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INTECH JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 13 COVER STORY document. A CSIA task force has shared its views to ensure that the roles and responsibilities of control system integrators, a key part of the automation business ecosystem, are adequately represented. Through this collaboration, CSIA has made its members aware and excited about the OPAF initiative." CSIA, founded in 1994, is a not-for-profit, global trade association that advances the industry of control system integra - tion. It has more than 500 member companies in 27 countries. What is at stake? The industrial automation industry has dramatically lagged in the adop- tion of technology. A major reason for this has been closed ecosystems. Many vendors have partner programs that are promoted as "open," but they are highly gated, bureaucratically controlled, and closed systems for noncompetitive offerings. As in the computer, telecommunications, and consumer electronics industries, this closed approach is not sustainable. The dramatic technological changes, the rise of open systems in the com- puter industry, and the increasing implementations of Internet of Things advancements—with greater reliabil- ity, performance, and cost efficiency— is changing the landscape of system components. Users should absolutely think about what they need to be competitive in their industries in the long term on the global stage. The intent of devel - oping this new open process control architecture standard is to create an alternative. n ABOUT THE AUTHOR Bill Lydon ( is chief edi- tor for InTech. Lydon has been active in manufacturing automation for more than 25 years. He started his career as a designer of computer-based machine tool controls; in other positions, he ap - plied programmable logic controllers and process control technology. In ad - dition to experience at various large companies, Lydon co-founded and was president of a venture-capital-funded in - dustrial automation software company. View the online version at RESOURCES The OPAF automation/forum The Open Group The Future Airborne Capability Environment (FACE) VMEbus International Trade Association NEW! From ISA Publishing Order your copy today at Discover the economic benefits of applying advanced regulatory control strategies to processes and feedback control loops An excellent resource for beginning and experienced techni- cians. Topics include set-point weighting controllers, dead-time processes, advanced process control (APC), cross-limiting control systems, and improving "as-found" tuning. Exercises are included at the end of each chapter.

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