TITLE

What do clients want? System integration redefined

AUTHOR(S)
Yacoubian, Haro
PUB. DATE
June 2004
SOURCE
InTech;Jun2004, Vol. 51 Issue 6, p45
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article focuses on the benefits of system integration to companies. Users want a single company to fill the vacuum and integrate all aspects of a project in the light of the fragmentation of the automation industry and the decimation of central engineering. The integration of activities upstream and downstream from the automation work offers users a plethora of small and large products and services that rely on attention to details and the big picture. As schedules become compressed, responsive customized solutions rely on purposefully developed relationships. Users require prompt, nimble and personal attention devoid of bureaucracy. As system integration becomes truly independent a specific manufacturer, hardware, software and services are bundled and configured to offer optimal solutions by making them flexible and user friendly and by incorporating client preferences, understanding the installed base and total installed and operating cost and easing training, operation and maintenance. The convenience of a ready to operate automation system cannot be underestimated. Where practical, skids are shipped completed, instruments and systems are tested and certified at the factory, operators are trained and site acceptance testing becomes redundant to factory acceptance testing.
ACCESSION #
13615138

 

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