ISA NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
Companies Find Efficient, Strategic Partner in ISA
Research Triangle Park, NC (27 September 2005) - CEO's have expressed that their people are their most important asset - and ISA is working hard to make sure they stay that way. As a leading, worldwide organization of automation professionals, ISA's focus is on honing the skills of its members and customers to improve performance. Hundreds of individuals and companies have tapped into ISA knowledge so far in 2005.
"ISA is on the cutting edge of people improvement," said Kim Miller-Dunn, Vice President of ISA's Professional Development Department. "Companies realize that their investment in their people needs to be on par with, if not ahead of, their investment in technology and systems. We're on a mission to ensure those needs are met."
Through education, training, and certification programs, including support for the Control Systems Engineer (CSE) License, and ISA proprietary programs like the Certified Automation Professional (CAP), Certified Control Systems Technician (CCST) and Certified Industrial Maintenance Mechanics (CIMM), ISA has invested millions of dollars, and its members thousands of hours, so that automation professionals can plan, operate and maintain the most efficient facilities in the world.
ISA is dedicated to delivering what's needed by the most efficient means. Whether it is an individual course, group course, distance learning, or a custom program on-site at a company's facility, ISA's programs provide flexibility and cost-efficiency.
"ISA has conducted hundreds of on-site training programs dealing with every facet of automation and control, and we hear great things from the companies who have gone through the programs," said Miller-Dunn. "Solid companies are always interested in training, because when they invest in their people, they know it helps their bottom line. Plus, with ISA's training, it's efficient and convenient, so feedback on the program has been extremely positive."
Through ISA's standards, certification, training, publishing, or conferences, the organization helps individuals and companies improve performance.
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).