The future is here, and, while many of the technologies and products are new, the majority of the suppliers have gone the distance, innovating new solutions or acquiring them to complement an existing portfolio. Once again, the readers of Control Design have delivered on identifying their favorite component and system suppliers.
Once again, Rockwell Automation was the go-to brand for most products, finishing first in 27 categories. Other multiple winners included Fanuc (2), Turck (2), nVent (2), SMC (2), Cisco (3), Pepperl+Fuchs (2), Cognex (2), Emerson (3) and Banner Engineering (2).
For the 2020 Control Design Readers’ Choice Awards, 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 is 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.