2018 Engineers’ Choice Awards – Winners

2018 Engineers’ Choice Awards: Spotlight on innovation

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

The 31st 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 2017 as chosen by the Control Engineering print and digital audience. Review the winners and honorable mentions here to see if their innovative solutions can help resolve 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.

A total of 88 finalists from 44 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 1 grand winner, 26 winners, and 29 honorable mentions were named for 2018.

Control Engineering staff extends appreciation to all who nominated products and took the time to vote. Find more product innovations in the New Products for Engineers Database. The 2018 Engineers’ Choice Awards will be presented to the winners on April 16, 2018, in Chicago.

Amanda Pelliccione is the project manager of events and awards programs for Control Engineering, CFE Media, apelliccione@cfemedia.com.

2018 Engineers’ Choice Awards


Grand Award Winner: UniStream Multi-Touch PLC, Unitronics


The Grand Award—first introduced with the 2017 program—is bestowed upon the product that received the most overall votes in the 2018 program. This year’s Grand Award recipient is the UniStream Multi-Touch PLC from Unitronics.

The UniStream Multi-Touch programmable logic controller (PLC) with a 10.4-in. multi-touch human-machine interface (HMI) panel enables the use of gestures using two or more points of contact via mobile device. Multi-touch and two-hand gestures—including Pinch and Zoom, Press and Hold, Double-Tap, and Swipe–offer increased operating safety and an improved user experience. Features of this all-in-one PLC include media viewers, Real Time Streaming Protocol, a built-in webserver, a variety of I/O options, auto-tune proportional-integral-derivative (PID), and recipe programs and data logging via data tables and sampling. UniStream provides completely modular and scalable hardware for customizable control, backed by efficient programming software.


Award Winners


Hardware —
Data Acquisition


Beckhoff Automation
Hardware —
Handheld Test,
Measurement, Calibration

729 Automatic Pressure Calibrator

Fluke Corp.
Hardware —
HMI, Operator Interface,

Allen-Bradley VersaView 5200

Rockwell Automation

Hardware —
Industrial PCs



Hardware —
Integrated HMI Controllers

EZTouch I/O


Machine & Embedded
Control – PLCs



Motion Control

Allen-Bradley Kinetix VPC

Rockwell Automation


Motion Control – Drives

Simatic S7-1500 T-CPU


Network Integration –
Ethernet Hardware

ASCII to EtherNet/IP gateway

Phoenix Contact

Network Integration –
Ethernet Switches

Allen-Bradley Stratix 2500

Rockwell Automation

Network Integration –
I/O Systems

u-remote IO-Link Master


Network Integration –
Wireless I/O



Network Integration –
Wireless Products

Sinamics V20 Smart Access


Power – Energy,
Power Protection, UPS

Simocode pro


Process Control – Process Sensors

Sitrans FS230



Process Control Systems

Simatic PCS 7 V9



Safety – Machine Safety



Safety – Process Safety,
Intrinsic Safety

Secure Media Exchange (SMX)

Honeywell Process Solutions

Software – Applications

FactoryTalk Batch V13

Rockwell Automation

Software – Asset
Management, Reporting

Dream Report

Ocean Data Systems

Software – Control Design

Studio 5000

Rockwell Automation

Software – Data Analytics

FactoryTalk Analytics for Devices

Rockwell Automation

Software – Diagnostics

Plantweb Insight

Emerson Automation Solutions

Software – HMI Software

InduSoft Web Studio V8.1

Schneider Electric Software

Software – Industrial Internet
of Things Connectivity

IoT Gateway

Bosch Rexroth

Software – Mobile Apps for Controls, Automation, Instrumentation

MobileHMI V10.95



Honorable Mentions


Hardware – Data Acquisition
MAQ20, Dataforth Corp.Hardware – Handheld Test, Measurement, Calibration
AMS Trex Device Communicator, Emerson Electric Co.Hardware – HMI, Operator Interface, Thin-client
GT2107, Mitsubishi Electric Automation

Hardware – Industrial PCs
C6015, Beckhoff Automation

Hardware – Integrated HMI Controllers
TPC-5000, Advantech

Machine & Embedded Control – PLCs
BRX PLC, AutomationDirect

Motion Control
PurePower, Bosch Rexroth

Motion Control – Drives
Sytronix DRn 5020, Bosch Rexroth

Network Integration – Ethernet Hardware
IMP-C1000-SFP, Antaira Technologies

Network Integration – Ethernet Switches
SDS-3008 Smart Switch, Moxa Americas

Network Integration – I/O Systems
ELX EtherCAT I/O, Beckhoff Automation

Network Integration – Wireless I/O
NPort IAW5000A-6I/O, Moxa Americas

Network Integration – Wireless Products
FL WLAN 1101, Phoenix Contact

Power – Energy, Power Protection, UPS
5P, Eaton

Process Control – Process Sensors
Micropilot FMR6x, Endress+Hauser
Sitrans TO500, SiemensProcess Control Systems
Open Secure Automation (OSA), Bedrock AutomationSafety – Machine Safety
Allen-Bradley GuardShield 450L, Rockwell Automation

Safety – Process Safety, Intrinsic Safety
SFY, Moore Industries

Software – Applications
Virtual Central Lock (VCL), Tosibox Oy

Software – Asset Management, Reporting
AMS Device View, Emerson Electric Co.
ABB Ability Electrical Distribution Control System, Thomas & Betts Corp.

Software – Control Design
Open Virtual Engineering Platform (Open VEP), Honeywell Process Solutions

Software – Data Analytics
EcoStruxure Profit Advisor, Schneider Electric

Software – Diagnostics
Guardian Support, Emerson Electric Co.

Software – HMI Software
VTScada V11.3, Trihedral Engineering Ltd.
IntegraXor V6, Ecava

Software – Industrial Internet of Things Connectivity
KEPServerEX V6, Kepware

Software – Mobile Apps for Controls, Automation, Instrumentation
FactoryTalk TeamONE, Rockwell Automation


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