The Wireless Industrial Networking Alliance (WINA) will become the latest “charter member” of The Automation Federation, an organization formed earlier this year by the Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society (ISA) to serve as an umbrella organization for associations and societies engaged in manufacturing and process automation activities.
WINA is a coalition of industrial end-user companies, technology suppliers, industry organizations, software developers, system integrators, and others interested in the advancement of wireless solutions for industry. WINA will join WBF, formerly the World Batch Forum, and OMAC, the Open Modular Architecture Control Users Group, among charter members of The Automation Federation. Announcement of the new WINA membership was made on Oct. 17.
WINA aims to communicate the benefits of using wireless technology in industrial applications, to improve confidence in wireless technology and access to solutions, and to focus on the end user.
“WINA’s dedication to influencing and supporting standards, developing information materials, and forming industry partnerships is consistent with the goals of The Automation Federation,” said Ken Baker, board chairman of The Automation Federation and ISA president. “WINA is a strong organization with a strong identity in the marketplace, and we look forward to helping them increase their successes in the future.”
WINA’s ongoing operational activities focus on education and professional networking. This includes Web seminars, participation in industry trade shows, presentations at industry conferences, and contributions to industry standards activities.
“We are delighted to welcome WINA to The Automation Federation (AF). WINA’s presence will help all of the member companies fulfill a shared mission of facilitating the successful development and application of automation technologies,” said Bruno Kisala, managing director of The Automation Federation. “AF provides a corporate home for WINA and offers collaboration, synergy, autonomy, and stability to the organization.”
“By coordinating our work with the work of the other member organizations, we can more effectively fulfill our mission as an organization,” said WINA Chairman of the Board Hesh Kagan, director, technology marketing and new ventures at Invensys Process Systems, Foxboro, Mass. “We look forward to becoming even more successful by expanding our activities in the global marketplace and leveraging our partnerships in the industry."
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