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    Developing Standards
    A convenient way for professionals to suggest standards projects from ISA (Instrument Systems and Automation Society) using a web interface. The web page, located at , asks users to provide details on the scope of work they're suggesting, the need and justification for the project, and background information. The proposals are then reviewed by the ISA volunteer leaders to determine the fit within the scope of ISA activities and the proper committee within which the work can proceed.

    The ISA also publishes a a periodic report on the latest developments in the world of automation standards.

    And if you thought Maths was easy!
    See also our Test & Measurement LinksStandards are becoming more and more inmportant in modern life. Safety, convenience, and the growth of international commerce ensure that uniformity of standards will govern more and more of industrial life.

    One of the most controversial subjects in the Standards Area of Instrumentation and Control is that of Communications. We have produced the FieldBus Page to list links to as many Bus Pages we could find. Along with news of developments and shows and conferences.
    And now the latest thing is Wireless. This page was launched at the end of 2006.

    Remember the Millennium bug? Our Year 2000 web page had some important links and news in this area.

    Arguably of more significance is the implimentation of what has been called Part 11. One of the most fundamental changes in process industry today is the introduction of electronic documentation. In quality management treaceability is of prime importance.

    Safety and security are areas that have come to the fore in recent years and we have established pages on Cyber Security and Safety to talk about these subjects.

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    • IHS offers a broad base of engineering data from research and design to manufacturing and repair. They have over 800,ooo new and historic standards, specs., and codes in their famous standards shop!
    • National Standards System Network (NSSN) is a system designed to provide a wide range of standards information from major international standards developers. At time of setting up this link it points to more than 60,000 standards. The project started with the awarding of funds from the US Government in late 1993 under their Technology Reinvestment Project to create an electronic infrastructure to link to databases of standards developers etc.
    • The SM & T programme of the European Commission The Standards Measurement and Testing Programme of the European Commission (DG XII Science Research & Development) may now be contacted by e-mail.
      Questions related directly to the programme may be addressed to
      Suitable formats for e-mail messages or RTF in which figures, diagrams and tables may be included, and BASE 664.
    • UKAS United Kingdom Accreditation Service
    • The FDA and CFSAN (The US Food and Drug Administration and the Centre for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition) describes functions and provides contacts for the validation of systems among many other topics.
    • The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission is an independent regulatory agency within the US Department of Energy. They have become innovative in the examination and insistance in standards for cyber security in the aftermath of the increased awareness of the vulnarability of important utilities, water, electricity etc to systematic or planned attack or indeed accidental damage through the abuse of the freedoms of internet.
    • The Safety Link would appear to be the web's most comprehensive collection of product safety and standards links.
    • If you want to learn about LCDs you could do worse than go to LCD Monitor Information where there is lots of information on this method of viewing information. This is not really a standards site but the information is useful.
    • Though not specifically a standards site the Instrumentation and Control Q&A site is a very useful one in getting answers to problems in Instrumentation and Controls.
    • The European Proficiency Testing Information System (EPTS) contains comprehensive information on regularly organised proficiency testing schemes (PTS) in the European Union.
    • ROHS, REACH, EuP, Batteries directive - Global Legislation is a useful site from Farnell. It offers industry leading support and advice on how ROHS, REACH, WEEE and Batteries legislation impacts companies in the electronics industry.
    • MQTT is a machine-to-machine (M2M)/"Internet of Things" connectivity protocol. It was designed as an extremely lightweight publish/subscribe messaging transport. It is useful for connections with remote locations where a small code footprint is required and/or network bandwidth is at a premium

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