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ISA to Provide Input on Standards for Smart Manufacturing

The International Society of Automation (ISA) will now provide end-user input to help further an international standards program for smart manufacturing.

ISA is a developer of widely used international consensus standards in key areas of industrial automation, including cybersecurity, safety and enterprise-control integration. The decision to include its input regarding the standards stems from a recent meeting of a new International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) systems committee on Smart Manufacturing. The meeting was held in Frankfurt, Germany.

An IEC systems committee sets high-level interfaces and functional requirements that span multiple work areas across IEC and its partner, the International Organization of Standardization (ISO), to achieve a coordinated standards development plan. The definition of smart manufacturing to be used by the new IEC systems committee is:

Manufacturing that improves its performance aspects with integrated and intelligent use of processes and resources in cyber, physical and human spheres to create and deliver products and services, which also collaborates with other domains within an enterprise’s value chain. (Performance aspects can include agility, efficiency, safety, security, sustainability or other indicators. Enterprise domains, in addition to manufacturing, can include engineering, logistics, marketing, procurement, sales or other domains.)

Major supplier and government organizations from across the globe were well represented at the Frankfurt meeting, but participation from end users in industrial processing and manufacturing was noticeably low. However, ISA’s long-standing focus in its consensus industry standards on end-user performance, safety, and security, will be important in filling that void, as evident already in widely used IEC standards based on original ISA standards: 

  • ISA-99/IEC 62443: Industrial Automation & Control Systems Security
  • ISA-95/IEC 62264: Enterprise-Control System Integration
  • ISA-88/IEC 61512: Batch Control
  • ISA-84/IEC 61511: Functional Safety
  • ISA-18 IEC 62682: Management of Alarms
  • ISA-100/IEC 62734: Wireless Systems for Automation 

ISA’s participation will be facilitated through an IEC organizational liaison by which ISA standards and technical reports, both published and in development, can be directly circulated and reviewed within the systems committee as appropriate. Experts from more than 40 countries participate in ISA standards. Many of these experts served on the committees that developed the original work for widely used IEC standards.

“The liaison status will enable ISA to participate more efficiently than would the traditional country-based structure of the IEC,” said Charley Robinson, ISA’s Director of Standards. “This is important and appropriate because ISA’s standards development committees are open to experts from any country.”

 

About ISA

The International Society of Automation is a nonprofit professional association that sets the standard for those who apply engineering and technology to improve the management, safety, and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure. Founded in 1945, ISA develops widely used global standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; hosts conferences and exhibits; and provides networking and career development programs for its 40,000 members and 400,000 customers around the world.

ISA owns Automation.com, a leading online publisher of automation-related content, and is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation, an association of non-profit organizations serving as "The Voice of Automation." Through a wholly owned subsidiary, ISA bridges the gap between standards and their implementation with the ISA Security Compliance Institute and the ISA Wireless Compliance Institute. For information on participating in ISA standards, or on the IEC Systems Committee on Smart Manufacturing, contact Robinson at crobinson@isa.org.