Industry Links

Associations & Organizations

  • OPC Programmers' Connection
    Independent site dedicated to the needs of the software developer working with open connectivity (OPC).
  • Institution of Electrical Engineers (IEE)
    International organization for electronics, electrical, manufacturing and IT professionals, with specifically tailored products, services and qualifications to meet the needs of today's technology industry.
  • Open DeviceNet Association (ODVA)
    Organization that supports network technologies built on the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP): DeviceNet, EtherNet/IP, CIP Sync and CIP Safety.
  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    Leading authority in technical areas ranging from computer engineering, biomedical technology and telecommunications, to electric power, aerospace and consumer electronics.
  • British Automation and Robot Assoc. (BARA)
    Provides a voice for the robotics and automation industries when dealing with government, industry, financial and academic institutions.
  • Open Modular Architecture Controls (OMAC)
    Users group for companies with interests in developing and implementing open control technologies for manufacturing applications.
  • Institute of Measurement and Control
    Britain's foremost professional body for the automation industry, providing members with routes to Engineering Council registration as Chartered and Incorporated Engineers, and Engineering Technicians.
  • AS-Interface
    User group for manufacturers and users of the AS-Interface system.
  • Fieldbus Foundation
    Organization dedicated to a single international, interoperable fieldbus standard, providing information about fieldbus technology and products.
  • Modbus-IDA
    Protocol support organization providing access to training opportunities and application information for Modbus users.
  • Center for Industrial Automation & Manufacture (CIAM)
    Academic staff at the University of Durham (UK) whose research interests include development of techniques for the advancement of industrial automation and manufacturing.
  • World Batch Forum
    Ideas and information resource for batch processing operations addresses evolving industry standards, regulations, products, services and technologies.
  • Open DeviceNet Association (ODVA)
    Organization that supports network technologies built on the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP): DeviceNet, EtherNet/IP, CIP Sync and CIP Safety.
  • Partnership in Automation & Control Teaching (PACT)
    Newcastle University's (UK) portal for the process automation industry.
  • Gambica
    National organization representing the interests of companies in the instrumentation, control, automation and laboratory technology industry in the UK.
  • Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society (ISA)
    Educational organization connecting people and ideas for the advancement in theory, design, manufacture, and use of sensors, instruments, computers, and systems in automation.

Consultants & Specialists

  • Intex Management Services (IMS)
    Market research provider to the global electronics industry, including semiconductors, industrial automation, communications, automotive, consumer, power electronics, security and identification.
  • Used-Robots
    Integrator of new and used industrial robots for automation and other industrial robotics applications.
  • Advanced Process Control and Optimization (APCO)
    Consultancy company offering industrial process control solutions.
  • Automation Technologies & Services (ATS)
    Automation, control, SCADA and communications consulting for the utilities industry.
  • Instrument Data Communications (IDC)
    Provider of practical, technical training for engineers and technicians specializing in the fields of industrial data communications, telecommunications, automation and control.
  • Carl Bro Group
    International consulting company providing services for SCADA, telemetry and automation.
  • High Tech Services
    Systems integrator specializing in industrial, laboratory, and process automation.
  • iPower
    Designed by SCADA experts for electric utility SCADA operations.
  • CriticalControl
    Information management solutions to help organizations control mission-critical information assets.
  • Cyte Technologies
    Providing advanced data flow management, monitoring systems and rapid application integration servers.
  • DataMonitor
    Provides clients with market analysis across seven industry sectors: automotive, consumer markets, energy, financial services, healthcare, logistics and technology.
  • Ensys
    Engineering training site offering licensure training and renewel programs and continuing engineering professional education.
  • Frost & Sullivan
    Market research group that partners with clients to create innovative growth strategies.
  • AMR Research
    Focusing on supply chain and enterprise issues, AMR Research provides practical, decisive research and actionable advice for improving business process performance with technology.
  • ARC Advisory Group (ARC)
    Automation research group offering manufacturing, logistics, and supply chain solutions, plus industry news, market analysis and comment.
  • AutomationTechies
    The recruiting and staffing group of Automation Resources, Inc.
  • ClassicAutomation
    Support web site providing users of installed control systems, instrumentation and related automation equipment with replacement parts and products.
  • Freedonia Group
    International business research company that publishes industry studies for strategic planning considerations.
  • Cambridge Consultants
    UK-based company that develops breakthrough products, creates and licenses intellectual property, and provides business consulting in technology critical issues to clients world-wide.
  • InfoSCADA
    Service company specializing in software and automation products for industrial automation processes.
  • Venture Development Corp. (VDC)
    Technology market research and consulting firm providing clients with data, analysis and strategic advisory services.
  • Automation Control Products (ACP)
    Industrial specialists offering thin client products and management software to the automation and controls industry.
  • Proces-Data
    Consulting company in the area of process control, flow measurement and fieldbus technology.
  • Red Wing Technologies
    Marketing, engineering and sales optimization company that discovers, evaluates and implements growth opportunities for clients.
  • Sira
    Global consulting company providing instrumentation and measurement technology solutions to the process industries.
  • Applied Industrial Control Solutions (ApICS)
    Consultancy company providing solutions to real world problems in industrial automation applications.
  • Canary Labs
    Bringing together trending products, engineering expertise and software technologies for system engineered turn-key solutions.
  • David Hope & Associates
    Consultant to the utilities industry in strategic planning, business justification, determination of client needs, and implementation strategies and plans for SCADA and general technology programs.
  • Echelon
    Device networking company offering end-users a way to remotely connect, monitor, control, sense, and diagnose intelligent devices with LonWorks fieldbus technology.
  • ERA
    Contract research and development company offering technology-based services, including design and development, testing, assessment and advice.
  • Fieldbus International
    Provides fieldbus network products and services to vendors and users in the process control industry.
  • Newton-Evans Research Co.
    Serving the technical marketing and product research needs of electric, gas and water utilities and their suppliers of computer, communications and control systems.
  • Origin
    IT consultancy with specific expertise in enterprise plant floor integration.
  • SIS-TECH Solutions LP
    SIS-TECH’s consultants are dedicated to helping develop and share "good engineering practices" with their colleagues throughout industry. SIS-TECH consultants are actively engaged in standards (ISA 84, IEC 61508, and IEC 61511) development and review, and regularly publish timely and informative papers, teach seminars, and willingly serve as invited conference speakers. SIS-TECH has repeatedly and successfully represented clients during OSHA and EPA audits, demonstrating conclusively that clients applying our risk mitigation strategies meet good engineering practice.

