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February 2012

CSIA Forecasts Manufacturing Growth in 2012
Control System Integrators Seeing Companies Invest in Business System Capability

MADISON, Wis. — An end-of-year boost in U.S. manufacturing along with a strong interest among companies to reinvest in production and expand into new markets is steering the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) toward a positive outlook in 2012.


“More plant managers, operations directors and other business leaders are turning to CSIA members for project assessment and implementation,” says Robert Lowe, CSIA Executive Director, an internationally focused professional association for control system integration companies. “Many customers of CSIA members are investing in automation to ensure their manufacturing systems are at peak capacity. They are looking to CSIA members for technology solutions to grow, or in some cases, just to run a more efficient operation.”

According to the Institute for Supply Management, U.S. manufacturing has been on the upswing each month for the past two-and-a-half years. Production, employment and orders for new goods surpassed expectations in December 2011. Manufacturing in 2012 might gain a modest 3% this year and business expansion in emerging economies is also encouraging for CSIA members and partners.

Control system integrators offer many technology solutions helping businesses reduce cost, increase production, use less energy and minimize their environmental impact. For more information about CSIA, how to find a control system integrator, or for a current list of members, log on to: www.controlsys.org.

About CSIA. Founded in 1994, the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) is a not-for-profit, global professional association for control system integration companies. Control system integrators use their engineering, technical and business skills to help manufacturers and others automate their industrial equipment and systems. CSIA members provide a range of services in dozens of industries. Headquartered in Madison, Wis., CSIA’s mission is to advance control system integration for the success of members and their clients. 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 300 members in 27 countries. 

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Editor’s note: Mr. Robert Lowe can be reached at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 717-626-8012 for further comment.

May 2012

Integrators predict healthy outlook
for automation industry
Control system integrators upbeat in anticipation of business growth


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.—Buoyed by more business opportunities, including significant production improvements by their clients and expansion in numerous industries, members of the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) remain confident strong economic conditions will continue in the U.S. and most areas around the world.

More than 400 integrator and partner members gathered to learn about economic prospects and to share best management practices at the 19th annual CSIA Executive Conference held recently in Scottsdale, Ariz. Control system integrators design and implement automation and control systems for manufacturing and industrial facilities.

“CSIA members are telling us that more plant managers, operations directors and other industry leaders are investing in automation to ensure their manufacturing systems run at peak capacity,” says Robert Lowe, CSIA executive director. “Many clients of CSIA members are turning to them for project assessment and implementation. They are looking to CSIA members for technology solutions that can drive a more efficient operation.”

According to a CSIA member survey, more than half expect their business to grow by 20 percent or more this year. Industries served by CSIA members such as food and beverage, metals, oil and gas, and paper were among those reporting growth at the end of the first quarter of 2012.

In his keynote speech at the CSIA Executive Conference, Alan Beaulieu, economist and president of the Institute for Trend Research, supported CSIA’s positive outlook saying the U.S. is in a solid economic recovery.

“All leading indicators are up, a clear indication of economic health,” Beaulieu said. “Manufacturing is picking up speed and interest rates are going to stay low.”

Control system integrators offer technological solutions to help businesses reduce cost, increase production, use less energy and lower their environmental impact. To find a control system integrator or to learn more about CSIA, go to www.controlsys.org.

About CSIA. Founded in 1994, the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) is a not-for-profit, global professional association for control system integration companies. Control system integrators use their engineering, technical and business skills to help manufacturers and others automate their industrial equipment and systems. CSIA members provide a range of services in dozens of industries. Headquartered in Madison, Wis., CSIA’s mission is to advance control system integration for the success of members and their clients. 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 300 members in 27 countries. 

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March 2012

Control system integrator resources
updated and online
CSIA “Find an Integrator” tool, membership directory now available

MADISON, Wis. — Where can you locate a control system integrator to perform projects and provide service on your industrial automation equipment and systems? Start with the “Find an Integrator” tool from the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA). The tool provides a complete list that is available free online at www.controlsys.org.

With CSIA’s “Find an Integrator,” you can conveniently search for integrators who design, implement and test automation for numerous industries. Integrator solutions include automated plant utility systems, conveyor and assembly line control, ingredient tracking and tracing, performance and OEE, reporting and visualization, packaging, systems for cleaning in place (CIP) and many other applications.

In addition, CSIA offers the 2012 Membership Directory at www.controlsys.org/memberlists. It catalogs more than 300 partner, associate member and certified integrators and their contact information.

“We’re seeing greater demand for the services provided by CSIA members,” explained CSIA Executive Director Bob Lowe, who noted a recent survey of members showed that more than half expect to grow by at least 20 percent in 2012. “More manufacturers are looking to experienced control system integrators to turn technology into increased production.

“CSIA membership and certification is viewed by our members’ clients as a differentiator in many industries,” he continued. “Plant managers, directors of quality assurance and many others are using the list of CSIA members and certified companies as a starting point when selecting an integrator and writing RFPs. ‘Find an Integrator’ is a convenient way to hire qualified control system integrators who can drive growth and manage business risk.”

Control system integrators offer many technology solutions to help businesses reduce cost, increase production, use less energy and minimize their environmental impact. To find a control system integrator or to learn more about CSIA, go to www.controlsys.org.

About CSIA. Founded in 1994, the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) is a not-for-profit, global professional association for control system integration companies. Control system integrators use their engineering, technical and business skills to help manufacturers and others automate their industrial equipment and systems. CSIA members provide a range of services in dozens of industries. Headquartered in Madison, Wis., CSIA’s mission is to advance control system integration for the success of members and their clients. 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 300 members in 27 countries. 

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July 2012

Control system integrator guide explains the benefits
of CSIA Certification

MADISON, Wis. –When industrial automation clients have questions about how to invest in new or updated infrastructure to improve production capacity, a CSIA Certified control system integrator can provide answers. This is according to a new guide, “CSIA Certification: What are the benefits to clients,” found at www.controlsys.org/certification.

“CSIA Certification sets our members apart from other control system integrators and drives the industry,” says Bob Lowe, executive director of the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA). “Whether a large corporation or a small independently owned business, clients benefit from the guidance of a CSIA Certified integrator. Our certified integrator members offer insight gained from experience and CSIA’s rigorous certification process.”

With CSIA Certification, an integrator follows CSIA Best Practices in such areas as general management, financial management, project management, system development lifecycle and quality assurance. Certification requires members to undergo an intense third-party audit and abide by strict performance standards. An audit is required every three years, adds Lowe, to maintain CSIA Certification.

“In a world where anyone can say they are a control system integrator, how can our clients be sure of our ability to design, implement and test automation systems? With CSIA Certification, directors of manufacturing, plant operations managers and other industry leaders can be confident in a CSIA integrator’s business and project management skills. These attributes reduce the risk of failure and increase the probability of successful automation projects.”

To learn more about the benefits of CSIA Certification or to find a CSIA Certified control system integrator, go to www.controlsys.org.

About CSIA. Founded in 1994, the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) is a not-for-profit, global professional association for control system integration companies. Control system integrators use their engineering, technical and business skills to help manufacturers and others automate their industrial equipment and systems. CSIA members provide a range of services in dozens of industries. Headquartered in Madison, Wis., CSIA’s mission is to advance control system integration for the success of members and their clients. 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 300 members in 27 countries. 

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