THE AUTOMATION FEDERATION NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
New Blog on Make2Pack and ISA88 Aims to Increase Manufacturing Efficiency
Research Triangle Park, NC (31 October 2007) - A new blog, hosted by Control Engineering magazine, focuses on increasing efficiency and profitability in manufacturing. Blog topics will center on the development and implementation of WBF Make2Pack, ISA88 Part 5, and related standards efforts.
The blog, titled "Standard Profits: Make2Pack and ISA88," encourages readers to ask questions and make suggestions to help the standard's development, and to offer advice on implementation and gaining a competitive advantage. Links to other resources and organizations are also included on the blog.
David Chappell, Make2Pack chair, and other ISA88 Part 5 committee members provide intelligence and specific links for the blog, spanning OMAC, WBF, and ISA standards efforts. The Make2Pack and ISA88 Part 5 standards aim to streamline information flow from continuous or batch processes through discrete operations, such as packaging, and has the ability to cut overall automation costs in half.
About the effort, Mark T. Hoske, Control Engineering editor in chief, says, "Modular designs, facilitated by a variety of standards organizations, can help OEMs, end users, and system integrators gain efficiency. I hope this blog will help show how the growing ISA88 standard, once only considered just for batch processing, can help throughout manufacturing." Hoske continues, "I've followed these efforts for several years. Those involved are incredibly passionate about their involvement, because they know implementations will bring incredible savings and efficiencies."
Chappell says the efforts go beyond batch and packaging with intention to "develop conceptual models and terminology for industrial automation that can be consistently applied to the total manufacturing process," to increase manufacturing and packaging efficiency.
To read the blog, visit http://www.controleng.com/blog/780000478.html.
Control Engineering (www.controleng.com) is part of Reed Business Information (www.reedbusiness.com).
OMAC (www.omac.org), WBF (www.wbf.org), and ISA (www.isa.org) all referenced in the blog, are member organizations of the Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).