WBF (formerly known as the World Batch Forum) and ISA are announcing their intention to affiliate in furtherance of their missions to aid professionals and industry in the successful development and application of automation technologies.

The affiliation will allow both organizations to build on their respective strengths. The two organizations are working through the final stages of the arrangements that would result in WBF functioning as independent affiliate of ISA. Remaining steps should be completed in the first half of 2006.

John Blanchard, ARC Advisory Group, commented, “This more formal relationship between WBF and ISA should go a long way toward educating current and future engineers on applying the ISA-88 and ISA-95 standards in manufacturing operations, as well as educating senior executives on the benefits they can realize from the application of these standards and standardized approaches to deploying automation technology.”