ISA Interchange

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.

Why Does Industry 4.0 Depend on Data?

Data is the raw material from which we make decisions. With the proper context, data becomes informa...
Sam Russem Dec 8, 2020 5:15:00 AM

Edge Analytics Can Help When Cloud Computing and Big Data Fall Short

This post was authored by Andrew Hopkins, managing director of Accenture Mobility, and Brian Irwin, ...
Contributing Authors Jan 29, 2020 7:42:36 AM

Industry 4.0 Concepts for Discrete Manufacturing Applied to Process Automation

This article was written by Bill Lydon, automation industry authority, journalist and former chief e...
Bill Lydon Dec 2, 2019 9:00:00 AM

IIoT is Approaching the Network Edge for Almost Every Industrial Application

This post was written by Peter Fuhr, PhD, Marissa Morales-Rodriguez, PhD, Sterling Rooke, PhD, and P...
Contributing Authors Oct 23, 2019 9:00:27 AM

Mechatronics: The Evolution From Mechanical to Information-Based Industrial Automation

At the core of any automated system is the basic closed-loop paradigm: sense, decide, act. This mode...
Kenneth J. Ryan Oct 7, 2019 9:00:12 AM

How IIoT Helps OEM Machine Builders Support Customers and Improve Equipment Availability

Industry analysts have long predicted that process industry leaders would be disrupted by "digitally...
Jeff Brown Sep 18, 2019 9:00:06 AM

How to Leverage Process Data to Improve Industrial Operations

One certainty is that manufacturing processes continue to get better at producing data, primarily du...
Greg Olsen Aug 28, 2019 9:00:59 AM

Why Systems Integrators Need to Advance Beyond Traditional Instrumentation and Control Skill Sets

This post was authored by Collin Dailey, a technology development engineer at Phoseon Technology, an...
Contributing Authors Jul 31, 2019 9:00:12 AM

Does Your Company Have Vision to Leverage Disruptive Industrial Automation Innovations?

Disruptive innovations create new value, so users can achieve better results and, in many cases, mor...
Bill Lydon Jul 29, 2019 9:00:45 AM

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