Chemical Processing's 2011 Readers' Choice Awards survey, now in its eight year, continues to generate strong response from readers. But for many of the 1,000 respondents, picking a favorite technology provider in 47 different categories isn't always easy.
"In all categories I found more than one excellent supplier, so I just apply for those who I know better or I recommend for a specific job," explains one participant.
As in past surveys, some vendors remain strong favorites in certain categories, while in others several suppliers garner substantial votes. The winners in some categories differ from last year. This may reflect increased awareness of a particular vendor's offerings or improved products.
For instance, one reader noted a category that has enhanced its offerings. "Process simulation software has greatly improved lately and is of a much more help now," he says.
The results also show there's still plenty of room for improvement. "I wish there were more automation vendors; every year we need more control of the system," notes one respondent.
Readers recognized that, in the past several years, many companies have merged or consolidated to help expand or improve their product offerings.
"With all the mergers and consolidations during the last 20 years, those companies that remain should be embraced, as they have been through a very rough economic time period," says one reader.
Past Contenders Remain Strong
Many technology leaders held their ground, maintaining their high rankings from previous years. Emerson Process Management, a strong favorite from year-to-year, took top honors in seven categories, and placed in six other categories.
"Of all the dealings I have had with Emerson, they always are willing to come by my office and work with me and my colleagues to find a solution. They also have such a wide variety of products that are time tested that we can always find what we're looking for," says one participant.
"Emerson is the best in my opinion because they have been more than willing to work with customers to resolve any issues even if it takes a couple of months to actually figure out the root cause of the problem," adds another reader.
Honeywell, another strong performer, received top honors in two categories and placed in four others.
Readers also gave accolades to AspenTech, Alfa Laval and GE (Bently Neveda) — each gained two first place finishes.
In addition, ABB, Rockwell Automation, Siemens, Flowserve and SPX all garnered multiple mentions in several categories.
A few contenders moved up the ranks in their categories to earn top honors this year from readers. These include, Cleaver Brooks, Flexicon, MAC Equipment and Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI).
Further details about the winning companies in each category are included on the following pages. For additional 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 that interests you. Results from previous Readers' Choice Awards also are available online:
• 2010 — www.ChemicalProcessing.com/articles/2010/127.html
• 2009 — www.ChemicalProcessing.com/articles/2009/133.html
• 2008 — www.ChemicalProcessing.com/articles/2008/112.html
• 2007 — www.ChemicalProcessing.com/articles/2007/108.html