2020 Leadership in Automation: First Team Honorees

Automation World’s Leadership in Automation program reflects reader recognition of outstanding suppliers of industrial automation technologies.

2020 Leadership in Automation: First Team Honorees
2020 Leadership in Automation: First Team Honorees

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

Emerson

Festo

Parker Hannifin

SMC

Alarm Management

Emerson 

Honeywell Process Solutions

Inductive Automation 

Schneider Electric 

Siemens Industry

Cables

Belden

Binder USA

Murrelektronik

Phoenix Contact

Turck

Wago

Cloud Computing

Advantech

Aveva

Moxa

Siemens Industry

Data Acquisition Hardware including I/O

Emerson

Honeywell Process Solutions

Opto 22

Red Lion Controls

Schneider Electric

Siemens Industry

Wago

Drives

ABB

Bosch Rexroth

Lenze

Parker Hannifin

Rockwell Automation

Schneider Electric

Siemens Industry

Yaskawa

Edge Computing

Advantech

Aveva

Beckhoff Automation

Hilscher North America

Moxa

Opto 22

Stratus

Enclosures

Haewa

Hammond Manufacturing

Pentair/Hoffman

Rittal

Saginaw Control & Engineering 

Energy Management

Aveva

Emerson

Opto 22

Schneider Electric

Siemens Industry

Historian/Data Acquisition Software

Aveva

GE Digital

Honeywell Process Solutions

Inductive Automation

OSISoft

Schneider Electric

Siemens Industry

HMI Hardware

AutomationDirect

Beckhoff Automation

Beijer Electronics

IDEC

Red Lion Controls

Rockwell Automation

Schneider Electric

Siemens Industry

Unitronics

Weintek


HMI Software

AutomationDirect

Beckhoff Automation

IDEC

Inductive Automation 

InduSoft

Red Lion Controls

Rockwell Automation

Schneider Electric

Siemens Industry

Hydraulics/Pneumatics

Bimba Manufacturing

Bosch Rexroth

Emerson

Festo

Parker Hannifin

SMC

Industrial PCs

Advantech

B&R Industrial Automation

Beckhoff Automation

Moxa

Rockwell Automation

Siemens Industry

IoT Platforms

Aveva

Beckhoff Automation

Emerson

Inductive Automation

Opto 22

Schneider Electric 

Siemens Industry

Maintenance/Reliability

Aveva 

Emerson

Endress+Hauser

Rockwell Automation

Siemens Industry

MES/MOM Software

AspenTech

Aveva

Epicor Software

Honeywell Process Solutions

Inductive Automation

Rockwell Automation

Siemens Industry

Mobile HMI/SCADA

Aveva

Emerson

Honeywell Process Solutions

Inductive Automation

Opto 22

Red Lion Controls

Siemens Industry

Motors

ABB

JVL

Lenze

Mitsubishi Electric

Oriental Motor

Siemens Industry

Yaskawa America


Networking-Wired

Belden

Hilscher North America

Moxa

Murrelektronik

Panduit

Phoenix Contact

Wago


Networking-Wireless

Advantech

Emerson

HMS Industrial Networks

Moxa

Red Lion Controls

Siemens Industry

PLCs/PACs

AutomationDirect

B&R Industrial Automation

IDEC

Mitsubishi Electric Automation

Omron Industrial Automation

Opto 22

Rockwell Automation

Schneider Electric

Siemens Industry

Power Supplies

Emerson/SolaHD

IDEC

Phoenix Contact

Puls

Siemens Industry

Process Control Software

ABB

Aveva

Emerson

Rockwell Automation

Schneider Electric

Siemens Industry

Robotics

ABB Robotics

Epson Robots

Fanuc Robotics

Kawasaki Robotics

Mitsubishi Electric Automation

Universal Robots

Yaskawa America

Safety-Machine

Banner Engineering

IDEC

Leuze Electronic

Pilz Automation Safety

Rockwell Automation

Telemecanique Sensors

Sick

Siemens Industry

Safety-Process

Emerson

Honeywell Process Solutions

Pilz Automation Safety 

Rockwell Automation

Siemens Industry

SCADA

Aveva

GE Digital

Honeywell Process Solutions

Inductive Automation

Rockwell Automation

Siemens Industry

Sensors-Discrete

Banner Engineering 

IFM Efector

Telemecanique Sensors

Sick

Siemens Industry

Sensors-Process

Balluff

Emerson

Endress+Hauser

IFM Efector

Telemecanique Sensors

Sick

Siemens Industry

Simulation/Modeling

Autodesk

Emerson

Eplan

Siemens PLM

Vision Systems

Banner Engineering 

Baumer

Cognex

Datalogic

Omron Industrial Automation

Sick

Teledyne Dalsa

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