MCAA reviews many of its published reports and meeting programs and issues releases to the trade press. The following are recent releases. All copies in Adobe Acrobat format.
MCAA Comments on FCC Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking dealing with the use of Level Probing Radar Instrumentation in open air applications. The members of MCAA have been working with FCC for more than two years to bring about a change in the regulations. (May 2012)
Five Year Market Forecast (through 2016) shows sustained 5 year CAGR of 6.3% after industry returns to pre-recession market value. The report is available to all MCAA members and for purchase by non-members. (May 2012)
Record High Attendance at 2012 Industry Forum. Nearly 160 member company executives, senior managers from prospective member companies, speakers, staff and guests were present in suburban Atlanta, Georgia May 20-22. Outstanding program featured industry and expert speakers on a variety of industry-focused topics.
MCAA Elects New Leaders for 2012—The Measurement, Control & Automation Association elected Wally Stommes, President of StoneL as its Chairman for 2012. Jim Bolin (COO of Automation for Pepperl + Fuchs) passed a virtual gavel to the new Chairman during the a virtual meeting of the Board of Directors. Elections were held by letter ballot during November, 2011. (January 2012)
A Review of the 2011 MCAA Compensation Report—Companies in the process control industry are adapting to a changed economic environment. Having lost jobs in 2008 and 2009, we hear from companies that the industry is hiring again (although finding qualified technical talent is increasingly difficult). Salaries were frozen and base rates were reduced over the past two years so that employees could be retained during the worst of the economic downturn. What we see in the 2011 MCAA Compensation Report are companies who have restored some salaries but, more importantly, are increasingly compensating their employees through much higher incentive payments rather than base rate increases. (August 2011)
MCAA Elects New Leaders for 2011—The Measurement, Control & Automation Association elected James P. Bolin, Jr. COO of Process Automation for Pepperl + Fuchs as its Chairman for the next year. Charlotte Hill (President of Georg Fischer Signet LLC) passed a virtual gavel to the new Chairman during the Association's annual business meeting held in an online webinar on November 18. (November 2010)
Slow Growth Projected for Process Control Sales through 2012 According to Latest MCAA Inbdustry Market Forecast—After an extremely rough 2009 which saw industry sales down 15% from 2008, MCAA's most recent industry Forecast projects slow growth over the next three years. The average 2.5% annual growth rate was forecasted this month by The Global Foresight Group ™ Rasmusson & Willey LLC. (June 2010)
MCAA Launches New Series of Monthly Webinars for Process Control Industry—The Measurement, Control & Automation Association (MCAA) has announced a new series of monthly webinars which will bring top industry speakers before its member company representatives and others in the process control industry. The tentative schedule for the balance of 2010 has been published to the Association's website at www.measure.org/Visitors/Meetings. (June 2010)
Energy Sectors Help Keep Instrumentation and Systems Sales Close to 4% Annual Growth through 2010—Without above average performance from the Oil & Gas, Refining, Utilities and Pharmaceutical industry sectors, the annual growth rate (CAGR) for the process instrumentation and automation industry would be much lower than the 3.8% average forecasted this month by Global Foresight Group (Rasmusson & Willy). (October 2008)
MCAA Members an Product Approval Agencies Have Important Dialog—Over 70 members of the Measurement, Control & Automation Association were on hand to talk with representatives of six Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories who are responsible for the testing and certification of their products for use in the marketplace including under standards addressing hazardous locations. The meeting (The Product Approval Process Summit)( was held on May 20 immediately following the annual meeting of the Association in Tempe, AZ. MCAA members have told their Association that time delays and price increases have placed them at a competitive disadvantage around the world. The goal of the Summit was to bring the parties to the table to air the issues and to move the process forward. (June 2008)