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

Aug. 28, 2015
This year, we sent questionnaires to 17,974 subscribers for their votes.
Readers' Choice Awards 2015

See the top five companies in these categories: Control, Hardware, Motion, Networking, Safety, Sensing and Software.


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 authority or influence for industrial control and automation products. They were offered an unaided ballot that allowed them to rank their first, second and third choices for suppliers in each of 61 product categories. We do not provide any list of suppliers as guidance, and we do not knowingly count the votes of any suppliers. We also asked the voters to rank the service and support of those companies.

To make it easier to find product categories, this year we’ve grouped them into seven larger categories in one easy-to-navigate ebook — Control, Hardware, Motion, Networking, Safety, Sensing and Software.

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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