ISA NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
Industry Experts Plan for Advances in Automation Event
Research Triangle Park, NC (16 February 2006) - ISA has released the ISA EXPO 2006 technical conference program. The program will address major themes in the automation industry and was developed by volunteer experts at a conference committee summit.
"The summit consisted of fourteen automation professionals from industries, services, and supplier segments. The group, using their personal expertise and professional networks, identified the major topics of interest to today's automation professional. I believe the end result represents the body of knowledge that an automation professional needs to be successful," said conference program chair Ian Verhappen of Syncrude Canada.
The five themes chosen for the conference are: Safety and Security, Process Automation, Environmental Controls, Industrial Networking and Systems Integration. The conference, in concert with ISA's annual automation training program and exhibition, will be held 17-19 October 2006 in Houston, Texas. Major conference sessions can be found at www.isa.org/isaexpo2006/program.
Nick Sands of DuPont, who serves as chair of the process automation program track, was equally pleased with the outcome of the summit. "These experts identified key topics, as well as the professionals that can deliver the information in a compelling way for our audience. The summit gave me an opportunity to see what my colleagues view as the important issues we're facing as an industry. This will be an excellent program for our attendees," he commented.
The industry professionals that participated in the summit included:
Ken Bond - Consultant
James Bouchard - Johnson & Johnson
Paul Gruhn - ICS Triplex
Jim Harris - UOP
Ed Ladd - Hart Communication
David Lee - Lyondell
Vic Maggioli - Feltronics
Joe Neyer - Maverick Technologies
Joe Provenzano - Aaron Associates
John Rezabek - ISP Lima BDO Mfg.
Nick Sands - DuPont
Jim Tatera - Tatera & Associates
Ian Verhappen -Syncrude Canada
Rick Williams - Andon Specialties
"ISA is lucky to have valuable expertise in our membership and to be able to utilize that to benefit the rest of the profession. We were able to develop a comprehensive program that every automation professional will find valuable. We are looking forward to delivering that program in Houston," said Dale Lee, ISA Director of Convention Services.
For more information about ISA EXPO 2006, please visit www.isa.org/isaexpo2006.
Founded in 1945, ISA (www.isa.org) is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts the largest conference and exhibition for automation professionals in the Western Hemisphere. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).
WBF provides an open forum for the exchange of information related to the management, operation, and automation of manufacturing processes. Created in 1994, members of the non-profit, professional organization include end-users, vendors, consultants and academics. WBF provides organization, management, and structure to facilitate networking among its members and sharing of knowledge and information related to manufacturing processes. WBF documents best practices and guidelines for implementation of standards that apply to batch control and the exchange of batch data, as well as conducting technical conferences and technical training programs. WBF is a founding charter member of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org). More information about WBF is available at www.wbf.org.
OMAC–The Open Modular Architecture Controls Users’ Group (www.omac.org) is an affiliate organization of ISA- The Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society- and works to collectively derive common solutions for both technical and non-technical issues in the development, implementation, and commercialization of open, modular architecture control (OMAC) technologies, and to facilitate the accelerated development and convergence of industry and government developed OMAC technology guidelines to one set that satisfies common use requirements. OMAC has about 500 member representatives from end-user companies, OEM's, and technology providers and integrator companies. OMAC currently operates three Work Groups: Packaging Machinery, Manufacturing Infrastructure, and Machine Tool. OMAC is a founding charter member of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).