Opinion: Proposed ISA name change
On October 13, the renaming the Society from ISA – The Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society, to International Society of Automation – will be one of the topics discussed by the ISA Council of Society Delegates. This change has been a long time coming.
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The name change also includes the word “International.” Both suppliers and end users fall into the “global” category. It would seem that there is a relationship between global and international. And anyone at ISA can tell you that instrumentation, automation, innovation and industry can’t %%MDASSML%% and shouldn’t %%MDASSML%% be limited by national boundaries.
ISA Society president Kim Miller-Dunn articulates why this vote is important - Click here.
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.