SEPT 15, 2021 (Beverwijk, Netherlands) – As the founding auditing firm that has performed the most CSIA audits around the world, we can confirm that EKB Group has passed the audit requirements established by the Control Systems Integrator Association for the fifth time.
Don Roberts, the Exotek Auditor, commented, “There are a few things about EKB that stand out. First of all, their support of CSIA and certification is impressive. They even dropped their ISO 9001 certification, explaining to their clients that CSIA Certification is a better benchmark for systems integrators. With each audit, we get the opportunity to look back on previous audits and compare the progress that is made. EKB always focuses on the areas that will bring the most value to their company and then tackle them with a world class approach. Exotek is honored to be part of their development.”
“We are always looking for ways to continuously improve our processes and to get all processes the same between our branches. By leveraging the CSIA audit and certification process at each branch, we ensure that the process owners of all branches comply with the same CSIA requirements, thus motivating improvement and cooperation to align processes.,” said Remco Kappert, Integration Manager at EKB. “During the audit, Exotek very accurately identifies areas where EKB can improve. By recognizing our ‘maturity’ level, we can take the next steps, always challenging, but never unreachable.”
Michiel de Lange, EKB Directeur added, “CSIA certification not only leads to improved processes and increased quality. Audits and discussions with Don also help to improve our strategy and continuously determine EKB’s next steps. It is a great system that supports to make EKB even greater.”
EKB is a multidisciplinary system integrator with a focus on industrial automation. With more than 200 committed and expert employees, this project organization has been offering automation solutions within the process and manufacturing industry since 1971. EKB has extensive experience in the metal, food, marine & offshore, chemical & pharmaceutical, energy and mechanical engineering sectors. A high-quality quality system in accordance with CSIA and thorough project management make EKB a reliable partner.
Exotek LLC formed in 1997 in response to a request made by a major automation equipment manufacturer to help them grow and manage their systems integration channel and because integrators wanted management assistance. Our team recognized the link between the process knowledge, value-added services of the engineering systems integrator, and the success of the automation vendors. The automation equipment vendors also recognized the necessity of the integration industry to grow with increased industry standards and professionalism. Exotek was the first to provide industry-focused tools, processes, and knowledge to help make this happen.
The Control System Integrators Association is a global trade association dedicated to advancing the control system integration industry. CSIA has over 500 member companies in 35 countries. Since 1994, CSIA 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.
About the Audit
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. CSIA Certification indicates that a company has met stringent standards, is financially healthy, and can complete projects in a professional and technically sound way.