Control System Integrators Association, Control.com to partner

Westborough, Mass. - Control.com, the global online community for control professionals, announced a partnership with the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA). Together, the two firms are launching a new series of services that enhance interaction within the integrator community and build on that interaction to deliver manufacturers with a suite of fully supported open control systems.

02/20/2002


Westborough, Mass. - Control.com , the global online community for control professionals, announced a partnership with the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA). Together, the two firms are launching a new series of services that enhance interaction within the integrator community and build on that interaction to deliver manufacturers with a suite of fully supported open control systems.

Control.com is working with CSIA to develop a new Web community for the association1s members and other system integrators who are looking to enhance their technical knowledge and interact with peers and experts in the automation business. The Control System Integrator Connection will feature technical discussions where integrators can ask or answer questions and share their expertise on such topics as PLCs, HMI software, and motion control. In addition, Control.com is providing CSIA member companies with opportunities to promote their services directly to manufacturers through a suite of e-marketing programs delivered via the Control.com community.

Control.com will also be working with CSIA members to deliver fully supported open control systems to the manufacturing community. Developed in conjunction with Control.com1s Open Control Laboratory, the new systems will provide manufacturers with a set of modular components that can be mixed and matched to solve a variety of data acquisition, process control, and motion control applications. Control.com will provide the open systems technology, including hardware, software, and compatibility testing. CSIA integrators that have completed the CSIA 'Best Practices and Benchmarks' Registration Process will provide on-site installation, applications-level development, and support.

'System integrators must aggressively pursue new technologies and resources to deliver the maximum value to the automation community,' said Norm O1Leary, executive director of the Control System Integrators Association. 'Our partnership with Control.com provides integrators with a new suite of essential tools - instant access to in-depth technical discussions and a family of open control products that will deliver increased performance, communications, and programming flexibility.'

The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) is the largest organization in North America for independent control system integrators. Member companies provide integrated control system solutions for companies in the automotive, chemical, food, healthcare, medical, metal, petrochemical, petroleum, pharmaceutical, plastics, power, printing, and rubber industries.

Control.com is an online community of control engineering professionals. Home to the Open Control Laboratory, the Automation List, and the PLCArchive, the company hosts a growing technical knowledge base and peer-to-peer forums that provide numerous opportunities for interchange in the control community.

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Gary A. Mintchell, senior editor
gmintchell@cahners.com





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