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  • Posted Friday, April 18, 2014 at 2:50 AM

    • Posted Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10:04 AM

      Control system integrators design and implement sophisticated control systems for manufacturing and industrial facilities. Using their knowledge of engineering, information technology, and business, control system integrators integrate plant equipment ...

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    • Posted Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10:04 AM
      A CSI is a firm of individuals with the expertise to deliver all aspects of a SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system. A CSI is often the one entity left standing after a new or large plant upgrade. It is the company that you will develop ...Read More
  • Posted Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    What are the benefits of using a control system integrator?
    • Marie Mansheim, ESE, Inc.
      Posted Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 10:17 AM

      Control system integrators' business is system integration. It is not a side job for them. They are committed to knowing the latest in technology trends and therefore offer the best solutions for your automation challenges. You can choose the level of ...

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  • Posted Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Start-up and commissioning; Fixed Price or Time and Material?  It's understandable to want to know the cost however someone holds the risk.  I'd like to hear from the industry on what is fair and reasonable.
    • Posted Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 2:05 PM
      We generally bid fixed price for the project definition and development phase since this work is typically conducted in our office where we have management control of the process. For the start-up and commissioning work, we typically bid time and ...Read More
    • Posted Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 2:05 PM
      I agree with Jerry. We include a thorough FAT (Factory Acceptance Test) - which I'm sure Concept Systems does as well - to ensure and demonstrate that our application is ready to run when the mechanical system is ready to run which minimizes that risk ...Read More
  • Posted Monday, May 12, 2014 at 4:53 PM

    My name is Steve and I am with UTS (University Technical Services). I would just like to know what kind of training solutions are available through the Industrial Automation Exchange. 
    The new Industrial Automation Series courses are designed to provide a progressive path from entry level electrical concepts to fast paced advanced automation Bootcamp style offerings. All courses share a short course format that maximizes flexibility, student learning and retention while minimizes ...
  • Posted Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Where do you stand on the Manufacturing Execution System (MES) vs. Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) debate? Are the terms the same or do they describe something different? Should one be used over the other?
    • Posted Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 10:42 AM
      It's my understanding that the ISA-95 committee generated the MOM name while MESA had laid claim to the MES moniker. I think that while one camp may claim a broader reach than the other, they are both essentially dealing with the same near-real-time ...Read More
  • Posted Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    We are looking for a good cloud based software package for keeping Timesheets and expenses that works well for integrators.  What are you guys using that either works very well, or does not work well?  THanks,
    • Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 3:58 PM
      Our solution is now "Cloud" enabled. As a report generation and performance dashboard solution, it was important for us to deliver a solution that can be hosted in the cloud and can deliver reports as a service. Our data sources reside in your ...Read More
  • Posted Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    We live in now beyond Information age as emerging Intelligence with intrgation.
    One end Connected to PDA connected through PAN to WWW in cloud.
    Other end is yet to be connected by web service to devices.
    The role of system intregation is expanding, and with challenges, like Concept, Engineering, Identification, selecting, intrgating, implementation, revisions.
    What is the Road Map for Systems Intregator to take up the emerging challenges as outlined above?
    • Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 4:09 PM
      Let me give you one vendor perspective. Your question is about technology, and asks the question of keeping current with technology in order to deliver the best, over time, to your customers. I would argue that is an impossible task. It is becoming ...Read More
  • Posted Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at 1:37 PM

    The system integration industry is vast, with a plethora of trade publications existing that cover niche areas of focus. Which publications (magazines or websites,) do your end-users tend to read the most? Are there any resources that you regularly turn to?
    • Posted Saturday, October 25, 2014 at 12:17 PM
      Here are some of the media outlets used in the Food Industry. Demographic Company Name Website Dairy Cheese Reporter Dairy Cheese Market News Dairy Dairy ...Read More
    • Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 4:19 PM
      Eric, You ask a very good question, one that every marketing guy in this industry asks. There are many good marketing avenues out there, and publications to read. ARC keeps up a comprehensive list of resources - ...Read More
  • Posted Monday, September 15, 2014 at 12:27 PM

    With the rise of social media, businesses have embraced the platform as a means to advertise their company, products, or services. Most companies have pages set up to some extent. But would you say that Facebook or Twitter plays a significant role in the System Integration or Automation Industry? What role do you see these options playing in your marketing scheme?
    • Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 3:51 PM
      let me give you a two part answer: Facebook - most consider that a B2C opportunity (business to consumer). If you are selling to a consumer market, then the advertising you can do in Facebook is excellent. If you are B2B, then Facebook relevance is ...Read More
    • Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 8:53 AM
      We've had some success with tweeting about trade shows where we have a booth - a couple of people have found us at the event because of our tweets. We use FB primarily as a tool to engage and support our own employees, and LinkedIn to support recruiting.
  • Posted Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Sculpteo, a 3D printing company, put together an infographic discussing the basic principles of 3D printing and argues that it will change how things are manufactured as we know it. (You can view there infographic here:  
    Do you agree them? Do you think system integration will be affected by these new methods?
  • Posted Thursday, December 4, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    With my past couple of projects, I have seen an increase in requests to take on more and more aspects of the project instead of simply integrating a system and clocking out. Keeping things on schedule time-wise while working with these given products within this budget, etc. There's been plenty of talk about project life cycles and avoiding scope creep. Any simple tips or words of advice going into a new project and being asked to lead the project?
    • Posted Monday, April 20, 2015 at 3:03 PM
      It sounds like you are being asked to take on the Project Management responsibility for your projects. The simple tip would be to advise you to make sure you have a firm understanding of the project scope, schedule, and budget. Particularly how each of ...Read More
    • Posted Thursday, April 16, 2015 at 3:38 PM
      Being asked to take on the expanded role of Project Manager is a great privilege. We believe that this is so important that we spent the last year investing in Project Management training for our entire company. Everyone! What our company learned is that ...Read More
  • Posted Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 3:43 PM

