More than 1,200 automation professionals, hailing from dozens of countries around the world, exchanged best practices and technical solutions during ISA Automation Week 2012 in Orlando, Florida, USA.
The annual conference featured technical sessions in two Technology Excellence tracks focused on security and wireless; and four Operational Excellence tracks focused on safety and environmental performance, control performance, asset performance and human performance. The technical program was chaired by Dr. Peter Martin, Vice President of Business Value Solutions at Invensys.
In addition to more than 60 technical conference sessions, attendees enjoyed three executive keynote presentations, networking receptions, standards committee meetings, training courses and leadership meetings.
Tuesday’s keynote address was delivered by Greg Hale, Chief Safety Officer and Vice President, Worldwide Standards and Auditing at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts.
In addition to Disney’s incredible safety and maintenance technology, the Disney team has developed efficiency innovations with the FirstPass system, improving utilization and throughput of attractions while increasing guest satisfaction; and contributed greatly to the accessibility of Disney parks around the world with Assistive Technology Devices to enhance the experience of guests with disabilities.
Wednesday’s keynote address featured a dynamic panel of industry executives, discussing challenges and insights into the future of automation and industry issues.
Wednesday evening’s Beach Party reception, celebrating ISA’s workforce development partnership with FIRST®, was hosted by NASCAR® driver Jennifer Jo Cobb, Disney’s Greg Hale, and Calum Pearson, Vice President of Technical and Show Support at Cirque du Soleil. Cobb, one of NASCAR’s most successful female drivers, stressed the importance of technology and innovation in her sport, thanking automation professionals for their dedication.
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