PDA Passes 4th Straight CSIA Audit!


Process and Data Automation (PDA) is proud to announce that we have passed the audit requirements established by the Control Systems Integrator Association (CSIA) for the fourth consecutive time!

The CSIA is a global trade association dedicated to advancing the control system integration industry.   Since 1994, it has helped member companies improve their business skills, provided a forum to share industry expertise, and promoted the benefits of hiring certified control system integrators.

The comprehensive audit of operational practices including business development, project execution, financial tracking, information technology, human resources, and general management is conducted by an independent third-party firm. Achieving a Certified Member distinction indicates that a company has met stringent standards, is financially healthy, and can complete projects in a professional and technically sound way. Ultimately, certification provides benefits by ensuring high quality, performance, and long-term project support.

Jeremy Anderson, President at PDA commented that “evaluating ourselves against the highest standards in our industry is key to providing the best service to our clients. Therefore, the CSIA Certification process is highly valuable, as is utilizing the best auditor. In choosing an auditor, we wanted to work with the firm that we, and many of our peers, consider to be the best – Exotek. From our first audit in 2012 through today, Exotek has provided the PDA team with the ‘how’ of achieving certification and the ‘why’.  We have left each audit with actionable steps and a clear understanding of the continuous improvement needed to achieve our strategic vision – to be the source of knowledge on, and provision of, Automation and Digitalization solutions for the Food and Beverage industries. “

Don Roberts, the Exotek Auditor, commented, “PDA is exemplary in their implementation of Best Practices. Their quality management system is built directly around the Best Practices document right down to the topic numbering. They have done a great job of migrating from an older file-based system to a SharePoint system accessible by all employees. PDA is leveraging the benefits of their new parent company, but still staying nimble enough to make sure their clients are well served. Hats off to the leadership team that stepped up to that opportunity.”

As certified control system integrators, PDA continues to provide our customers the benefit of knowing they will receive superb technical solutions from a professionally managed system integration business.

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PDA is Ignition 7.9 GOLD Certified

Process and Data Automation (PDA) is proud to announce we have recently been Ignition 7.9 GOLD Certified. Ignition by Inductive Automation is the industry’s only server-centric industrial automation software platform with unlimited licensing, built for connecting industrial devices, databases, and business data together in one central location. Now, with the new Ignition version 7.9, they’ve made it easier than ever to get, see, maintain, and manage Ignition systems across our entire enterprise.

The Ignition Gold Level Certification Test covers more advanced features of Ignition: advanced architectures, tag historian and compression, redundancy, SQL databases, troubleshooting error messages, and more. PDA already was Ignition Core Certified which covers the basics of Ignition: architecture, real-time status and control, historical data logging, UDTs and templates, and alarming. It is designed to test your understanding and knowledge of Ignition. 

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PDA is Officially Sepasoft OEE Downtime Certified
Process and Data Automation (PDA) is proud to announce that we are officially Sepasoft Downtime certified. “This comes as a result of years of successfully working with these products. This certification is validation of the dedication of both parties to the success of joint projects”, PDA President Joe Snyder commented.

MES Projects require a different approach than that of traditional SCADA implementations. Project Management, Change Management, knowledge of production beyond software, and a clear understanding of the goals and objectives of an MES implementation are as equally important as having a solid understanding of the MES Product Suite and framework architecture.

The MES Certification program has been designed to ensure that Certified MES Professionals and Certified System Integrator Companies have the necessary skills to ensure a successful MES implementation. As an MES Certified Integrator, our clients can be confident that their MES solution will be implemented in the correct way.

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We’re Not Your Average DSG Team!

Process and Data Automation’s (PDA) Digitalization Group (DSG) is not your average software integration group. PDA places a lot of emphasis on training for the benefit of our customers and as such, makes sure that members of the DSG group are certified as ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Fundamentals Specialists and have obtained Cisco Routing and Switching Certification among other industry certifications.

ISA has developed the ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Certificate program to increase knowledge and awareness of the ISA/IEC 62442 standards. The first certificate in the program is the ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Fundamentals Specialist.  The specialist certificate program is designed for professionals involved in IT and control system security roles that need to develop a command of industrial cybersecurity terminology and understanding of the material embedded in the ISA/IEC 62443 standards. The ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity certificates are awarded to those who successfully complete a designated training course and pass the exam.

“As Cybersecurity becomes a focus in the industry, we wanted to add more credibility to our networking team. Having the ISA perspective allows our customers to see that we have dedicated and direct experience with industrial networking and industrial cybersecurity”, PDA Data Services Manager, Scott McCausland shared.

Earning a Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching certification is one of the best ways for PDA employees to provide our clients with expert networking. Cisco pioneered routing and switching technologies—and continues to lead the way, with the greatest market share and largest installed base across many industries. The overwhelming majority of today’s Internet traffic travels over network pathways built with Cisco infrastructure products. Equally important is the fact that certification keeps our DSG group current with all of today’s technology.

PDA is proud to have a world-class DSG group that is always on the forefront of the latest technologies. Our customers can be assured that our team is one of the most skilled and knowledgeable in the field.

PDA is a full-service, CSIA Certified industrial control systems integration firm. Our Controls Engineering group specializes in physical automation system design, programming, and commissioning. We also feature a dedicated Data Services Group (DSG) that connects automated equipment and systems to the business system environment including protected recipe systems, data collection and reporting, and data historian implementation. DSG can provide the systems you need to set your systems up for proper operation and then provide the tools you need to make sure you execute as planned.

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