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.
By Plant Engineering Staff November 15, 2007

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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