To help bring the Internet of Things (IoT) to the automation industry, the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) reports it's collaborating with the Manufacturing Enterprise Solutions Association on a new smart manufacturing initiative.
"MESA will contribute through their capabilities around best practices for the real-life deployment of information technology, providing real-time visibility into the production process and in particular on non-technical deliverables," says Rivera. "CSIA will offer best practices for successful system integration. We're working together to provide our services towards this great opportunity.
"We're optimistic about CSIA's future as system integrators increasingly broaden their scope of work. This will be driven in part by the IoT, increasing regulation involving physical and cyber security, traceability requirements and more. In addition, there is an overall need to direct information to those that can act on it, especially the factory floor for manufacturing."