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CSIA Conference report

May 15, 2015. – Over 500 people attended the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) Executive Conference in Washington, D.C., U.S., which was held April 29 – May 2, 2015. With executive director Robert Lowe retiring June 1, the conference served as an ideal venue to feature new CEO, Jose Rivera, who began his position with CSIA on March 23.

Underscoring CSIA’s growing international presence, about 60 system integrators, partners and guests from 13 different countries attended the conference from outside the United States, and were welcomed at a special reception for international guests.

Economist Alan Beaulieu, president of ITR Economics, opened the conference by sharing his optimism for the future of manufacturing and how system integrators can prepare for upcoming challenges and opportunities.

New this year were two workshops held in conjunction with the conference. The Best Practices Training workshop was offered for those interested in learning more about the application of CSIA’s Best Practices to improve their system integration businesses. A second workshop, A Commonsense Approach to Automation Upgrades and System Migrations, was held for project managers, control engineers and designers to learn commonsense migration fundamentals and best practices, and to discover how to best manage common high-risk areas to ensure reliable delivery of effective migration project solutions.

The conference also featured 25 breakout sessions and an expo during the three-day event.

Four members were recognized with association awards during a dinner held in their honor. Martin Control Systems, Inc., Plain City, Ohio, U.S., was named 2015 Integrator Member of the Year, while Inductive Automation, Folsom, California, U.S., was recognized as 2015 Partner Member of the Year. The 2015 Rising Star award was presented to Steve Palmgren, Patti Engineering, Inc., Auburn Hills, Michigan, U.S. Jim Campbell, Viewpoint Systems, Inc., Rochester, New York, U.S., received the 2015 Charlie Bergman Award.

CSIA’s Industrial Automation Exchange, www.csiaexchange.com, was prominently featured at the conference. The Exchange is an online directory and community for integrators, partners and prospective clients. Members were invited to create and enhance personal and company profiles on the Exchange. Tony Veroeven, the Exchange community manager, was on hand to provide demonstrations and advise members on how to generate more traffic to their profiles.

CSIA Treasurer Jeff Miller commented, “If you are a member of CSIA and have never attended one of our annual conferences you absolutely do not know the value you are missing. I have not missed one for the past 14 years and every year I bring home many new things that I can apply immediately to help improve our business. I have built relationships with people from all over the world that will last a life time as well. I have a network of systems integrators that I can call on for help when I am in a peak or in a valley or just wondering if they have ran into a particular problem I am seeing. This has been invaluable at times.”

The 2016 Executive Conference will be April 19 – 22 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
 

About CSIA

Founded in 1994, the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) is a not-for-profit, global trade association that seeks to advance the industry of control system integration. Control system integrators use their engineering, technical and business skills to help manufacturers and others automate their industrial equipment and systems. CSIA helps members improve their business skills, provides a forum to share industry expertise, and promotes the benefits of hiring a certified control system integrator. CSIA has nearly 500 members in 27 countries. 

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