Leadership in Automation: First Team Honorees

Jan. 7, 2014
Now in its fourth full year, Automation World’s Leadership in Automation program continues to showcase readers’ preferred suppliers across a variety of automation technologies.

Just as we all tend to have preferences for certain products in the consumer world, all end users have their biases toward certain automation brands. In the world of automation, considering that most technologies are installed with the goal of having them operate for years or even decades, brand loyalties can become very entrenched. Then again, so can brand resentments. That’s why an open-ended reader survey, such as that associated with Automation World’s Leadership in Automation program, can serve as a useful snapshot of current reader preference for certain suppliers in very specific technology categories.

As you would expect with any such survey, the major automation suppliers play a dominant role in most of the categories. This is hardly surprising considering their breadth of product offerings, decades of experience supplying the industry, and ever-increasing services programs. Despite this, many smaller suppliers received enough write-in votes to qualify for First Team honors.

The fact that Leadership in Automation First Team Honorees—be they large or small companies—receive their recognition from a write-in survey is significant, because it demonstrates that respondents were in no way swayed by a list of names on the voting form.

With all the shifts in the automation technology space over the past several years, as well as those we anticipate in the coming years, we hope our annual list of First Team Honorees helps you assess suppliers based on the recommendation of your peers.

To return the favor and keep the program relevant, we encourage you to participate in the ongoing Leadership in Automation program to let us know who your preferred suppliers are today, as well as how your preferences may be changing in the years to come. The online survey for 2014 will be opening up again soon at www.automationworld.com/leadership. Stay tuned for voting to open (we’ll be sending out reminders later in the year), so that you can vote for your favorite supplier in each relevant category. Your input will be greatly appreciated by your peers as they go about making their supplier decisions.

2013 First Team Honorees:

Advanced Process Control

Emerson Process Management

Honeywell

Invensys Operations Management
Rockwell Automation

Alarm Management Software

ABB

Emerson Process Management

Honeywell

Invensys Operations Management

Analytic Instruments

ABB

Emerson Process Management

Endress+Hauser

Siemens Industry

Yokogawa

Asset Management/Optimization Software

Emerson Process Management

Invensys Operations Management

Rockwell Automation

Batch Process

Emerson Process Management

Invensys Operations Management

Rockwell Automation

Siemens Industry

Connectivity Components

Phoenix Contact

ProSoft Technology

Siemens Industry

Wago

Continuous Process

Emerson Process Management

Honeywell

Invensys Operations Management

Rockwell Automation

Control Valves

Emerson Process Management

Data Acquisition Hardware

National Instruments

Omega Engineering

Opto 22

Red Lion Controls

Rockwell Automation

Siemens Industry

Discrete Sensing

AutomationDirect

Balluff

Sick

Siemens Industry

Turck

Enclosures

Hoffman

Rittal

Energy Management Software

Invensys Operations Management

Powergate/TracoPower

Rockwell Automation

Schneider Electric

Siemens Industry

Flow Measurement

ABB

Emerson Process Management

Endress+Hauser

Flowserve

Omega Engineering

Yokogawa

HMI Hardware

B&R Industrial Automation

Mitsubishi Electric Automation

Pro-face America

Rockwell Automation

Schneider Electric

Siemens Industry

Red Lion Controls

HMI Mobile

Opto 22

Rockwell Automation

Siemens Industry

HMI Software

GE Intelligent Platforms

Invensys Operations Management

Rockwell Automation

Siemens Industry

Hydraulic Motion

Bosch Rexroth

Parker Hannifin

Rockwell Automation

Industrial PCs

Advantech Industrial Automation Group

Beckhoff Automation

Rockwell Automation

Siemens Industry

Information Management

GE Intelligent Platforms

Inductive Automation

Invensys Operations Management

Kepware Technologies

Moxa

Rockwell Automation

Siemens Industry

Level Measurement

Emerson Process Management

Endress+Hauser

Loop Tuning Software

Emerson Process Management

ExperTune

Honeywell

Rockwell Automation

Machine Controllers 

Rockwell Automation

Siemens Industry

Machine Safety Controllers

B&R Industrial Automation

Beckhoff Automation

Rockwell Automation

Siemens Industry

Machine Vision

Banner Engineering

Cognex

Sick

Siemens Industry

Manufacturing Execution Software

Emerson Process Management

GE Intelligent Platforms

Invensys Operations Management

Rockwell Automation

Siemens Industry

Motion Control Drives

Bosch Rexroth

Rockwell Automation

Siemens Industry

Yaskawa America

Motion Control Systems

B&R Industrial Automation

Beckhoff Automation

Bosch Rexroth

Mitsubishi Electric Automation

Rockwell Automation

Siemens Industry

Motors – AC/DC

ABB

Siemens Industry

Motors – Servos

Rockwell Automation

Siemens Industry

Networking Components – Ethernet

Antaira Technologies

Belden

Cisco Systems

Moxa

Red Lion Controls

Rockwell Automation

Siemens Industry

Networking Components – Wired

Belden

Cisco Systems

Hilscher North America

Moxa

Panduit

Phoenix Contact

Rockwell Automation

Siemens Industry

Networking Components – Wireless

Antaira Technologies

Cisco Systems

Moxa

ProSoft Technology

Siemens Industry

Pneumatic Motion

Festo

Parker Hannifin

Rockwell Automation

SMC Corporation of America

Power Conditioning & Protection

Eaton

Emerson/SolaHD

Powergate/TracoPower

Rockwell Automation

Schneider Electric

Siemens Industry

Pressure Sensors & Transmitters

Emerson Process Management

Endress+Hauser

Yokogawa

Process Safety

ABB

Emerson Process Management

Invensys Operations Management

Rockwell Automation

Siemens Industry

Programmable Automation Controllers

AutomationDirect

Rockwell Automation

Siemens Industry

Programmable Logic Controllers

AutomationDirect

Omron

Rockwell Automation

Schneider Electric

Siemens Industry

Robotics

ABB

Fanuc Robotics

Kuka

Mitsubishi Electric Automation

SCADA

GE Intelligent Platforms

Inductive Automation

Invensys Operations Management

Rockwell Automation

Siemens Industry

Simulation Software

ABB

Emerson Process Management

Honeywell

Invensys Operations Management

Rockwell Automation

Siemens PLM

Standard Control Products

Allied Electronics

c3controls

IDEC

Rockwell Automation

Schneider Electric

Siemens Industry

Temperature Sensors & Transmitters

AutomationDirect

Emerson Process Management

Endress+Hauser

Yokogawa

Omega Engineering

Variable-Frequency Drives

ABB

Rockwell Automation

Siemens Industry

Yaskawa America

Wireless Sensor Network Components

Emerson Process Management

Honeywell

ProSoft Technology

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