    I'm looking for an expert in machine safety or a flame sensor/detector to protect some machines from fire due to leaks of oil from hydraulic pumps.
    It needs to be install in two areas: one is near an injection machine and the other one is near smelting area (high temp) 
    Need the product and consulting (ex: best place to install, best technology to use, etc) we are in the quotation phase. 
    • Posted Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at 1:12 AM
      The key to using a IR camera like the FLIR is filtering out the non-events from the events. Normal equipment can run as hot as 200 degrees F, while a candle burns at something like 2600 degrees F. The sun appears as pretty much every temperature, but ...Read More
    • Posted Monday, May 4, 2015 at 1:02 PM
      To elaborate further on my answer from yesterday. We can put a solution together for you. Here is a link to a number of case studies where FLIR IR cameras were used in Fire Detection or Prevention Applications ...Read More
    • Posted Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 10:09 PM
      There are a few IR sensor options that could be applied. I sensor could be used to monitor a sizeable area around the machine. I could help you with a solution utilizing Flir. Feel free to email me at or call 503.510.3415
  • Posted Monday, May 11, 2015 at 3:56 PM

     I will use waste paper as raw material.
    • Posted Monday, July 18, 2022 at 8:15 AM
      We have been working with ZHITOMIR CARDBOARD FACTORY ( about 5 years. They successfully use GE Digital Proficy automation software: IGS (Industrial Gateway Server) for connectivity with automation devices (PLC, I/O, operator ...
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  • Posted Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 1:29 PM

    I need a small automated machine that can grind/bevel an edge on about 1”x1” round/oblong acrylic pieces. The material is Cast Acrylic, and the thickness of the material is from about 1mm to 4mm on average. I'm looking to process about 1300 to 1500 picks per day. I think I'll need a hopper/vibrating bowl, feeder, maybe two hydraulic shafts with rubber on the ends to sandwich/hold the material (just like a lens beveller) then rotate it 360 onto a grinding wheel or diamond wheel with a ...
    • Posted Monday, August 31, 2015 at 10:27 AM
      This is similar to the glass edging equipment that we built at Royal Tool / Sun Tool where I was employed as Engineering Manager. The Sun Tool equipment was designed to edge grind glass / ceramic shapes using a diamond grinding wheel and cam follower ...Read More
    • Posted Friday, August 28, 2015 at 12:25 AM
      I believe we can help you! Please contact me directly via email at, or by phone at 541.791.8140 to discuss the application further.
  • Posted Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 2:43 PM

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    • Posted Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 3:19 AM
      Secomea offers the most secure and efficient remote access solutions for industrial equipment on the market. Satisfied customers in a wide array of industries chose Secomea to making sure their production runs smoothly.  Please do not hesitate to contact ...
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    • Posted Friday, March 4, 2016 at 4:23 PM
      Wave7 is a product for remote management of complex automated assets, including skid mounted equipment, manufacturing machinery, mobile vehicles, and many other assets that may be widely distributed.
  • Posted Friday, March 4, 2016 at 12:29 PM

    Sweetwater Authority (Authority) is issuing a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) from firms to conduct an independent analysis of the current consultants who provide design and integrator services for the Authority’s Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system (Project). The procurement process for this Project involves two phases: Phase I, consisting of this RFQ to be responded to with a RFQ Submission, and Phase II, consisting of a Request for Proposals (RFP) inviting formal ...
  • Posted Friday, March 11, 2016 at 4:52 PM

    Hi All, We are looking to automate measurement of 30 feet long pipes. We are currently using CMM but that does not cover whole pipe ID. Any other ideas? We will be interested in buying a solution too.
    • Posted Friday, March 18, 2016 at 12:28 PM
      In the pipeline inspection world we use what's called a deformation tool to measure the ID of a pipe. The tool is feed through the center of the pipe either by the pressure in the pipe line or it's pulled through with a long tether. It has lots of ...Read More
    • Dan Penczak, Control & Power Systems, Inc.
      Posted Friday, March 18, 2016 at 11:35 AM
      If you come up with a measurement device we can build the custom system to use it, incorporating what Shawn suggests if desired. Dan 973-575-3300 x30
    • Posted Thursday, March 17, 2016 at 8:16 PM
      Many of the right questions have already been asked to zero in on the right solution. Determining whether a traditional external device (ultrasonic) can deliver the accuracy required would be step one. If not, more advanced measures can be considered, ...Read More
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