Temecula, CA – Opto 22’s SNAP PAC family of Wired+Wireless programmable automation controllers and I/O was recently awarded one of the automation industry’s most prestigious honors-Control Engineering magazine’s 2010 Engineers’ Choice Award. SNAP PAC Wired+Wireless is also in consideration for Design World Online’s 2010 Leadership in Engineering Award.
Control Engineering, published by Reed Business Information, has a circulation of over 86,000 North American subscribers. Russian, Middle Eastern, and multiple Asian and European editions of the magazine help make it one of the world’s foremost trade publications covering the control, instrumentation, and automation industries. The Engineers’ Choice Awards acknowledge products for service to the industry, technological advancement, and market impact. This year’s winners were selected from 96 new products in 29 categories. Over 600 votes were cast, with Opto 22’s SNAP PAC Wired+Wireless hardware winning in the category designated for wireless controllers and I/O. The selection is Opto 22’s ninth such award from Control Engineering, including honors for its SNAP-PAC-R2 rack-mounted programmable automation controller, the SNAP-PAC-S2 standalone controller, and most recently, for its intelligent I/O for Allen-Bradley Systems (IO4AB.)
Design World magazine is one of the leading trade publications for OEM machine builders, design engineers, and engineering managers. Its Leadership in Engineering Awards recognize products and individuals that demonstrate exceptional vision, trustworthiness, integrity, honesty, service, and creativity. Opto 22 was previously honored with this award in 2008 and this year’s winners will be announced shortly.
For each of these awards, the SNAP PAC Wired+Wireless hardware was specifically considered as a powerful, versatile, and unique I/O and controller combination that networks like a laptop. Users can plug an Ethernet cable in for traditional networking, or switch on the Wi-Fi radio for wireless networking. No additional I/O hardware is required to use wireless, and all functions work the same whether wired or wireless. The product’s technological merits include support for several standard industrial networking protocols, including ModbusÂ®/TCP, EtherNet/IP(tm), FTP, SNMP, and SMTP. The hardware’s innovative design and unique product features-particularly its dual (wired plus wireless) functionality and its support for three of the major 802.11 variants (a, b, and g)-were also acknowledged for giving automation professionals unparalleled industrial networking options and making it cheaper and easier for them to design, build, and modify control systems.
Control Engineering’s Engineers’ Choice Award winners will be showcased in a printed supplement included with the February issue. For more information, go to http://www.controleng.com/awards.
Readers wishing to participate in Design World Online’s Leadership in Engineering Awards can visit www.designworldonline.com.
Filed Under: Factory automation, Wireless, Data acquisition + DAQ modules, Networks • connectivity • fieldbuses, PLCs + PACs