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Automation Federation Organizations Focus on China as ISA100 Committee Holds First Meeting in Asia
Research Triangle Park, NC (22 April 2008) – The ISA100 standards committee, Wireless Systems for Automation, held a meeting 1-3 April in Chongqing, China, marking its first meeting in Asia. During the meeting, the ISA100.11a Working Group and editors confirmed a draft ballot release in April, and reaffirmed the committee’s scheduled first standard completion by the end of 2008.
“The committee made significant progress with further clarification and agreements for technology choices and directions in all areas of the first standard,” said ISA100.11a editor Pat Kinney.
The ISA100 marketing working group established Chongqing as a regional resource for material translations and continued communications programs about the standards’ development. “It’s important that we establish relationships in critical areas of the world so that ISA100 is truly a global series of standards,” said Cliff Whitehead of Rockwell Automation. “It’s a global environment, and in order to serve our users, we will make sure the standards reflect that.”
ISA100.21, People and Asset Tracking for Industrial Settings, released a technology review of various methods of RTLS. "The goal is to allow users to understand the technical and system deployment implications associated with the multitude of technologies that are being touted as optimal for asset tracking in a plant," said Dr. Peter Fuhr of Apprion. "The immediate response from the user community was to augment this document in various ways - tasks which ISA100.21 is undertaking."
During the week, the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute held a technology demonstration of a wireless system using pre-release ISA100.11a technologies as they appear in the current draft, confirming functionality with multiple vendor products in a mesh sensor network.
The ISA100 meeting was co-located with the 2008 Chinese Wireless Factory Forum, organized by Control Engineering, co-sponsored by the Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications and supported by WINA and ISA. This event included a Summit of Wireless Solutions for Manufacturing Automation organized by WINA, which attracted hundreds of attendees with presentations covering a multitude of matters associated with industrial wireless. The WINA Summit was also noteworthy for the vibrant user panel sessions that were interspersed throughout the event. Presentations from this Summit will be available at the WINA website (www.wina.org).
The ISA100 meeting in Chongqing was followed on April 7 with a gathering in Beijing of experts from ISA100 and standards organizations in China to discuss developments in standardization, new technologies, and applications of wireless systems for industrial automation. The meeting served to strengthen communication channels between ISA and key standards leaders in China on the emerging industrial wireless standards.
Held under the auspices of the U.S.-China Standards and Conformity Assessment Cooperation Program (SCACP), sponsored by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, the program attracted world class experts from industry, academia, and government. Keynote presentations were given by Mr. Guo Chenguang, Deputy Director, Standards Administration of the People’s Republic of China (SAC); Timothy Feldman, Director of Global Operations, ISA; Mr. Feng Xiaosheng, Vice President, Chairman SAC/TC 124 of Industrial Process Measurement and Control; and Mr. Wu Youhua, Secretary General of the China Instrument and Control Society.
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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).