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ISA's HMI Standards committee identifies key areas to study

Research Triangle Park, NC (October 11, 2006) - The ISA Human-Machine Interface Standards committee has identified 5 key areas, based on their scope statement, on which their standard will be focused. They will divide into working groups next week at ISA EXPO in Houston, Texas, to work on the development of each topic.

The topics that the committee will focus on are information display, process visualization, user interaction, performance, and documentation and training.

"We've reached a point in our work where dividing up into working groups makes a lot of sense," said co-chair Joe Bingham of Advanced Process Solutions. "We're confident that with our focus on these key areas of the standard, we'll be able to work quickly and effectively and produce a standard from which the industry will benefit."

Surveys completed early in the development of the committee indicated a high level of interest in HMI standards from user companies, vendor companies, and consultants. The standard will establish software-based HMI design criteria for industrial control and information systems. The standard would also define requirements for the evaluation, design, development, implementation and maintenance of efficient, effective, safe, and user-friendly HMIs.

"This standard will enable users to reduce operator mistakes and misinterpretations, reduce the learning curve for new operators, and allow operators to move from one system to another with minimal retraining without impacts to individual HMI vendors' competitive identity," said SP101 Managing Director, Erwin Icayan of ACES Inc.

The committee will hold open meetings next week in Houston. Sessions are planned for Monday, October 16th from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Tuesday, October 17th from 1-5 p.m. and Wednesday, October 18th from 1-5 p.m. at the Reliant Center. Anyone interested in the work of the committee is invited to attend the meetings. For more information, visit us online at www.isa.org/standards .

About ISA
Founded in 1945, ISA 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. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation.
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