ISA changes name to reflect the changing industry

Thursday October 16, 2008
Written by Manufacturing AUTOMATION
Research Triangle Park, N.C. - The Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society is no more. But that doesnít mean the ISA is going anywhere.
The ISAís Council of Society Delegates has voted to change its name to the International Society of Automation by an overwhelming majority. The Council also approved a $15 per year dues increase to accommodate two technical division memberships for individual members, and an updated policy on section rebates.
"We are no longer just instruments and systems. Yes, these are an important part of any automation scheme and to the operation of plants, but we are more. Each member had an important decision to make and a responsibility to consider our future as an organization. The new name ensures that when science and technology advance beyond our wildest imaginations, weíll still have an identity that encompasses and embraces all of the current and future members that make up our Society," says Kim Miller Dunn, ISA President.
"The International Society of Automation is clear, concise, all encompassing, and easy to comprehend by our membership as well as lay people outside the industry. ISA leaders have reinvented the Society. We are global. We are engaged with government in areas such as workforce development and cybersecurity. We have successfully established the Automation Federation as ëThe Voice of Automation,í creating a home for the many special interest groups that exist in the automation space without taking away their identities. We have reorganized the governance and enhanced our core competencies: standards, certification, education and training, publications and conferences and exhibits. At a time when many volunteer organizations are struggling to remain relevant in a cyber-world, ISA has succeeded and continues to grow."

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