As you search for an automotive system integrator, you may be wondering: How do you choose the right one? Or what are the most important factors to consider? Given the complex nature of automotive manufacturing, these are important questions to ask. Making this decision may be a difficult one, but we recommend keeping the following criteria below in mind to help you choose the best integrator.
Take A Look At Their Past Projects
Past projects will give you a good idea of whether or not an integrator has the right expertise in your business’s industry and if they have familiarity with specific equipment you may have. Consider contacting some of their past clients and ask them about their experience. What does it look like working with the integrator? Did the integrator communicate well? How did the integrator manage things if there were complications in the plan?
Observe Their Business Approach
How does the integrator get to know your business? Their approach can be very telling on whether or not they would make a good long-term partner. A good integrator should take the time to fully understand your expectations including your automotive priorities, budget, performance requirements, and goals.
Consider Employee Expertise
Employee expertise can play a pivotal role in the success of an integrator, so it’s something important to think about as you look for one. You’ll want to look at whether or not their staff has a strong familiarity with new and existing automotive equipment, other technical skills they may have, and non-technical skills such as analytical and problem-solving abilities.
Look At Their Certifications
Certifications require rigorous testing, meaning integrators with a certification are guaranteed to have higher levels of proficiency and expertise in comparison to those who don’t. For example, a common certification you may come across in the industrial automation industry is the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA), which requires integrators to meet at least 79 points of criteria in areas such as project management and quality assurance.
A system integrator can determine the success of your operations, therefore, it’s important to take your time in picking the right one. At Outbound Technologies, our team is experienced and knowledgeable when it comes to automotive industry solutions. Request a free consultation here to learn more about how our services can fit your operational needs.