CHOOSING A SYSTEM INTEGRATOR
According to Control Engineering, "Four principal factors to consider when choosing an automation system integrator are: professional, technological, application, and industry competency."
PROFESSIONAL expertise is more than a firm handshake and a "can do" attitude. It is employing strategies that work. An integrator must learn the customer's expectations and maintain communications for consistently successful projects.
TECHNOLOGICAL expertise is proficiency with specific vendors' equipment. Knowledge with one vendor is not enough. Serving the customer means using the right tools for the job and implementing them skillfully.
APPLICATION expertise in all areas of the project comes from having successfully completed projects in many different disciplines such as material handling, process control, and discrete machine control.
INDUSTRIAL expertise comes from having completed many projects successfully in a similar industry.