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ISA Announces Program Details of Wireless Solutions for Manufacturing Automation Conference

The Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society (ISA) ( will host a two day conference titled "Wireless Solutions for Manufacturing Automation: Insights for Technology and Business Success," at the Marriott Vancouver Airport in Richmond, BC, Canada, on July 23-24, 2007.

The program will provide enterprise management and senior technical personnel with business insights into the current state of wireless technologies for manufacturing and control systems. A pre-conference tutorial, "An Overview of All Industrial Wireless-Technologies, Standards, Applications, Implications-A WINA Tutorial" will be presented on July 22 by Wayne Manges, DOE industrial wireless program manager, Oak Ridge National Laboratories. The tutorial will give attendees a more in-depth understanding of wireless technical issues. .

John Berra, president of Emerson Process Management, will present a keynote address entitled "No Wires. No Limit." In addition to his position at Emerson, Berra also serves as chairman of the Fieldbus Foundation.

Harsh Chitale, vice president of strategy and global marketing, Honeywell Process Solutions, will deliver a keynote address entitled "Top Considerations When Choosing a Wireless Strategy." Chitale is responsible for strategy, business development and global marketing.

"The presentations we've planned and the conference program we've put together facilitates understanding of the wireless technology issues and business considerations that companies are facing today," said T.S. "Chip" Lee, ISA's Director of Standards, Publishing, and Technology Services. "These sessions will help people make effective decisions on when and where to utilize wireless solutions in the industrial environment."

The conference will also provide an opportunity for attendees to network with each other. Technology displays, a private networking session, and several receptions are planned. Open meetings of the ISA100 standards committee addressing wireless systems for automation will follow the conference on 25-27 July 2007. Attendees can register online at( or by calling (919) 549-8411. Exhibits and sponsorship opportunities are also available. For more information on the conference, contact Rodney Jones at (919) 990-9418.

Founded in 1945, ISA is a global, nonprofit organization that says it is setting the standard for automation by helping more than 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts the largest conference and exhibition for automation professionals in the Western Hemisphere. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (

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