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ISA's Innovation Alley features new automation technology

Research Triangle Park, NC (September 18, 2006) - Inspired by the limitless capabilities technology brings to our lives, ISA EXPO 2006 Innovation Alley Czar Dick Morley is pushing the boundaries once again. Morley has searched the world for the most unique, cutting-edge, and future-focused technologies. The companies that have been chosen will be featured in Innovation Alley at ISA Expo 2006, 17-19 October at the Reliant Center in Houston, Texas. Attendees and journalists will have a chance to see the latest developments in the industry and meet the technologists who are pushing the limits.

Communicating the adventure of technology, the excitement, innovation, and joy in building something where nothing existed before is at the core of Innovation Alley. The Alley will provide an opportunity for attendees to see the future, along with the commercial innovations of today's automation hardware, software, and service suppliers that are presented in the traditional exhibits. Morley's commitment to highlighting leading-edge technologies is steadfast. "We at ISA have to make sure we understand what the customer and user really want- productivity and innovation," he commented. "Seldom does this process occur at the center of comfort."

"We're excited and proud to bring new, fresh faces to the forefront of the industry at ISA EXPO," said ISA President Ken Baker. "This is how progress happens. Our society is in a unique position to support and nurture innovation in this industry, and this is an important step in that direction."

Companies that will be featured in this year's Innovation Alley are:
  • Solstice Technologies ( )
    Solstice Technologies is a software company founded by a small group of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) students. These students entered the DARPA Grand Challenge and finished the project in three months and with only a $7,000 investment.

  • Hardbikes ( )
    Hardbikes features a novel motorcycle manufacturing concept. You visit a dealer, sit on a model machine and adjust all the body parameters. These body parameters are sent to the factory and 45 days later you get the custom bike of your dreams built for your body.

  • SoftSwitching Technologies ( )
    A little flicker of light wreaks havoc with paint jobs, semiconductor production and more. Most ubergeeks put uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) locally around computers to keep them running. But what about the factory itself? SoftSwitching Technologies (SST) supplies UPS for short-term survival in thousands of amperes and hundreds of volts in three-phase.

  • NCMS - National Center for Manufacturing Sciences ( )
    NCMS is a membership organization with more than 100 of the Fortune 400 manufacturing companies as members. They connect modern industry to work together on specific projects. These projects may include fuel cells for automobiles, batteries, maintenance control, and more. NCMS is currently working on intelligent machines. The "Smart Machine Platform Initiative" will be highlighted at their Innovation Alley exhibit.

  • Shoplogix ( )
    Shoplogix puts small units, like cell phones, on each machine or process in the plant and transmits that information in real time to appropriate software that allows the operators and managers of the factory to see what's going on.

  • Longwatch ( )
    Longwatch puts video transmission over existing low-bandwidth communication lines. Their major objective is to ensure secure, safe, and reliable water supplies.

  • AgilePath ( )
    AgilePath supplies Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) solutions. SOA is a concept that is relatively old but new in its "overnight acceptance" in the industrial and processing sector. It allows and provides a framework for various applications to talk to each other; much like a backbone approach in the software systems area.

  • Divelbiss Corporation ( )
    Divelbiss Corporation makes PLCs on a chip. "Embedded components and
    embedded systems coupled with large-scale systems such as some others in Innovation Alley ascribe to reduce our risk, improve productivity and our vision. Technology is the key and we're all advocates of the same," says Dick Morley.

    About ISA EXPO
    ISA EXPO -- North America's #1 event for automation and control professionals--is a catalyst for the exchange of information and ideas. Thought provoking ideas, state-of-the-art technology and solutions, as well as innovative real world expertise of key automation topics await you:
  • Manufacturing Interoperability
  • Cyber Security
  • Networking & Wireless Systems
  • Continuous/Discrete/Batch Control
  • Process Safety & Reliability
  • Instrumentation & Field Devices
  • Environmental Controls & Compliance
  • Systems Integration

    ISA EXPO 2006 will feature the latest and most extensive products and services exhibition, a strategically relevant technical conference, and a prominent continuing education and training program. Innovation Alley Czar Dick Morley will be on hand throughout ISA EXPO 2006.

    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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