In machine building and industrial automation, the focus is more on system integration than ever. Separate components, (sub) modules, systems, devices and machines are integrated into complete production lines. The technology is too complex and the scope of projects too big for one party to control the installation at all levels. Naturally, the system integrator is and remains responsible for the technical functionality of the machine (line). He must also monitor the execution of the project, in terms of costs, lead time and quality.
While the tasks and responsibilities are divided over the value chain, the system integrator must have a wide range of knowledge, expertise and competence. For example, he needs domain knowledge about the application. In addition, he must specify and realize the motion and control system at a high level, and define and monitor the interfaces between the various (sub) systems. And industrial communication must be properly arranged, within the installation and with external systems for the factory (SCADA, MES) and office automation (ERP).
If one party can offer support here because it also has a broad scope, it is the technical value-add distributor. After all, it serves many different application domains with a wide range of products and technologies. The technical value-add distributor has knowledge of motion and control technology and can provide the necessary network technology. And of course he supplies the mechanical and electrical supplies and technology that the system integrator needs.
The technical value-add distributor is also used to project-based working and can help with logistical solutions to streamline complex system integration processes. Coordinated delivery to multiple partners in a system integration process is an option. By monitoring product innovation and possible obsolescence, he can ensure that the materials list stays up-to-date with all partners. Conclusion: integration of a technical value-add distributor in the project is the formula for success.