ISA NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
ISA Unveils New Member Benefits
Research Triangle Park, NC (14 February 2006) - On January 1, 2006, ISA introduced three new member benefits. The benefits enhance the membership experience of thousands of automation professionals. Each full dues paying Member now receives a free standard each year of their membership. Each Member also has free access to a library of web seminars and free downloads of technical papers from past ISA conferences.
"ISA helps automation professionals solve challenging technical problems. These new benefits help us continue to do that. They help us keep our promise to give value to our members. We are committed to offering quality, unbiased information that can help enhance the careers of automation professionals around the world," said ISA President Ken Baker.
Members have access to a large selection of standards in several technical areas. Accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), ISA has more than 150 standards, recommended practices, and technical reports. The knowledge base has shaped the automation field for decades.
Free Web Seminars
ISA web seminars provide cost-efficient and fast training. Members now have free access to over 40 online pre-recorded web seminars. Each seminar is 90 minutes long. They covers topics like safety instrumented systems, Ethernet, control systems security, and more.
Free Technical Papers
Over 2,500 technical papers from past ISA conferences and symposia are available at no cost to ISA Members. New papers are added every year. A search system allows retrieval of the papers by keyword, event, date, or author.
Other Member Benefits
ISA Members get free admission to the exhibition portion of ISA EXPO. Discounted rates for conference and training registrations also are provided. ISA EXPO features a dynamic technical conference, an unparalleled training program, and an advanced exhibition. The annual event helps professionals stay ahead in today's marketplace.
ISA Members can also order the Certified Automation Professional (CAP) job analysis study free of charge. Valued at $150, the analysis includes an evaluation of key job tasks performed by automation professionals. The document also includes a number of sample questions on the CAP exam for each task.
"When an automation professional joins ISA, he or she immediately gets the powerful benefit of a personal and professional network. These new benefits complement the value that the Society provides," said Skip Wells, VP of Image and Membership Development.
For more information about ISA Membership, visit www.isa.org or contact Jennifer Infantino at (919) 990-9287.
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).