ISA NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
Global Expansion Highlights ISA's Importance
Research Triangle Park, NC (11 August 2005) - With over 170 sections on five continents, ISA's importance as the worldwide provider of products and services for automation professionals continues to grow.
Today, ISA has almost 9,200 members that live outside of the U.S.
Whether from developing countries or established economies, ISA membership helps each solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing member careers.
ISA's task force on global development is working hard to promote its international relationships. Internal and external research has provided key insights into the distribution and protection of intellectual property, cultural wants and needs, ways to enhance the international model, and opportunities for international expansion.
"Our goal is to work with all international sections to better define the roles and responsibilities of both parties." said Gerald Wilbanks, global task force chair. "Working together we make a real difference in the lives of a lot of people."
ISA's international presence is especially important to multi-national companies. "The importance of automation professionals is a worldwide phenomenon, and multi-nationals see ISA as a fair, objective, cross-border arbiter of standards, technical papers and books to promote the profession." said Wilbanks. "More than ever companies are turning to us meet critical needs. Our expertise and reputation as a single source provider makes ISA a very efficient partner."
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).