Top 50: Engineering specialties among system integrators

More than half of the system integrators in the 2008 Automation Integrator guide say they have expertise with three engineering specialties….
By Control Engineering Staff June 5, 2008

Oak Brook, IL – More than half of the system integrators in the 2008 Automation Integrator guide say they have expertise with three engineering specialties….
The top 50 engineering specialities among control system integrators in the automation integrator guide follow. Control Engineering provides a multi-parameter search tool to find the best system integrator for a job, using seven search criteria to narrow the field, among them is “engineering specialities.”
61.9% programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and remote transmitting units (RTUs)
52.8% human-machine interfaces
50.5% automation and control engineering (including designs and implementation)
49.1% process control and automation
48.6% instrumentation and data acquisition
44.9% systems engineering (including design and integration)
44.8% motors, drives, and motion control (including AC, DC, and variable frequency drives)
43.8% control panels (including fabrication, installation, and UL listing)
39.8% installation and start-up
39.8% networking and communications (including fieldbus, Ethernet, and telemetry)
37.9% factory automation
37.8% computer engineering – software and programming
37.0% batch control (including recipe management)
35.9% distributed control systems (DCS)
35.8% turnkey systems
35.7% supervisory control
34.6% CAD/CAM, drafting, and documentation
33.4% electrical/electronics engineering (including electrical contracting)
32.5% project management
32.4% automated assembly
31.1% project planning and consulting
30.7% designs and specifications (including P&ID development)
30.4% data processing and database management (including SQL programming)
30.2% machine design and controls
29.3% robotics
28.8% SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition)
28.7% discrete and sequential control
28.3% vision systems (including image processing and OCR)
26.7% water, wastewater, and groundwater systems
25.1% personal computers (PCs)
24.4% training and education
24.1% product tracking and identification (including bar codes and radio frequency tags)
24.0% information systems (including MIS and PIMS)
23.5% field service
21.9% data collection and reporting (including historians)
21.7% process engineering (including analysis, design, and monitoring)
21.0% packaging
20.7% blending
20.7% mechanical engineering
20.5% test and inspection
20.0% PC-based controls
19.8% machine building and retrofitting
19.4% building automation
18.7% Visual Basic programming
18.2% international projects
18.2% automatic test equipment
17.8% hydraulics and pneumatics
17.8% embedded controls
17.7% temperature control
17.5% industrial engineering
Also see:
Automation integrator statistics: Organization membership
Industry statistics: Areas most served by system integrators, more international

–  Mark T. Hoske , editor in chief, and Vance VanDoren, consulting editor
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