EAO, the expert partner for Human Machine Interfaces, collected two gold awards for ‘Best New Products of the Year’ in the coveted New Electronics Digest ‘King Awards’.

The Configurable HMI Panel came first in the category of Control and Instruments, beating out several major industrial competitors.

This uniquely, customisable interface features ‘mixed technology’ including a resistive touchscreen, electromechanical buttons, a membrane keypad and an emergency-stop function, all seamlessly integrated within a single drop-in style unit.

EAO’s record-breaking Series 51 Stop Switch also took gold within the Safety category. This durable, UL-approve switch offers the industry’s lowest behind-panel mounting depth – just 18.8mm.

Lance Scott, President of Sales, EAO Corp. said: "We’re honored to win these Golds, knowing that EAO was chosen after thousands of engineers and product designers cast their votes. These accolades demonstrate EAO’s international reputation for product innovation and intuitive HMI design."

Honoring superior industrial product innovation, the King Awards showcase the best new products in 2010/11 and recognises the talent and commitment of the companies involved. The gold, silver and bronze awards were determined by a combination of readers’ votes and an expert panel.

A spokesperson for New Equipment Digest (NED) said: "We are proud to bestow these awards on significant and inventive products that enable all involved in manufacturing to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively."