ISA NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
ISA Announces Comprehensive Automation Resource
Leading Experts Contribute to Define Scope of Profession
Research Triangle Park, NC (3 October 2005) -- Through the development of ISA's signature certification program, Certified Automation Professional (CAP), a body of knowledge critical to the success of today's automation professional was identified. This body of knowledge is now the subject of a new resource from ISA - A Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge, edited by Vernon L. Trevathan.
With contributions from over thirty leading experts from all aspects of automation, this book defines the most important automation concepts and processes, while also describing the technical skills professionals require to implement them in today's industrial environment. The content focuses on the seven technical categories defined by the CAP body of knowledge: Basic Continuous Control; Discrete, Sequencing, and Manufacturing Control; Advanced Control; Reliability, Safety and Electrical; Integration and Software; Deployment and Maintenance; and Work Structure.
Under the category of Basic Continuous Control, the contributors provide insight into analytical instrumentation and communications, control valves, solids handling, control system documentation and control equipment. The section focusing on Discrete, Sequencing and Manufacturing Control features informative chapters on general manufacturing measurements, discrete and sequencing control, discrete output devices, motors and drive control, motion control and web control.
Advanced Control topics include process modeling, batch control, building automation, and environmental issues. In the Reliability, Safety and Electrical section, readers will find valuable content regarding alarm management, reliability, process safety, electrical installations and safety.
The Integration and Software category focuses on communications, industrial networks, MES integration, security, operator interface, data management, and software. Deployment and Maintenance topics include operator training, checkout and system testing, commissioning and start-up, troubleshooting, maintenance and system management, and change management.
Finally, in the Work Structure section, readers will learn about automation benefits and project justification, project management and execution, and interpersonal skills for automation professionals.
With the some of the best and brightest minds in the industry contributing to A Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge, the resource is the most comprehensive definition of automation available today.
The book will be available at ISA EXPO 2005, 25-27 October in Chicago, Illinois, as well as online at www.isa.org/autobok.
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).