Best automation, control, and instrumentation products in 28 categories.
The 30th annual Control Engineering Engineers’ Choice Awards shines a light on 28 categories of control, instrumentation, and automation products, revealing the best of those introduced in 2016 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 finalists from 63 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 28 categories. A total of 1 grand winner, 28 winners, and 28 honorable mentions were named for 2017.
Control Engineering staff extends appreciation to all who nominated products and took the time to vote. The 2017 Engineers’ Choice Awards will be presented to the winners on April 3, 2017, in Chicago.
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The Allen-Bradley PanelView 5500 graphic terminal provides enhanced integration with Logix controllers using the Rockwell Software Studio 5000 View Designer application. The terminal includes pre-built content, including Logix-based alarms and tags, to help users develop applications faster. Scalable vector graphics automatically adjust objects and screens to any terminal size, and advanced graphic animation capabilities reduce the need for complicated programmatic development. High-speed human-machine interface (HMI) buttons provide quick response and feedback for machine jogging applications. Smart runtime error notifications help operators quickly identify and manage issues. With an embedded Ethernet switch and two Ethernet ports, the terminal can support a device-level-ring topology for network fault tolerance and reduced downtime.