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WBF European Conference had 150 attendees

Research Triangle Park, NC (December 5, 2006) -- WBF announces the success of its European Conference held recently at the Elewijt Center in Mechelen, Belgium on 13-15 November 2006. A record number of attendees heard from industry experts and keynote speakers Martin Zeller and Dennis Brandl. More than 150 industry professionals from 17 different countries participated in this bi-annual event sponsored by WBF and the Automation Federation. The WBF European Conference presented attendees with unmatched technical papers, in-depth presentations, tutorials, descriptive forums, attendee networking, and knowledge sharing. WBF is an association of end-users, vendors, consultants, and academics with a strict, non-commercial agenda.

With about 45% of the conference attendees being end-users and another 30% being academia and other organizations, Zeller delivered a detailed evaluation of batch data analysis and Brandl's presented an information model framework for manufacturing science. The agenda also included the exchange of information related to management, operation, and automation of batch process manufacturing. In addition, tutorial sessions on ISA-88 and ISA-95 both delivered valuable information to more than 50 attendees each.

"Dow Team members from Europe participating in this conference emailed me each night telling me of the great value they received from this conference," said Bill Stewart, Jr, from Dow Chemical Company and Program Chair for the WBF 2007 North American Conference. "The bar is being continually raised at our conferences which make planning these events so challenging and exciting!"

The next conference for WBF is the 2007 North American Conference scheduled for April 30 through May 4, 2007 at the Tremont Plaza Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland. The theme of the conference, "Mining for Gold - Discovering the value of standardized process automation" emphasizes automation processes, tools, and applications being implemented in manufacturing today and in the future. The conference will showcase the automation industry's leading professionals addressing manufacturing systems, batch, continuous, discrete, and hybrid process control, production planning, lean manufacturing, asset utilization and standard's implementations that enable you to keep your operation competitive.

A few subject areas for papers and case studies include ISA-88 applications from technical and business perspectives, implementing a standards-based approach in your company, batch models and advantages, and new and emerging technologies.

Keynote speakers, panels, and discussion forums will provide focus on implementation of industry standards including ISA-88, ISA-95, B2MML, and Make2Pack. WBF's collaborative activities with the Automation Federation, ISA, OMAC, and MESA will also be highlighted.

About WBF
WBF provides an open forum for the exchange of information related to the management, operation, and automation of manufacturing processes. Created in 1994, members of the non-profit, professional organization include end-users, vendors, consultants and academics. WBF provides organization, management, and structure to facilitate networking among its members and sharing of knowledge and information related to manufacturing processes. WBF documents best practices and guidelines for implementation of standards that apply to batch control and the exchange of batch data, as well as conducting technical conferences and technical training programs. WBF is a founding charter member of The Automation Federation.
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