Leadership in Automation 2012: First Team Honorees

Automation World reports on how readers implement automation projects in order to improve their companies’ bottom lines. This annual survey helps you know which companies your peers have chosen as their “first team” suppliers.

2012 First Team Honorees
2012 First Team Honorees

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 its 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 is quite large. The results are a compilation of companies whom readers chose to be on their “First Team—Automation.”

Unaided recall
The Web-based survey was constructed that contained only categories so as to test something the market researchers call unaided recall—readers were not prompted with any pre-selected companies—and a request to vote was sent to our entire reader database several times. 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. But my years in manufacturing made me a fanatic for accuracy. 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.

Leadership in Automation
Vendors were allowed to participate in Automation World’s Leadership in Automation special advertising section, which is a compilation of formatted company profiles that can help you know more about companies you’re not familiar with. Those profiles appear in this issue and will remain online throughout 2013 to aid and inform you for next year’s survey. A company listed here as a 2012 First Team member may have a profile in that section, so you can learn more about them immediately.

Many listed on the First Team will not surprise you. They are major suppliers, and there is a reason that they are major. They have been around for some years and have built a loyal clientele. On the other hand, you will find some upstarts among the winners. There are companies that have changed their focus from components to solutions and have begun to promote themselves as full automation suppliers. See if any of these companies newer to the lists are ones you are doing business with today.

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 my emails coming later in 2013 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.

Automation World’s FIRST TEAM Leaders in Automation 2012

 

Advanced Process Control

Emerson Process Management

Honeywell Process Solutions

Rockwell Automation

 

Alarm Management Software

ABB

Emerson Process Management

Honeywell Process Solutions

PAS

 

Analytic Instruments

ABB

Emerson Process Management

Endress+Hauser

Yokogawa

 

Asset Management / Optimization Software

ABB

Emerson Process Management

Invensys Operations Management

 

Batch Control

Emerson Process Management

Honeywell Process Solutions

Rockwell Automation

Siemens Industry

 

Connectivity Components

Phoenix Contact

ProSoft Technology

Wago

 

Continuous Process Control

ABB

Emerson Process Management

Honeywell Process Solutions

Rockwell Automation

 

Control Valves

Emerson Process Management

 

Data Acquisition Hardware

National Instruments

Opto 22

Red Lion Controls

 

Discrete Sensing

AutomationDirect

Balluff

Banner Engineering

Omron Electronics

Turck

 

Enclosures

Pentair (formerly Hoffman)

Rittal

 

Energy Management Software

ABB

GE Intelligent Platforms

Rockwell Automation

Schneider Electric

TracoPower

 

Flow Measurement

Emerson Process Management

Endress + Hauser

Flowserve

Omega Engineering

 

HMI Hardware

B&R Automation

Comfile Technology

Maple Systems

Mitsubishi Electric Automation

Pro-face

Rockwell Automation

Schneider Electric

Siemens Industry

 

HMI iPad Apps

Advantech

Invensys Operations Management

Opto 22

Siemens PLM

 

HMI Mobile

Invensys Operations Management

Panasonic

Rockwell Automation

Siemens Industry

 

HMI Software

GE Intelligent Platforms

Invensys Operations Management

Rockwell Automation

Siemens Industry

 

Hydraulic Motion

Bosch Rexroth

Parker Hannifin

 

Industrial PC (IPC)

Advantech

Beckhoff Automation

Pro-face

Siemens Industry

 

Information Management

Inductive Automation

Kepware Technologies

Moxa

Online Development

 

Level Measurement

ABB

Emerson Process Management

Endress + Hauser

Omega Engineering

 

Loop Tuning Software

Emerson Process Management

ExperTune

Honeywell Process Solutions

Rockwell Automation

 

Machine Controllers

B&R Automation

Beckhoff Automation

Mitsubishi Electric Automation

Rockwell Automation

Siemens Industry

 

Machine Safety Controllers

B&R Industrial Automation

Beckhoff Automation

Rockwell Automation

Schneider Electric

Siemens Industry

 

Machine Vision

Banner Engineering

Cognex

Omron Electronics

 

Manufacturing Execution Software

ABB

Emerson Process Management

Invensys Operations Management

Rockwell Automation

 

Motion Control Drives

Bosch Rexroth

Kollmorgen

Lenze

Rockwell Automation

Siemens Industry

Yaskawa

 

Motion Control Systems

B&R Automation

Beckhoff Automation

Mitsubishi Electric Automation

National Instruments

Rockwell Automation

Yaskawa

 

Motors – AC

Baldor, a Member of the ABB Group

Siemens Industry

 

Motors – DC

ABB

Siemens Industry

 

Motors – Servos

Siemens Industry

Yaskawa

 

Networking Components - Ethernet

Antaira Technologies (Aaxeon)

Belden

Cisco Systems

Hilscher

Moxa

Red Lion Controls

 

Networking Components – Wired

Belden

Eaton

Hilscher

Panduit

Phoenix Contact

 

Networking Components – Wireless

Antaira Technologies (Aaxeon)

Cisco Systems

Moxa

ProSoft Technology

 

Pneumatic Actuators

Numatics, an Emerson Company

 

Pneumatic Motion

Festo

Parker Hannifin

SMC

 

Power Conditioning and Protection

ABB

Emerson/Sola HD

Schneider Electric

Siemens Industry

TracoPower

 

Pressure Sensors and Transmitters

AutomationDirect

Emerson Process Management

Endress + Hauser

Omega Engineering

Yokogawa

 

Process Safety

ABB

Emerson Process Management

Invensys Operations Management

Rockwell Automation

Siemens Industry

 

Programmable Automation Controllers

AutomationDirect

National Instruments

Opto 22

Phoenix Contact

 

Programmable Logic Controllers

AutomationDirect

Rockwell Automation

Schneider Electric

Siemens Industry

 

Robotics

ABB Robotics

Fanuc

Festo

 

SCADA

GE Intelligent Platforms

Inductive Automation

Invensys Operations Management

Rockwell Automation

Schneider Electric

 

Simulation Software

Emerson Process Management

Honeywell Process Solutions

Invensys Operations Management

Mynah Technologies

Rockwell Automation

 

Standard Control Products

Allied

Autonics

C3Controls

IDEC

 

Temperature Sensors and Transmitters

AutomationDirect

Emerson Process Management

Endress + Hauser

Omega Engineering

Yokogawa

 

Variable Frequency Drives

ABB

Rockwell Automation

Schneider Electric

Siemens Industry

 

Wireless Sensor Network Components

Emerson Process Management

Endress + Hauser

Honeywell Process Solutions

ProSoft Technology

Yokogawa

 

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