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Automation Federation plans for the future

Research Triangle Park, NC (August 17, 2006) - The Automation Federation Board of Directors, led by Chairman Ken Baker and new Managing Director Bruno Kisala, held a series of meetings at their headquarters to continue planning the organization's future.

The Federation, formed last year, is an umbrella organization under which associations and societies engaged in manufacturing, business integration, and process automation activities can work more effectively to fulfill their missions. It coordinates the work of member organizations engaged in advancement of the science and engineering of automation technologies, applications and integration with business systems. ISA is the founding sponsor of the Federation, and OMAC and WBF are founding members.

During the series of meetings, the Board discussed the current industry environment, identified key opportunities for growth and service, and further defined its identity, vision, and mission as an organization.

"We're in a stage of development where we can make important decisions about who we are as a group, what we want to bring to the marketplace, and where our priorities lie," said Chairman Ken Baker. "That's what this weekend was all about - the chance to come together and identify what kind of organization we envision ourselves to be and how we can serve the industry, both now and in the future."

The Board of Directors agreed on several key concepts that will be used to form the official vision and mission statements for the organization. "We all agreed that as an alliance of organizations, we're stronger and more effective when we come together with a common goal of moving the industry forward," said Managing Director Bruno Kisala. "The organizations that are and will be a part of the Federation are the worldwide authorities and sources of knowledge about all modes of manufacturing automation and operational technologies, so we're in a unique position to make a difference."

It was agreed that the mission of the organization is to provide leadership and coordination of the member organizations and alliances in the marketplace. The Federation will act as a unified body of organizations to address industry challenges and issues.

"One of the most powerful reasons for creating the Federation is its ability to promote the value and image of the profession," said OMAC Chairman of the Board Andy McDonald. "By unifying with other organizations, we can enhance the effectiveness of those currently in the field, and we'll have the resources in place to develop new generations of professionals."

In addition to identifying key principles for the vision and mission of the Federation, the Board finalized a logo and tagline for the Federation that will be used on communication pieces in the future. "The tagline that we chose, 'Accelerating Automation Success,' captures the main goal of the Federation," said WBF Chairman Maurice Wilkins. "The Federation exists to increase the success of its member organizations."

The group also discussed possible initiatives for the future, including a possible co-located event held in conjunction with the WBF North American Conference in Baltimore this spring. At a conference call later in the week, the WBF board agreed to the concept in principle, and the idea will be investigated further by the Federation Board and staff.

The Board also discussed the possibility of establishing smaller vertical events to ensure that individual areas of the automation market are supported.
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