Organizations Must Provide Value to Their Members to Survive

Continuing the discussion from the last post where I postulated that ISA and MESA struggle more than IEEE or other engineering organizations in retaining members, in this post I'll offer my take as to why.  I already noted that societies that serve specific engineering disciplines like IEEE have a feeder...

Why Do Automation Organizations Struggle Compared to Other Societies

Like many automation engineers I get a steady stream of emails from ISA, MESA and other organizations with announcements about conferences, webinars and white papers.  If the volume of email were an indication of viability it would seem that professional societies are alive and healthy.

2011 WBF NA Conference in Tweets #wbf2001na #pauto #mfg

If you didn't get the chance to go to the 2011 WBF NA Conference, don't worry. Our editor in chief Walt Boyes is tweeting live from the conference. You can follow the hashtag #wbf2011na to get the latest tweets or you can follow Walt at

The Class of 2011: The Process Automation Hall of Fame #pauto

I am pleased to announce the Class of 2011 for the Process Automation Hall of Fame. Elected by their peers in the Hall, these automation professionals have made clear and extensive contributions to the domain of process automation, and are being recognized for their work and careers.

World Batch Forum 2010

Well, looks like Walt's left me with the keys to the blogging machine again. I'll try not to drive it into a wall while he's in China.

YOU heard it here first! ISA106 Procedure Based Automation Standard Committee approved! #pauto

Having worked withWBF for many years, and having become convinced that the techniques and technologies of the ISA88 batch standard could be applied successfully in other, non-batch industries and processes, several of us, including Marcus Tennant, Dave Emerson (who will be one of the co-chairs) and Maurice Wilkins of Yokogawa,...

Process Automation Hall of Fame Class of 2010

You read it here first-- maybe before the inductees themselves have checked their email.

Out of Control--The Next Technical Society I Want to Join

There are lots of good technical societies that do good work and offer great benefits to members. I'm thinking ISA, WBF, SAE, SME, etc., etc. They're serious and important, and I wouldn't diss any of them for the world.

The MES Guide for Executives

I received yesterday a review copy of Bianca Scholten's latest book: MES Guide for Executives: Why and How to Select, Implement, and Maintain a Manufacturing Execution System. It is published by ISA Press. I'm going to read it over the weekend and I'll let you know what I think.

Discount for WBF members--

All WBF members are entitled to the discount for Automation Federation membership: