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Coriolis Study Proposal






Flow Research, Inc.

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Wakefield, MA  01880

(781) 245-3200

(781) 224-7552 (fax)

www.flowresearch.com                                                   June 20, 2007




A Proposal for a Market Research Study on the Worldwide Coriolis Flowmeter Market


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


Flow 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 expanding market.



Key Issues Addressed


This study will address the key issues in the Coriolis flowmeter market, including:


  • Growth in the use of smart Coriolis flowmeters

  • The relative merits of straight tube vs. bent tube meters

  • The growing use of Coriolis flowmeters to measure gas flow

  • The emerging market for Coriolis in steam flow measurement

  • Growth in the market for large line size Coriolis meters

  • Low cost Coriolis meters

  • The use of Coriolis flowmeters for multiphase flow measurement


Proposed Segmentation


Text Box: What’s in this for my company?

·	See the emerging applications and where the growth is
·	Understand world and regional markets
·	Get to know your real competition
·	Learn what other suppliers manufacture, where, and for whom
·	The best information creates the best decisions

The proposed segmentation for this study is as follows.


Geographic Segmentation:


·        North America

·        Europe, including Central Europe and FSU

·        Japan

·        Asia without Japan

·        Rest of World (Latin America, Africa, Middle East)




Coriolis Flowmeters by Type


There are two kinds of Coriolis flowmeters:


  • Smart Coriolis flowmeters

  • Conventional Coriolis flowmeters


Coriolis Flowmeters by Flowtube Type


This study distinguishes between flowtube types as follows:


  • Bent Tube Coriolis flowmeters

  • Straight Tube Coriolis flowmeters

Coriolis Flowmeters by Fluid Type


Coriolis flowmeters are segmented in this study according to fluid type:

·        Liquid, Gas, and Steam


Coriolis Flowmeters by Line Size

This study distinguishes line sizes for Coriolis flowmeters as follows:


  • < ½ inch

  • ½ inch – 1 inch

  • > 1 inch – 2 inches

  • > 2 – 4 inches

  • > 4 – 6 inches

  • > 6 inches


  • Text Box: What makes Flow Research so special?

·	Our only focus is flowmeters and process instrumentation.
·	We research the big three: manufacturing, distribution, and application.
·	Our end-user surveys and perspectives are unique to the industry.
·	Our Worldflow Monitoring Service keeps you up-to-date between studies.
·	We only succeed when you do.


Coriolis Flowmeters by Communication Protocol

Coriolis flowmeters are segmented by the following protocols:

·        HART

·        Foundation Fieldbus

·        Profibus

·        Modbus

·        Proprietary Protocols

·        Other


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

·        Chemical

·        Pharmaceutical

·        Food & Beverage

·        Pulp & Paper

·        Metals & Mining

·        Power

·        Water & Wastewater

·        Other


Coriolis flowmeters by Sales Channels

The Coriolis flowmeter market will be segmented according to the following sales channels:

  • Direct Sales

  • Independent Representatives

  • Distributors

  • E-Business

  • Text Box: How will the Founding Sponsor Program help me? 

·	You can have your specific data requirements included in the study
·	You help determine the scope and final objectives
·	You receive periodic updates as the research progresses 
·	You are among the first to receive final study results
·	You receive favorable pricing and other purchase terms


Coriolis flowmeters by Customer Type

The Coriolis flowmeter market will be segmented according to the following customer types:

  • End-Users

  • OEMs

  • Systems Integrators

  • Engineers/Consultants



Publication Date

The target date for publication of this study is September 2007.


Founding Sponsorship

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!


Dr. 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:


Volume I: The World Market for Coriolis Flowmeters, 3rd Edition  (2007)

Volume II: The Global Market for Magnetic Flowmeters, 3rd Edition  (September 2005)

Volume III: The World Market for Ultrasonic Flowmeters, 3rd Edition  (2007)

Volume IV: The World Market for Vortex Flowmeters, 3rd Edition  (March 2006)

Volume V: The World Market for DP Flowmeters and Primary Elements  (January 2007)

Volume VI: Worldwide Survey of Flowmeter Users, 2nd Edition  (January 2006)

Volume VII: The World Market for Positive Displacement Flowmeters  (2002)

Volume VIII: The World Market for Turbine Flowmeters  (2002)

Volume IX: The World Market for Pressure Transmitters, 2nd Edition (July 2007)

Volume X: The World Market for Flowmeters (includes all flow technologies)  (2008)

Volume XI: The World Market for Gas Flow Measurement  (September 2004)

Volume XII: The World Market for Steam Flow Measurement (March 2007)

Volume XIII: The World Market for Mass Flow Controllers (September 2007)

The Market for Temperature Sensors in the Americas, 2nd Edition  (May 2006)

The Market for Temperature Transmitters in the Americas, 2nd Edition  (November 2006)

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, Inc.

27 Water Street

Wakefield, MA  01880

(781) 245-3200

(781) 224-7552 (fax)


Text Box: Gustave Coriolis


The Flow Research Founding Sponsor Program


To 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.


Procedure: 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.


During 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.


Being 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 study.


For additional details, or to find out how the Founding Sponsor program applies to any particular study, please contact Flow Research.  We look forward to working with you!


If you have any questions about the Founding Sponsor program, please contact Norm Weeks at (781) 245-3200, or norm@flowresearch.com.



Text Box: Why Flow Research?

·	We specialize in flowmeter markets and technologies
·	We have researched all flowmeter types
·	We study suppliers, distributors, and end-users
·	Our worldwide network of contacts provides a unique perspective
·	Our mission is to supply the data to help your business succeed










Flow Research, Inc.

27 Water Street

Wakefield, MA  01880

(781) 245-3200

(781) 224-7552 (fax)



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