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WBF gives Brandl and Emerson Thomas G. Fisher Awards

Research Triangle Park, NC (10 May 2007) - WBF announced today the recipients of the Thomas G. Fisher Award. Dennis Brandl, Principal Consultant of BR&L Consulting, Inc., and Dave Emerson, Principal System Architect, Yokogawa Corporation of America, were recognized for their outstanding contribution to the ISA-88 and ISA-95 specifications. The announcement and presentations were made during the WBF 2007 North American Conference, held April 30 – May 3 at the Tremont Plaza Hotel in Baltimore, Maryland.

Brandl and Emerson were individually recognized for their mutual work, collaboration, leadership, and dedicated service in the development of the ISA-88 Batch Control Systems and ISA-95 Enterprise/Control Integration standards committees. Both individuals jointly worked with the WBF XML Working Group to produce the Batch Markup Language (BatchML) and the Business-To-Manufacturing Markup Language (B2MML). BatchML is an XML schema implementation of the ISA-88 Batch Control System standard and B2MML is an XML schema implementation of the ISA-95 Enterprise/Control Integration standard.

Both BatchML and B2MML have been widely adopted in process manufacturing and provide the automation and information technology system suppliers with implementation-ready forms of the standards that can be used to accelerate projects, enhance integration of information, standardize interfaces, and provide configurable interfaces. The schemas reduce operating costs and facilitate off-the-shelf applications working better together.

"What they have done together makes it only proper that they receive this recognition at the same time," said Lynn Craig, President, Manufacturing Automation Associates, and a WBF Trustee. "They worked together in the development and propagation of XML schemas based on the ISA-88 and ISA-95 standards. Their work, focused on bringing together many different information transfer approaches, has been outstanding, and they embody the intent of the distinguished Thomas G. Fisher award. Only two other individuals have ever been recognized with this coveted award."

WBF's Thomas G. Fisher Award recognizes outstanding leadership in the field of manufacturing process operation and control. The award was established in 2003 to honor Thomas G. Fisher, a former WBF chairman and tireless contributor to efforts to improve batch manufacturing standards and methods.

It is presented to individuals who have demonstrated notable leadership in the development, teaching, and popularization of technologies, services, and techniques in the process manufacturing field. In addition to the award and recognition, recipients are enrolled as life members of WBF, entitling them to automatically renewed individual memberships.

WBF's annual conference is open to all interested participants and is an excellent opportunity to learn about the practical experiences of other professionals and to take advantage of what others have learned without repeating their mistakes. In addition to the learning experience, attendees have the opportunity to speak with experts from all areas of the automation industry on critical and current topics. The agenda is designed to allow ample networking time with industry experts and peers.

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.

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