Automation stronghold

Hale, Gregory
June 2004
InTech;Jun2004, Vol. 51 Issue 6, p12
This article considers the opinion of Robert Renner, executive director of the Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation (ISA) Society, on ISA and the key trends in the industrial automation sector as of June 1, 2004. Renner's optimism appears well grounded. The business and application of automation around the world is trending positive according to nearly all economic indicators. With automation increasingly becoming more global, Renner believes one of the ISA society's principal activities, standards development, will see significant growth in the next decade. Renner said consumers continue to demand higher quality products, and manufacturers must meet those demands whether a product is made in the U.S., Europe, or Asia. As the global economy solidifies and automation intensifies, he said, it will be increasingly important to develop and distribute globally accepted automation standards. Part of Renner's challenge is to position ISA more positively among younger professionals. Renner sees ISA working more closely with corporations. In the past, ISA has traditionally been member based and has relied solely on membership for its leadership and guidance. Now, the society is moving to involve corporations in addition to its traditional membership. INSET: Poised for growth.


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