2017 Engineers' Choice Awards: Spotlight On Innovation
2017 Engineers' Choice Awards: Spotlight On Innovation

Best Automation, Control, And Instrumentation Products
In 28 Categories

ECA 2015 LogoThe 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.

Winners of the 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.


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, Unitronics

Machine & Embedded Control

Machine & Embedded Control — CNCs, board-level products
EZTimer, EZAutomation

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

Motion Control — Drives, motor control centers
Altivar Process 900, Schneider Electric

Motion Control — Servo drives
SGD7 Sigma-7 Servopack, Yaskawa America Inc.

Motion control, motors
Platinum e PMAC and Inverter, Leeson Electric

Network Integration

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
ACT20P-PRO DCDC II, Weidmuller

Network Integration — Wireless products
Wireless Ethernet and Serial Device Server, Weidmuller


Power — Energy, power protection
Quint Power Supply, Phoenix Contact

Power — Energy, power protection, UPS
2-3 kVA 9PX UPS, Eaton

Process Control
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
SPA2IS, 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, Kepware

Software — Mobile apps for controls, automation, instrumentation
myMobile, mySCADA Technologies

Engineers' Choice Awards: Honorable Mentions

Click here to view the 28 honorable mentions
for the Engineers' Choice Awards.

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2017 Engineers' Choice Winner for Hardware, Data Acquisition

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