System Integrator of the Year

Control Engineering and Plant Engineering 2016 System Integrator of the YearEach year, a panel of Control Engineering and Plant Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners in three categories (based on the size of the organization). Three general criteria are considered for the selection of winners: business skills, technical competence, and customer satisfaction. Winners are then inducted into our System Integrator Hall of Fame.

For the 10th System Integrator of the Year program, Control Engineering and Plant Engineering are looking for the best integrators in the automation business to feature on the cover of the Global System Integrator Report in December 2015.

How to enter (DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday, August 14)

  1. Create your company's profile in the Global System Integrator Database
    • This database is accessible to Control Engineering's and Plant Engineering's global audience throughout China, Europe, and North America
    • While creating your online corporate profile, please make sure to go to the "CFE Award Programs" section of your profile to see the submission guidelines, and indicate your interest in participating.

  2. Document your company's level of achievement in each of the following areas, focusing on qualities, strategies, and procedures that differentiate your company from other integrators:
    • Business skills
      • Does your company have any written policies that detail your financial, human resources, management and other business procedures?
      • Does your company hold any professional certifications from the ISO, CSIA, automation vendors or any other third parties qualified to assess your business skills?
      • Have you ever completed any self-evaluations or undertaken any in-house initiatives to formalize your business procedures?
    • Technical competence
      • Does your company employ degree'd engineers, Professional Engineers, Certified Automation Professionals, or other technical personnel with professional credentials?
        • Can you provide a success story outlining a difficult automation problem that you were able to solve for a client?  Was there anything particularly innovative about your solution?
        • Have you ever successfully completed a project that had previously proven too difficult for the client’s in-house engineers or another system integrator?
      • Customer satisfaction
        • Has your company ever received any awards or letters of commendation for a job well done?
          • Do you have procedures for tracking customer satisfaction and redressing their grievances?
          • Can you provide references that we may contact?

      • Mail four (4) hard copies of the documentation from Step 2 to:
        Bailey Rice
        Director of Business and Market Development
        CFE Media
        1111 W. 22nd Street, Ste. 250
        Oak Brook, IL 60523

      For the purposes of this competition, a "system integrator" is a contract engineering firm or an engineering division of a larger company that can design and implement computerized control systems for industrial machinery, manufacturing lines, or other automated facilities that produce either a commodity or a finished product. Examples would include automation, control, robotic, and test system integrators as well as automation contractors, automated machine builders, multi-disciplinary engineering firms with instrumentation and automation divisions, and product vendors that also offer application engineering services.

      A system integrator may or may not provide the automation products required for a particular project but must be capable of integrating both the hardware and the software with the client’s existing facilities. Companies that provide individual elements of an automation project such as consulting, programming, electrical contracting, or panel construction are not considered "system integrators" unless they also offer the remaining services required for a complete turnkey installation.

      For more information about this program, please contact Bailey Rice at or 630-571-4070 ext. 2206.

      Past System Integrator of the Year Winners