ISA NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
ISA Launches Member-Driven Initiatives
Research Triangle Park, NC (14 July 2005) - ISA has announced that its recently approved member-driven initiatives are on track for implementation in 2005. The launch of several projects, initially planned to coincide with ISA's EXPO 2005 in October, has been accelerated in many areas.
A key element is ISA's new tagline, "Setting the Standard for Automation", which received overwhelming support based on member research. It is now being used in print applications across all departments. Another initiative is the redesign of all print and digital communications. The new look will now launch in early August with a complete transformation planned in the fall.
InTech magazine is also under redevelopment, with the launch expected in late 2005 or early 2006. The redevelopment, driven by member surveys, will ensure that InTech is the magazine of choice for the automation professional.
ISA's website is undergoing change as well. Planned for re-launch in fall 2005, revisions to the website are already underway and are designed to significantly enhance user experience. "I am thrilled to see so many positive changes, especially to the website," said John Shaw, Vice President-elect of the ISA Web Department. "It's probably ISA's most important member resource."
From exhibits and conferences to marketing collateral and beyond, ISA is going through a transition designed to elevate its value to its members and the industries in which they serve. ISA President Don Zee summed it up by saying, "Positive things are happening in every corner of ISA. This organization was born to serve its members, and now we're rebuilding it to serve them even better."
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).