• January 2017 Insights

    SECTION/DISTRICT NEWS                  

    DCS Migration

    1450 Greene Street
    Augusta, Georgia 30901
    Tuesday, 7 February 2017
    6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Please join the Savannah River Section for a member meeting!

    Control system migrations have progressively become more difficult due to the lack of vendor support for legacy hardware/software products, and loss of plant knowledge due to retirement from the workforce. This presentation will outline some proven strategies/methodologies for migration and outline ways to mitigate risk.

    Robbie Peoples, P. E., is an Integration Manager at Cross Integrated Systems Group based in Knoxville, TN, which is a part of the Cross Company based in Greensboro, NC. He has more than 19 years of experience with system integration projects in the chemical industry, and additional across multiple control system platforms. He holds a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering technology from Southern Polytechnic State University.

    Cost: $10 |advanced reservation on website (http://www.isaga.org)
              $15 |at the door

    For more information on this meeting, please contact Dave Lachman at Davelachmanee@bellsouth.net

    Training: Instrumentation Basics

    Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil
    13-17 February 2017
    8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    This five-day course covering the basics on instrumentation and process control provides fundamental knowledge to engineers and technicians.  Course contents include:  

    • Instrumentation Symbols and Identification (ISA 5.1 - 2009)
    • Process Variables Measurement (Temperature, Pressure, Flow, Level and Analytics)
    • Final Control Elements (Valves and Inverters)
    • Control Loops (Feed Back, Feed Forward, Advanced Control and PID Tuning)
    • Safety Instrumented Systems

    For registration information, please contact Julian Renzulli at publicidade@isacampinas.org.br

    2017 Engineers Week Honors and Awards Banquet

    Harbert Center
    2019 4th Avenue North
    2019 4th Avenue North Birmingham, Alabama 35203
    Tuesday, 21 February 2017
    6 p.m.

    The 58th Annual Engineer's Week Honors and Awards Banquet will be held in Birmingham, Alabama, on Tuesday, 21 February 2017, at the Harbert Center. This dinner event is sponsored by the Engineering Council of Birmingham (ECOB), which is composed of the various technical societies in the area. The ISA Birmingham Section is one of the 19 members and is active in this event each year.  In addition to providing several past presidents as leaders, the section recognizes members who have distinguished themselves in the professional world and in technical society activities. Several scholarships will be presented to area high school graduates and college students by ECOB and various societies.

    The ISA Birmingham Section also will recognize three outstanding individuals at this event, and they will be considered for area-wide awards by the ECOB. They are:

    Chris Sorensen
    Engineer of the Year: Chris Sorensen (Southern Company Services)

    Faran Rolingsen
    Young Engineer of the Year: Faran Rolingsen (Alabama Power Company)

    John Edge
    Distinguished Service Award:  John Edge (Balluff, Inc.)

    The ISA Birmingham Section has recognized outstanding individuals and leaders for many years and will conduct its annual Honors and Awards Dinner on Tuesday, 9 May 2017.  These three individuals will be awarded plaques and all the section's former presidents will be guests at the event.

    For more information, please contact Gerald Wilbanks at gwilbankspe@charter.net.

    Workshop: Machine Safety Applications and Brazilian Standard NR 12

    Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil
    Tuesday, 21 February 2017
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    The ISA Campinas Section organized a one-day workshop that featured presentations and informative updates related to Machine Safety Applications and the Brazilian Standard NR 12. 

    More information from ISA Campinas, please visit: www.isacampinas.org.br

    Technical Meeting: Collaborative and Sensitive Robotics

    Valladolid and Zaragoza, Spain
    January and February 2017

    Please join the ISA Spain Section in January and February of 2017 for a technical conference followed by a debate.

    For more details on ISA Spain, please visit: www.isa-spain.org

    Technical Meeting: RPAS Drones

    Algeciras, Spain
    February 2017

    Please join the ISA Spain Section February 2017 for a technical conference followed by a debate.

    For more details on the ISA Spain Section, please visit: www.isa-spain.org  

    Technical Meeting: DCS in Industry 4.0 / DCS vs PLCs

    Cartagena, Spain
    February 2017

    Please join the ISA Spain section February 2017 for a technical conference followed by a debate.

