ISA and Automation Federation subject-matter expert will present and participate in a panel discussion at a Smart Manufacturing conference next week in Cleveland, Ohio

  • March 23, 2017
  • Research Triangle Park, North Carolina

Steve Mustard, an automation consultant and subject-matter expert of ISA and its umbrella organization, the Automation Federation, will be delivering a presentation and participating in a panel discussion at a Smart Manufacturing conference next week in Cleveland, Ohio.

Mustard is featured in an online article-posted by PLASTICSTODAY-that promotes the presentation he will be giving next week at the Advanced Design and Manufacturing conference, to be held 29-30 March at the Huntington Convention Center.

The presentation, "Teaching Old Equipment New Tricks: Tips to Overcome Retrofitting Challenges," will be held Wednesday, 29 March from 3:30 p.m. - 4 p.m., and will cover:

  • The testing of IoT technology compatibility with legacy equipment before making an investment
  • The potential downside of maintaining legacy equipment and hybridizing a factory floor
  • The value of employing legacy equipment in a system while deploying smart manufacturing processes and strategies that can be scaled up over time
  • The security implications of connecting old equipment to new systems

Mustard says he's speaking on the topic at the conference because he's observed the many pitfalls and complexities of retrofitting industrial automation systems and equipment.

He reports that manufacturing professionals looking to leverage the advances of manufacturing 4.0 and the Industrial Internet of Things need to be aware of the ramifications of deploying new solutions in conjunction with legacy equipment. Sometimes, he says, retrofitting increases the risk of industrial cyberattack.

Mustard also will be participating in a panel discussion on "Turning Data into Information Every Part of the Supply Chain Can Use." The discussion, to be held Wednesday, 29 March from 2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., will consider the following questions:

  • What pieces of information will be used?
  • Who will be using the data and how will they use it?
  • How and where should you install sensors to collect the most beneficial information without overwhelming your workforce or your systems?
  • What's the future of your collected data?
  • How do you interpret and correlate machine-driven data to create future business strategies and operation plans?

About Steve Mustard 

Steve Mustard is an independent automation consultant and subject-matter expert of the International Society of Automation (ISA) and its umbrella association, the Automation Federation. He also is an ISA Executive Board member.

Backed by nearly 30 years of software development experience, Mustard specializes in:  the development and management of real-time embedded equipment and automation systems; and the integration of real-time processing, decision-support and other disparate systems to improve business processes. He serves as president of National Automation, Inc.

Mustard is a recognized authority on industrial cybersecurity, having developed and delivered cybersecurity management systems, procedures, training and guidance to multiple critical infrastructure organizations. He serves as the Chair of the Automation Federation's Cybersecurity Committee.

Mustard is a licensed Professional Engineer, UK registered Chartered Engineer, a European registered Eur Ing, an ISA Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®) and a certified Global Industrial Cybersecurity Professional (GICSP). He also is a Fellow in the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and a Senior Member of ISA.

About the Automation Federation 

The Automation Federation is a global umbrella organization of twenty (20) member organizations and seven working groups engaged in automation activities. The Automation Federation enables its members to more effectively fulfill their missions, advance the science and engineering of automation technologies and applications, and develop the workforce needed to capitalize on the benefits of automation. The Automation Federation is the "Voice of Automation." For more information about the Automation Federation, visit

About ISA

The International Society of Automation ( is a nonprofit professional association that sets the standard for those who apply engineering and technology to improve the management, safety, and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure. Founded in 1945, ISA develops widely used global standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; hosts conferences and exhibits; and provides networking and career development programs for its 40,000 members and 400,000 customers around the world.

ISA owns, a leading online publisher of automation-related content, and is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (, an association of non-profit organizations serving as "The Voice of Automation." Through a wholly owned subsidiary, ISA bridges the gap between standards and their implementation with the ISA Security Compliance Institute ( and the ISA Wireless Compliance Institute (