockwell Automation

Software – Mobile apps for controls, automation, instrumentationInduSoft Web Studio Mobile Access
InduSoft Inc.

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