December 2018

December 2018

Welcome to InTech Plus, the International Society of Automation’s online eNewsletter that connects automation professionals to all things automation.

The Driving Force of Industry 4.0

By J. Patrick Kennedy, PhD

Industry 4.0 is well documented. In this article, it is used as a model to describe the real-world requirements of businesses and how data architectures need to be designed to meet those goals. Read more

2018 Salary Survey: The Pay Raise Engineers have been Waiting For

By Cory Fogg

As the salary of the average automation professional rose for the fifth consecutive year, our salary survey found incremental growth greater than 5% for the first time since 2010 (5.3% in the U.S., 1.5% globally).
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Automation War Stories--Lessons Learned from the Field

Your Most Important Asset

By Bill Lydon

Lifelong learning is an ongoing and self-motivated pursuit of knowledge in your personal life and profession. This continuous personal development expands the scope of your knowledge, keeps your mind active, and increases your ability to contribute in society and makes you a more valuable employee. Read More

Global Megatrends Driving Manufacturing Digital Transformation

By Keith Chambers

When designing software systems for manufacturers, there is a temptation to create point solutions to deal with specific problems. Although this “bottom-up” model may temporarily fix each issue, there is often a lack of coherence among the solutions, with no clear path to overall business performance, and no vision for the future. Read more

Inside ISA


ISA to Provide End-User Perspective in New International Smart Manufacturing Collaboration


A major international standards program on smart manufacturing will receive end-user input from the International Society of Automation (ISA), a developer of widely used international consensus standards in key areas of industrial automation, including cybersecurity, safety and enterprise-control integration. Read more


Automation Federation completes third review and update of the original Automation Competency Model


A review team of automation experts recently convened in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina to perform the third critical review of the Automation Competency Model (ACM) since its inception in 2008. Read more

Take a Quick Survey and Test Your Knowledge!


In an analog electronic single loop controller, a _________________ op-amp is used to compare the process variable to the set point, which creates the error signal in the controller.

A. integrating

B. differential

C. summing

D. inverting

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Want more practice? For sample questions, check out the ISA Certification Review archives.

CAP Quiz

Electromagnetic coupling problems in the electrical installation of a programmable electronic device can be reduced by:

A. Incorrect and incomplete specifications

B. Installation and commissioning

C. Operations & maintenance

D. Changes after commissioning

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Automated Guided Vehicles Improve Production

By Bill Lydon

Driverless vehicles may be in the far-off future for consumers, but in the manufacturing industry the automated guided vehicle (AGV) is being used now to increase productivity and improve manufacturing flexibility and production flow. Read more

Cool Tools

Mobile apps are handy tools when you’re on the go. We have compiled a list of apps that are recommended by our members as being time- and effort-saving resources for automation professionals. Included in the list are engineering calculators and apps for reviewing AutoCAD drawings, as well as apps for specialized tasks, such as heat transfer calculation and decoding a Rockwell programmable logic controller (PLC) status light meaning. Click here for cool tools