Glossaries & Other Reference Tools

  • Data Acquisition and Control Glossary
    Resource for controls and automation professionals featuring forums, tutorials, programming tips, a factory automation directory, free classified advertisements, industry news and products.
  • KwMap
    A keyword map to related topics, websites and resources.
  • Harsh Environments
    Directory providing information about companies and institutions manufacturing, designing, testing, servicing, distributing and implementing products for harsh environments.
    Web site providing tools and services for Siemens PLC's programming.
  • Process Industry Directory
    Online guide to UK process instrumentation, measurement, controls, automation and associated equipment and services.
  • IP Electronics
    Online electronics buyers guide.

Government & Regulatory

  • Health & Safety Executive
    Britain's Health and Safety Commission (HSC) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) are responsible for the regulation of almost all the risks to health and safety arising from work activity in Britain.

Industry Standards

  • International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC)
    Global organization that prepares and publishes international standards for all electrical, electronic and related technologies.
  • Profibus
    Organization in the field of digital networking for industrial and process automation committed to setting and protecting the standards for open communication and control in the automation and process market.
  • Industrial Automation Open Networking Alliance (IAONA)
    Alliance working on establishing open communication standards through all levels of an enterprise in the fields of plant automation, process automation, and building automation.
  • PLCopen
    Worldwide association resolving topics related to control programming to support the use of international standards in this field.
  • HART Communications Foundation
    Technology owner and standards-setting body for the HART Protocol, supported by major instrumentation manufacturers and users around the world.
    European committee for electrotechnical standardization.
  • Triangle MicroWorks
    Source Code Software Libraries for standard communication protocols.
  • Petrotechnical Open Standards Consortium (POSC)
    International organization for interoperability standards for the production industry.
  • OPC Foundation
    Dedicated to ensuring interoperability in automation by creating and maintaining open specifications that standardize the communication of acquired process data, alarm and event records, historical data, and batch data to multi-vendor enterprise systems and between production devices.
  • DNP Users Group
    The DNP3 Users Group is a forum for users and implementers of the DNP3 protocol.

Other Industry Resources

  • ControlDraw
    Process automation modelling system designed for process control engineers.
  • Read-Out Instrumentation Signpost
    Providing measurement, control and automation resources to the instrumentation industry.
  • Instrument-Net
    Resource center and online buyers guide for the instrumentation, measurement and control industry.
  • Industrial Networking and Open Control
    Covering the latest developments in international industrial networking for the OEM, systems integrator and end user sector with concentration on the device and components level.
  • sparesFinder
    Inventory site and exchange resource for engineering parts.
  • Technology Data Exchange
    OEM Technology's online resource for electronic components, equipment, supplies and services.
  • DirectIndustry
    With over 6.000 manufacturers, DirectIndustry ensures comprehensive product updates in categories such as electricity, mechanical transmission, hydraulics, robotics, machine tools etc...