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3 Ways to Mitigate Risk through Training

Are your operators prepared in the event of an abnormal process situation?  

Do they know how to actively (and appropriately) respond to alarms?

Mitigate your facility’s risks by providing your operators with training opportunities that improve user confidence and decrease response time to abnormal situations, resulting in using your workforce’s time more effectively.

How, you ask?  By empowering your operators by providing them hands-on experience with your specific control system in an isolated/controlled environment, simulating an array of abnormal scenarios that you can’t effectively achieve on-process – and doing so conveniently at your facility or one of Champion’s nearby locations.


Take a minute to imagine any or all “worst case” scenarios your facility could one day face – that if not handled properly could result in a Health & Safety event, equipment failure, or simply a loss of production.  It sounds pretty ominous!  But it doesn’t have to.  Knowing what these situations are is the first step to mitigating risk and effectively responding – without hesitation and without panic.

Your scenarios typically don’t need to go so far as a “doomsday apocalypse” – often something as simple as a failed sensor or an unrecognized alarm could present risks with untrained personnel.

This is where Champion comes in – to create a “twin” of your control system and operating environment.  In this simulated environment, we can introduce any number of scenarios, teaching first how to identify the risk and then how best to respond.


We’ve all done it from the comfort of our bed – “snoozing” that daily alarm for “just a few more minutes.”  Regularly doing the same with control system alarms may be an indication you are due for an assessment by one of Champion’s Alarm Management specialists – but that is a topic for another day!

Training your personnel how to properly identify, evaluate, and respond to alarms and responding to abnormal situations in your facility is a big part of mitigating risks.  Using the same example of your control system “twin,” Champion can effectively train users based on your process environment.  Each possible abnormal scenario can be triggered in a no-risk environment – with users learning in each case how to respond to an abnormal situation in a timely or correct manner.


Training your workforce shouldn’t be a major undertaking – it should be a well-coordinated, preplanned, and efficient use of your personnel’s time.  Champion values these goals for all clients, whether providing on-site training at your facility or at one of our strategically located facilities.

  • Do you have new personnel or a new facility?
  • Is your existing facility undergoing a control system upgrade?
  • Do your technical personnel want more flexibility to perform system updates and modifications?

There are plenty of scenarios in which your workforce may benefit from Champion-tailored training solutions for operators, maintenance, and technical personnel. Whether getting everyone up to speed on a new system, comparing changes between a legacy and new system, or learning how to stay agile in the onsite maintenance & updates your site might require – reach out to our sales team for more information on all of the training solutions we can offer. 

Champion’s goals are to maximize your facility’s safety, efficiency, and overall performance.

Choosing the Right Control System for Your Facility

Is your control system approaching its end-of-life product lifecycle?

Does your system rely on replacement parts that are increasingly harder to find?

Is it more difficult to find or hire personnel who have experience with your control system?

It may be time to upgrade.
But – How to choose the right system?

When you have identified that it’s time to upgrade your control system, you want to explore all the options that are available to you. It is especially important to find a control system that best fits your application. For example: if you need to upgrade a controller, you would avoid upgrading the entire control system.

Some manufacturers’ control system platforms offer a variety of upgrade and migration solutions and strategies. For some end users, there are migration strategies that may be a better solution than a complete upgrade.  In other cases, a complete system upgrade may be the answer.  Most of the time the best solution is somewhere in between.

How would you go about choosing which solution or strategy is right for your application? Maybe your company is standardizing on a single platform, which simplifies your options. But sometimes the field of options is wide open.

Understanding your unique needs and expectations is vital to choosing the proper system. This can be a challenging task if you don’t have the required information.

When choosing your control system, you should think about:

  • Lifecycle of Existing Assets
  • Pros/Cons of Technology Solution Options
    • Evaluated by an unbiased party with hands on experience
    • How will the technology solution better enable you to meet industry requirements and best practices such as safety and cybersecurity (ISA, NFPA, CISA)?
  • Feasibility and Impact of the Solution
    • Technology solution and strategy
    • Potential downtime and risk mitigation
  • Maintenance and Support
    • Effort required to maintain the system
    • Training of staff to maintain the system
    • Identify established partners in order to provide timely support
  • Total Cost of Ownership
    • Evaluated by an unbiased party with hands on experience

Champion understands the challenge of a new system meets your requirements, and how it will function or grow for your future needs. Our team specializes in leading clients through the process of choosing a control system that is right for their specific needs – and their budgets. As part of our process, we will work with your team to define your goals and expectations, conduct an assessment, and recommend the best, unbiased solution that aligns with your goals. Bring your control system from the past into the present, while you plan for the future. Contact us today for an assessment to plan your systems roadmap.

