Why Automation Suppliers Are Embracing ISA-95

There are many reasons that major automation software and systems providers lean on ISA-95 for all or part of their architectures. The first, of course, is the widespread adoption of ISA-95 concepts and definitions by those suppliers' large customers; but that doesn't fully explain the ongoing enthusiasm by vendors for the standard.

Case in point: GE's standardization on ISA-95. "We needed a structured data model if we were going to get anywhere with software for today's systems," says Rich Carpenter, chief technology officer, software, at GE Intelligent Platforms. "ISA-95 does a great job for helping devleop digital representations of real world events no matter how intricate the controls situation -- we couldn't ask for a better base to spring from."