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2020 Readers’ Choice Awards: Power to the readers

June 1, 2020
Machine builders, users and integrators raise their voices in our 20th annual Readers’ Choice Awards

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This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Control Design Readers’ Choice Awards. The past two decades have been as liberating as they’ve been innovative. Remote capabilities and software-driven enhancements have pushed technology forward so fast there seems to be no limit to what can’t be automated or upgraded. The impossible has become the standard, and industry has shaken off technological restrictions without looking back. When is the last time you even heard someone utter the word, “bandwidth”?

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.

About the Author

Mike Bacidore | Editor in Chief

Mike Bacidore is chief editor of Control Design and has been an integral part of the Endeavor Business Media editorial team since 2007. Previously, he was editorial director at Hughes Communications and a portfolio manager of the human resources and labor law areas at Wolters Kluwer. Bacidore holds a BA from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. He is an award-winning columnist, earning multiple regional and national awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He may be reached at [email protected] 

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