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ISA Volunteers Serve as Backbone for Worldwide Automation Standards

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Research Triangle Park, NC (21 June 2005) - How has ISA SP88 changed the way you think about batch and production control? How about ISA SP99's influence on security of manufacturing and control systems? Though they're behind the scenes, hundreds of ISA volunteers have truly set the standard and changed the course of the automation profession around the world through their work on these and other standards.

Accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), ISA has published over 135 standards, recommended practices, and technical reports on automation and control systems operation and safety. ISA is also taking the lead in developing standards in vital areas including manufacturing and controls systems security, wireless systems for automation, and human-machine interface.

Now, ISA has extended its standards reach through its new OMAC Users Group subsidiary, which offers open architecture control requirements and operating experience from users, software developers, hardware builders and OEMs. Of particular note is OMAC's Microsoft Manufacturers' Users Group, which is focused on increasing control system operating system reliability and security by developing best practices for configuring Windows as a standard control system operating system image.

To facilitate volunteering, ISA has developed a new, convenient application process. The requirements for participation are knowledge of the area and a willingness to contribute your time.

ISA standards committees have two types of membership status.
  • Voting Members: Attend as many meetings as possible and vote on
    standards and administrative actions. Communicating electronically may also be acceptable.
  • Information Members: Receive committee mailings, attend committee meetings, and may submit draft comments or other information, when requested, but have no vote.

    An individual's membership status is determined by the committee chair based on the need to balance voting membership between users and suppliers, and to distribute participation fairly across many companies.

    "Since one does not need to be an ISA Member to serve on a Standards committee, it was important for us to simplify the process and reach a broad audience of automation professionals," commented Ian Verhappen, Vice President of ISA Standards and Practices Board.

    Those interested in volunteering may obtain more information at: www.isa.org/standards/volunteer.

    About ISA
    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.
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