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10 INTECH JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 WWW.ISA.ORG COVER STORY at least seven different industry sec- tors that use similar systems from the same community of suppliers in their process manufacturing environments. These sectors included food and bev- erage, mining and metals, oil and gas, petrochemical, pharmaceutical, pulp and paper, and utilities. The Open Group described, through its blog, a few things that quickly be- came very clear during the first mem- ber meeting: l There are common pain points span- ning multiple sectors (such as aging control systems and the need for more rapid technology insertion), which the proposed standards effort can address to the benefit of customers. l There are similar pain points shared by suppliers in current business models. l The supplier community is eager to work collaboratively on an open standard for process control. l The participants had a common un- derstanding that a "win-win" out- come, benefiting end users and sup- pliers, is essential. The members of the forum are keen to deliver this. Adjacent industry example At the 2016 ARC Orlando Forum, Den- nis Stevens of Lockheed Martin, and Future Airborne Computing Envi- ronment (FACE™) (part of The Open Group) consortium business working group (BWG) chairman, described how standards have improved avionics and other critical military applications. He shared how the FACE software standard coupled with the OpenVPX hardware standard have spawned a multivendor interoperable ecosystem that has low- ered cost, shortened project execution time, and improved functionality. These are not ordinary products. They have to meet stringent specifica- tions enabled in many ways by rugged electronic components developed for consumer products requiring higher durability and higher computing pow- er, including cell phones and personal fitness devices. ExxonMobil proof of concept ExxonMobil engaged Lockheed Mar- tin to build a prototype process con- trol system based on standard hard- ware and software. Don Bartusiak, co-chairman of The Open Group OPAF and ExxonMobil Research and Engineering, chief engineer, process control, commented on the prototype progress: "Currently a proof-of-con cept prototype by Lockheed Martin is in their facilities in Owego, N.Y., and is operational. There are two variants of the proof of concept. One runs against a simulated plant with emulated in- struments. The other runs against a real, college lab type process with water tanks in series, sensors, control valves, and pumps. We are proceeding directly to the design of the prototype system for initial field trials on the ba sis of The Open Process Automation Standards in progress." Organization During the comprehensive first meet- ing, the members discussed the scope of the standards effort, while also creat- ing the forum organization, and identi- fied leadership roles for the forum and for specific work groups. The top Open Group Open Process Automation Fo- rum leadership is: l Director: Ed Harrington, The Open Group l Co-chair: Donald Bartusiak, Exxon- Mobil Research and Engineering, chief engineer, process control l Co-chair: Trevor Cusworth, Schnei- der Electric, VP, global account exec- utive – ExxonMobil This initiative has come a long way in a short time. Jim Hietala, vice presi- dent, business development and se - curity for The Open Group, manages the business team, security and risk management programs, and standards activities. He characterizes the prog - ress: "The Open Group is happy with the development of the Open Process Automation Forum, which now has 109 members including most of the major control systems suppliers, and significant end user representation from oil and gas, chemicals, pulp and paper, pharmaceuticals, and mining and metals. We are also pleased with the pace of progress in the forum, which started in November 2016, and now has technical, business, stan - dards body interface, and enterprise architecture work groups; numerous subgroups, including conformance; and numerous technical subcommit - tees all formed, meeting regularly, and making rapid progress." Ed Harrington, The Open Group OPAF director, commented on his role as the primary interface between the members of the forum and The Open Group. His roles include meeting orga- nization and facilitation, as well as en- suring that The Open Group processes are followed, and all legal and vendor- and technology-neutrality guidelines are enforced. The business working group is very active, noted Harrington, "The first formal deliverable of the forum is the Open Process Automation Business Guide, due for publication in January 2018. The Business Guide is targeted at mid- and senior-level management in both the supplier and user commu- nities that make up the process auto- mation ecosystem. The value propo- sitions are key for both the end user and supplier communities. It takes a business—as opposed to technical— perspective to describe the vision, mission, and scope of the forum's ef fort. The guide has seven business use cases from the oil and gas, pet- rochemical, specialty chemical, pulp and paper, mining and metals, and biopharmaceutical vertical industries. It includes a description of the future- state process automation ecosystem and the business approach used to achieve that. Later in the year, the fo- OpenVPX in avionics enables multivendor systems.

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