ISA NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
ISA Offers Helping Hands to Hurricane Victims
Research Triangle Park, NC (6 October 2005) - As the society that helps automation professionals all over the world, ISA is committed to providing much-needed assistance to the industries devastated by the recent hurricanes. ISA has been in communication with its membership, and so far, over 200 ISA Members have volunteered to help their colleagues on the Gulf Coast by providing automation services or supplies.
If companies need help in restoring operations, many ISA Members have offered to provide equipment, knowledge, and manpower. Companies can contact ISA to request assistance and will be connected with volunteers.
ISA is also inviting companies with compensated employment needs to use ISAJobs.org at no charge for the next 60 days. Companies in Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, and Alabama can post job openings with no fee charged by using coupon code ISAHELPS when posting a job opening.
Individual ISA Members can also post resumes at no cost to seek employment if their job status has been adversely affected by the hurricanes.
ISA is consistently and actively recruiting more volunteers to help our automation colleagues. Volunteer opportunities vary greatly - from spending a few hours on the phone or email providing technical advice to spending a few days on site, helping to respond to rebuilding needs. Donated equipment or services are also in demand.
Companies in need of assistance and those willing to volunteer are encouraged to contact ISA via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (919) 549-8411.
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).