International Society of Automation News Release
ISA publishes new book to help automation, robotics and process industry professionals understand relevant legal concepts and manage risk
Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (08 May 2013) – The International Society of Automation (ISA) announces that it has published a new reference book intended to help automation, robotics and process industry professionals better understand relevant legal concepts and manage risk.
The Automation Legal Reference: A Guide to Legal Risk in the Automation, Robotics and Process industries by Mark Voigtmann, an attorney with expertise in legal matters and proceedings involving automation companies, manufacturers and end users, explains in simple language—not legalese—the essentials of legal risk management, ranging from contract development and negotiation to professional licensing and dispute resolution.
“This is not a law book,” says Voigtmann, a partner in Faegre Baker Daniels, an international law firm with offices in the US, China and Great Britain. “Instead, it’s a concise guide to the law for persons in these industries, written in plain English. It’s also the first wide-ranging exploration of legal risk that has been published by ISA.”
Chapter topics include:
Voigtmann hopes that the book will improve awareness within the automation and control community of important legal concepts.
“All too often,” he recalls, “I have seen too many engineers and automation company executives attempt to navigate their way through legal hazards in what can only be described as a “penny-wise but pound-foolish” manner—saving a few thousand dollars on legal fees on the front end only to see a company-killing problem arise as a result.”
At the same time, Voigtmann says the book can alert lawyers to the specific ways the automation community creates risk.
“The lack of communication and understanding is a two-way problem. Most lawyers have little or no understanding of what automation companies do and how they function. For lawyers with clients in the automation industry, I am hopeful this book can serve as a sort of checklist and provide a window into the field of automation.
“At a minimum,” Voigtmann concludes, “the book should make automation company executives and engineers smarter when communicating with their lawyers—and it will make lawyers smarter when communicating with their clients in these industries.”
For more information or to purchase a copy of this valuable resource, visit www.isa.org/PR13/Books/LEGAL1.
Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation (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 conferences and exhibitions for automation professionals. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).