2015 Engineers' Choice Awards: Spotlight on Innovation

Best automation, control, and instrumentation products in 26 categories.

The 28th annual Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Awards shines a light on 26 categories of control, instrumentation, and automation products, revealing the best of those introduced in 2014 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.

Ninety-four finalists from 56 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 Awards winners and honorable mentions in 26 categories. A total of 26 winners and 27 honorable mentions were named for 2015.

Control Engineering staff extends appreciation to all who nominated products and took the time to vote. The 2015 Engineers’ Choice Awards will be presented to the winners on March 23, 2015, in Chicago.

2015 Engineers’ Choice Awards winners

Control Components

DataTuff TC Cat 5e Cord Sets
for 600 V Cable Trays


Control Security

mGuard Secure Cloud

Phoenix Contact
Hardware –
HMI, Operator Interface, Thin-client

Honeywell Experion
Orion Console

Honeywell Process Solutions
Hardware –
Integrated HMI controllers



Hardware –
Test, Measurement, Calibration

Fluke 714B Thermocouple Temperature Calibrator

Fluke Corp.

Machine & Embedded Control – Machine Vision, Barcode Readers

DS1000 Series

Cognex Corp.

Machine & Embedded Control – PACs, IPCs

Modicon M580 ePAC

Schneider Electric

Machine & Embedded Control – PLCs

MachineStruxture Next Generation
of Machine Controllers

Schneider Electric

Motion Control

Smart Motor


Motion Control – Drives

PowerXL DG1
Adjustable Frequency Drive


Motion Control –
Servo Drives

Allen-Bradley Kinetix 5500
servo drive with integrated safety

Rockwell Automation

Network Integration –
Ethernet Hardware

Ethernet to Belden 9463
Blue Hose Industrial
Media Converter

ProSoft Technology

Network Integration –
I/O Systems

ADAM-6200 Intelligent
Ethernet I/O Modules


Network Integration –
Network Hardware

MGate 5105-MB-EIP EtherNet/IP to Modbus Industrial Ethernet Gateway

Moxa Inc.

Network Integration –
Signal Conditioning, Diagnostics

MINI Pro Signal Conditioners

Phoenix Contact

Network Integration –
Wireless Products

Allen-Bradley Stratix 5100
wireless access point (WAP)

Rockwell Automation

Power – Energy, Power Protection

Panduit Industrial Network UPS

Panduit Corp.

Process Control Systems

Allen-Bradley Dynamix 1444 Integrated Condition Monitoring

Rockwell Automation

Safety – Machine Safety


Phoenix Contact

Safety –
Process Safety, Intrinsic Safety

One Series Safety Transmitter

United Electric Controls


Rosemount 3051S
MultiVariable Wireless Transmitter

Emerson Process Management

Software – Applications


Kepware Technologies

Software – Control Design

Autodesk AutoCAD Electrical

Autodesk Inc.

Software – Diagnostics

Honeywell DynAMo
Alarm Suite

Honeywell Process Solutions

Software – HMI Software

VTScada 11 HMI Software


Software – Mobile Apps for Controls, Automation, Instrumentation



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