2018 Readers’ Choice Awards: Giving machine builders what they want

In this, the 18th year, voting has matured and reached a level of consistency that respects tradition and acknowledges new solutions that meet the needs of today’s machine builders

By Mike Bacidore, chief editor

The Control Design Readers' Choice Awards have come of age. In this, the 18th year, voting has matured and reached a level of consistency that respects tradition and acknowledges new solutions that meet the needs of today’s machine builders. The people have spoken. You’ve made your choice with your integration and your voice.

The 2018 Control Design Readers’ Choice Awards winners were selected by readers like you. More than 15,000 individuals who identify themselves as having buying influence or authority were invited to access our confidential ballot. All of the voting is unaided, meaning that no list of supplier choices is provided for guidance or assistance in the ballot. It  s created entirely by the participants, who may vote for first, second and third preferences in each category. The results are grouped by Control, Hardware, Motion, Networking, Safety, Sensing and Software categories. The results do not knowingly include votes from any suppliers in the final tally.

Once again, Rockwell Automation was the go-to brand for most products, finishing first in 20 categories. Other multiple winners included Fanuc (2), Turck (2), nVent (2), Schneider Electric (3), Cisco (4), Pepperl+Fuchs (2), Cognex (2), Emerson (3) and Banner Engineering (2).

⇒ Click here to see the full list of Readers' Choice Award winners.