Why consider purchasing direct?

Results and opinions vary, but purchasing from manufacturer, distributor and online are clearly merging.

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Machine builders, integrators and end users can purchase industrial control hardware directly from a manufacturer, a distributor or an online store. Depending on who you talk to, each has its advantages. When considering the options, there is not clear winner. In fact, a combined team effort including the manufacturer, distributor and integrator is often the best solution—a collaborated effort is optimal. Who's delivering the hardware (Figure 1)? Direct from the manufacturer From a machine builder’s perspective, manufacturers know their products. "The main advantage of buying direct from the manufacturer is the deep product knowledge," says Lyle Rusanowski, CEO at…

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The OEM's guide to remote monitoring


ID 2Learn how remote monitoring is creating growth opportunities for OEMs of all sizes and why it's rapidly gaining acceptance among end users. Read it here.

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