ISA's Wireless Compliance Institute Says They Are Making Progress

ISA released another press release yesterday in the run-up to the current draft ballot comment period for the ISA100.11a draft standard. Even though the .11a Working Group has many months of work to go to produce a buildable standard, and there may not be enough votes to pass the standard...

Do-ers, not talkers ASCO Numatics Gives Scholarships

From the press release: ASCO Numatics, the world's leading manufacturer of flow control and pneumatics solutions, today announced a new program that will award two $5,000 scholarships to U.S. engineering students who are pursuing careers in industrial automation-related disciplines.

Another industry service from ISA

ISA has released a new iteration of the instrument data sheet standard, on CD-Rom. Of course, any ISA member gets a discount on purchase of the CD, but even better, an ISA member gets to download the standard for free.

CIA says cyber attacks are it FUD or not?

Several people, including a thread on the A-List at have taken notice of the CIA disclosure at SANS last week and have been asking about the veracity of the report. I posted the following, earlier today, on the A-List.

ISA Selects Wurldtech As Service Provider For New Industrial Cyber Security Tool

From the press release:

O frabjous joy! ISA rares back and passes another freebie!

If you are like probably 99% of all automation professionals, you have no idea that ISA actually produces a scholarly journal as well as books and magazines. Edited by Process Automation Hall of Famer Russ Rhinehart, of Oklahoma State University, Transactions has been the academic and scholarly publication of ISA...

Nancy's great idea picks up quick traction...

As I was posting about it, I was also emailing Leo Staples, who is ISA Treasurer, and chief-automation-cook-and-bottlewasher at OGE. Here's what he said: Funny you should mention video games. At the Department of Labor, a staff member asked our group how video games had anything to do with Automation.

Get your answers here…

Some Congresspeople have been asking questions-- intelligent, insightful questions, that indicate that the policymakers are really going to understand and take a role in cybersecurity: Question from the Honorable Michael T. McCaul: 1. What are the principal differences between the ISA 99 standards and the NIST best practices found in Special...

The European Perspective on ISA Expo 2007

Walt's on his way to China, but before he left, he sent me a link to "ProcessingTalk" newsletter--which covers all things process manufacturing around the world from the U.K. This edition on the newsletter contains a view of ISA Expo 2007 from a return visitor from across the pond.

ISA could use a little help...with the PAT Conference

Although it is but three weeks away, ISA is still looking for a few good vendors to exhibit at the 3rd annual PAT Conference, in Research Triangle Park, NC. If you are a vendor or system integrator, and you haven't blown your whole exhibit budget yet this year, this is a...