Rounding Up the Workhorses!

October 31st, 2017- Modesto, CA- Around the clock, rain or shine, our Panel Shop team works tirelessly to produce state of the art control panels worth millions of dollars annually! As hard as they work, they also know when to let go of the reins, run loose, and kick up some dirt- they truly are Automation Group’s workhorses! Though we try to round them up once in a while, they simply have a wild spirit that cannot be tamed. Happy Halloween! 

Automation Group Attends Innovation Summit Software Conference 2017

October 3rd, 2017- Austin, Texas- Industrial Automation Group was pleased to attend the Innovation Summit Software Conference 2017 in San Antonio, Texas where they had the opportunity to gain hands-on experience with WWSP 2017. The conference focused on mastering the digital future with training presentations on Wonderware System Platform 2017, system management tools, recipe agility and quality compliance, control and information management, manufacturing operations management, and cybersecurity. Represented by our very own Vice President, Randy Ruano and Project Manager Casey Noonan, the IAG team had a great time networking with partners, customers and distributors. They even squeezed in some time to have some real Texan BBQ!

Industrial Automation Group, LLC becomes a Siemens Solutions Partner

Industrial Automation Group, LLC becomes a Siemens Solutions Partner

For Immediate Release:

October 1st, 2017 Modesto, CA – Privately held Systems Integrator, Industrial Automation Group, LLC specializing in the Food & Beverage Industry for nearly 20 years is now a recognized Siemens Solutions Partner. As a Solutions Partner, Industrial Automation Group will be an integrator of choice for Siemens industrial controls projects and expertise in all Siemens applications.

Industrial Automation Group has been rapidly growing with consistent double digit growth in the last ten years. As part of this tremendous growth, Industrial Automation Group has been focused on expanding their qualifications as a partner with market leaders in factory digitalization.

Industrial Automation Group has been working with Siemens applications and products for over a decade having successfully completed numerous Siemens focused industrial control projects specifically within the Automotive and Food & Beverage sectors. Becoming a Solutions Partner solidifies the expertise that Industrial Automation Group holds with all Siemens drives and controls offerings.

“It’s amazing how quickly from the initial conversation to now in under a year how Industrial Automation Group and Siemens have partnered together to finalize their Solutions Partnership showing a great deal of dedication and commitment,” says Mike Holbrook, OEM Account Manager at Siemens.

Siemens’ Solutions Partnership will provide continuous training, certifications, collaboration and co-marketing for the Systems Integrator to continuously thrive as a Siemens expert.

“Our customers can have complete confidence in the expertise that Industrial Automation Group has with all Siemens products through our SXB Team engineers,” says Engineering Manager of Industrial Automation Group, Gagan Pandher.

About Industrial Automation Group, LLC

Founded in 1998, Industrial Automation Group, LLC is a California-based CSIA Certified System Integrator specializing in all leading automation offerings including Rockwell, Siemens, Wonderware, Ignition, GE, and more. Services include project management, automation engineering, automation service and support, and control panel manufacturing. For additional information, please contact Automation Group.

#Siemens #SiemensUSA #automation #systemsintegrator #IAGDoesTIA #SolutionsPartner

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Automation Group Attends Power of the Purse

Wednesday October 27th, 2017-  The women of Automation Group attended the 20th Anniversary of Power of the Purse hosted by the Women United of United Way foundation. Neena Stegmann, wife of President of Automation Group generously sponsored Automation Group’s table where proceeds directly benefited the City of Modesto in Stanislaus County in helping the homeless community. Keynote speaker at the event was daughter of Mohammed Ali,  Maryam Ali “May May Ali” who was absolutely inspirational and dynamic in her speech. The women of Automation Group had the opportunity to not only bond as a team but to participate in the event’s fundraising through a designer purse raffle. Automation group is proud to not only employ strong and driven women but to continuously develop and invest in their female talent. The event was a huge success and the team looks forward to attending next year’s Power of the Purse.

Automation Group talent featured in Control Engineering Magazine as 40 Under 40

September 18th, 2017- We are honored to have our very own talent, Casey Noonan featured in Control Engineering Magazine’s September Issue of 40 Under 40. “I chose this career path as it is so energizing to be on the forefront of technology and improve processes using automation. I also love the fact that as a controls engineer I help feed America,” explains Casey Noonan. Casey has made a valuable impact to our organization and we couldn’t be happier for him to be featured as one of 2017 Engineering Leader Under 40. Congratulations Casey! Read full article here:



Automation Group Thrives on New Organizational Structure


September 5th, 2017- Modesto, CA

After a three year journey of conceptualization and development Automation Group’s newly structured Project Management Office (PMO) has successfully taken off. The PMO serves as the backbone of their project management approach and double digit growth. Adaptable and progressive engineering firms such as Automation Group are shifting their organizational structures to a strong matrix which leverages a PMO.