Want to learn more about Champion? Contact us!

Champion Technology Services, Inc. is an industrial control systems integrator that provides OT services across the United States and abroad. Our team includes ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Experts and GICSP (Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional)-certified professionals in the latest NIST standards. We help small, medium, and large companies assess their existing control systems and implement protocols that meet their facility’s requirements while maintaining our status as an unbiased third-party solution provider.

Champion Celebrates 20 Years

Celebrating 20 Years


Champion Technology Services, Inc. is celebrating an incredible milestone:  20 years in business.

What started out as a two-person endeavor in late 2000, steadily matured into a team of 125 people across the country in 2020. Champion has achieved amazing milestones – growing one office into nine, being part of the LSU Top 100, being named Control Engineering’s Systems Integrator Giant, and achieving steady growth year-over-year.

None of this would have been possible without our dedicated team, continual process improvement, and of course – our clients.  We are thankful and humbled by our clients’ unwavering dedication!

Through the years, Champion has made strategic adjustments to generate a culture that inspires and empowers talented individuals to make the world a better place through technology.  By always staying at the forefront of technology and investing in our team’s professional growth, our clients realize the benefits in their day to day operations.

Whether implementing a control system upgrade, designing a new installation, assessing cybersecurity gaps, improving a facility’s safety systems, or enabling secure remote access for a full suite of OT Managed Services – our commitment to excellence remains steadfast.

At Champion, we believe the success of our clients is a direct reflection of our own efforts and successes.  That’s why we will continue to provide the best solutions available at any given time.  Independent of any equipment manufacturer or technology platform, our experts partner with you to evaluate needs, make recommendations, and execute the rollout that brings the most value to your facility.

From all of us at Champion, we thank you for trusting in our team to provide the solutions and systems that best achieve your goals.  We look forward to the next 20 years, as we continue to grow together.

Want to learn more about Champion? Contact us!

Champion Technology Services, Inc. is an industrial control systems integrator that provides OT services across the United States and abroad. Our team includes ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Experts and GICSP (Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional)-certified professionals in the latest NIST standards. We help small, medium, and large companies assess their existing control systems and implement protocols that meet their facility’s requirements while maintaining our status as an unbiased third-party solution provider.

The Hidden Costs of Your Legacy Systems

“My old control system is still hanging in there. How can I justify a costly replacement to management?”

This is an age-old question, to which many believe: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”  However, when it comes to Industrial Control Systems (ICS), this approach is often the riskier and costlier route for facilities.

The answer lies in Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) – a method of engineering, economic, and financial analysis.  TCO aims to consider all of the direct and indirect costs related to a product over its lifetime. The TCO of your car isn’t just the purchase price, but all the related costs over the time you own it:  gas, financing, insurance, maintenance, depreciation, and more. The same approach can be applied to a control system over its lifetime.

For Industrial Control Systems, these “hidden” or often overlooked costs include:


The cost of maintaining legacy systems grows exponentially with age.  This is due to increased routine problems, along with added system complexity from customization and changes. Over time, updates become more time-consuming and costly.


In parallel with maintenance costs, talent costs are much higher on a legacy system.  Not only are the costs exorbitant in man-hours, but unlike on newer systems, they often require skill sets that are expensive and difficult to find.


As proprietary legacy systems reach a point of limited or discontinued vendor support, the costs of support begin to soar.  Tie this to increasing talent costs for external support, longer support response times, and – dare we say it – interruptions in production that affect your bottom line at its core.


With industry regulations continually changing, the cost of keeping legacy technology in compliance can be burdensome.  Even more costly are the risks of noncompliance, with penalties or fines adding to your Total Cost of Ownership.

Lost Revenue Potential

Without newer features such as mobile data access, or the ability to gather and act via analytics tools, your plant operates on inefficient processes, lower production output, and results in a dwindling bottom line.

Implementing new technology can bring a wealth of benefits, from risk reduction and meeting heightened regulatory standards to better decision-making and improved efficiency.  Technology of today enables facilities to be more agile, innovative, and cost-effective in an ever-evolving climate.

Concerns of process interruptions can most times be eliminated using well-planned migration approaches, and increased security can alone make the switch a worthwhile investment. Champion’s Certified Cybersecurity Experts are trained in the latest ISA/IEC 62443 standards for Cybersecurity, ensuring your new system benefits from the most current, comprehensive safeguards.

At some point, legacy technology becomes a barrier to daily operations, business stability, and overall growth.  By knowing the true cost of running legacy systems, industry leaders can see the clear ROI of embracing new technology and its upward-driving effects on your bottom line.

Want to learn more about Champion’s Legacy Migration Solutions?

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