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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.

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Popular Blog Posts from the First Half of 2021

ISA's official blog, ISA Interchange, features many perspectives from ISA members and industry contributors alike. Our community continues to contribute content that features intriguing and relevant articles from experts, thought leaders, and staff.

If you haven't had a chance to look at what we've published recently on ISA Interchange, check out some popular blog posts from the first half of 2021:

#5: Increases In Instrument Application or Installation Issues
by Greg McMillan (as part of the ISA Mentor Program)

Mike Laspisa, a 37-year veteran in the instrumentation and control discipline, asks our ISA Mentors, “Has anyone noticed an increase in installation related issues over the last 10 years related to either device selection or improper installation?” Read more in this ISA Mentor Program blog, which connects early career professionals to more seasoned professionals who are willing to help coach, guide, and share their expertise.

#4: Construction Automation and its Humanitarian Applications
by Zachary Liollio

Within wartime humanitarian efforts, automation has removed humans from the line of fire, and the construction industry is adapting these new technologies. Read more about how one international nonprofit, Bomb Techs Without Borders (BTWOB), is tackling demining operations and explosive ordnance disposal (EOD) with expedited completion times and incredible precision.

#3: Why are 5G and IoT a Game Changer for Manufacturing?
by Emily Newton

5G, a next-generation telecommunications technology, may soon revolutionize how companies use IIoT devices to increase efficiency, allow for predictive maintenance, enhance data collection, and improve robotics capabilities. Read more about the benefits of 5G in this blog post.

#2: Bridging the Gap Between Education and Industry
by Elena Rios

What skills will undergraduate engineers need for the digital economy? Elena Rios elaborates on what technical skills, such as data analysis and software development, and soft skills, including complex problem solving and analytical thinking, may be required for job seekers in the future. In addition, discover how a looming talent shortage, causing many countries to import employees, may lead to a new focus on skills development.

#1: Cyber-Physical Systems: The Core of Industry 4.0
by Rajabahadur V. Arcot

A key element in the implementation of Industry 4.0 is the idea of cyber-physical systems (CPS), or smart systems that include engineered interacting networks of physical and computational components. Read how industrial firms plan to leverage the tenets of CPS more to help achieve operational excellence.

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Steven Aliano
Steven Aliano
Steven Aliano is the content manager for ISA.

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