ISA NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
ISA Announces Partnership With GlobalSpec
ISA to Replace Online Buyer’s Guide with GlobalSpec Functionality, Offering Visitors More Robust Search Capabilities
Research Triangle Park, NC (25 October 2005) -- ISA announced today a new partnership with GlobalSpec (www.globalspec.com), the leading specialized search engine and information resource for the engineering community.
This partnership, unveiled this week at the ISA Expo 2005 in Chicago, enables visitors to the ISA website (www.isa.org) to benefit from GlobalSpec’s valuable search capabilities, focused on the unique needs of the engineering and technical communities. GlobalSpec’s powerful content database and search tools will now form the backbone of the online buyer’s guide for ISA and will provide the data used to create the bulk of the printed ISA Directory of Automation and Control.
Users will have direct access to the advanced search and content features of SpecSearch®, GlobalSpec’s trademarked search technology, giving them the capability to search by specification over 86 million parts in 1,250,000 product families from more than 15,500 supplier catalogs. The relationship also offers access to The Engineering Web(sm), over 200 million Web pages of engineering and technical content, including patents, standards, materials properties, specifications and application notes.
“GlobalSpec is pleased to work with a leading industry association such as the ISA to enhance the search and education experience for the engineering and professional communities,” said Scott Virkler, vice president of business development for GlobalSpec. “By offering our services to those who look to the ISA for the latest information in the automation and systems professions, we ensure that our capabilities are discoverable and visitors have a reliable platform for engineering research.”
“ISA has long been committed to offering our members and other technical professionals across the automation profession the tools and resources they need to excel in their careers,” said Chip Lee, director of ISA. “Through this partnership with GlobalSpec, we are providing a new generation online buyer’s guide and ensuring the data we use for our printed buyer’s guide is of the highest quality in the industry. All this will allow us to provide even greater value to those individuals who look to the ISA for professional guidance.”
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).
About GlobalSpec, Inc.
GlobalSpec, Inc. is the leading specialized information resource for the engineering community. Engineers and technical buyers regularly use GlobalSpec in their work process to search for and locate products and services, learn about suppliers and access comprehensive technical content on standards, patents, materials properties, specifications, designs, application notes and more. GlobalSpec's trademarked search technology, SpecSearch®, allows users to search by specification more than 79 million parts in 1,200,000 product families from more than 14,000 supplier catalogs. Suppliers representing their products and services on GlobalSpec gain a comprehensive marketing program designed to promote their brand and generate, track and manage highly-qualified sales leads. Information about GlobalSpec can be found at www.globalspec.com.
GlobalSpec and SpecSearch are registered trademarks and The Engineering Search Engine and The Engineering Web are service marks of GlobalSpec, Inc.