ISA NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
Wireless Systems for Automation Standards Committee Announces Call for Proposals
Research Triangle Park, NC (17 July 2006) -- ISA's standards committee on wireless systems for automation, ISA-SP100, has just issued calls for proposals (CFPs) to encourage a variety of experts to collaboratively create a new series of wireless communication standards for industrial monitoring and control.
The ISA-SP100 committee is establishing 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. Guidance is directed towards those responsible for the complete life cycle including the designing, implementing, on-going maintenance, scalability or managing manufacturing and control systems, and will apply to users, system integrators, practitioners, and control systems manufacturers and vendors.
Two working groups of ISA-SP100, WG3 and WG4, have simultaneously issued calls for proposals not only to provide input to the committee but also to encourage a variety of experts, who may not be members of ISA-SP100, to participate in this process. The CFP process is intended to solicit input that addresses and helps solve critical issues associated with the deployment of wireless technology for industrial automation. During the evaluation process, preference will be given to proposals where sufficient technical detail and performance data is readily available to assess the validity of claims.
One of the working groups, WG3 developing the ISA-100.11 series, is focusing on wireless communication standard(s) optimized for industrial loop control. Typical applications include: automatic, direct control of primary actuators for process loops in a plant; controlling flow, temperature, pressure; cascaded loops controlling a process variable (such as low frequency temperature loops); coordinated interlocks between automation cells; closed loop speed controls for rotating equipment; and mobile workers with handheld devices manually initiating process actions.
The second working group that just issued a CFP, WG4 preparing the ISA-100.14 series, is developing wireless communication standard(s) that will be optimized for monitoring and logging. Typical applications include: process monitoring, equipment health monitoring, asset management, file uploading/downloading, validation, and potentially open-loop control.
The approach used by both groups will be open and collaborative, with the goal of achieving consensus when possible. The intent of the process is to create the best possible wireless communication standard(s) for industrial monitoring and control.
The calls for proposals are available on the ISA web site at www.isa.org/community/sp100. For more information, contact ISA Standards Manager Lois Ferson at (919) 990-9227.
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).