So what exactly is an automation system integrator?
The short answer is simple – any engineer who applies his time, talents and the latest technology to the problem of automating a client’s manufacturing operation is an automation system integrator. System integrators are especially adept at connecting a factory’s manufacturing equipment to the automation system’s disparate computing and communications devices and programming them all to perform the required control and information gathering chores.
Partnering with system integrators is becoming an increasingly important factor for assuring the success of a manufacturer’s automation projects. As the manufacturing environment grows more complex and fewer engineers populate the manufacturing floor, outsourcing a factory’s system integration functions is fast becoming not only prudent, but necessary.