ISA108 Nearing Resolution of Comments on Part 1, Part 2 Work Beginning…

Committee Meeting & Timeline Update

The ISA108 Intelligent Device Management committee is meeting this week in Houston, TX at Yokogawa’s Sugar Land facility to rationalize comments on Part 1: Concepts & Terminology. Once resolution on the existing comments are complete, ISA108 will re-submit for a final round of comments to Part 1.

Also important at this week’s meeting, the group is beginning establishment of Part 2: Work Process Specifications. Part 2 will include the following subsections that require the establishment of working groups:

Part 2.1 – Configuration & Revision Management
Part 2.2 – Diagnostics Management
Part 2.3 – Procedure Management

All three of these parts are important elements in the Intelligent Device Management lifecycle. The group is currently looking for volunteers for all 3 of these sections. In addition to these 3 sections, there are proposals for Calibration Management and Valve Management. If there is enough support and volunteers, these subcommittees will be launched in conjunction with the other 3 parts. ISA108 encourages manufacturers, engineering partners and users to participate in the committee in order to offer guidance and knowledge on these subjects. For more information and to learn how to get connected today, visit

After Part 1 & 2 is complete, the committee intends to create a Part 3 Implementation Guide.

More on ISA108 Intelligent Device Management

The goals of the ISA108 Intelligent Device Management committee is to do the following simultaneously;

  • Reduce Unmanaged Risk
    • Improve Health, Safety, Environmental, and Operability Performance
    • Manage Complexity
    • Reduce Impact of Failures
  • Achieve Sustainability
    • Assure adequate Human, Financial, and Infrastructure Resources
    • Lower Maintenance Costs
    • Improve Return on Investment

The issue the industry users face today is that intelligent field devices are pervasive, but the diagnostics that provide big ROI are often left not utilized or they are being used, they aren’t being prioritized. ISA108 aims to meet this need by establishing a standard well defined set of work processes and procedures that guide the users of intelligent field devices on best practices.

By establishing good work processes and procedures through the establishment and use of ISA108, a user can expect to gain the following advantages;

  • Allows Maintenance on Devices that Actually Need Work, Only When They Need Work
  • Can Give Detailed Information on Problems Before a Field Visit
  • Can Significantly Reduce the Need for Periodic Testing
  • Can Reduce Impact on Operations by Advance Warning of Failure
    • A Significant but Underutilized Opportunity
    • Biggest Incentives on Control Valves

Barriers to obtaining full benefit from smart instrumentation is significant for many users because it requires a change in traditional engineering practices and a cultural change in for maintenance workers who are used to physically interacting with devices. There is also an element of management buy-in/ownership that will reduce these barriers and allow full benefit to be gained.

For a brief video on ISA108 that Control Engineering shot with Larry O’Brien, see our February blog post: Control Engineering Video on ISA108

About FieldComm Group

The FieldComm Group is a global standards-based organization consisting of leading process end users, manufacturers, universities and research organizations that work together to direct the development, incorporation and implementation of new and overlapping technologies and serves as the source for FDI technology. The FieldComm Group’s mission is to develop, manage and promote global standards for integrating digital devices into automation system architectures while protecting process-automation investments in HART and FOUNDATION Fieldbus communication technologies. Membership is open to anyone interested in the use of the technologies. For more information, visit their web site at

One response to “ISA108 Nearing Resolution of Comments on Part 1, Part 2 Work Beginning…”

  1. Debasis Guha says :

    I need to know whether EEx(d) certified field devices can be used for FINCO segment were already ExnL devices are existing. Thanks in anticipation for your reply.

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