Finding system integration resources
System integration is very common in automation, and there are plenty of resources out there.
System integrators represent a significant demographic of the AppliedAutomation readership. Regardless of whether automation end users are discrete, process, batch, or hybrid manufacturers, or whether they are utilities or municipalities, chances are your organization has had some contact with automation system integrators.
Automation system integration is among the many information channels on the Control Engineering and Plant Engineering websites. Content specific to this topic can be located by searching the archives maintained by both of these CFE Media LLC publications.
Several types of media are included in this content. For example, Control Engineering magazine publishes the “Automation Integrator Guide” annually. Each issue features articles about automation system integration best practices, industry outlooks, and an industry directory with profiles of automation system integrators. The online version of this directory is a tool for identifying automation system integrator talent. This searchable guide provides information about company size, industries supported, engineering specialties, product experience, professional affiliations, and other important search criteria.
Webcasts and training videos are available online by accessing the “Education & Training” and “People and Training” tabs on the Control Engineering and Plant Engineering Websites, respectively. Control Engineering also distributes the monthly “System Integration” newsletter and hosts the “Automation System Integration” blog.
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering editors and industry expert judges select System Integrator of the Year Award winners by evaluating business skills, technical competence, and customer satisfaction. Winners are then inducted into the Control Engineering System Integrator Hall of Fame.
Separate from the System Integrator of the Year program, Control Engineering names System Integrator Giants, the 100 largest automation system integration firms, according to revenue, that respond to the magazine’s annual survey.
- See the AppliedAutomation stories from the April issue below.
Case Study Database
Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Plant Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.
These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.
Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.
Annual Salary Survey
In a year when manufacturing continued to lead the economic rebound, it makes sense that plant manager bonuses rebounded. Plant Engineering’s annual Salary Survey shows both wages and bonuses rose in 2012 after a retreat the year before.
Average salary across all job titles for plant floor management rose 3.5% to $95,446, and bonus compensation jumped to $15,162, a 4.2% increase from the 2010 level and double the 2011 total, which showed a sharp drop in bonus.