In today’s interconnected business environment and global economy, the time for piecemeal, fragmented approaches to career, process, and organizational improvement is over.
In the automation and control marketplace, everyone—from hands-on technicians and automation engineers to senior managers and executives—needs to be aware how their decisions and actions interrelate within an organization, and can have significant downstream ramifications far beyond their initial intent and scope.
By attending the ISA Automation Week 2013 Technology and Solutions Event, you’ll get the big picture. You’ll see why no automation function, process or job role can be defined solely on its own merits. For automation to deliver optimal value and results, it must be aligned with and incorporate the requirements of four fundamental operating factors: safety, people, business, and technology.
After all, ask yourselves these questions:
- How can I determine return on investment associated with a specific safety initiative?
- How effective are automation systems if my employees may lack the training to properly implement and maintain them?
- What good is it to know how to use a piece of equipment if you can’t apply that knowledge to keep your plant safe and avoid or reduce downtime?
- What are the financial implications and impacts on my business processes of selecting a particular automation technology?
These and other vital questions will be answered during ISA Automation Week’s comprehensive technical program. Subject-matter experts and thought leaders will explore six educational tracks in relation to meeting the essential requirements of safety, people, business, and technology.
The six tracks include:
Track 1: Industrial Network Security
This track will cover the security of operations and networks, specifically cybersecurity issues as they relate to industrial networks. The technologies, the business relevance, and the impact of network security issues and solutions, as well as the human aspects, will be discussed.
Track 2: Creating Business Value through Automation
This track will examine the business side of automation, including risk/value factors and workforce development challenges.
Track 3: The Connected Enterprise
This track will explore enterprise integration, manufacturing execution systems, and the issues involving IT within an enterprise.
Track 4: Wireless Applications
This track will focus on applications for wireless technology in varying industrial applications.
Track 5: Industrial Automation & Control
This track will cover the application of control theory to process control systems, quality control, and utility optimization to increase efficiency and operational performance.
Track 6: Asset Lifecycle Management and Optimization/Strategy
This track will cover the application of asset maintenance and asset operations strategies and technologies to maximize business value. Investments in automation are a valuable asset and must be managed accordingly.
So get ready to broaden your perspective, and gain the comprehensive insights and know-how to move all segments of your organization in an integrated manner, and toward positive and more predictable long-term results.