Crossing Borders With ISA Standards

Orbis is excited to be a part of new developments that are happening in the automation world and in particular how international standards are positively impacting Orbis and our clients. As a member of the ISA Standards & Practices Board, Ian Verhappen, Orbis’ Principal Automation Engineer, is part of the team leading the efforts to bring the ISA108 (Intelligent Device Management) specification to the international arena.

In addition to being an ANSI accredited Standards Developing Organization, similar to CSA, ISA (International Society of Automation) is a leading global, non-profit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping its worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems. ISA develops standards, certifies industry professionals, provides education and training, publishes books and technical articles, and also hosts conferences and exhibitions for automation professionals around the world.

The purpose of ISA108 is to define standard templates of best practices and work processes for the implementation and use of diagnostic and other information provided by intelligent field devices. Though likely to be adopted globally as an ANS/ISA standard, ISA108 would only be an ‘official’ standard in the United States. By having this specification utilized worldwide, end users will be able to make more effective use of all the information available in their field devices in a consistent way. This means system suppliers will be able to provide the tools to access and integrate with other parts of their operations, from production and shutdown planning to parts maintenance. This will improve overall equipment reliability because of increased effectiveness of facilities (i.e. more product, less energy, improved safety). Because Orbis is actively engaged and supportive of standards development activities on many fronts, we incorporate and integrate these standards into our project plans and designs, enabling our clients to be prepared and realise the resulting benefits at the earliest opportunity.

As Managing Director for ISA108 and chairman of the Canadian mirror committee to TC65, Ian is working to bring ISA108 to the International Electrotechnical Commission’s (IEC) TC65 meeting taking place in Osaka, Japan this November. His hope is to present the necessity of having this standard go global and to connect with other experts and management members from all over the world to exchange views and have in-depth discussions on challenges being faced in this industry.

For more information on this and other standards work Ian is involved with and how it’s being applied here at Orbis, please contact him at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).