2007 Readers' Choice Awards: Readers put their seal of approval on technology providers

Results of the 2007 Readers’ Choice Awards are in and have been tabulated to determine the top technology providers in 47 categories, according to our readers. Find out which vendors rate highest with your peers.

By Ken Schnepf, nanaging editor

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For the fourth consecutive year, the results are in and the votes have been tabulated for Chemical Processing’s 2007 Readers’ Choice Awards. This reader-driven survey is important to a lot of people for many reasons.

Learning which vendors that readers consider the technology leaders can help you make better decisions. “I like the questions. They make you think,” says one reader. The survey, according to another reader, is “a very useful tool for bidding, procurement, etc.” Indeed, the results provide real-world perspectives of users that can serve as a valuable resource for choosing or recommending suppliers. Engineers need the right tools to get the job done efficiently and effectively. We hope you consider this year’s list of Readers’ Choice Award winners as one of those tools.

Vendors certainly pay attention to the results. Those cited really do feel proud and honored when they’re named as the top choices by the people who actually use their equipment on the job each and every day. It means they’ve hit the mark and have provided something that is both useful and appreciated by their customers. The results also may spur suppliers not honored to enhance their efforts.

Each year, since the Readers’ Choice Awards were established in 2004, the number of responses and categories has grown. After starting with 40 categories in 2004, this year we list 47, including one for variable speed drives which was suggested by a respondent to the 2006 survey.

Breaking down the numbers

Readers received e-mail notices and electronic newsletters with a link to the questionnaire or used a link posted on our Web site (www.chemicalprocessing.com). The survey was open for responses for approximately one month. A total of 324 readers shared their opinions about which vendors they prefer in 47 different categories. Last year, there were 285 respondents and in 2005, there were 276. Categories were listed, but respondents had to type their own selections in a blank text box. By not providing a pre-selected list of companies in each category, we avoided any inherent bias in the survey.

The rankings show the percentage of total responses in each category that a particular company received. A minimum of at least 5% of the votes in a category is required to be listed. Scores within 3% of each other should be considered a statistical tie.

As in past surveys, Emerson Process Management has maintained its dominance, placing first in seven categories and scoring highly in several others. Alfa Laval and Aspen Technology are the only other multiple category winners. ABB, Allen Bradley, Baldor, Fluke, Honeywell, Fluke, GE and Endress+Hauser had strong showings, achieving listings in multiple categories.

If you didn’t participate in our survey this year, we hope you will consider doing so next year. More detailed survey results are provided on the subsequent pages. If you desire more information about any of the vendors or products listed, we encourage you to visit www.chemicalprocessing.com and search for bearings, pumps or any other category you are interested in. Results from previous Readers’ Choice surveys also are available online.

Reader wins too

Doug Mancosky, research scientist, at Hydro Dynamics in Rome, Ga., is the recipient of the 30-GB video iPod offered as an incentive for our respondents to participate in the Readers’ Choice survey. His name was randomly selected by computer from all of the respondents.

 

Chemical Processing's 2007 Readers' Choice Awards
Bearings     Materials of Construction  
SKF 37%   Haynes International  7%
Timken 20%      
      Mixing Systems  
Boilers/Steam Systems     SPX Process Equipment  (Lightnin)  41%
Babcock & Wilcox 13%   Chemineer  15%
Spirax Sarco 6%      
      Motors  
Catalysts     Baldor  45%
BASF (Engelhard)  15%   GE  18%
Johnson Matthey  9%   Siemens  12%
Haldor Topsoe   6%      
      Pipe/Tubing/Fittings  
Centrifugal Pumps     Swagelok  32%
ITT (Goulds Pumps)  41%   Parker Hannifin  7%
Flowserve  9%   McJunkin  6%
         
