New Kid on the Block: Will Emerging Standards for Universal Automation Flip the Script?‎

When:  Mar 9, 2022 from 10:00 to 11:00 (CT)

You’ve heard about new groups popping up – like or the Open Process Automation Forum – promoting interoperable control architecture and hardware agnostic, portable, plug-and-produce solutions. Is this real? More importantly, if it is real, is it a good thing? Can this self-proclaimed “next generation of automation and control” actually deliver on the promises of native IT/OT integration, faster implementation and vendor independence!? 

Join engineers from CSIA Certified member George T. Hall, the practice lead for process automation from Wood, and experts from Schneider Electric for a panel discussion focused on this disruptive technology. 

In this session, you will:‎

  • Hear the truth behind claims of portability and interoperable hardware
  • Learn whether these solutions really are more efficient for engineers; both yours and your customers
  • Discover the communities of engineers pushing these boundaries and more

There will be ample time for Q&A, so bring your questions!

Know someone who would be interested in attending this session? Invite them! This session is open to all.

About the Panel

Greg Boucaud
is the Chief Marketing Officer for UniversalAutomation.Org, a newly created non-profit and independent association. He has more than 10 years experience working in the industrial automation industry, more specifically in the motion control domain.


Bridget Fitzpatrick is the global technical lead for process automation at Wood. She holds an MBA in technology management from the University of Phoenix and a SB in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). She is active in supporting the Open Process Automation Forum standards work. She sits on the ISA Standards and Practices Board as managing director for the ISA18 (Alarm Management) committee. Bridget is also an ISA Fellow.


Nathan Henderson is Project Manager at George T. Hall. He is an adamant proponent for realizing the broad transformative benefits of embracing Industrie 4.0/IIOT tools. Nathan is also a constant advocate of predictive maintenance, automating data entry and providing remote visibility of real time process KPIs. He describes himself as a total nerd when it comes to integrating information and applying analytics across a broad variety of previously disparate data sources to quantitatively justify business decisions.


Steve March
is the U.S. Ecosystem Sales Leader for Schneider Electric, a global company driving digital transformation by integrating leading edge energy technologies and real-time automation solutions.

After 15 years managing marketing, sales and business development efforts for engineering design and system integration firms, Steve joined Schneider Electric 7 years ago and manages their program and strategy in the U.S. for partnering with companies like those he used to work for in the automation project delivery ecosystem.

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