Co-chair of the ISA95 committee on enterprise-to-control system integration, Monchinski will be part of leadership team that governs the development and publication of standards for the automation industry
NEPTUNE, NJ – September 26, 2017 – Automated Control Concepts, Inc. is proud to announce that Christian Monchinski, the automation integrator’s Vice President of Manufacturing Intelligence, has been elected Vice President of the International Society of Automation (ISA) Standards and Practices Board. The Board governs committees whose members develop, publish, and promote the standards that apply to industrial automation around the world. The ISA organization provides training, resources, and standards guidelines for major corporations and individuals in the automation space globally, and its members include engineers, educators, technicians, and students.
“Chris’s election to a leadership role within the ISA reflects his dedication to our industry,” says ACC CEO Michael Blechman. “He has been a member of the ISA since 1993 and began participating on committees in the late 1990s. In fact, Chris currently co-chairs the ISA95 committee on enterprise-to-control system integration. His interest and commitment to the ISA parallels ACC’s long-term connection to the Society, as well. As Chris will tell you, alongside many volunteers working tirelessly on standards committees, ACC has been instrumental in developing industry standards for decades. In fact, ACC’s Arlene Weichert – now our Executive Vice President of Sales – was a member of the ISA95 committee before passing ACC’s ISA membership torch to Chris.”
As the Vice President-Elect, Monchinski will mentor under the ISA Standards and Practices Board’s Vice President, Maurice Wilkins, as is the ISA’s custom, until 2019 at which time he will assume the vice-presidency for a two-year term. In his new role, Monchinski sees his responsibility as one of continuing on the current path of fostering new standards as technologies evolve, and also of reinvigorating existing committees and nurturing new committees and their work. “Technology moves at a very fast rate and the industry needs help keeping up, but the standards body moves more carefully and slowly to propose standards and promote them,” Monchinski says. “There is room to ease some of the industry’s frustrations. New concepts are also getting more attention. Smart manufacturing is gaining a lot of traction in our industry. The ISA is in a position to be that voice that adds value to the industry beyond the buzz. We have many dedicated, and primarily volunteer, committee members investing time and expertise to develop standards that are relevant to the industry today and will remain so as technologies advance. As we often say, without standards, what decisions do we make? Where’s the value? What are our best practices? How do we reduce risks? Without our deliberate development of standards, we would not be able to answer any of those questions.”
Monchinski’s new role as VP-Elect of the ISA Standards and Practices Board and his existing position as VP of Manufacturing Intelligence with ACC integrate well and support Monchinski’s contributions to each organization. “ACC uses manufacturing intelligence – information technology and information-based systems in the manufacturing space to create greater visualization and control on the plant floor. Manufacturing intelligence drives accountability, safety, and efficiency. It has a far-reaching positive impact on manufacturing. Essentially, we help companies model their business objectives, and solve their business problems, by applying technology to integrate their existing systems. We may add components like new software, for example, to give them more and better information so they can make better decisions, optimize productivity, and reduce errors and downtime.”
ACC’s Smart Performance Initiative
ACC, a recognized systems integrator, has announced a new initiative called “Smart Performance” that enables customers to extract more information from their plant floor in order to determine a benchmark to measure performance. “Customers often don’t know exactly what they should measure, or at what cost,” explains Monchinski. “ACC’s goal with Smart Performance is not to overdo or implement systems that don’t meet the customer’s needs. It does no good to over-address a need. With Smart Performance we don’t talk about products, we talk about the customer’s business and how to tap the data already available to inform business and operations decisions that drive results like continuous improvement.”