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3 Factors in a Successful System Integration Project

System Integration, Integrated Systems
System integration — a sometimes daunting but valuable project that coordinates the manufacturing process into a seamless whole. Integrated systems have evolved over time, but an experienced System Integrator can still make or break your integration project. What 3 factors should you consider when choosing an integration partner?
  1.  Make sure that your integrator isn't locked in with limited brand names.

Many integrators work only or almost exclusively with a certain supplier or manufacturer. This will limit what your integrator can do, especially with legacy equipment, and may bias their assessment of your plant and the solution you need.

System integrators that work with most major manufacturers offer the distinct advantage of not only understanding whatever equipment you have or supplier you prefer, but also flexibility of experience in technological platforms, equipment, and in the latest and legacy technology.

A good systems integrator can also advise you from firsthand experience on the best suppliers for your application so that you’re not sifting through the options on your own.

  1.    Look for problem-solvers who can minimize impact on production.

Strong system integrators can make incremental changes to minimize disruption to your operations.

The strongest can streamline and integrate your system without stopping production at all.

System integrators should seek to solve your unique problem, in its unique context, not pushing “the way things have always been done." With industry as a whole rapidly moving toward modernization, a one-size-fits all solution just doesn't make sense, and "tried and true" methods are becoming obsolete.

Passionate engineers tailor an integrated system to your needs, seeking the biggest positive impact on your process with the smallest possible disruption.

  1.   Invest in your system integrator’s success.

In the hunt for a system integrator, many people look for the company who will answer their calls at any hour. Once you’ve found a responsive integrator, are you prepared to allocate time and resources to ensuring the project’s success?

An integrator given the necessary resources, space, and time to explore and solve your problem can provide the most effective answers. It’s important to enter into any integration project with an open and ongoing dialogue with your integrator. While an experienced engineering team will have an idea of where to start, communication can accelerate the project and get the most out of your investment.


Choosing a Systems Integrator

These 3 factors are important considerations alongside basic questions, such as whether an integrator can meet Standards and Certifications like UL, ISNetworld, and CSIA.

Premier Automation not only meets these standards and more, but was also named a System Integrator Giant by Control Engineering, ranked #25 nationally on a list of the most innovative intregators in the United States. We work to create a totally integrated automation environment for our customers to ensure better reliability, higher quality, and total production visibility.

If you're seeking a strong system integration partner who will understand your needs, contact Premier Automation to schedule a free on-site evaluation.

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