Automation Federation takes steps to organize


Research Triangle Park, NC —Advancing the science and engineering of automation technologies and applications got a boost last week as the Automation Federation began the process to formally organize. Charter stakeholders, including representatives of OMAC , WBF , and ISA , met at the ISA President’s Spring Meeting in Orlando recently to sign incorporation documents, discuss initial strategic initiatives, and outline next steps.

“We’re thrilled to officially start the formal incorporation [process],” said WBF chairman Maurice Wilkins. “Finally, the automation industry has a one-stop-shop for authoritative knowledge. We believe the federation will help lead the profession into a bright future.”

The organization agreed on the scope of the managing director position that will provide staff management for the new group. Recruiting is underway for an experienced leader that can work effectively with industry professionals to fulfill the objectives of the federation. A board of directors was also announced. Current members are Maurice Wilkins, (WBF), Andy McDonald (OMAC), Steve Huffman (ISA), Ken Baker (ISA), and Patrick Gouhin, ISA executive director.

The federation defines its purposes as:

  • To coordinate and unify the work of member organizations engaged in advancement of the science and engineering of automation technologies and applications, encompassing the design, development, production, and application of devices and systems that sense, measure, manage, and control industrial processes and manufacturing operations;

  • To promote the value and image of the automation profession;

  • To facilitate the development and dissemination of educational and informational resources intended to develop new generations of professionals and enhance the effectiveness of existing professionals; and

  • To facilitate the promulgation of industry standards, guidelines, and services that will enhance the efficiency, cost-effectiveness, and safety of automation technology and application.

The groups say they intend to retain independent identities and objectives. For related coverage from Control Engineering, read, “ WBF, ISA announce intent to affiliate ,” and
OMAC members OK merger; ISA executive board to vote Feb. 24 .”

Control Engineering Daily News Desk
Jeanine Katzel , senior editor

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