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The Importance of Control System Integrators (Part 2 of 3)

By Walt Boyes

E-Zine March 2014

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The Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) ( and the International Society for Pharmaceutical Engineering (ISPE) ( took bold stabs at creating standards and practices for system integration. CSIA began a third-party audit program for their member companies, culminating in the status of Registered Member. National Instruments has taken the step of requiring that all their top integrators (Select Partners) become Registered Members of CSIA, and maintain that status.

National Instruments’ Jack Barber says, “NI's adoption of the CSIA audit process benefits the association, our partners and our company. By requesting that our Select Partners join the CSIA organization, we will bring numerous top-notch system integrators into the organization. In turn, we believe our Select Partners will benefit from and contribute to the Best Practices & Benchmarks established by CSIA. Further, by encouraging our Select Partners to undergo the audit, we will foster participation in and credibility of the audit process.”

Other automation vendors are expected to follow suit.

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From Flow Control (August 2002)

ISSN 1538-5280

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