Success in Singapore – Asia Pacific Working Group Meeting Efficient & Effective

Despite global economic challenges facing the process industries, FieldComm Group members showed their strength and world-wide reach by attending our Asia Pacific regional Working Group meeting in Singapore held June 6-9th, 2016. With over 50 representatives in attendance, the Singapore Working Group was considered broadly as a show of success and testament of the strength of the Asia Pacific region.

At the outset of the meeting, the 5 working groups in attendance (Advanced Applications, HART Technology, Integration, Marketing, and Usability) shared their ambitious plans to accomplish challenging goals of the week. In fact, I visited a few different teams that had conferenced in people from other world areas – staying up very late or waking very early – all for the sake of standards. It was a show of resolve and contribution from our many participating members that care about the technologies.

Part of what makes these working groups special, and our membership commitment so strong, is the sense of community created by these teams. People come together for a shared purpose to achieve actionable results for the betterment of the user community.

This was illustrated perfectly during the Working Group welcome reception where, despite the impending rain storm bearing down on Jumbo’s East Coast, members came together to share comradery with Singapore’s arguably most famous dish – Chili Crab.

After days of hard work by the teams, everyone joined the closing session to share summary reports of their work and next steps. During the closing session, FieldComm Group announced its next Working Group meeting to be held at STC in Rotterdam, Netherlands on October 17-21, 2016. One day longer than most, the Rotterdam Working Group will include the annual FieldComm Group General Assembly and End User Seminar. The one-day seminar, open for member sponsor participation, will be held Monday, October 17th and will cover all aspects of FieldComm Group technologies. The remaining four days will be the familiar Working Group meetings. More information will be announced.

In the final closing remarks, Mr. Achim Laubenstein addressed the room to give a special thanks to Shanthala Kamath from ABB India who has lead one of the most challenging working groups – EDDL Specification – with determination & resolve. Mrs. Kamath will be going on sabbatical to re-energize her relationships and soul alongside her family. FieldComm Group along with the whole team of working group members wish her all the best!

We’ll see everyone October 17-21, 2016 in Rotterdam!