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CSIA and MESA collaborate on “Smart Manufacturing”

July 29, 2015 - The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) is committed to connecting Smart Manufacturing to the automation industry. Smart Manufacturing involves aligning information and communication technologies with U.S. manufacturers across the country to manage their energy, productivity and costs in real-time.

CSIA CEO Jose Rivera says the association is collaborating with the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association (MESA) on an initiative around Smart Manufacturing.

“MESA will contribute through their capabilities around best practices for the real-life deployment of information technology, providing real-time visibility into the production process and in particular on non-technical deliverables,” says Rivera. “CSIA will offer best practices for successful system integration. We are working together to provide our services towards this great opportunity.”

Rivera adds that CSIA maintains a solid value proposition centered around its Best Practices Manual that members review regularly to ensure they remain relevant in the industry. CSIA encourages an open, collaborative environment for system integrators to share best practices for the improvement of companies around the country and the world.

“We’re optimistic about CSIA’s future as system integrators increasingly broaden their scope of work,” Rivera says. “This will be driven in part by the Internet of Things (IoT), increasing regulation involving physical and cyber security, traceability requirements and more. In addition, there is an overall need to direct information to those that can act on it, especially the factory floor for manufacturing.”

 About CSIA

Founded in 1994, the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) is a not-for-profit, global trade association and the go-to resource 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 more than 500 members in 27 countries. 

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