Pressure and Temperature, Oh My
As usual, Emerson Process Management and Fluke won these categories, but surprisingly, there were new vendors in the Infrared Temperature Sensor category: LumaSense and Williamson. Once again, we see that if there is a new product that serves the end user base, they'll use it and recommend it (Table 8).
Looky Here, Watch This Analyzer
More and more, analyzers are going on-line or at-line, because of the increasing emphasis on process quality. These vendors clearly know how to make a complicated product dependable and durable enough to use as a process sensor. Once again, ABB, Emerson Process Management and Yokogawa repeat as the leaders in most of these categories (Table 9).
The Essential Final Control Elements
All the sensors and software in the world won't help you if you don't have dependable and accurate final control elements. As usual, Emerson Process Management, the world's largest control valve vendor, won the category for "Control Valve," but there are other vendors grabbing end users' attention too. In the "Electric Motor Drive" category, Rockwell and Toshiba crashed the party at numbers 1 and 5 respectively. In the "Electric Motor" category, the Baldor Electric win again shows the slight bias toward North America in the survey, with Siemens Industry second. The bias is getting less, as is shown by the addition of SEW Eurodrive to the category (Table 10).
Last, But Not Least: The Indispensables
You can't have data without data acquisition systems, and you can't put sensors in the field without enclosures to put them in. Pentair wins again, for its Hoffman brand, with Rittal and Hammond Manufacturing in the second and third positions.
Sometimes you just can't improve on a technology. Pepperl+Fuchs wins again for purge systems.
The list of portable calibrator vendors is getting longer, and the calibrators are getting more sophisticated, with multifunction documenting calibrators all the rage. Fluke, a relative newcomer to calibrators, wins this year.
What a "remote terminal unit" is these day is subject to debate, but our readers know whose they like. Rockwell Automation, Emerson Process Management, Schneider Electric, ABB and Yokogawa all get the nod in the RTU category (Table 11).
We see an additional vendor in the "Instrument Fittings" category, Anderson Greenwood, and some new faces in the "Vibration Instrumentation" category: Fluke, ifm efector and IRD Mechanalysis. And last, but certainly not least, in the "Weighing System/Load Cell" category, Mettler Toledo takes top honors, followed by the usual suspects and a new name in the category, but an old name in weighing: Fairbanks Scales.