The name's the same, but leaders seek a broader view of automation
Part of the buzz at ISA Expo 2007 was the discussion surrounding the organization's proposed name change. The ISA Executive Board voted unanimously to change the organization's name from the “Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society” to the “International Society for Automation.
Part of the buzz at ISA Expo 2007 was the discussion surrounding the organization's proposed name change. The ISA Executive Board voted unanimously to change the organization's name from the “Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society” to the “International Society for Automation.”
However, the ISA Council of Society Delegates voted down the proposal by a 2% margin. Although the initial motion was defeated, ISA members in favor of the change, as well as the organization's leaders remain committed to the strategy behind the motion and plan to work with the membership to ease their concerns.
ISA president Steve Huffman, and executive director and CEO Patrick Gouhin have called for the leadership of the Society to embrace a broader definition of automation and communicate that to the membership and the rest of the world. “Planning has commenced for 2008 including several milestones that we hope will yield embracement of an all encompassing definition, leading to optimism about a positive vote at the Council of Society Delegates meeting in October, 2008,” Huffman said.
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Before the calendar turned, 2016 already had the makings of a pivotal year for manufacturing, and for the world.
There were the big events for the year, including the United States as Partner Country at Hannover Messe in April and the 2016 International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago in September. There's also the matter of the U.S. presidential elections in November, which promise to shape policy in manufacturing for years to come.
But the year started with global economic turmoil, as a slowdown in Chinese manufacturing triggered a worldwide stock hiccup that sent values plummeting. The continued plunge in world oil prices has resulted in a slowdown in exploration and, by extension, the manufacture of exploration equipment.
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