Dave will provide an update on ISA106 activity in the area of procedural operations. He will provide an overview of the framework and models, the documents that the committee has published and ones in development.
VP US Technology Center
Dallas/Fort Worth, TX
Dave Emerson graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute with a BS in electrical engineering in 1978. He started his career with Taylor Instruments that same year. After four years with Taylor, he joined EMC Controls, a young start-up company that went through a series of owners and at various times was known as Rexnord, Texas Instruments and GSE Systems. Over the next 15 years, he gained experience with management, control technology and large and international projects.
In 1997, he moved from GSE Systems to Yokogawa’s U.S. Development Center, which was just being started by Kimi Takahashi, as a systems architect. Dave helped develop Exaquantum/Batch, a new batch historian that worked with Yokogawa’s Exaquantum historian and its DCS batch system, CS 3000.
Exaquantum/Batch was based on IS A-88 and the then-new IS A-95 standard, offering one of the first web-based user interfaces. Dave became increasingly involved in standards committees and industry groups, and in 2009, he became director of Yokogawa’s U.S. Development Center. In 2017, he became VP of the Yokogawa US Technology Center.
Over the past 25 years, Emerson has had significant roles in defining and advancing several critical control and operational technologies, including:
Emerson also created and led the World Batch Forum XML Working Group that developed the B2MML and BatchML schemas now supported by MES A. He currently leads the MES A XML Committee that maintains the schemas. For this work, he received a Yokogawa Chairman’s Technical Achievement award. He has been a vital contributor in many facets of the World Batch Forum organization, which led the organization to award him its prestigious Thomas G. Fisher award in recognition of outstanding leadership in the field of operation and control of manufacturing processes.
At the OPC Foundation, Emerson led the OPC Batch committee in creating the OPC Batch specification, served on the OPC UA committee and currently serves on the Technical Advisory committee. At MIMOSA, he is one of the principals in the Open O&M group. He was also instrumental in developing and proposing the new IS A106 standard for Procedure Automation in Continuous Process Operations, of which he is now the editor.
Dave is an ISA Fellow and was also inducted into Control’s Process Automation Hall of Fame.