ISA NEWS RELEASE
Contact: Jennifer Infantino
ISA Implements New, Convenient Way to Suggest Standards Projects
Research Triangle Park, NC (12 July 2005) - ISA has implemented a new, convenient way for professionals to suggest standards projects. Through a web interface, users can provide suggestions on new consensus industry standards that can be promulgated through the ISA development processes.
"The ISA development process assures that there is balanced input from end users, suppliers, and generalists. It assures that no single company predominates in its opinion, and guarantees that everyone's point of view is given fair and considered hearing," said Ian Verhappen, ISA Standards and Practices Department Vice President.
Consensus documents can be developed quickly as technical reports or as standards through a more thorough review process. "In either case, the document is developed within ISA's ANSI-accredited process with the result being well respected and widely used by industry," said Verhappen.
The web page, located at http://www.isa.org/standards/proposal , asks users to provide details on the scope of work they're suggesting, the need and justification for the project, and background information. The proposals are then reviewed by the ISA volunteer leaders to determine the fit within the scope of ISA activities and the proper committee within which the work can proceed.
"This web page is another important step in our efforts to engage professionals in the development of vital industry standards," said Verhappen.
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).