2017 Engineers’ Choice Awards Finalists

2017 Engineers’ Choice Awards Finalists

For a limited time, the official Engineers’ Choice ballot is open for voting for Control Engineering North American print and digital edition subscribers. Vote for the best Engineers’ Choice finalists of 116 entries across 28 categories.

Based on your experience, please vote in as many categories for which you feel qualified based on technological advancement, service to the industry, and market impact. Details and photos are available for each product. Voting will close on Dec. 21, 2016; Winners and honorable mentions will be notified by Dec. 28, 2016. Winners and honorable mentions will be featured in more detail in the February 2017 issue of Control Engineering

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Finalists by category

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Hardware — Data acquisition

Hardware — Handheld test, measurement, calibration

Hardware — HMI, operator interface, thin-client

Hardware — Integrated HMI controllers

  • XV-300 Operator Interface Touch HMI and PLC, Eaton, www.eaton.com
  • Industrial PC v800-P with Touchscreen, Lenze, www.lenze.com
  • Samba 7 PLC, Touchscreen, and I/O; Unitronics; www.unitronicsplc.com

Machine & Embedded Control — CNCs, board-level products

Machine & Embedded Control — Discrete sensors, machine vision

  • LP Series Encoder, heavy-duty encoder; BEI Sensors, Sensata Technologies; www.beisensors.com
  • IER3 Optical Encoder, Micromo, www.micromo.com
  • BOA Spot Vision Sensor, Teledyne Dalsa, www.teledynedalsa.com

Machine & Embedded Control — PLCs, PACs, industrial PCs

Motion Control — Drives, motor control centers

  • EJ7211-0010 Servomotor Module, Beckhoff Automation, www.beckhoff.us
  • EFC3610 Frequency Converter (VFD), Bosch Rexroth Corp., www.boschrexroth.com
  • IndraDrive ML Modular Universal Inverter, Bosch Rexroth Corp., www.boschrexroth.com
  • FlashGard Arc-Resistant Motor Control Center, Eaton, www.eaton.com
  • FR-A800 Plus for Cranes and Hoists, a VFD; Mitsubishi Electric; https://us.mitsubishielectric.com/fa/en
  • Altivar Process 900 VSD, Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.com

Motion Control — Servo drives

Motion control, motors

  • HexGen Hexapod Positioning System, Aerotech Inc., www.aerotech.com
  • M100 Direct Drive Motor, Electric Torque Machines, https://etmpower.com
  • Energy Efficiency Module MSE6-E2M, Festo Corp., www.festo.us
  • Servo Press Kit YJKP, Festo Corp., www.festo.us
  • iMotion Modular Application Design Kit (MADK), Infineon Technologies, www.infineon.com
  • Platinum e PMAC and Inverter, permanent magnet ac motor and integrated drive; Leeson Electric; www.leeson.com
  • EPOS4 Module 50/15 Position Controller with Integrated Amplifier, maxon motor, www.maxonmotorusa.com

Network Integration — Ethernet hardware

  • EK9160 IoT Bus Coupler, Beckhoff Automation, www.beckhoff.us
  • C-more Micro EA-ECOM, Ethernet to operator interface expansion module; Koyo Electronics Industries, AutomationDirect; www.automationdirect.com
  • LCP DX Refrigerant-based Cooling for Enclosures, Rittal Corp., www.rittal.us
  • Allen-Bradley Stratix 5950 Security Appliance, Rockwell Automation, www.rockwellautomation.com

Network Integration — Ethernet switches

  • LNP-1002G-10G-SFP Gigabit PoE+ Unmanaged Ethernet Switch, Antaira Technologies, www.antaira.com
  • LNX-2012GN-SFP Gigabit Managed Ethernet Switch, Antaira Technologies, www.antaira.com
  • eWorx SE300 Ethernet Switch, B+B SmartWorx, https://advantech-bb.com
  • Cisco Industrial Ethernet 1000 Switch, Cisco Systems, www.cisco.com
  • IEX-408E-2VDSL2 Ethernet Extender Switch, Moxa Inc., www.moxa.com
  • Managed Switch 7000, Phoenix Contact, www.phoenixcontact.com

