When computers first arrived on the factory floor and in control houses, people who understood both industrial processes and information technology were needed to design, engineer and implement electronic control systems. The Control System Integrators Association was established by a group of independent control system integrators brought together by Charlie Bergman
. Bergman published a newsletter for promoting and supporting the independent control system integrator.
In 1993, Bergman hosted a meeting for about 25 subscribers. The following year, the Control System Integrators Association was established as an affiliate of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association at a meeting held in Wrightsville Beach, N.C.