ISA NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
ISA…Setting the Standard for Automation™
New Positioning Statement Adopted by ISA Leadership
Research Triangle Park, NC (8 June 2005) - ISA announces the launch of an extensive communications campaign designed to convey ISA’s commitment to “set the standard” for the automation community. The positioning statement, “Setting the Standard for Automation™”, was adopted by ISA leadership at recent meetings after extensive market research of both ISA Members and customers. The research involved quantitative surveys, interviews with leaders in the automation community, and focus group sessions.
Over its 60-year history, ISA has adapted to the needs of the professional community that it serves. The recent research has shown that ISA plays a valuable role in delivering industry standards, professional certification programs, education and training, publications, and conferences and exhibits to the automation professional. The research also pointed out that ISA could enhance these programs and better focus its activities in serving professionals.
According to ISA President Don Zee, “ISA is committed to providing both relevant content and a sense of community to professionals working in discrete, process, and batch communities. Our organization prides itself on inclusiveness in affording professionals access to the most credible and unbiased content, as well as opportunities to network with colleagues in a variety of physical and virtual venues.”
ISA Executive Director Rob Renner noted that “ISA has a legacy of delivering useful tools and programs that serve as a strong foundation for the new ventures that the Society is currently pursuing. ISA is excited about the prospects of strengthening our flagship magazine, reinvigorating our conference programs, enhancing our unrivaled education programs, investing in our leading industry standards activities, and expanding awareness for our professional certification activities, including the new Certified Automation Professional™ program.”
In setting the standard for automation, ISA expects over the next 12-18 months to unveil a number of new initiatives designed to serve the automation community and associated professionals.
For more information contact T.S. “Chip” Lee, Director of Publishing, firstname.lastname@example.org, (919) 990-9412.
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).