Network Integration — I/O systems

  • ADAM-3600 Intelligent Remote Terminal Unit, Advantech, www.advantech.com
  • EtherCAT P, communication and power in one cable; Beckhoff Automation; www.beckhoff.us
  • Bedrock Ethernet I/O Module (SIO4.E), software configurable IIoT enabler; Bedrock Automation; www.bedrockautomation.com
  • Allen-Bradley ArmorBlock IO-Link Master, Rockwell Automation, www.rockwellautomation.com
  • Field Logic Controllers Powered by ARGEE Programming Environment, Turck, www.turck.us
  • 790 Shield Clamps with Latching Spring, Wago Corp., www.wago.us

Network Integration — Signal conditioning

Network Integration — Wireless products

  • SmartSwarm 351 Modbus Eavesdropper, B+B SmartWorx, https://advantech-bb.com
  • Digi Connect Sensor, battery-powered cellular gateway; Digi International; www.digi.com
  • EZWiFi, EZAutomation, www.ezautomation.net
  • AWK-4131A-US-T Weatherproof Wireless Access Point, Moxa Inc., www.moxa.com
  • TC mGuard Secure Cellular Communication Product, Phoenix Contact, www.phoenixcontact.com
  • Wireless Ethernet and Serial Device Server, Weidmuller, www.weidmuller.com

Power — Energy, power protection

  • OEM Line Isolation Switch, Eaton, www.eaton.com
  • Power Xpert Branch Circuit Monitor, Eaton, www.eaton.com
  • Quint Power Supply, Phoenix Contact, www.phoenixcontact.com

Power — Energy, power protection, UPS

Process Control — Flowmeters, process sensors

Process Control Systems

  • PlantPAx Modern Distributed Control System, Rockwell Automation, www.rockwellautomation.com
  • Foxboro Intelligent Marshalling FBM 248, a universal Fieldbus module; Schneider Electric; www.schneider-electric.com
  • PlantStruxure PES v4.2 Digital Automation System, Schneider Electric, www.schneider-electric.com

Safety — Machine safety

  • CSI 6500 ATG Stand-alone Machinery Protection, Emerson, www.emersonprocess.com
  • PSRmini, a thin safety relay with force-guided contacts; Phoenix Contact; www.phoenixcontact.com
  • Allen-Bradley Compact GuardLogix 5370 Controller, Rockwell Automation, www.rockwellautomation.com
  • AZM400 Motorized Bolt Lock with Integrated RFID Safety Sensor, Schmersal, www.schmersalusa.com

Safety — Process safety, intrinsic safety

  • Safety Lifecycle Manager (SLM) v2, safety instrumented system lifecycle management software; Mangan Software Solutions; www.mangansoftware.com
  • SPA2IS Programmable Limit Alarm Trips with Intrinsically-Safe Field Connections, Moore Industries, www.miinet.com
  • ProSafe-RS SIL 3 SIS, Yokogawa Electric Corp., www.yokogawa.com

Software — Applications

  • Custom Order Engineering – Fusible Circuit Protection Solutions, Eaton, www.eaton.com
  • Fuse and SPD Selector Tools, Eaton, www.eaton.com
  • DeltaV Alarm Mosaic, Emerson, www.emersonprocess.com
  • Rockwell Software Quality Management, Rockwell Automation, www.rockwellautomation.com

Software — Asset management, reporting

Software — Control design

Software — Data analytics, diagnostics

Software — HMI software

  • Fuji Electric Monitouch V-SFT Screen Configuration Software v6.0.15.0, Fuji Electric Corp. of America, https://monitouch.fujielectric.com
  • Movicon.NExT v3.0 Industrial Automation Software Architecture, Progea, www.progea.com
  • InTouch Machine Edition Customizable HMI Software, Schneider Electric Software, www.wonderware.com 
  • InduSoft Web Studio 8.0 + SP1 Platform Agnostic SCADA/HMI Development and Runtime Software, Schneider Electric Software, InduSoft, www.indusoft.com
  • VTScada v11.2 HMI/SCADA Software, Trihedral Engineering Ltd., www.trihedral.com

Software — Industrial Internet of Things connectivity

  • TwinCAT IoT, Beckhoff Automation, www.beckhoff.us
  • IoT Gateway Suite, Iconics, www.iconics.com
  • KEPServerEX 5.21 Device and IoT Connectivity Software, Kepware, www.kepware.com
  • FieldPoP Device Cloud and the IIoT Gateway, Sierra Monitor Corp., www.sierramonitor.com

Software — Mobile apps for controls, automation, instrumentation