The demand for systems integration can only rise in consonance with the increasing clamor for higher industrial productivity. It takes only a minute of downtime for a large loss of revenue to occur, sometimes in millions of dollars. In states and regions with a significant industrial investment such as Michigan, control system integrators bring experience and expertise to bear in managing industrial processes. This ensures that facilities are run with the compliant, predictable, and cost-effective methods necessary for optimizing industrial processes.
IoT Meets Systems Integration
In recent times, with the evolution of the Internet of Things (IoT) concept, this buzzword has found its way into the field of systems integration. In trying to understand the benefits, systems integration offers IoT, it is necessary to first have a grasp of the buzzword. Wikipedia defines it as “…the network of physical objects or “things” embedded with electronics, software, sensors, and network connectivity, which enables these objects to collect and exchange data…”
Raising the Efficiency Bar
Systems integrators offer IoT the opportunity to increase efficiency. This was highlighted in a case-study discussion during the CSIA Executive Conference in Puerto Rico last year. The pharmaceutical giant, Roche needed to optimize a chiller plant, and the project required an understanding of real-time data as well as tracking to detect compliance with the original design. By installing and integrating a sensor-based system, Roche was able to assess systems performance in real-time. This translated to a $250,000 reduction in maintenance costs. Having used Roche’s Puerto Rico plant as a case-study, it is easy to imagine how industrial hubs in the United States can maximize output by leveraging IoT and the expertise of control system integrators. Michigan as a heavily industrialized state can take the lead.
Whether the system is simple or complex, system integration ensures a seamless operational flow with resultant efficiencies. This typically translates to massive cost savings for industrial manufacturing plants in areas like Michigan. Professional Control system integrators that have the appropriate qualifications offer the benefits of risk reduction while increasing profitability of successful automation projects.
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