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Contact: Jennifer Infantino
ISA Releases Third Standard in Enterprise-Control System Integration Series
Research Triangle Park, NC (11 July 2005) - ISA's SP95 standards development committee on Enterprise-Control System Integration has completed the third of its well-received series of industry standards on enterprise-control system integration.
Microsoft Corp.'s announcement earlier this year of its support of the ISA-95 series as a key element in its plant-to-enterprise interoperability initiative, following a similar announcement of support by SAP in 2004, underscored the widespread and growing recognition and use of the ISA-95 standards across the manufacturing industries. The ISA-95 standards help to reduce the risk, cost, and errors associated with implementing enterprise systems and manufacturing operations systems in such a way that they inter-operate and easily integrate. They may also be used to reduce the effort associated with implementing new product offerings.
ISA-SP95 previously published Part 1 of the series, "Models and terminology," and Part 2, "Object models and attributes." The new Part 3, "Activity models of manufacturing operations management," provides models and terminology for defining the activities of manufacturing operations management. The models and terminology:
- Emphasize good practices of manufacturing operations
- Can be used to improve existing manufacturing operations systems
- Can be applied regardless of the degree of automation
"Completion of Part 3 is an important milestone in the growing adaptation and use of the ISA-95 standards," stated ISA-SP95 Chairman Keith Unger of Stone Technologies Inc.
Additional parts in the ISA-95 series currently in development focus on business-to-manufacturing transactions and object models and attributes of manufacturing operations management.
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).