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Contact: Jennifer Infantino
CIDX(r), ISA Align to Enable Manufacturing Systems Interoperability for Chemical Industry
Move marks progress in CIDX' Plant Asset Lifecycle Management Initiative
Research Triangle Park, NC (20 November 2007) - The Chemical Industry Data Exchange (CIDX), a not-for-profit global trade and standards organization, and ISA, a global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation, announced today at the CIDX General Meeting in Jacksonville, Fla., an agreement that will formalize the sharing of information and benefits between both memberships.
"Plant asset lifecycle management (PALM) is the next frontier in operations profitability for chemical companies," said CIDX Executive Director John Wheeler. "Standards that are being developed today in this arena will ensure the smooth and consistent flow of critical information between plant assets and enterprise management systems. It is an enormous value opportunity for our members and our industry."
Today's agreement formalizes CIDX's participation and affiliation with ISA and The Open O&M(tm) Initiative, a standards industry consortium, which is working to create system and data interoperability standards in manufacturing operations, maintenance and enterprise asset management.
"This agreement provides ISA an avenue for reaching and educating chemical companies on the interoperability standards that are being developed. With the CIDX leadership, we hope to see chemical companies become early adopters of these standards because of the intrinsic value they offer," said T.S. "Chip" Lee, ISA Director of Publishing Services.
The nature of the CIDX/ISA agreement includes:
1. CIDX involvement in and endorsement of ISA 88 (batch control
standard) and ISA 95 (enterprise and control integration standard)
2. Two ISA limited memberships to CIDX staff
3. Multiple CIDX limited memberships to ISA staff in order to
participate on relevant CIDX PALM projects
4. Special membership pricing to CIDX members for ISA standards,
Joint activities between the two groups will include bi-annual meetings to discuss the activities outlined in the Memorandum of Understanding and subjects of mutual interest between ISA and CIDX.
CIDX (www.CIDX.org) is a global trade association and standards body dedicated to improving and securing electronic connectivity for chemical companies and their trading partners. Chemical industry leaders from around the world including chemical producers, suppliers, marketplaces and industry consultants participate in CIDX and built the Chem eStandards to carry out highly secure transactions with suppliers and customers over the Internet. CIDX uses the trademarks CIDX(r) and Chem
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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).