2017 Engineers' Choice Awards: Spotlight on innovation

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.

- Amanda Pelliccione is the project manager of events and awards programs for Control Engineering, CFE Media. Contact her with questions about these programs at apelliccione@cfemedia.com.

2017 Engineers' Choice Awards

Grand Award Winner: Allen-Bradley PanelView 5500, Rockwell Automation

In honor of 30 years of awarding product excellence, Control Engineering has introduced the Grand Award. This award is bestowed upon the product that received the most overall votes in the 2017 program—the Allen-Bradley PanelView 5500 graphic terminal from Rockwell Automation.

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.


Category winners

Hardware —
Data acquisition

UC-8112-ME-T-LX Programmable 4G LTE Modbus Data Logger

Moxa Inc.
Hardware — Handheld test, measurement, calibration

Fluke 279 FC

Fluke Corp.
Hardware — HMI, operator interface, thin-client

Simatic TP700

Siemens Industry Inc.
Hardware — Integrated HMI controllers

Samba 7

Machine & Embedded Control — CNCs, board-level products


Machine & Embedded Control — Discrete sensors, machine vision

LP Series Heavy-duty Encoder

BEI Sensors, Sensata Technologies
Machine & Embedded Control — PLCs, PACs, industrial PCs

Allen-Bradley CompactLogix 5380

Rockwell Automation
Motion Control — Drives, motor control centers

Altivar Process 900

Schneider Electric
Motion Control — Servo drives


Yaskawa America Inc.
Motion control, motors

Platinum e PMAC and Inverter

Leeson Electric
Network Integration — Ethernet hardware

Allen-Bradley Stratix 5950

Rockwell Automation
Network Integration — Ethernet switches

Industrial Ethernet 1000

Cisco Systems
Network Integration —
I/O systems

Allen-Bradley ArmorBlock IO-Link Master

Rockwell Automation
Network Integration —
Signal conditioning


Network Integration —
Wireless products

Wireless Ethernet and Serial Device Server

Power — Energy,
power protection

Quint Power Supply

Phoenix Contact
Power — Energy, power protection, UPS

2-3 kVA 9PX UPS

Process Control — Flowmeters, process sensors

Sitrans FC430

Siemens Industry Inc.
Process Control Systems

PlantPAx Modern DCS

Rockwell Automation
Safety — Machine safety

Allen-Bradley Compact GuardLogix 5370

Rockwell Automation
Safety — Process safety, intrinsic safety


Moore Industries
Software — Applications

Rockwell Software Quality Management

Rockwell Automation
Software — Asset management, reporting

XLReporter v12.0

SyTech Inc.
Software — Control design

AutoCAD Electrical

Autodesk Inc.
Software — Data analytics, diagnostics

FactoryTalk VantagePoint EMI Software v7.0

Rockwell Automation
Software — HMI software

InduSoft Web Studio 8.0 + SP1

Schneider Electric Software
Software — Industrial Internet of Things connectivity

KEPServerEX v5.21

Software — Mobile apps for controls, automation, instrumentation


mySCADA Technologies

View the Honorable Mentions here

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