ISA NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
ISA Offers a Sneak Peek into Standards Development
Research Triangle Park, NC (5 July 2006) - ISA's website now gives users the ability to preview ISA standards. Overviews, tables of contents, scopes, definitions, and other informative sections of the standards are now available to visitors.
"We think it's important to make the scopes and overviews of our standards available to the public. This feature gives automation professionals around the world a chance to get a sneak peek at ISA's standards and provides a framework for understanding variety of standards that we offer," said Ian Verhappen, ISA's Vice President of Standards and Practices.
ISA is globally recognized as a standards writing organization, developing consensus standards for automation, security, wireless, safety, batch control, control valves, fieldbus, environmental conditions, measurement, and symbols. Accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), ISA has published more than 150 standards, recommended practices, and technical reports, through the dedicated efforts of a network of industry experts.
Noteworthy Standards Updates
The Enterprise-Control System Integration committee, ISA-SP95, is currently conducting a final review and voting on Part 5 of its widely used series of industry standards, focusing on Business-to-Manufacturing Transactions. The ISA-95 standards help to reduce the costs, risks, and errors associated with implementing enterprise systems and manufacturing operations systems so that they interoperate and easily integrate. The standards may also be used to reduce the effort associated with implementing new product offerings.
ISA's Manufacturing and Control Systems Security standards committee has completed a first round of voting on the first and second parts of the ISA-99 series of standards, and is reviewing input comments. The Part 1 standard, "Security for Industrial Automation and Control Systems: Concepts, Terminology and Models," defines the concepts, terminology, and models of industrial automation and control systems security, establishing the basis for the remaining standards in the ISA-99 series. The Part 2 standard, "Establishing an Industrial Automation and Control Systems Security Program," provides guidance for developing a program for the security of industrial automation and control systems. It will offer detailed guidance on process activities and key elements for establishing a cyber security management system. The ISA-SP99 committee addresses industrial automation and control systems whose compromise could result in any or all of the following: impact on national security, endangerment of the public or employees, loss of proprietary or confidential information, violation of regulatory requirements, and economic loss.
ISA recently formed a new standards development committee on human-machine interface or HMI. ISA established SP101 as a result of input from industry users citing a need for HMI guidelines and standards. Establishing a set of industry standards in this arena could reduce operator mistakes and misinterpretations via clear and intuitive representations of conditions and operator control interfaces; reduce learning curves for new operators, and allow operators to move from one system to another (often within the same plant) with minimal retraining. HMI guidelines could also assist communications and reduce errors between geographically dispersed groups, and reduce costs of re-invention.
ISA's SP100 committee, Wireless Systems for Automation, was formed in 2005 to establish standards, recommended practices, technical reports, and related information that will define procedures for implementing wireless systems in the automation and control environment with a focus on the field level. Wireless sensor systems have the potential to help industry use energy and materials more efficiently, lower production costs, and increase productivity. The committee is made up of over 200 automation professionals around the world, lending their expertise from a variety of industrial backgrounds. Since its inception, the SP100 committee has made significant progress in achieving its objectives. Major achievements include the definition of industrial wireless application classes, creation of taxonomy to describe SP100 work products, and the formation of a range of technical, administrative and educational workgroups within the SP100 structure.
For more information on any of ISA's standards committees, or to try out the new feature on the web site, visit www.isa.org/standards.
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).