Capitol voice: Automation Federation strategies evolve

Automation has a voice on Capitol Hill, says The Automation Federation, as the umbrella group plans what's next.


Research Triangle Park, NC – Automation has a voice on Capitol Hill, says The

Automation Federation

. The federation’s board of directors will meet in April for its third annual strategic planning session to review accomplishments, developments, and plans of the umbrella group. Members of constituent groups– WBF,




, and


– have focused on the key issue of workforce development.

Phase I of the organization’s evolution was achieved when managing director Bruno Kisala announced his intention to relocate to the Virginia area. Patrick Gouhin, secretary of the board of directors, will serve as interim managing director. Staff has been working with member organizations since the federation’s inception. The transition team will execute existing programs and plans and oversee the board's creation of strategic business plans for the future that will lead to Phase II of development. The Board will also assess skills and competencies needed in a managing director.

"The Automation Federation, along with its member organizations, has achieved so much during Mr. Kisala's tenure as managing director," said Gouhin. "Each organization has enjoyed numerous successes, and we're confident that the leadership team we have in place will transition the Federation to an even higher level of success in the future."

Federation chairman Steve Huffman added, "The vision for the Federation has been met and exceeded in the past year, and this transition gives us an opportunity to refresh and update our strategy so that we can catch up to our accomplishments. We are definitely positioned well for ongoing success, and the board is looking forward to continuing to serve both the member organizations and the broader objectives of the Federation."

Members have recently experienced areas of growth. ISA, an active participant in the Federation's government relations initiatives, has welcomed North Carolina Rep. David Price to AF headquarters, and has defined initiatives in an ongoing workforce development plan, working with other organizations.

OMAC's Microsoft Manufacturing User Group (MsMUG) is migrating to Automation Federation to support industry needs as a horizontal application that covers vertical disciplines. Users and integrators join MsMUG to be part of one manufacturing voice. Moving the group to the Federation will broaden participation and establish communication in manufacturing relative to process, hybrid, and discrete industry segments.

In related news, WBF's North American Conference, March 24-27 in Philadelphia, offers “the highest quality selection of presentations and papers that we've ever had," according to WBF chairman Maurice Wilkins. WBF has held many Web seminars and is conducting a membership drive for sponsors.

Wireless Industrial Networking Alliance (WINA) joins ISA to coordinate the technical program for the 2008 Industrial Wireless Conference in Chongqing, China, March 31-April 4. The of leading organizations is hosted by Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications. At the end of 2007, WINA announced that it would found a chapter outside North America. Based in Singapore, it will serve Asia Pacific.

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