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Chief Executive Officer

Phone: (978) ***-****  
Email: r***@***.us
Local Address:  Arlington , Massachusetts , United States
CMC Associates

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Fellow
    ICS , Inc.
  • Elected Life Fellow
  • Founding Member and Chairman of the Standards Committees
  • Chairman of Committees
    IEC Fieldbus Standards
  • Chair of the Standards Committee
    IEC Fieldbus Standards


  • MS , Systems Engineering
  • BS , Chemical Engineering
161 Total References
Web References
DeltaV News, 1 Oct 2005 [cached]
Should you only buy equipment that uses the EDDL standard? (Hint the answer is "yes.") Dick Caro, president of CMC associates and chair of ISA's SP50 Fieldbus Committee weighs in on these issues in his article in the September issue of Control magazine, "Fieldbus Wars Continue: EDDL vs.FDT/DTM". (389KB PDF)
Wireless Networks for Industrial ..., 25 Nov 2013 [cached]
Wireless Networks for Industrial Automation, Fourth Edition by Dick Caro, ISA Life Fellow and industrial automation consultant at CMC Associates, provides a clear, unbiased view of the emerging wireless communications market, and closely examines the latest advances in wireless technologies for process control, such as ISA100 Wireless (ANSI/ISA-100.11a), WirelessHART, WIA-PA and WiFi, including IEEE 802.11n and 802.11ac.
"A lot has changed in the marketplace since the third edition of my book was published," notes Caro, a widely recognized expert in industrial networking and current chair of two ISA100 Wireless standards subcommittees. "At that time, ISA100 Wireless was just being developed and WirelessHART had just been announced. This new edition covers their transition to well-established, proven standards, and provides guidance to those seeking a comparison of the two."
Since both ISA100 Wireless and WirelessHART have well-documented field experience and installation success, Caro says that both can be utilized without trepidation of any kind.
"Today, both are absolutely reliable, secure and simple to install, and since their batteries seem to last forever, fears of battery replacement have disappeared," he asserts. "At the same time, they both have differences."
ISA100 Wireless, he explains, is particularly valuable to "those forward-thinking process control users who can visualize a control system architecture that includes plant-wide wireless control networks. WirelessHART has been important to some users who have urgent needs for measurements or status detection in areas that have been too costly or unable to connect wired instruments or sensors."
WIA-PA, Caro indicates, was developed at a Chinese university and it is not known if there are any commercial applications within China, and, to date, none have been offered for export.
He says that IEEE 802.11, on the other hand, has been in active development for many years, and is widely installed in many manufacturing locations where wired or fiber optic Ethernet may have been used.
Caro says some vendors of wireless process control systems, instruments and network devices tend to "over market" their products, making claims for features that are not incorporated or sometimes not even planned for the future.
"I hope that this updated edition can help users make intelligent decisions that will enable them to plan future process control networks and control system architectures in which wireless is certain to play a major role," he concludes.
For more information or to purchase a copy of this valuable resource, visit More about Dick Caro
As CEO of CMC Associates, Caro develops market and product strategy for industrial automation companies. He is a highly renowned and experienced expert in automation systems design, time-critical data networks, control systems and complex software systems.
In addition to his consultancy work, Caro writes books and conducts training classes in the areas of industrial networking.
During his career, he has served in numerous executive-level positions at various leading companies, including ARC Advisory Group, Arthur D. Little, and The Foxboro Company (now part of Invensys).
He was elected into the Control Magazine Hall of Fame in 2005; elected Life Fellow of ISA in 2001; and elected Fellow of the Industrial Computing Society in 1996. In 2005, he gained Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®) certification.
He was the founder and president of the Florida Gold Coast Chapter of ISA, and he received the ISA Standards Award in 1981, 1997 and 2000.
The Read-Out Instrumentation Signpost: Standards, 22 July 2011 [cached]
Part 1 and Part 2 of a series about this standard by Richard H. Caro, chairman of the ISA SP50 Committee and chairman of the IEC SC65C/WG6 Fieldbus Committee. (There are a number of interwesting articles now on the web from this source in Intech's Features Section (Scroll down the page untill you come on Fieldbus).
ONE-DAY SEMINAR TAUGHT BY DICK ..., 26 Sept 2014 [cached]
Dick Caro is a world-recognized expert on fieldbus technology and author of Automation Network Selection, and Wireless Networks for Industrial Automation. Dick was a founding member and Chairman of the Fieldbus standards committees.
The Read-Out Instrumentation Signpost: Publications, 23 April 2006 [cached]
Introduction : Dick Caro, CMC Associates, Chairman of ISA SP50 and formerly of IEC Fieldbus Standards Committees.
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