Readers' Choice Awards: Who’s a Big Hit with Readers?

June 30, 2008
Chemical Processing's annual survey covers the bases with its technology provider all-stars in 45 categories

Results from previous Readers’ Choice Awards



Technology provider all-stars in 45 categories were selected by the readers of Chemical Processing in the 2008 Readers’ Choice Awards survey. In its fifth year, the survey results show which providers are big hits with our readers.

Like baseball fans, our readers told us who their favorite technology players are by voting for them online. Based on their comments, the readers are big fans of the survey.

"Your categories are very thorough,” says one reader. The survey is “good and useful,” comments another. We hope this year’s list of all-stars helps your team in the working world feel like a winner in selecting technology providers.

Vendors pay close attention in scouting the survey results like box scores to know if their batting averages with the end users are amongst the league leaders. Those that make the cut to be included on the list do feel like all-stars because it means they gained a solid following of fans who consider them to be technology leaders. The others with lower batting averages might be motivated to keep a keener eye on the ball to enhance their products so that they can gain mention next season.

Heavy hitters
As in past surveys, Emerson Process Management has maintained it’s dominance, and is the MVP of the league for placing first in nine categories and placing in seven others. Other league leaders who garnered multiple mentions include ABB, Alfa Laval, Aspen Technology, Dow, Endress+Hauser, Fluke, Honeywell and Siemens.

If you weren’t a player in this year’s survey, we hope you’ll consider getting on the field next season. 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 and search for bearings, pumps or any other category you are interested in.

Reader scores too

Gerald Sugerman of VOCFree Inc., Hackensack, N.J., scored an 80-GB iPod Classic, which was 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.

Readers received e-mail notices and electronic newsletters or used a link posted on to access the questionnaire. The survey was open for responses for just over one month. A total of 316 readers cast their votes about which vendors they prefer in 45 different categories. Categories were listed, but respondents had to make their own selections by typing the name of the technology provider in each blank text box. By not providing a pre-selected list of companies in each category, we avoided bias in the survey. This also meant that respondents were free to use as broad a definition of a category as they wanted. Methodology

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.

Batter up...

SKF 51%
Timkin  14%

Boilers/Steam Systems
Babcock & Wilcox 20%
Cleaver Brooks 12%
Thermax 7%

BASF (Englehard) 13%
UOP 9%
Degussa  6%
Sudchemie 5%

Centrifugal Pumps
Goulds Pumps – ITT 37%
Flowserve 15%
KSB 7%

Alfa Laval 17%
Westfalia 10%
Sharples  8%
Bird 6%

Ingersoll-Rand  28%
Atlas Copco 15%

Computerized Maintenance Management Software
SAP 15%
Emerson Process Management 15%
Maximo 12%

Distillation Systems
Koch-Glitsch 31%
Sulzer 8%
UOP 5%

Niro 10%

Dust Control Systems
Donaldson-Torit 20%

DuPont 42%
Dow 12%

Engineering/Design Services
Emerson Process Management 13%
Jacobs Engineering 10%
CH2MHill Lockwood Greene  7%

Explosion Protection Systems
Fike 43%
Fenwal  9%

New York Blower 18%
Howden Buffalo 9%
Dresser Roots 7%
Robinson 6%

K-Tron  15%
Acrison 9%
AccuRate 6%

Filtration Systems
Pall 15%
Siemens (U.S. Filter) 12%
Millipore 4%
Parker 4%

Flow Instrumentation
Emerson Process Management 62%
Endress+Hauser 5%
Siemens 4%

Heat Exchangers
Alfa Laval 26% 
ITT Standard  6%
Invensys 5%
Tranter  5%

Heat Transfer Fluids
Dow 63%
Solutia  9%

Infrared Thermography Equipment
FLIR 34%
Fluke 11%
Emerson Process Management 11%

Instrument Calibration System
Emerson Process Management 30%
Fluke 23%

Laboratory/Quality Systems
Fisher Scientific 8%
Agilent   6%
Hach Company 6%

Level Instrumentation
Emerson Process Management 60%
Endress+Hauser 7%

ExxonMobil 19%
Shell 18%

Mixing Systems
SPX Process Equipment(Lightnin) 27%
Chemineer 15%

Baldor 28%
Emerson Process Management (U.S. Motors) 21% 
Siemens 13
GE 12%

Swagelok 31%

Plant Design Software
Aspen Technology 22%
Intergraph 14%%
Autocad 13% 
Emerson Process Management 7%

Positive Displacement Pumps
Viking 22%
Moyno 10%

Pressure Instrumentation
Emerson Process Management 65%
Ashcroft 6%

Process Analyzers
Emerson Process Management 50%
ABB 14%
Siemens 6%

Process Automation Systems
Emerson Process Management 68%
Honeywell 9%
ABB 5%
Rockwell 4%

Process Simulation Software
Aspen Technology 35%
Emerson Process Management 15%
Mynah 15%
Honeywell 5%

Refrigeration/Chilling System
Carrier 23%
York 21%
Trane 19%

Screening Equipment
Sweco 33%

John Crane 34%
A.W. Chesterton 11%

Spray Nozzles
Spraying Systems 41%
Bete Fog Nozzle 17%
Sprayco 9%

American Tank & Vessel 7%
Columbian Tech Tank  6%

Temperature Instrumentation
Emerson Process Management 69%

Vacuum Systems
Nash_Elmo 14%
Busch 12%

Emerson Process Management 62%

Variable Speed Drives
Allen Bradley 21%
ABB 19%
Siemens 7%
Emerson Process Management 7%

Vibration Monitoring Equipment
Bently Nevada (GE) 47%
Emerson Process Management 37%

Water Treatment Systems
Nalco 11%
G.E. 9%
Siemens 8%

Weighing Systems
Mettler-Toledo 47%
Fairbanks 5%
Avery 4%

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