Located in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Complete Automation Resource is your single source provider of integrated controls, data collection, machining, and automation solutions. Using off-the-shelf hardware components and dynamic software design, our team implements straight forward control systems to automate any industrial processes, machines, and data acquisition without the need for proprietary parts. With experience in manufacturing, automotive, furniture, municipality, healthcare, and metal recycling, we help our customers streamline their process and turn real-time data into informative critical decision-making tools.

because we are different.

controls automation

CAR was founded as an automation and controls company in 2007. Since then, we have automated everything from the front receptionist all the way to your shipping department, from conveyor systems to Automated Guided Carts that eliminate the need for forklifts on your plant floor.

machine build

We recognized the need in the market to be able to build machines with controls packages under the same roof. With an in-house machine build team, we can take care of all your mechanical and automation needs without having to work with multiple parties.

software integration

With a full team of Software Engineers, Complete Automation Resource can develop projects rapidly that seamlessly integrate with your enterprise ERP, MES, OEE, and IIoT platforms, all while being able to extract data points from your machine.

premier integrator of ignition

The only Premier Ignition Integrator in Michigan. Ignition is the foundation that allows us to easily control, track, display and analyze your processes.

real time data

We specialize in acquiring production data from machines regardless of the manufacturer. We have the resources to extract the critical data points that matter most to your business, enabling management to make critical decisions based on real-time data.

customer driven products

Our product line has been driven by our customers and their day to day challenges. From our Automated Guided Carts to our Data Collection Workstations, we will research and develop a solution to satisfy our customer’s needs.

enterprise integration

Complete Automation Resource integrates your industrial processes and equipment with your enterprise level ERP, MES, IIoT, OEE, Accounting, HR, and Shipping platforms including Oracle, SAP, and Connectship.

off-the-shelf components

Never wait for a proprietary replacement part again. Complete Automation Resource saves you time and money with quick delivery of off-the-shelf replacement parts, keeping your machines up and running.

paperless processes

We can help your business go paperless with the following processes: electronic work instructions, tool and color changes, first piece quality audits, bill of material, and production schedules, to name a few.

Built systems


Complete Automation Resource was founded in a small office in Rockford, MI in 2007 with one Controls Engineer who had a vision of a connected factory with machines communicating over the internet. Within three years, the vision turned into six more Engineers and the need for a bigger work space. In 2012 we moved into a 10,000 square foot facility that was quickly outgrown. Two years later we moved north to a 35,000 square foot facility in Cedar Springs, MI. In order to keep up with customer demands we have added a team of Engineers and Software Developers. Today we have grown to 40+ employees and almost 100 customers. We now consist of a full team of Controls Engineers, Software Engineers, Sales Staff, Mechanical Engineers, Machinists, and Designers. Our vision and goals are the same as when Complete Automation Resource was founded over a decade ago. We strive to exceed customers expectation in quality and customer service and become the leading Industrial Internet of Things integrator in the Midwest.

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