CSIA has positive outlook for 2012
Organization sees reinvestment in production, new markets
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 of 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.
Annual Salary Survey
After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.