2015 Readers’ Choice Awards: Top automation providers for control, hardware, motion, networking, safety, sensing and software

This year, we sent questionnaires to 17,974 subscribers for their vote.

Mike Bacidore, editor in chief
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Everyone has a favorite supplier for various components or systems. Those favorites can change over time, too — sometimes due to new features or better service offered by a different supplier. And sometimes the distribution channel itself can be a major factor in where and who to buy. The decision is tricky, but the choice is yours. Each year, Control Design asks its readers which suppliers are their go-to sources for myriad product categories. The answers vary slightly from time to time, but change comes slowly. This marks the 15th year of the Control Design Readers’ Choice Awards. This year, we sent questionnaires to 17,974 subscribers who tell us they have buying…

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The father of the PLC on the difference between the PLC and the PAC

Dick Morley 100x100In this exclusive interview, Dick Morley shares his thoughts on programmable automation controllers. Morley is considered by many to be the father of the programmable logic controller. Watch the interview here

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Are our workstations ready for a virtual interface?

VR has been used in training for years, but can we use it in production?

By Control Design

A Control Design reader writes: A while ago, I saw a demonstration of NASA’s virtual interface environment workstation. At the time, it seemed like futuristic technology, but virtual environments have since surfaced in numerous industrial training applications. Are there any examples of companies…

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