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…Full Story
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