ISA NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
ISA Leadership Strategize at ISA Headquarters
Research Triangle Park, NC (2 February 2006) -- Nearly 50 leaders of ISA held a three-day meeting at ISA offices in Research Triangle Park, NC at the end of January to discuss how the Society can set the standard for automation in the future. The automation professionals from around the world serve in the senior leadership positions in ISA. They are responsible for establishing the strategic direction of the Society based on their business and ISA experience, and their perspective gained from interactions with the membership.
"ISA is committed to help our 30,000 members and the tens of thousand other automation professionals around the world that access ISA products," said ISA President Ken Baker. "Our leadership reaffirmed our strategies to deliver quality technical content that addresses practical applications of relevance to today's automation professionals."
ISA Executive Director Pat Gouhin noted, "ISA's five core competencies - standards, certification, education and training, publishing, and conferences and exhibits - represent an incredible asset that our leadership is helping to further enhance through their experience and insights. The ISA professional staff took this opportunity for in-depth interactions with the leadership to refine our tactics so that the Society service levels are even further expanded."
"Automation encompasses the design, development, production, and application of devices and systems that sense, measure, and control industrial processes and manufacturing operations," said ISA President-elect Steve Huffman. "Our leadership is working to propagate the understanding of what automation encompasses, and increase the value and stature of the professionals in the enterprise that fulfill these responsibilities."
"One of the most important responsibilities that ISA fulfills is our development of industry standards and our leadership discussed the important work now underway in several committees," said Standards and Practices Vice President Ian Verhappen. "Our work in manufacturing and control systems security, wireless systems for automation applications, safety systems, and production control protocols and integration with enterprise systems was discussed in terms of how to assure continued effective interaction with other industry groups and extending the standards into implementation."
More information about the meeting can be obtained by contacting ISA at (919) 549-8411.
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).