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2019-2020 Cleveland ISA Season will be starting on Sept 10, 2019




TUESDAY,SEPTEMBER 10, 2019, 5:30 – 8:00 PM

Open Process Automation Forum:

What is it and How will it impact Automation Vendors, Users and System Integrators?

1 PDH Hour will be awarded for this meeting

About the Topic:

This presentation will cover the end-user led initiative in the process automation community called OPAF – The Open Process Automation Forum (OPAF).  The forum was established within the Open Group in 2016 and has been collecting existing standards for inclusion in the OPAF ‘Standard of Standards’ to define a standards-based, open, secure, interoperable process control architecture.  With release of a preliminary standard and one interoperability event under its belt, OPAF continues to make progress toward its goals of maintaining end-user software portability and enabling integration of certified best-in-class, fit-for-purpose products.  We will talk about the activities of key OPAF end-user members and the additional effort that is being put in to ensure the specification meets industry objectives. 


Discussion around the use cases for OPAF in various industries, how OPAF works with other industry organizations such as ISA and areas to learn more or even engage in this activity will be included.


Speaker Bio:

Foos_ShannonShannon R. Foos, PE

Shannon Foos is a control systems professional with nearly 25 years of industry experience.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from The Ohio State University.  She started her career with ABB in 1995 implementing and commissioning process automation systems.  She entered the industry when systems were becoming ‘open’ -a theme you will see in her career- with respect to Operating Systems and adopting Unix and Windows technologies.  She used this experience to continue her career in IT Architect, System Sales Support, Technology Marketing, Product Management roles.  She has been at Rockwell Automation since 2008 and is currently responsible for Business / Technology Development within the Process Automation Business where she brings ‘Open Technology’ to Rockwell Automation products. 

Shannon has been a member of ISA and the Cleveland Section since 2004.  She serves on the ISA 104 (FDT) and ISA 108 (Intelligent Device Management) standards committees.  She also serves on the Board of Directors as Secretary of the FieldComm Group (HART, Foundation Fieldbus and FDI), Executive Committee as Vice President of Standards and Associations for the FDT Group, the Process Special Interest Group as chairperson for ODVA (EtherNet/IP), and member of the Business Working Group of the Open Process Automation Forum (OPAF) – the topic of this session. 


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Details for Sep 10 Meeting



Crowne Plaza Cleveland Airport Hotel

7230  Engle Road

Middleburg Hts. Ohio 44130



5:30-6:00pm, Social

6:00-7:00pm, Dinner

7:00-8:00pm, Speaker

8:15pm, Complete with Questions


Dinner at Tavolo 72 Restaurant inside the Cleveland Airport  Hotel


Chicken Parmesian- $20

Eggplant Parmesan- $19

Dortmunder Gold Tempura Fish & Chips- $18

Spaghetti Meatballs Marinara- $$20

All entrees include Italian bread, salad and non-alcoholic beverages:



Dinner: Individual check

Program: $5  support fee for Seminar-waived for students






Sep 10 Program Pictures