ISA approves merger with OMAC

ISA—The Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society’s Executive Board today approved its merger with OMAC—The Open Modular Architecture Controls Users’ Group. OMAC will now act as a subsidiary of ISA. “OMAC has been blessed with the active participation of a dedicated group of volunteers from numerous end user companies, automation suppliers, and OEM’s over its past eight years or so of informal existence,” said OMAC Board Chair Andy McDonald of Unilever. “We are delighted that we are now affiliating with such a respected and established organization as ISA. It should help OMAC achieve even more success in establishing guidelines in areas such as packaging, computerized numerical control, and manufacturing architecture.”

“ISA is excited about the opportunity to work more closely with the members of OMAC to establish consensus industry standards for the manufacturing community,” said ISA President Donald Zee. “The guidelines that OMAC has established have greatly facilitated more efficient and effective manufacturing. They serve as an excellent complement to ISA’s legacy of useful industry standards, and we look forward to working together in the future.”

“ARC has been working with both groups for many years,” said Dick Hill, vice president at Dedham, Mass.-based industry research firm, ARC Advisory Group. “Both OMAC and ISA are respected for helping achieve consensus and direction in the automation community. They have respective strengths in the discrete and process industries. By joining forces, they are positioned to leverage those strengths to become even more effective in serving the needs of automation professionals and manufacturing industries.”