The launch of Automation Group’s PMO structure began in 2015 when functional roles were strategically identified. That same year Automation Group had the foresight to hire an Engineering Manager responsible for the management of engineers rather than having engineers report directly into a project team. It was through the hiring of an Engineering Manager that the concept of an SXB Team (Solution eXperts Business) was created.

Beginning of fiscal year 2016, Randy Ruano was selected to direct the PMO which still consisted of projectized teams supported by only a few SXB engineers. The following year, Casey Noonan who began working for Automation Group as a Controls Engineer was promoted as the first “Super Project Manager” relying 100% on SXB engineers for project execution.

The company rapidly grew in sales from 2013 to 2016 thus demanding an increase in engineers. In just a few short months the SXB team acquired 15 additional engineers across three branches. By mid 2017 the PMO grew to include a Vice President (Randy Ruano), two directors (Jason Kieffer and Levi Upham), and five Project Managers (Julio Velasco, Casey Noonan, James Rhyne, Micheal Black and Robert Rash).

Gagan Pandher, SXB team Engineering Manager now leads over thirty highly trained, specialized and certified engineers across five branches. With SXB the PMO now has more horsepower than ever for larger complex projects.

Automation Group is pleased to report that they are wrapping up another banner year, far exceeding the double digit growth of prior years as a result of embracing the contemporary strong matrix organizational structure.


About Industrial Automation Group, LLC

Founded in 1998, Industrial Automation Group, LLC is a California-based CSIA Certified System Integrator specializing in all leading automation offerings including Ignition, Wonderware, Siemens, Rockwell, GE, and more. Services include project management, automation engineering, automation service and support, and control panel manufacturing. For additional information, please contact Automation Group.


Automation Group’s Annual Fun Works Retreat

August 18th, 2017- Modesto, CA- Automation Group and our parent company, Industrial Electrical Company joined forces in celebrating our annual summer retreat at Modesto Fun Works. Kids big and small all had an amazing time with a competitive spirit! Thank you to all for attending and building memories.

Automation Group a ThinManager Global Partner System Integrator

August 2nd, 2017- Modesto, CA-  Automation Group is pleased to announce it’s latest earned certification as a ThinManager Global Partner System Integrator. We are eager to utilize our ThinManager Global Partner System Integrator certification to continuously train and educate our engineers in developing expertise in ACP ThinManager. Automation Group will now have an extra advantage in configuring Remote Desktop Services networks with simplicity, supporting virtual machines, and implementing sustainable technology while lowering costs for factory modernization upgrades. As a Systems Integrator specializing in Food & Beverage, the ThinManager System Integrator certification will bring a new level of technology to directly benefit our clients in achieving far more complex solutions.


Automation Group, CSIA Member featured in Control Magazine’s July Cover

July 27th, 2017- Modesto, CA- We couldn’t be more honored to have our company, Automation Group featured in Control Magazine’s July cover this year! This publication is a privileged achievement as we continue to gain recognition for the successful Food & Beverage System Integration projects we implement. @Automation_Crew  #gotlogix #SXBTeamLife #IAGDoesTIA #IAG321Ignition



Always Be Closing!

July 24th, 2017- Modesto, CA- They aren’t just road warriors, relationship builders, market developers and business hunters- our sales team is the beating heart of our organization. Our phenomenal Sales Engineers: Randy Bowerman, Nichole Kazynski, Shanna Miknus and Sales Manager, Kelly Boler have enabled us to continuously grow and expand as a company beyond our wildest expectations. With a great mentor such as Vice President, Mike Pires by their side the possibilities truly are endless. Another great moment captured with their big smiles and even bigger drives. Cheers to you Sales Team!

Adam Rice, Controls Engineer Awarded the Dragon Slayer Award

July 21st, 2017- Modesto, CA- It truly is a battlefield in the world of Automation. Man versus Machine, Machine versus Programming, Engineer versus PLC… Our engineers and technicians fight battles every day in overcoming obstacles and ensuring that our clients are always satisfied- they embody the real life definition of a Dragon Slayer. The award is given to the engineer who has had the highest utilization rate continuously for 12 weeks. This quarter our Dragon Slayer winner is Adam Rice whom the award will gallantly reside at his desk until the next challenger takes the trophy! #gotlogix #IAG321Ignition #SXBTeamLife #IAGDoesTIA @Automation_Crew