THE AUTOMATION FEDERATION NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
The Automation Federation Announces Member Classifications
Research Triangle Park, NC (15 June 2006) -- The Automation Federation recently announced the designation of classes of organizational affiliations for member groups.
The Automation Federation is an umbrella organization under which associations and societies engaged in manufacturing and process automation activities can work more effectively to fulfill their missions. It coordinates the work of member organizations engaged in advancement of the science and engineering of automation technologies and applications.
Classifications for organizational affiliations include:
Charter Member Organization
In order to be a charter member, the organization must join The Federation during 2006, be a non-profit with a compatible mission, and publicly support the mission of The Federation. The organization has voting membership on The Federation Board of Directors, pays a royalty to The Federation to support infrastructure, and has a legal affiliation with ISA that qualifies the organization to receive financial support from ISA. The organization can purchase services from ISA on an as-needed basis at cost.
Member organizations have the same criteria and benefits as charter members, but this classification is reserved for organizations joining after 2006.
An endorsing organization is also a non-profit with a mission compatible with The Federation's mission, but this classification would have no legal connection to ISA. The organization publicly supports the mission of The Federation and agrees to strive to coordinate its work with member organizations. The organization is invited as an observer to The Federation board meetings, but has no voting membership. While the organization is able to purchase services from ISA on an as-needed basis at cost plus, the organization pays no royalties to The Federation and is not tactically benefited in a direct way by the activities of The Federation.
Beyond the membership classes, it is anticipated that there would be one or more categories of supporting organizations, perhaps called Associates or Friends. These organizations could provide direct financial support to further the objectives of The Federation or services on a favorable price schedule intended to support The Federation mission. The organizations could be invited to meet with The Federation Board periodically to interact on strategies that advance the automation profession and industries.
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).
For more information about The Automation Federation and its members, visit www.automationfederation.org.