ISA NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
Innovation Alley to Debut at ISA EXPO 2006
Research Triangle Park, NC (25 October 2005) -- The latest technology innovations will be showcased in the new Innovation Alley that will debut in Houston at ISA EXPO 2006, 17-19 October 2006. The Alley will be organized by Dick Morley, the father of the PLC, technology innovator, and thought leader.
“We’re happy to have Dick Morley, one of the great thinkers in our industry, to be the czar of this activity for ISA. This initiative will, in many ways, introduce automation professionals to the future of the industry – and we’re confident that will have a lasting positive impact on the field,” said 2006 ISA President Ken Baker.
As "Alley Czar," Dick Morley will recruit and select the small companies that are innovating in areas that may have future use in automation applications. The Alley will provide an opportunity for attendees to see the future, along with the commercial innovations of today's automation hardware, software, and service suppliers that are presented in the traditional exhibits.
"The ISA EXPO 2006 Innovation Alley will be an exciting opportunity for folks to see innovations arising for the bright minds of emerging technologists. I've been privileged to encounter many of these individuals in my travels and engagements, and I'm delighted to be able to work with ISA to bring them to the annual EXPO event," Morley commented. "ISA has been gracious to grant me czar status in identifying and selecting the companies that will participate in this part of EXPO and I look forward to establishing my ground rules over the next few months. I think it will be a great enhancement to the event, showcasing new and innovative ideas and products that are sure to change the way we look at our industry."
As North America’s #1 event for automation professionals, ISA EXPO is a catalyst for the exchange of information and ideas. ISA EXPO 2006 will feature the latest and most extensive products and services exhibition, a strategically relevant technical conference, and a prominent continuing education and training program. With professionals from over 70 countries, ISA EXPO offers the most complete automation experience in today’s marketplace.
For more information on ISA EXPO 2006 and ISA, please visit www.isa.org or call (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).