CSIA includes more than 300 member companies dedicated to sharing and developing systems integration best practices. In addition to providing a forum for members to discuss common business issues, the group publishes its Best Practices and Benchmarks reference guide and offers its renowned Certified Member program used to help manufacturers identify leading integrators.
"Honeywell is a natural fit for CSIA because the company has made integration a cornerstone of its strategy for helping manufacturers of all sizes improve operations," said Norm O'Leary, executive director of CSIA. "With deep expertise in integration, system design and the unique needs of various industries, we expect that Honeywell will contribute a wealth of knowledge to the group and help strengthen its resulting research."
Honeywell, a past winner of the System Integrator of the Year Award from Control Engineering magazine, has more than 3,000 project engineers and designers who work worldwide through a network of 50 design centers. Honeywell provides a wide range of technology platforms and instrumentation that enable manufacturers to coordinate previously disparate systems. For example, the company's award-winning process control platform, Experion Process Knowledge System (PKS), coordinates critical subsystems dispersed throughout a manufacturing facility to provide greater visibility into plant operations. The latest solution in the Experion product line, Experion LS, allows integrators to offer customers the power and reliability of a traditional distributed control system (DCS) in a smaller, flexible package more commonly associated with Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs).
"Organizations such as CSIA are critical for advancing our industry because they build great knowledge bases that shed insight into the new challenges our customers face," said Harsh Chitale, vice president of strategy and global marketing for Honeywell Process Solutions. "Helping to set high standards for systems integration will help manufacturers meet those challenges in a cost-effective manner, which ultimately means better business results for everyone involved."
For more information about the CSIA, visit the CSIA Web site.
For more information about Honeywell's systems integration capabilities and solutions such as Experion LS, please visit the Honeywell Process Solutions Web site.
Honeywell International is a Fortune 100 diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London, and Chicago Stock Exchanges. Honeywell Process Solutions is part of Honeywell's Automation and Control Solutions group, a global leader in providing product and service solutions that improve efficiency and profitability, support regulatory compliance, and maintain safe, comfortable environments in homes, buildings and industry.