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You don't have the time—or the money—to gamble with unproven automation, instrumentation, or controls. As the old saw goes, quality doesn't cost, it pays. So Control Engineeringproduces this annual hardcopy tool to complement its December 2005 issue. 4 COVER: Value means more than price Any good consumer knows that you can pay too much, but you can also pay too little.
You don't have the time—or the money—to gamble with unproven automation, instrumentation, or controls. As the old saw goes, quality doesn't cost, it pays. So Control Engineering produces this annual hardcopy tool to complement its December 2005 issue.
4 COVER: Value means more than price
Any good consumer knows that you can pay too much, but you can also pay too little. What is the balance between expertise and excess—humility or billing. Illustrations of the cost of too much "economy" are given, as is an example of competence being viewed as "too cheap."
8 Do integrators really provide added value?
Norm O'Leary, Control & Information System Integrators Association (CSIA), explains the true value system integrators provide.
9 Motion integrator solves push-pull problem
Polyair's protective packaging line was fractured by antiquated controls and programming errors. An upgrade by Custom Control Solutions improved production-run efficiency and greatly simplified operator training.
11 Inspection system for beer-keg quality assurance
The seemingly mundane task of inspecting cleaned beer kegs is more complex than it sounds. HiTech Control Systems, together with DVT Vision Systems technology, provided a safe and reliable cleaning and repressurization process.
14 Directory of integrators
Updated information for 2006 is provided by Control Engineering's consulting editor Vance VanDoren. The directory incorporates over 1,000 citations, many showing:
Geographic region served;
Corporate associations—indicating whether an integrator is a value-added reseller, distributor, or authorized system integrator;
Annual revenue; and
Searches may be carried out in the listings by name, with sponsored listings containing more data.
Automation Integrator Guide Online: Visitors to www.controleng.com/integrators can do multi-parameter searches in eight ways.
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