From the press release: Research Triangle Park, NC (13 March 2008) - The ISA100.11a editor team met last week at ISA headquarters in Research Triangle Park, NC. The team met to study the comments received from the review of the preliminary draft ISA100.11a standard that was conducted by members of the working group over the past few weeks. Participants included members of the ISA100.11a working group and the ISA100 committee, all of whom were invited to attend. Several joined via teleconference during the three day meeting. 320 comments were received on the draft from 12 members of the working group, and those comments formed the basis of the work during the meetings. ISA100.11a co-chairs Dan Sexton of GE Global Research and Pat Kinney of Kinney Consulting reported that the team resolved numerous technical issues in areas of the standard such as the DLL, Transport layer, and Application layer with consensus recommendations for further edits and development of the draft standard. "The meetings last week were extremely productive, which bodes well for the availability of the draft standard for initial review and ballot by the working group starting next month at our meeting in China," said ISA100 committee member Dave Kaufmann of Honeywell. The next ISA100 committee meeting will be held 1-4 April at the Empark Grand Hotel in Chongqing, China. At this meeting, the ISA100.11a draft standard is scheduled to be issued for initial work group balloting over the succeeding several weeks, which is the first step in the consensus based approval process for the standard. "In this ad hoc meeting the technical editing team worked expeditiously in reaching consensus in the informal comment resolution process taking place in preparation for the first WG level letter ballot," said ISA100 committee member José A. Gutierrez of Emerson. "The work we did last week will be a key factor in the ability to achieve consensus agreement on the final standard in a timely manner."