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Welcome to the official blog of the International Society of Automation (ISA).

This blog covers numerous topics on industrial automation such as operations & management, continuous & batch processing, connectivity, manufacturing & machine control, and Industry 4.0.

The material and information contained on this website is for general information purposes only. ISA blog posts may be authored by ISA staff and guest authors from the automation community. Views and opinions expressed by a guest author are solely their own, and do not necessarily represent those of ISA. Posts made by guest authors have been subject to peer review.

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ISA Resources to Make You and Your Employer More Successful

ISA’s mission statement is: Advance technical competence by connecting the automation community to achieve operational excellence. Are you aware of all the resources ISA has at your disposal? Are you taking advantage of them to help both you and your employer be more successful?

Below is a notable sampling of these valuable resources.

ISA standards

ISA is a standards development organization. Standards help you: take advantage of all the lessons learned by others, ease system implementation, increase your safety and security, lower your total costs, and more. ISA members can view ISA produced documents at no charge. Click this link to find out more about ISA standards.

ISA training

Different people learn in different ways. Some prefer to read books. Others prefer to attend courses. ISA offers a variety of courses both online and in person. Click this link to learn more about ISA training.

ISA on YouTube

Find free recorded webinars, event information and much more at this link

ISA video library

Select from more than 100 recorded webinars (free for members!) on many different automation topics.

ISA division websites

Your Society dues include membership in two ISA technical divisions. There are 16 divisions in all. Have you selected the two that make the most sense for you and your employer? Each division has a web site and email listservs. (Note that some division web sites require you to log in to get full access to their information.) Divisions produce newsletters for their members, along with technical symposia.

ISA bookstore

Standards are not written to teach; books are written to teach. ISA books are written by industry experts, many of whom are members of ISA standards committees, as well as developers of ISA training courses. Click this link to learn more.

ISA leader resources

Are you an ISA volunteer? Do you know what you need to do, and how to do it, to be most effective? Section-, district-, division-, and Society-focused operating documents are available at this ISA website page.

All of these materials exist to help you and your employer be more successful (i.e., safe, secure, efficient, profitable, etc.). Much of the material is free for members, and there are significant member discounts for items that must be purchased. What better reason to join!

Paul Gruhn
Paul Gruhn
Paul Gruhn is a global functional safety consultant at AE Solutions and a highly respected and awarded safety expert in the industrial automation and control field. Paul is an ISA Fellow, a member of the ISA84 standards committee (on safety instrumented systems), a developer and instructor of ISA courses on safety systems, and the primary author of the ISA book Safety Instrumented Systems: Design, Analysis, and Justification. He also has contributed to several automation industry book chapters and has written more than two dozen technical articles. He developed the first commercial safety system modeling software. Paul is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Texas, a certified functional safety expert (CFSE), a member of the control system engineer PE exam team, and an ISA84 expert. He earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology. Paul is the 2018 ISA president-elect/secretary.

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