Study Lifecycle

Between September and October 2016, Lifecycle Insights surveyed 215 respondents to assess the strategies and tactics being employed in modern machine shops, specifically focusing on their business objectives, common practices and technologies deployed.

The survey was developed over the course of several months, starting in March 2016 and continuing through July 2016, with reviews and feedback from research partners, software providers and industry practitioners. Responses for this study were collected using on Survey Monkey.

Study Demographics

The number of respondents to the survey totals 215. The findings of this study, however, are based on a subset of these respondents, totaling 177, that exclude software providers, service providers and system integrators.

Respondents to the study’s survey serve a wide variety of industries. The industries served at the highest rates by the survey respondents include:

  • 48% Aerospace and Defense
  • 24% Industrial Machinery
  • 24% Automotive
  • 23% High Tech, Electronics and Consumer Products
  • 19% Energy Equipment (Oil and Gas)
  • 18% Construction, Agricultural or Heavy Machinery

Note that respondents were not limited to selecting one industry, as suppliers often serve multiple industries.

These respondents are employed at companies with a wide range of revenues, including:

  • 74% from companies with less than $100 million in revenues,
  • 15% from companies with revenues between $100 million and $1 billion in revenues, and
  • 11% from companies with revenues more than $1 billion.