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Perspectives from the Editor | talk to me ISA INTECH STAFF CHIEF EDITOR Bill Lydon blydon@isa.org PUBLISHER Rick Zabel rzabel@isa.org PRODUCTION EDITOR Lynne Franke lfranke@isa.org ART DIRECTOR Colleen Casper ccasper@isa.org SENIOR GRAPHIC DESIGNER Pam King pking@isa.org GRAPHIC DESIGNER Lisa Starck lstarck@isa.org CONTRIBUTING EDITOR Charley Robinson crobinson@isa.org ISA PRESIDENT Paul Gruhn, PE, CFSE PUBLICATIONS VICE PRESIDENT Victor S. Finkel, CAP EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARD CHAIRMAN Steve Valdez GE Sensing Joseph S. Alford PhD, PE, CAP Eli Lilly (retired) Joao Miguel Bassa Independent Consultant Eoin Ó Riain Read-out, Ireland Guilherme Rocha Lovisi Bayer Technology Services David W. Spitzer, PE Spitzer and Boyes, LLC Dean Ford, CAP Westin Engineering David Hobart Hobart Automation Engineering Smitha Gogineni Midstream & Terminal Services James F. Tatera Tatera & Associates INTECH JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2019 7 properly done, automation lowers energy requirements, optimizes raw material utilization, and lowers emissions. The good news is automation creates better manufacturing and process plant environments that are more productive. This requires more educated workers to implement, run, support, and maintain automation systems. The challenge is to motivate and train young people to work with modern manufacturing technology that will yield them higher-paying and more personally rewarding jobs. There are two big challenges that all of us would do well to address. First, younger people need to understand that manufac- turing and process industries are exciting places where engineers apply technology and contribute to society and the environ- ment in a positive way. The other chal- lenge is to provide meaningful education, coaching, and management for younger people to facilitate their development in becoming automation professionals. The International Society of Automa- tion and the organization's media, InTech magazine and Automation.com, are fo cused on these goals. What's in it for you? It may be an old adage, but "a rising tide lifts all boats," meaning improvements in the general economy will benefit all participants. Participating in the develop - ment of young people to become auto - mation professionals helps build stronger communities with positive outcomes. We certainly invite you to join in this endeavor. n A utomation professionals are major contributors to a manu- facturing and process company's competitiveness and are vital for success. Low labor cost is no longer a winning manufacturing strategy, resulting in the growing implementation of automation in countries worldwide to become lead- ership producers. Modernizing manufac- turing is vitally important in this and has spawned worldwide initiatives centered on automation, including Germany's Industrie 4.0, Made in China 2025, Ja pan Industrial Value Chain Initiative (IVI), Make in India, Indonesia 4.0, Lat- via: National Industrial Policy Guidelines 2014–2020, Initiative for Polish Industry 4.0, Italy: Industria 4.0, and France: In dustrie du futur. Another driver for automation is the retirement of experienced workers, which is a major issue when trying to find manufacturing and process person- nel to fill the vacated positions. This is a demographic issue, since almost all countries have experienced lower birth rates. The populations are aging, and there are fewer young people to en ter the workforce. Ignoring the moral and ethi- cal issues, there simply are not enough people who can be paid low wages to fill low-level manufacturing positions. Com- pounding the challenge is the need to convince young people there is a future in manufacturing. Automation improves productivity, quality, the environment, and profits. Automation's positive impact on the en- vironment may not seem obvious, but The challenge is to motivate and train young people to work with modern manufacturing technology that will yield them higher-paying and more personally rewarding jobs. Automation professionals, people are depending on you! By Bill Lydon, InTech, Chief Editor

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