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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.

September 24, 2018

Staying Compliant With Your Safety Systems: Are You Taking the Best Approach?

The Process Safety Life Cycle and ANSI/ISA 61511/IEC 61511:  An Overview

Champion Technology Services, Inc. understands the challenges plant managers face complying with OSHA 29 CFR 1910.119 Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals (PSM). The ANSI /ISA 61511/IEC 61511 Functional Safety standard provides PSM regulated facilities guidance toward compliance, but is not a prescriptive standard. It does not tell us what to do, nor does it require a particular level of safety for our plant. The standard does provide an objective means of measuring the current level of risk and for objectively reducing that risk. For this reason, it is considered a performance based standard.

This ANSI /ISA 61511/IEC 61511 Process Safety Life Cycle provides process manufacturers with a phased, step-by-step approach to manage process safety throughout the life of their plant. Depending on the size and complexity of the process, each phase can take months or years to complete and may involve a sizable multidisciplinary team. Project management and documentation are critical to long-term success. However, many facilities lack the in-house engineering, implementation, and maintenance resources to design, build, and maintain these systems alone. Champion Technology Services, Inc. is committed to compliance with current standards and engineering best practices to support clients in all phases of the safety life cycle.

A summary of the 3 phases of the Safety Life Cycle:

Analysis Phase

Analyze the process, document the safety hazards and the level of safety required to meet your organizations tolerable risk level. The outcome of the analysis phase is typically that a plant is able to mitigate the risk with engineering and operation improvements or that a safety instrumented system (SIS) is required. If a SIS is needed, a Safety Requirement Specification (SRS) must be developed before the Design and Implementation phase can begin. The (SRS) will document all input, output requirements, functional logic, and safety integrity level (SIL) for each safety instrumented function (SIF).

Design & Implementation Phase

Once the SRS is completed, the process of designing, engineering and selecting a safety system can begin using approved software and hardware subsystems. It is critical to ensure that the SIS is installed, commissioned, documented, and validated by qualified personnel so that it does what it is intended to do and meets the requirements of the SRS.

Operations & Maintenance Phase

Once the SIS is commissioned into service, plant operators should operate and maintain it according to the specified requirements and SIS design plan and keep all documentation current. Procedures should be in place to validate, document and report any deviation from the applied standards and the SRS. If modifications or additions to the SIS are needed or if the SIS is decommissioned, it requires re-entering the safety lifecycle at the appropriate step.

In the coming weeks and months, we will be exploring each of these Life Cycle phases in greater detail.  In the meantime, feel free to visit our Resources page for other helpful information.  Or, E-Mail us to receive these updates.


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Champion Technology Services, Inc. Announces Business Partnership with exida


exida, a global supplier of functional safety products, services and certifications is pleased to announce a business partnership with Champion Technology Services, Inc.

“Champion is very excited to partner with exida, a recognized world leader in Functional Safety and Alarm Management solutions for the process industry,” says Mehrdad Ghorashi, President for Champion.

“We understand the importance of these areas to our customers and also recognize the increasing risk posed to their critical networks by cyber threats. We feel this partnership validates the high level of competency and quality Champion is known for. Our Functional Safety Professionals together with exida’s expertise, will allow us to provide a full suite of safety lifecycle services such as Process Risk Management consulting, PHA/HAZOP facilitation, SIL Selection, SRS development, SIL Verification, Proof Test procedures and also services to support an effective Alarm Management Program”.

“Champion has built a strong reputation for providing quality engineering services to their customers, and this complements exida’s service and product offering,” says Steve Gandy, exida vice president of global business development. “exida has been looking to partner with a select group of companies as a means of enhancing both company’s product and service offerings.  We are very pleased to partner with Champion Technology Services, Inc. and expect to have a very successful partnership.”

About exida:

exida is a certification and research firm specializing in safety critical/high availability automation systems, control system cybersecurity, and alarm management.  exida has performed more process control safety certifications than any other company worldwide. exida’s main offices located in: Sellersville, PA, USA and Munich, Germany and has worldwide operations with service centers in Brazil, Canada, Mexico, Netherlands, and New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, South Africa, and the United Kingdom.

About Champion:

As a leading systems integrator, Champion Technology Services, Inc. provides concept to completion of automation solutions using the latest advanced technologies. Our main focus includes industrial automation and control systems integration along with telecommunication solutions such as wireless communications and data management. With ten offices throughout Louisiana, Texas, Utah, and Colorado, Champion serves customers across the United States and internationally.