ABB’s compact AC 700F controller wins Control Engineering “Engineer’s Choice” Award

Recognized by readers as one of the best new products introduced in 2008

Wickliffe, Ohio, February 9, 2009– ABB announced today that the readers of Control Engineering have selected its new AC 700F process controller to receive the magazine’s 2008 Engineer’s Choice award for the best new product in the Process and Advanced Control category. The magazine’s readers chose the top product in each voting category based on the product’s technological impact, service to the industry, and market impact.

Every month, in print and online, Control Engineering covers the proven solutions and game-changing technologies that are available to automation, instrumentation and controls professionals. Every year, the magazine holds a competition to highlight those products that engineers find most useful and desirable. Products that were introduced and available for purchase in the North American market between January, 2008 and November, 2008 were nominated for the competition. The magazine’s readers received an electronic ballot and voted for the best products at the end of the year. Control Engineering announced the 2008 winners in their February 2009 issue, published this week.

ABB’s winning product, the AC 700F, is a powerful, compact controller that bridges the gap between PLCs and larger process automation systems, making it an ideal solution for small process applications. The newest addition to the Freelance 800F family of controllers, the AC 700F provides true DCS functionality with a PLC footprint, offering exceptional process performance.

“We are delighted that the readers of Control Engineering have recognized the AC 700F as one of the most innovative and useful products introduced in 2008,” said Gero Lustig, Business Development Manager for Freelance at ABB. “This key audience faces the same challenges that engineers throughout the industry face every day; their choice of the AC 700F for this prestigious award underscores that this right-sized solution is just what is needed to successfully get the job done for many small process applications.”

The AC 700F closes the gap between PLCs and complex process control systems. While traditional PLC automation systems are compact in size and lower in cost with fast processing speeds, they offer few engineering options and often lack convenient visualization capabilities.

Unlike conventional PLC systems, the AC 700F offers all of the benefits of the tools integrated in ABB’s Freelance compact DCS system, including engineering tools and pre-engineered visualization components, extended troubleshooting capabilities, ready made system communication, and other tools and features. It complements ABB’s unmatched portfolio of control solutions that significantly improve process applications of all sizes across the entire range of manufacturing industries.

ABB ( is a leader in power and automation technologies that enable utility and industry customers to improve performance while lowering environmental impact. The ABB Group of companies operates in around 100 countries and employs about 120,000 people.

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