End user selection of automation technologies—ranging from hardware devices to software platforms—is contingent on many factors. These factors include established business relationships, familiarity with the technology, ease of integration, availability of support, and, of course, price. The importance of relationships, familiarity, and support play a prominent role in automation technology decisions because users are relying on these technologies to not only keep them competitive, but to keep them in operation. As a result, end users tend to be consistent in their preferences.
That being said, we’re seeing more and more companies, outside of the most recognized players, receiving recognition from Automation World readers. Recommendation by our readers is the driving force behind our Leadership in Automation program. The honorees cited on the following pages were noted by readers in an open-ended survey that Automation World maintains nearly year-round. This means that reader responses are not influenced by a pre-determined list on a survey. Instead, respondents weigh in with their honest preferences.
This year’s Leadership in Automation honorees list, created from the recommendations of your peers across industry, is designed to help highlight the technology suppliers most worthy of your consideration as you make product buying decisions in the coming year. Please return the favor by letting us know who your preferred suppliers are as well. Click here for the 2021 voting survey. Your input is greatly appreciated.
Actuators & Valves
Data Acquisition Hardware including I/O
Historian/Data Acquisition Software
Process Control Software