Record participation marks CSIA 2012 executive conference

System integrators at CSIA 2012 Executive Conference gain engineering, business skills in record numbers. Speakers at the Control System Integrators Association annual meeting mixed optimism and concern as manufacturing and economic indicators for the near future look good.

05/02/2012


Record-setting attendance, outstanding speakers and a high level of energy marked the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) 2012 Executive Conference held on April 25-28, 2012, in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Opening keynote speaker Alan Beaulieu, economist and president of the Institute for Trend Research, told the group that the U.S. is in solid economic recovery, despite the public’s perception that the country is in a recession. 

"All leading indicators are up, a clear indication of economic health," Beaulieu said. "Manufacturing is picking up speed and interest rates are going to stay low." Beaulieu predicts that interest rates will stay low for another year, stimulating borrowing and economic growth through 2013. 

While Beaulieu is optimistic about the near term, he forecasts massive inflation ahead and “terrible” times in the 2030s, when entitlement programs for the retiring Baby Boom generation will deplete reserves. 

Overhead shot of the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) 2012 executive conference, which was held in Scottsdale, Ariz. Courtesy: CSIAAlso during the opening plenary session, Jeff Miller, Interstate Control Systems, announced the release of the fourth revision of the CSIA Best Practices and Benchmarks Manual. Miller, who chairs the Best Practices Committee, said the latest revision includes a new section for best practices in service and support and a restructured section related to marketing, business development, and sales and opportunity management. 

During the association’s business meeting, Stephen Goldberg, Matrix Technologies Inc., chairman of the CSIA board of directors, announced the association’s expanded mission to raise awareness of CSIA globally. Director Eduardo Acosta, Omnicon S.A., said efforts will be focused on Spanish-speaking Latin America, Brazil, India, Oceania and South Africa.

Three individuals and one company were recognized with awards at the conference. Ed Diehl, Concept Systems Inc., received the Charlie Bergman Award for service to the organization. Craig Eidson, Optimation Technology Inc., and Keith Harris, Lord and Company Inc., were named CSIA Rising Stars. Software Toolbox received the Partner of the Year Award. 

Integrator and partner members and their guests totaled 472 for the three-day event. Conference attendance has grown 32% in the past three years. Overall, membership has increased nearly 28% since 2009, with 400 companies representing 27 countries. 

More about CSIA

• Membership:  Of the 400 member companies, 331 are integrator members and 69 are partner members. Of the total membership, 18.5% are based outside of the U.S. 

• Membership increased 27% from 2009 through year-end 2011.

• Conference attendance:  472 people attended the 2012 Executive Conference, up 32% from 2009. (Including spouses and guests.)

• Exhibits: There were 50 exhibitors at the 2012 conference, compared with 35 in 2009. 

• CSIA 2013 will be May 1 – 4, 2013, in St. Petersburg, Fla. CSIA 2014 will be April 23 – 26, 2014, in San Diego, Cal.  Learn more at the CSIA website: www.controlsys.org



No comments
The Engineers' Choice Awards highlight some of the best new control, instrumentation and automation products as chosen by...
Each year, a panel of Control Engineering editors and industry expert judges select the System Integrator of the Year Award winners.
The Engineering Leaders Under 40 program identifies and gives recognition to young engineers who...
Learn how to increase device reliability in harsh environments and decrease unplanned system downtime.
This eGuide contains a series of articles and videos that considers theoretical and practical; immediate needs and a look into the future.
Learn how to create value with re-use; gain productivity with lean automation and connectivity, and optimize panel design and construction.
Go deep: Automation tackles offshore oil challenges; Ethernet advice; Wireless robotics; Product exclusives; Digital edition exclusives
Lost in the gray scale? How to get effective HMIs; Best practices: Integrate old and new wireless systems; Smart software, networks; Service provider certifications
Fixing PID: Part 2: Tweaking controller strategy; Machine safety networks; Salary survey and career advice; Smart I/O architecture; Product exclusives
The Ask Control Engineering blog covers all aspects of automation, including motors, drives, sensors, motion control, machine control, and embedded systems.
Look at the basics of industrial wireless technologies, wireless concepts, wireless standards, and wireless best practices with Daniel E. Capano of Diversified Technical Services Inc.
Join this ongoing discussion of machine guarding topics, including solutions assessments, regulatory compliance, gap analysis...
This is a blog from the trenches – written by engineers who are implementing and upgrading control systems every day across every industry.
IMS Research, recently acquired by IHS Inc., is a leading independent supplier of market research and consultancy to the global electronics industry.

Find and connect with the most suitable service provider for your unique application. Start searching the Global System Integrator Database Now!

Case Study Database

Case Study Database

Get more exposure for your case study by uploading it to the Control Engineering case study database, where end-users can identify relevant solutions and explore what the experts are doing to effectively implement a variety of technology and productivity related projects.

These case studies provide examples of how knowledgeable solution providers have used technology, processes and people to create effective and successful implementations in real-world situations. Case studies can be completed by filling out a simple online form where you can outline the project title, abstract, and full story in 1500 words or less; upload photos, videos and a logo.

Click here to visit the Case Study Database and upload your case study.