Coriolis Study Proposal
June 20, 2007
A Proposal for a Market Research Study on the Worldwide Coriolis
Flow Research is proposing a new market study on the worldwide Coriolis flowmeter market. The study will be conducted by Flow Research. The primary goal is to determine the size of the Coriolis flowmeter market in 2006. Forecasts through 2011 will be included. The study will be called The World Market for Coriolis Flowmeters, 3rd Edition.
The study has multiple purposes:
· To determine worldwide market size and market shares for Coriolis flowmeters in 2006
· To forecast market growth for all types of Coriolis flowmeters through 2011
· To identify the industries and applications where Coriolis flowmeters are used, and to identify market growth sectors
· To provide a product analysis for the main companies selling into the Coriolis flowmeter market
· To provide strategies to manufacturers for selling into the Coriolis flowmeter market
· To provide company profiles of the main suppliers of Coriolis flowmeters.
Background of Study
The French mathematician Gustave Coriolis formulated the principle that underlies Coriolis flowmeters. Coriolis showed in 1835 that an inertial force needs to be taken into account when the motion of bodies in a rotating frame of reference is described. The earth is often used as an example of the Coriolis force. A hypothetical object thrown from the North Pole to the equator appears to vary from its intended path, due to the earth’s rotation.
Operating Principle. Coriolis flowmeters contain one or more vibrating tubes. These tubes are usually bent, although straight-tube meters are also available. The fluid to be measured passes through the vibrating tubes. It accelerates as it flows toward the maximum vibration point, and slows down as it leaves that point. This causes the tubes to twist. The amount of twisting is directly proportional to mass flow. Position sensors detect tube positions.
While the roots of today’s Coriolis flowmeters can be traced back to the 1950s, it was not until 1977 that Micro Motion introduced a commercially viable Coriolis flowmeter for industrial applications. Since that time, a number of other suppliers have entered the market, including Endress+Hauser and Krohne. Coriolis suppliers have introduced a wide variety of models and types of Coriolis flowmeters in the past 30 years. Another important development is the use of Coriolis flowmeters for multiphase flow measurement.
Coriolis suppliers differentiate themselves in a number of ways. One is by the proprietary design of the bent tubes in their Coriolis flowmeters. Another is by the different types of straight tube Coriolis flowmeters that are offered. Suppliers also compete by bringing out Coriolis flowmeters for particular industries and applications, such as food & beverage and pharmaceutical. Accuracy and other performance specifications are other areas of supplier differentiation.
While Coriolis flowmeters are loved by many end-users, price is often an issue. Coriolis flowmeters are the most expensive meters made, in terms of average selling price. The average selling price of Coriolis flowmeters is between $5,000 and $6,000. Some suppliers have introduced low-cost Coriolis flowmeters in the $3,000 range. Performance specifications for the lower-cost flowmeters are not at the same level as those of the higher-priced meters. However, these lower-cost meters help satisfy the needs of users who want the essential benefits of Coriolis technology but prefer not to pay the higher price.
Rationale for Study
Research published the second edition of our worldwide Coriolis flowmeter
study in February 2003. However,
we have been following the Coriolis flowmeter market regularly since then,
providing quarterly updates in our Market Barometer (www.worldflow.com).
We have also done user interviews that show that the interest in
Coriolis flowmeters among users remains at a very high level.
Some of the growth in this market is no doubt due to growth in the
oil and gas and other energy markets.
We believe that this is an optimal time to quantify this growth,
and to take another in-depth look at what appears to be a rapidly
Key Issues Addressed
study will address the key issues in the Coriolis flowmeter market,
segmentation for this study is as follows.
