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ISA Position Paper Amplifies Importance of People, Standards to Support Automation


The International Society of Automation (ISA) recently released a position paper, “Automation Depends on People to Make the World a Better Place,” offering recommendations on how policy makers and private-sector leaders can be best equipped to take advantage of the opportunity to deliver the many benefits of automation.

Advances in manufacturing, technology, sustainability, and safety will all depend upon automation technologies and people working together to bring the most creative and innovative solutions to bear, ISA notes, emphasizing that automation does not eliminate jobs; rather, it repurposes existing jobs and creates new ones.

“As a society, our focus should be on preparing our workforce to meet the high and growing demand for engineers and technicians,” said Claire Fallon, ISA executive director. “We must educate enough people to be well versed in automation technologies, as well as the industry standards and conformance programs that support the automation field.”

Access the position paper on ISA’s White Papers listings.

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