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Leadership In Automation 2011: First Team Honorees

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Automation World reports on who readers partner with to implement automation projects and improve their companies’ bottom lines. This new, annual survey helps you know who your peers have chosen as their “first team” suppliers.

It’s human nature to go with whom you know, but if your project suddenly requires something new, or your vendor’s service has changed for the worse and you’re ready to consider an alternative, you need a short list. Automation World has shied away from the various “choice” awards programs since our founding in 2003. However, curiosity grew during 2010 from both the reader and supplier communities about which companies readers would choose to be on their “First Team” when choosing partners for automaton projects.

We cover both factory automation and process automation. Within those broad categories, we cover products ranging from control components to complete control and automation systems to manufacturing management software. Automation World readers come from the ranks of engineering, management, operations and information technology. Given this comprehensive coverage, the list of potential categories for First Team partners is quite large. The results are a short list of companies whom your peers go to first when they’re looking for innovative solutions to their automation problems.

Unaided recall
The Web-based survey was constructed so that readers were not prompted with any pre-selected companies. The downside of this totally open survey is that we had a number of people who still think there are companies named Allen-Bradley, Bailey and Modicon, for example. We linked those brands to the companies that own them now.

The other challenging thing—something I discovered when I made the transition from industry to publishing—centers on product category names. What we in publishing call certain technologies does not always coincide with names common in the field. With several hundred responses and nearly 50 categories, it was an interesting intellectual exercise to sort the responses. One other interesting item is that no suppliers tried to pad the voting—fewer than 0.5 percent of the total voters, to the best I could figure out, were from vendor companies.

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Vendors were allowed to participate in Automation World’s Leadership in Automation Profiles Special Section (page 61), which is a compilation of formatted information that can help you know more about companies you’re not familiar with. Profiles were available online in 2011, and those that appear in this issue will remain online throughout 2012 to aid and inform you for next year’s survey. A company listed here as a 2011 First Team member may have a profile in that section, so you can learn more about them immediately.

We had a satisfyingly large response to the request for input. Since there are so many categories, it did require a time commitment from those who responded. But watch for emails coming later in 2012 so that you, too, can participate in next year’s survey. It will be interesting to see what companies rise to First Team status next year. And if there is a category or company you think was missed, let me know.

2011 FIRST TEAM HONOREES

Continuous Process Control
ABB
Emerson Process Management
Honeywell Process Solutions

Batch Control
ABB
Emerson Process Management
Rockwell Automation
Siemens Industry

Process Safety
ABB
Emerson Process Management
Invensys Operations Management
Rockwell Automation
Yokogawa

Advanced Process Control
ABB
Emerson Process Management
Honeywell Process Solutions
Invensys Operations Management
Yokogawa

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Simulation Software
Emerson Process Management
Honeywell Process Solutions
Invensys Operations Management

Pneumatic Actuators
Numatics, an Emerson Company

Control Valves
Dresser Masoneilan
Emerson Process Management

Flow Measurement
Emerson Process Management
Endress + Hauser
Flowserve
Omega Engineering

Pressure Sensors and Transmitters
AutomationDirect
Emerson Process Management
Endress + Hauser
Omega Engineering
Yokogawa

Temperature Sensors and Transmitters
AutomationDirect
Emerson Process Management
Endress + Hauser
Omega Engineering
Yokogawa

Level Measurement
ABB
Emerson Process Management
Endress + Hauser
Omega Engineering

Wireless Sensor Network Components
ABB
Emerson Process Management
Endress + Hauser
Honeywell Process Solutions
ProSoft Technologies

Analytic Instruments
ABB
Emerson Process Management
Endress+Hauser
Yokogawa

Alarm Management SoftwareABB
Emerson Process Management
Honeywell Process Solutions
PAS

SCADA
GE Intelligent Platforms
Inductive Automation
Invensys Operations Management
Rockwell Automation
Schneider Electric

Data Acquisition Hardware
National Instruments
Red Lion
Sixnet

Asset Management / Optimization Software
ABB
Emerson Process Management
Invensys Operations Management
Yokogawa

Loop Tuning Software
Emerson Process Management
Expertune
Honeywell Process Solutions
Rockwell Automation

Programmable Logic Controllers
AutomationDirect
Rockwell Automation
Schneider Electric
Siemens Industry

Programmable Automation Controllers
AutomationDirect
National Instruments
Opto 22
Phoenix Contact

Machine Controllers
B & R Automation
Beckhoff Automation
Mitsubishi Electric Automation
Rockwell Automation
Siemens Industry

Machine Safety Controllers
Beckhoff Automation
B & R Industrial Automation
Pilz
Rockwell Automation
Siemens Industry

HMI Hardware
Mitsubishi Electric Automation
National Instruments
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Rockwell Automation
Schneider Electric
Siemens Industry

HMI Software
Invensys Operations Management
Rockwell Automation
Siemens Industry

HMI Mobile
Honeywell Process Solutions
Invensys Operations Management
National Instruments

HMI iPad Apps
Advantech
Invensys Operations Management
National Instruments
Siemens PLM

Industrial PC (IPC)
Advantech
Beckhoff Automation
Pro-face

Discrete Sensing
Banner Engineering
Omron Electronics
Turck

Machine Vision
Banner Engineering
Cognex
Sick

Motion Control Systems
B & R Automation
Beckhoff Automation
Bosch Rexroth
Mitsubishi Electric Automation
National Instruments
Rockwell Automation

Motion Control Drives
Bosch Rexroth
Kollmorgen
Lenze
Rockwell Automation
Siemens Industry
Yaskawa

Hydraulic Motion
Bosch Rexroth
Parker Hannifin

Pneumatic Motion
Festo
Parker Hannifin

Robotics
ABB Robotics
Fanuc
Festo

Variable Frequency Drives
ABB
Rockwell Automation
Siemens Industry

Motors – AC
Baldor, a Member of the ABB Group
Siemens Industry

Motors – DC
ABB
Siemens Industry

Motors – Servos
ABB
Siemens Industry

Enclosures
Hoffman
Rittal

Information Management
Inductive Automation
Kepware Technologies
Moxa
N-Tron
Online Development

Manufacturing Execution Software
ABB
Emerson Process Management
Invensys Operations Management
Rockwell Automation

Networking Components – Wired
Belden
Phoenix Contact

Networking Components - Ethernet
Belden
Cisco Systems
Hilscher
Moxa
N-Tron

Networking Components – Wireless
Aaxeon
Cisco Systems
Moxa
N-Tron

Connectivity Components
Phoenix Contact
ProSoft Technologies
Wago

Energy Management SoftwareABB
GE Intelligent Platforms
Schneider Electric
Siemens Industry
TracoPower

Power Conditioning and Protection
ABB
Emerson/Sola HD
Schneider Electric
Siemens Industry
TracoPower

Standard Control ProductsAllied
C3Controls
Idec
 

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It was quite a show, however I dont see much news of the next one anywhere

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