This is an unabashed commercial for WBF (www.wbf.org), once known as World Batch Forum, one of the first members of the Automation Federation, because it really needs our help. WBF pioneered two technologies that are now ubiquitous in the manufacturing industries.
I received a news release from Tom Clary at Invensys this morning that got me thinking. It announced that IPS was hosting the ISA95 standard meetings next week:
From Dr. Maurice Wilkins, Chairman of WBF:
As Walt says about Chris Kuehl's somewhat sanguine report on the short-term economic future of American manufacturing, "from his mouth to God's ear." I hope he's right.
WBF Postpones 2009 North America Conference, Begins Repositioning
If you have never heard Pat Kennedy, President and CEO of OSIsoft speak, you need to attend this webcast. If you have heard Pat talk, you know why you ARE attending this webcast. From WBF's press release: WBF brings you another insightful and up-to-date technical webcast.
From the press release: ISA Publishes Technical Report on Using ISA88 and ISA95 Together. Research Triangle Park, NC (31 July 2008) - ISA88, the Batch Control Systems standards committee, has completed a technical report on using its standards with the ISA95 Enterprise/Control System Integration standards.
The WBF Working Group Committee would like your help to advance automation across industries, yourcareer, and your company! The Committee sponsors work groups that will develop a deliverable to further the advancement of the automation profession and the industries it serves.
This is Walt Boyes, hijacking the good ship "Hitchhiking..." for a moment to pass on an important announcement from WBF and OMAC: The WBF Working Group Committee would like your help to advance automation across industries, yourcareer, and your company! The Committee sponsors work groups that will develop a deliverable...
Adoption Standards Is Key in Business and Control System Integration. “There are people,” began Dave Emerson, principal systems architect for Yokogawa Corp. of America, “who believe that a non-standard approach to integration allows them to continue to differentiate themselves in the market. They are wrong.