· North America
· Europe, including Central Europe and FSU
· Asia without Japan
· Rest of World (Latin America, Africa, Middle East)
Coriolis Flowmeters by Type
There are two kinds of Coriolis flowmeters:
Coriolis Flowmeters by Flowtube Type
This study distinguishes between flowtube types as follows:
Flowmeters by Fluid Type
Coriolis flowmeters are segmented in this study according to fluid type:
· Liquid, Gas, and Steam
Flowmeters by Line Size
This study distinguishes line sizes for Coriolis flowmeters as follows:
Flowmeters by Communication Protocol
Coriolis flowmeters are segmented by the following protocols:
· Foundation Fieldbus
· Proprietary Protocols
Coriolis flowmeters by Industry
Coriolis flowmeters are used mainly in the process industries. We propose to include the following industries in this study:
· Oil and Gas Production, Transportation, and Distribution
· Food & Beverage
· Pulp & Paper
· Metals & Mining
· Water & Wastewater
flowmeters by Sales Channels
The Coriolis flowmeter market will be segmented according to the following sales channels:
flowmeters by Customer Type
The Coriolis flowmeter market will be segmented according to the following customer types:
The target date for publication of this study is September 2007.
We are offering the opportunity for companies to become Founding Sponsors for this study. Benefits of being a Founding Sponsor include being able to participate in determining study scope and direction, being sent regular updates on study progress, and receiving a favorable discount pricing package. The Founding Sponsor program is explained for your consideration later in this document. In the meantime, please review the segmentation and let us know if there is any additional segmentation you would like to see, or if you would like to propose changes to the existing segmentation.
Thank you in advance for your input, and we hope to hear from you!
Jesse Yoder is President of Flow Research Inc., a company he founded in
1998. Dr. Yoder has 20
years’ experience as a writer and analyst in process control and
instrumentation. Since 1990,
he has written more than 100 market research studies, most of them in flow
and instrumentation. Some of
the recent and scheduled Flow Research studies are as follows:
II: The Global Market for Magnetic Flowmeters, 3rd Edition
VI: Worldwide Survey of Flowmeter Users, 2nd Edition (January
XI: The World Market for Gas Flow Measurement (September
XIII: The World Market for Mass Flow Controllers (September 2007)
These studies are described at http://www.flowresearch.com/flow.htm
Dr. Yoder has also written more than 70 articles on flow and instrumentation for trade journals. Links to many of these can be found at http://www.flowresearch.com/articles.htm.
Norm Weeks, Market Analyst, joined Flow Research in November 2004 after a 24-year stint with Verizon. At Verizon, Norm specialized in creating innovative customer solutions, product management, and product marketing. He is now a fulltime market analyst for Flow Research, and has already completed several studies.
Belinda Burum, Vice President and Editor, has worked in high tech for 16 years as a technical writer and marketing communications manager. She joined the company in 2002, and has since then worked on many projects. She is a very talented writer, and has a strong customer focus. In addition to her work on market studies, Belinda is serving as associate editor of the Market Barometer and the Energy Monitor.
Besides writing and publishing studies of this type, Flow Research specializes in user surveys that include a detailed analysis of customer perceptions. In addition, Flow Research provides quarterly updates on the flow and energy industries in the Market Barometer and the Energy Monitor. The Energy Monitor analyzes the current state of the oil & gas, refining, power, and renewables industries, and the implications for instrumentation supplier. Both reports are part of the Worldflow Monitoring Service; more details are available at www.worldflow.com. For more information on Flow Research, please visit our website at www.flowresearch.com.
Flow Research Founding Sponsor Program
produce studies that most closely match our clients’ needs, Flow
Research instituted the Founding Sponsor Program.
This program enables companies who wish to participate at a high
level in a study’s research to influence its scope and segmentation.
In addition, Founding Sponsors receive regular updates from Flow
Research on study progress, and receive a significant discount on the
regular price of the study.
Early in the planning phase of a study, Founding Sponsors receive a
proposal that includes the proposed segmentation.
Founding Sponsors can propose additional segmentation, and can also
suggest changes to the proposed segmentation.
While the decision to adopt particular segmentation ultimately lies
with Flow Research, and is based on input from all contributors, we will
do our best to accommodate the specific needs of each of our clients.
the research phase of a study, Flow Research will issue regular reports
that provide updates on the progress of the research.
These reports will be sent to Founding Sponsors, who are then
invited to provide any additional input or comments into the study.
a Founding Sponsor requires making an early commitment to purchase the
study. However, in return, Founding Sponsors receive a significant
discount off the regular price of the study.
Payment can be made either in one amount at the beginning of the
study, or split into two, with the second payment due upon delivery of the
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We look forward to working with you!
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