Readers choose best in motion control

Value rises above the rest as readers make known their choices among suppliers of motion control technologies. Check out which companies they recognize for providing the best services and support.

By Joe Feeley, Editor in Chief





2006 Readers' Choice Awards

2006 Readers' Choice Awards


FOR SIX years now we’ve trusted you to tell us—with your votes—which vendors provide the best value for you in the categories of motion control. It’s those evaluations that make some automation suppliers’ products rise above the rest. After the usual careful consideration, Control Design’s readers told us how they rate the technology value of suppliers in these categories.


As they voted for the best technology value providers, we also had them rate the service and support they receive from these companies on a scale of 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent). Our published results include only those companies that received at least a 5% share of the vote in their category.

Here, with products listed alphabetically, is this year’s “all-star team” of winners in motion control categories. As always, we welcome your analysis and thoughts about the outcome.

Sixth Annual Readers' Choice Awards

(*Differences of less than 3% are not statistically significant)


Ball Screw/Lead Screw
1. Danaher 21%
2. Nook 15%
  *THK America 13%
4. Bosch Rexroth 8%
    NSK 8%

Controller, CNC
1. GE Fanuc 30%
2. Rockwell Automation 13%
    Siemens E&A 13%
4. Haas Automation 9%
  *Galil Motion Control 7%

Controller, Motion 
1. Rockwell Automation 41%
2. Galil Motion Control 9%
  *Bosch Rexroth 7%

Controller, PLC 
1. Rockwell Automati on 62%
2. AutomationDirect 13%
3. Schneider Electric 5%
    Siemens E&A 5%

1. Rockwell Automation 24%
2. BEI 17%
3. Danaher 12%
4. Encoder Products 7%
  *Heidenhain 5%

Hydraulic System Controls/Components
1. Parker Hannifin 43%
2. Bosch Rexroth 18%
3. Eaton/Vickers 8%
  *Enerpac 6%

Industrial Electric Motor Drive 
1. Rockwell Automation 41%
2. Lenze/AC Tech 10%
3. Yaskawa 7%
  *Baldor 6%
  *Bosch Rexroth 5%

Linear Actuator/Slide/Guide
1. PHD 10%
  *Parker Hannifin 8%
  *THK 8%

Motor, Industrial Electric
1. Baldor 48%
2. Regal Beloit 17%
3. Rockwell Automation 12%
4. General Electric 5%

Motor, Linear
1. Rockwell Automation 30%
2. Danaher 18%
3. Baldor 7%

Motor, Servo
1. Rockwell Automation 30%
2. Danaher 14%
3. Yaskawa 11%
4. Bosch Rexroth 8%
  *Parker Hannifin 6%

Motor, Stepper
1. Rockwell Automation 21%
2. Danaher 17%
3. Oriental Motor 14%
  *Parker 14%

Pneumatic System Controls/Components
1. SMC 27%
2. Numatics 16%
3. Festo 12%
  *Parker 12%
5. MAC Valves 5%

Programmable Safety Controller
1. Rockwell Automation 40%
2. Pilz Automation Safety 18%
3. Siemens Automation 13%

Safety Relay  
1. Rockwell Automation 40%
2. Pilz Automation Safety 18%
3. STI 8%
  *Banner Engineering 7%
  *Schneider Electric 6%

Software, CNC  
1. GE Fanuc 18%
2. Rockwell Automation 10%
    Siemens E&A 10%
4. MasterCam 6%

Software, Motion Control
1. Rockwell Automation 50%
2. B&R Industrial Automation 5%
    Beckhoff 5%
    Bosch Rexroth 5%
    National Instruments 5%
    Schneider Electric 5%

Software, PC-Based Machine Control 
1. Rockwell Automation 29%
2. National Instruments 19%
3. Phoenix Contact 12%
4. Beckhoff 7%

Software, PLC Programming
1. Rockwell Automation 67%
2. AutomationDirect 12%
3. Schneider Electric 6%
  *Siemens E&A 5%




 Readers' Chocie Awards 2006

The 2006 Readers’ Choice
Service and Support Leaders

The readers tell us these companies provide very good (4.0) to excellent (5.0) service in these categories. Only companies that received the minimum 5% vote share were considered.

Schneider Electric Programmable Logic Controller

AutomationDirect PLC Programming Software
AutomationDirect Programmable Logic Controller
National Instruments PC-Based Machine Control Software
Rockwell Automation Programmable Safety Controller
Schneider Electric Motion Control Software
Yaskawa Industrial Electric Motor Drive

Baldor Industrial Electric Motor Drive
Beckhoff Motion Control Software
Beckhoff PC-Based Machine Control Software
BEI Encoder/Resolver
Bosch Rexroth  Motion Controller
Bosch Rexroth Servo Motor
National Instruments Motion Control Software
Numatics Pneumatic System Controls/Components
Rockwell Automation Encoder/Resolver
Rockwell Automation Industrial Electric Motor
Rockwell Automation Loop Controller
Rockwell Automation PLC Programming Software
Rockwell Automation Programmable Logic Controller
Schneider Electric PLC Programming Software
Schneider Electric Safety Relay
Siemens E&A CNC Software

B&R Industrial Automation Motion Control Software
Bosch Rexroth Industrial Electric Motor Drive
Bosch Rexroth Motion Control Software
Enerpac Hydraulic System Controls/Components
Festo Pneumatic System Controls/Components
Galil Motion Control Motion Controller
GE Fanuc CNC Software
Parker Hannifin Linear Actuator/Slide/Guide
Red Lion Controls Loop Controller
Rockwell Automation Industrial Electric Motor Drive
Rockwell Automation Motion Control Software
Rockwell Automation Safety Relay
Siemens E&A CNC Controller
Siemens E&A Programmable Safety Controller

Baldor Industrial Electric Motor
Bosch Rexroth Ball Screw/Lead Screw
Danaher Stepper Motor
Eaton/Vickers Hydraulic System Controls/Components
Rockwell Automation Motion Controller
Rockwell Automation PC-Based Machine Control Software
Rockwell Automation Servo Motor
Siemens E&A Programmable Logic Controller
STI Safety Relay

Danaher Encoder/Resolver
Heidenhain Encoder/Resolver
NSK Ball Screw/Lead Screw
Omron Loop Controller
Oriental Motor Stepper Motor
PHD Linear Actuator/Slide/Guide
Regal Beloit Industrial Electric Motor
Rockwell Automation CNC Controller
Rockwell Automation Stepper Motor
Siemens E&A Loop Controller
SMC Pneumatic System Controls/Components
Yaskawa Servo Motor

2006 Readers' Choice Awards
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