System Integrator of the Year Award winners announced
The Control Engineering 2010 System Integrator of the Year winners are...
Accepting for Mustang Automation & Control, Don Colchin, president
Accepting for Interstates Control Systems, Jack Woelber, president
Accepting for Stone Technologies, Don Ulrich, president
In the summer of 2009, all of the integrators listed in the Control Engineering Automation Integrator Guide , every member of the CSIA (Control System Integrators Association), and all of Control Engineering 'ssystem integrator subscribers were invited to submit essays describingtheir company's system integration achievements in the areas oftechnical expertise, business skills, and customer satisfaction. Podcasts explain industry issues and answers from the president of each System Integrator of the Year winner .
These entries were divided into three groups based on annual revenue: up to $10 million, $10 to $50 million, and above $50 million. Control Engineering 's panel of judges reviewed entries in each group. Entrants that received one or more top-3 votes were named finalists The three finalists receiving the most top-3 votes in each group were named System Integrator of the Year.
Here are the details on the 2010 System Integrator of the Year
Mustang Automation & Control (category: above $50 million annual revenue)
Mustang Automation & Control is the automation business unit of Mustang Engineering, an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) management service provider focused on the global oil, gas, chemical, petrochemical, power, and automotive industries. Their core automation experience ranges from individual projects to main automation contractor programs for large, multi-EPC projects.
Mustang Automation & Control's services are provided by a team of automation experts supported by several hundred instrument, electrical, process, and construction professionals. More than 75% of their project work is executed as an independent systems integrator. The remainder is performed in support of Mustang's other business units.
According to contest judge Renee Robbins, "Mustang's Automation & Control business unit seems to be the best all-around system integrator in this year's [large category] line up. The company's process control experience, vendor independence, and success with projects large and small put it ahead of the competition. Mustang extensively tracks customer satisfaction and creates detailed scorecards, defining success and creating a culture of continuous improvement. Ninety percent of its clients say they would use Mustang again."
Interstates Control Systems Inc. (category: $10 - $50 million annual revenue)
Interstates Control Systems' services range from traditional plant floor automation-programming, engineering, panel construction-to working with clients to determine their business needs. ICSI can automate equipment, collect data, generate reports, and interface with a client's existing business systems.
Interstates serves a wide variety of industries from agriculture and biotechnology to chemicals/petrochemicals, food & beverage, and material handling. ICSI has three professional engineers plus several degreed engineers on staff.
Contest judge Dennis Brandl noted Interstates' commitment to its employees by noting "their low turnover rate, continual employee feedback, on-going training and a focus on continual employee improvement." Brandl also noted that "Interstates' experience in plant relocation shows an attention to detail that is critically important in control system integration."
Stone Technologies Inc. (category: up to $10 million annual revenue)
Professional staff at Stone Technologies, left to right: Keith Unger, Eric Schaefer, Randy Richerson, Don Ulrich, Dan Engelhard, Scott Howard, and Mark DeYoung
Stone Technologies is a national systems integrator headquartered in St. Louis with resources around the Midwest and Southeast. The company provides industrial automation and information services from conceptual design through commissioning for process control and manufacturing operations management systems, including electrical design and system development.
Stone's focus is on the consumer products, chemical, and pharmaceutical industries. Their people have worked extensively in those industries and understand the unique challenges that must be met to deliver successful projects.
Judge Tom Bullock said, "Stone's technical competence is enhanced by encouraging engineers to obtain project management certification and to author technical conference papers. They also encourage each engineer to become a technical expert on some subject critical to the success of the business."
Left to right: Don Ulrich, president, Stone Technologies; Jack Woelber, president, Interstates Control Systems; and Don Colchin, Mustang Automation and Control, president
Listen in and learn more - podcasts
Control Engineering podcasts on the winners:
- Mustang Automation & Control: Employee retention, project management ;
- Interstates Control Systems: Dashboard integration ; and
- Stone Technologies: More from less with MES .
For more on the winners, see the print Automation Integrator Guide that mailed with the December 2009 issue.
Who won previously? See the Control Engineering System Integrator Hall of Fame .
See other articles in the 2010 Automation Integrator Guide .
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