Centrifuges     Plant Design Software  
Alfa Laval  13%   Aspen Technology  19%
Westfalia  10%   Autodesk  19%
Western States  6%   Intergraph  10%
Sharples  5%      
      Pneumatic Conveying Systems  
Compressors     Dynamic Air  14%
Ingersoll Rand   40%   MAC Equipment  9%
Atlas Copco  15%      
Sullair  5%   Positive Displacement Pumps  
      Viking  23%
Computerized Maintenance Management Software     Moyno  13%
SAP  25%   Dover (Blackmer and Wilden)  6%
MRO  21%   Waukesha  6%
         
Distillation Systems     Pressure Instrumentation  
Koch Glitsch  37%   Emerson Process Management  50%
Sulzer Chemtech  8%   Honeywell  6%
         
Dryers     Process Analyzers  
Niro  14%   Emerson Process Management  18%
Wyssmont  8%   Siemens  10%
Ingersoll Rand  5%   ABB  8%
         
Dust Control Systems     Process Automation Systems  
Donaldson Torit  24%   Emerson Process Management  24%
MikroPul  11%   Honeywell  20%
Flex-Kleen  10%   Allen Bradley  12%
      Siemens  6%
Elastomers     ABB 6%
DuPont  55%      
      Process Simulation Software  
Engineering/Design Services     Aspen Technology  32%
Jacobs  12%   Honeywell  15%
Fluor-Daniel  9%      
CH2MHill (Lockwood Greene)  7%   Refrigeration/Chilling Systems  
      York  23%
Explosion Protection Systems     Carrier 11%
Fike  32%   Trane  11%
Fenwal   17%      
      Screening Equipment  
Fans/Blowers     Sweco  31%
New York Blower  26%   ROTEX  17%
Chicago Blower  8%   Derrick  5%
Robinson  6%      
Roots  6%   Seals  
Howden Buffalo  5%   John Crane  37%
Dresser  5%   A.W. Chesterton  12%
      Chicago Rawhide  8%
Feeders     Flowserve  7%
K-Tron  21%      
AccuRate  15%   Spray Nozzles  
Acrison  7%   Spraying Systems  47%
      Bete Fog Nozzle  11%
Filtration Systems     Sprayco  6%
Pall  13%      
Millipore  11%   Tanks/Vessels  
Siemens (U.S. Filter)  9%   Pfaudler  5%
      Columbian Tectank  5%
Flow Instrumentation        
Emerson Process Management  57%   Temperature Instrumentation  
Endress+Hauser  5%   Emerson Process Management  42%
Honeywell  5%   Honeywell  9%
      Omega 8%
Heat Exchangers        
Alfa Laval  16%   Vacuum Systems  
Invensys (APV)  7%   Nash_Elmo  18%
Koch Industries  6%   Kinney  11%
ITT Standard  5%   Busch  8%
      Croll Reynolds  7%
Heat Transfer Fluids     Edwards  7%
Dow  50%      
Solutia  18%   Valves/Actuators  
      Emerson Process Management  32%
Infrared Thermography Equipment     Flowserve  8%
FLIR  31%   Metso (Neles-Jamesbury) 7%
Fluke  17%      
Raytek  8%   Variable Speed Drives  
      Allen Bradley  23%
Instrument Calibration Systems     Baldor  13%
Fluke  35%   ABB  10%
Emerson Process Management  10%   GE  8%
      Siemens  5%
Laboratory/Quality Systems        
Fisher Scientific  8%   Vibration Monitoring Equipment  
Agilent   6%   GE (Bently Nevada)  48%
Hach Company  6%   Emerson Process Management  12%
LIMS  6%   SKF  5%
         
Level Instrumentation     Water Treatment Systems  
Emerson Process Management  36%   Siemens (U.S. Filter) 23%
Endress+Hauser  9%   Nalco  14%
Siemens  5%   GE  8%
      Millipore  6%
Lubricants        
ExxonMobil  27%   Weighing Systems  
Royal Purple  9%   Mettler Toledo  48%
Shell  8%   Sartorius  5%
Chevron  5%      
         
         

 

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