Thursday 18 October 2012

Automation and manufacturing

Need to foster global manufacturing growth, innovation and collaboration!

By advancing the science of automation and developing the capabilities of automation professionals, the International Society of Automation (ISA) is poised to play an active and vital role in initiatives to stimulate growth, innovation and collaboration in worldwide manufacturing.

"We want to help drive the next wave
of global manufacturing." Gouhin
That was the principal message delivered by Patrick Gouhin, ISA’s Executive Director and CEO, speaking this week at the World Manufacturing Forum 2012 conference in Stuttgart (D) where more than 400 manufacturing executives, experts and policy-makers from 44 countries offered and discussed solutions to global manufacturing challenges.

Amid the backdrop of a worldwide economic slowdown, conference participants explored strategies for energizing worldwide manufacturing activity and encouraging cross-border collaboration and innovation.

“ISA is extremely excited to be actively involved in this international dialogue,” states Gouhin. “We are convinced that automated, intelligent and digital manufacturing systems in the capable hands of well-trained, knowledgeable automation professionals throughout the global industrial supply chain can be powerful assets for companies looking to increase efficiency and boost innovation.”

As global value chains become increasingly linked, and competition for limited energy resources and raw materials mount, technological innovation combined with a skilled workforce are regarded as critical to fostering sustainable economic growth around the world.

“Automation technologies enable manufacturing firms to realize maximum value through return on investment, and increased throughput, productivity, quality, resource management and safety,” Gouhin says.

The World Manufacturing Forum focused on improving five manufacturing technology platforms: sustainable manufacturing and occupational safety; energy efficiency; key technologies; standards and interoperability; and education.

“ISA can contribute to improving each of these technology platforms,” Gouhin notes. “Through our involvement at this event, we hope that our capabilities will receive greater global exposure, which will in turn lead to new opportunities and collaboration.”

By developing worldwide automation standards, certification, publications and training, ISA is a prime technical and supportive resource for industry and manufacturing within all countries.

“We want to help drive the next wave of global manufacturing,” Gouhin indicates. “Of course, having a skilled, educated workforce will be essential. Here again, ISA is taking a leadership position by establishing the Automation Competency Model (a formal description of the knowledge, skills and abilities required to become an automation professional) and recommending degree programs at both two- and four-year academic institutions.”

Before joining ISA, Gouhin served as Chief Operating Officer of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and as the first Vice President of Operations and Technology Transfer for the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA) at Langley Research Center.

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