ISA/OMAC Merger Approved by Boards
Research Triangle Park, NC (24 February 2005) – ISA—The Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society announced today that its Executive Board has formally established a subsidiary organization to provide a new home for OMAC–The Open Modular Architecture Controls Users’ Group. The merger allows ISA and OMAC to enhance their missions to facilitate the development and application of automation technology.
OMAC Board Chair Andy McDonald of Unilever noted, “OMAC has been blessed with the active participation of a dedicated group of volunteers from numerous end user companies, automation suppliers, and OEM’s over its past eight years or so of informal existence. We are delighted that we are now affiliating with such a respected and established organization as ISA. It should help OMAC achieve even more success in establishing guidelines in areas such as packaging, computerized numerical control, and manufacturing architecture.”
“ISA is excited about the opportunity to work more closely with the members of OMAC to establish consensus industry standards for the manufacturing community,” commented ISA President Don Zee. “The guidelines that OMAC has established have greatly facilitated more efficient and effective manufacturing. They serve as an excellent complement to ISA’s legacy of useful industry standards and we look forward to working together in the future.”
The OMAC Board of Directors will be working in the coming months to establish a strategic plan for the organization, including outlining plans for development of industry guidelines, a new membership structure, and meeting and training opportunities.
About the Merging Parties
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).