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Automation Week 2013: most thought-provoking and far-reaching technical program ever

In slightly less than two months, ISA will conduct its premier international conference for automation and control professionals: the 2013 ISA Automation Week Technology and Solutions Event.  I am convinced that the technical program for this year’s event, to be held 5-7 November in Nashville, Tennessee, USA, is the most thought-provoking, far-reaching, and meaningful ever. […]

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Taking the lead on the development of the cybersecurity framework

This is an exciting − and highly significant − time for the Automation Federation and its founding organization, ISA, in helping America take steps to combat the mounting threats of cyberattack. The development of a national cybersecurity framework for the U.S. is well underway. Last month, a draft outline of the framework was released to […]

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The cybersecurity threat – taking it personally

If you’re threatening the security, safety or long-term viability of my workplace, you’re threatening me. And I don’t like it.  I take it personally.  And so should every person working in critical infrastructure facilities, because there are literally thousands of people in this world who do nothing all day, every day, but sit in a […]

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ISA technical publications excel in advancing automation industry knowledge

ISA’s reputation for providing automation professionals with the highest quality, unbiased technical information continues to grow. Just a few days ago, in late June, the 2013 Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports (JCR), a highly recognized quantitative ranking and comparison of professional journals, announced that ISA Transactions: The Journal of Automation earned its highest rating ever […]

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Big Data Focus at 2013 ISA Water/Wastewater Symposium

Big Data is Big News in just about every corner of our digitally connected world.  Leveraging massive amounts of process data archives is a game changer for practically any industrial process, enabling greater levels of agility, efficiency and competitiveness.  This year’s 2013 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium will deliver the most current information on […]

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ISA technical symposia successes and spreading the word about ISA Automation Week 2013

While summer is just now warming up, ISA’s season of conferences and events is well on its way to another sizzling success. To date, ISA has conducted five of the seven technical division symposia scheduled for the year: the 58th Analysis Division Symposium in April; the 59th International Instrumentation Symposium and MFPT 2013 in mid-May; […]

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Need Automation Workers? Who You Gonna Call?

Everybody’s talking about the lack of qualified automation professionals – “autopros” as I have referred to these fine folks in previous blogs – to meet the needs of process manufacturers starving for employees. Everybody’s talking about it, but some are doing something about it.  Here at ISA, we do both.  Talking is my forte (ask […]

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ISA Develops Cybersecurity Resource Guide

Industrial control systems are often responsible for the monitoring and management of critical assets such as power generating facilities, water and wastewater treatment plants and transportation networks. Control systems in many industries have to remain operational 24/7 to meet operational and regulatory requirements. To address the increasing interest in securing private industry and public infrastructure, […]

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During the FIRST Robotics Competition, high school students worked in teams to design, build, program, test and fine tune their robots to meet the challenges of competition.

FIRST Championship demonstrates young people’s passion for science and technology learning

If recent events in St. Louis, Mo., are any indication of the future of automation, then prospects are indeed bright. More than 10,000 students from around the globe, from ages 6 to 18, gathered April 24-27 at the Edward Jones Dome to put their engineering skills and scientific know-how to the test at the annual […]

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