Voices: Rezabek

Why automation isn't process control

Products shaped by the needs of expedient automation may get us bitten by the wild process beast

By John Rezabek, process control specialist, ISP Corp.
Aug 14, 2015

When exactly did the "a" in ISA change from "America" to "Automation"? It seems like 10 to 20 years ago our premier community for instrumentation and control began seeking a bigger, more inclusive tent that might expand the scope of membership and perhaps dissuade big-budget exhibitors from retreating back to their respective end-user groups. The big-spending end-user companies—primarily from large process industries like refining and petrochemical—became weary of sending their employees to what seemed like a week-long boondoggle, which was a perception not totally unfounded in reality. Attendees' propensity for food feasts, parties and swag was perhaps too big of a distraction from the biggest benefit of this community: furthering meaningful, useful and user-guided products and standards for process measurement and control systems.

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