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Wally Pratt responds...and Kinney continues...

Wally Pratt, chief engineer of HART Communication Foundation, responded that WirelessHART will coexist with S100.11a. Kinney said, "I believe that both systems will work transparently, and that you won't even notice that both networks are operating." Kinney also said that SP100 is working with the IEC community, and that it...

Pat Kinney explains it all for you...

Pat Kinney, CEO of Kinney Consulting LLC, co-chair and chief editor of SP100.11a, is presenting an update on what he titled "the first wireless standard emerging from the industry" which is, of course, wrong. The WirelessHART standard will be the first industrial wireless standard.

Next up: Wayne Manges, co-chair, SP100

Wayne Manges, co-chair of ISA's SP100 committee, presented an overview of all things wireless yesterday, and received great arousal from the end user community. This morning, Wayne is presenting an overview of S100. S100 is supposed to be a reliable, universal family of wireless standards, backed by ISA expertise, heritage...

ISA Wireless Summit

Your humble servant (we're in Canada, eh?) is blogging this morning from the ISA Wireless Summit, formally titled Wireless Solutions for Manufacturing Automation. Pat Gouhin led off with a brief description of ISA's activities and turned the meeting over to Andre Restaino, who is the Compliance Institute leader at ISA.

A milestone for automation professionals

I received this email from Steve Huffman, the President of ISA. I am stoked. Keep on going, Steve! Walt: To follow-up on our dinner conversation in Baltimore, a small group of ISA, WBF, and senior staff members had the opportunity to present our case under the Automation Federation banner for...

ISA's "exchanges" aren't the real AutomationXchange

ISA's new publicity campaign for ISA Expo causes me to need to clarify something. For the past four years, Control has sponsored a quite different event, something we call AutomationXchange. AutomationXchange does what the ISA show used to do, before the show ossified and people with checkbooks stopped coming.

ISA Publishes EDDL Standard

ISA NEWS RELEASE  The ISA-SP104 committee has completed adoption as an American National Standard of the generic electronic device description language (EDDL) specified by IEC 61804 for device integration. The committee has announced the publication of ANSI/ISA-61804-3 (104.00.01)-2007, Function Blocks (FB) for Process Control - Part 3: Electronic Device Description...

Nunc dimittis servum tuum, Domine...get 'em while they're young!

I am not going to stop pounding my pulpit about this, but it sure sounds like somebody has been listening, and thinking alike with me (some emphasis on parts added by me): ISA Identifies Core Projects for Workforce Development Program Research Triangle Park, NC (7 June 2007) - ISA has...