WBF Recognizes Dennis Brandl and Dave Emerson with Thomas G. Fisher Awards

WBF recognized Dennis Brandl, Principal Consultant of BR&L Consulting, Inc.  by awarding them the Thomas G. Fisher Award for their outstanding contribution to the ISA-88 and ISA-95 specifications.


Research Triangle Park, NC— WBF recognized Dennis Brandl, Principal Consultant of BR&L Consulting, Inc. , and Dave Emerson, Principal System Architect, Yokogawa Corporation of America by awarding them the Thomas G. Fisher Award 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, MD.

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.

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.

WBF provides an open forum for the exchange of information related to the management, operation, and automation of manufacturing processes. Members of the non-profit, professional organization include end-users, vendors, consultants and academics. WBF is a founding charter member of The Automation Federation .
Control Engineering Daily News Desk
C.G. Masi , senior editor

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