    For more details on the ISA Spain Section, please visit: www.isa-spain.org

    Training Course: Data Analysis and Big Data in Industry

    Madrid, Spain
    February 2017

    Please join ISA Spain for an upcoming training on data analysis in the industry.

    For more details on the ISA Spain Section, please visit: www.isa-spain.org

    Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) in Manufacturing Industries

    Auburn University
    Birmingham, Alabama
    2-4 May 2017
    8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    The ISA Birmingham Section, in cooperation with Auburn University, will conduct the 47th Annual "Fundamentals of Industrial Automation, Instrumentation and Controls" training class 2-4 May 2017 at the offices of KBR Engineering.  The class will qualify for and offer professional development hours (PDH) credit and CEU awards.  This training effort has been very beneficial and successful in the past for personnel involved in any phase or part of the automation and process control field.

    Participants in 2016 class
    Participants in 2016 class

    The course is directed towards engineers, technicians, I&C team leaders, sales personnel, and other technical/automation professionals.  The objective is to teach the following foundational aspects of industrial automation, instrumentation and control:

    • Fundamentals of temperature, pressure, flow, and level measurements
    • Process control loops and tuning
    • Process control exercises
    • Programmable Logic Controls (PLC)
    • Distributed Control Systems (DCS)
    • Fieldbus technology
    • Final control elements

    Highly qualified automation, instrumentation and control professionals under the sponsorship and support of the ISA Birmingham Section will provide instruction.

    Registration Fees: Before March 1, 2017, $695 per person; After March 1, 2017, $795.00 per person. ISA members receive an additional $100 off from the posted rates. Fee includes the course materials, refreshments, and lunch each day. Company/ group discounts are available!

    Please contact Gerald Wilbanks at (205) 566-9801 for details and information.

    District 8 Leadership Conference

    DMC, Inc.
    1860 Blake Street, Suite 410
    Denver, Colorado 80202
    Saturday, 20 May 2017 (full day) - Sunday, 21 May (½-day)

    Make plans to attend the District 8 Leadership Conference May 2017 in Colorado!


    • Friday Night - Arrival
    • Saturday - 8 a.m.-8:30 a.m. - Continental Breakfast
    • Saturday - 8:30 a.m.-5:15 p.m. - District Leadership Conference
    • Saturday - 6 p.m. - Optional District Dinner
    • Sunday - 9 a.m.  - noon - District Leadership Conference (continued)

    Cost: The conference is free, but attendees are responsible for their transportation and lodging costs.

    For registration information, please contact Scott Reynolds Scott.Reynolds@jm.com  and Jeff Hayes at Jeff.Hayes@beijerinc.com.

    Trillo Nuclear Information Center Tour

    Last May, ISA UPM members gathered at the Trillo Nuclear information center to observe various nuclear power plant scale models. The information center is next to the power plant, which is located alongside the Tajo River in the municipal area of Trillo in the province of Guadalajara.

    During the tour, an expert technician described the functioning scheme and provided a summary on the main components of Trillo Nuclear Power Plants (primary circuit, secondary circuit, cooling system).

    Student members were delighted to listen to the technician as he provided information through flowcharts and panels for better understanding the system. Furthermore, he enriched the visit with anecdotes and interesting curiosities.

    This was an interesting occasion as students had the opportunity to talk with an automation engineer who works to solve important issues and answer questions about the nuclear power plant automation system.

    While access to the plant itself was restricted, the visit ended with a fabulous view of the plant from the information center.

    UPM Student section at Trillo power plant

    ISA UPM Student Section at the Trillo Nuclear Power Plant

    ISA Spain participates in Matelec Exhibition

    In October of last year, ISA Spain Section President, Francisco Alferez, and past President, Juan Manuel Ferrer, were invited to a roundtable discussion on Industry 4.0 and IIoT in Matelec.

    ISA Spain

    Training course on ATEX installations

    A three-day training course was held in Madrid by the Spain Section in November 2016. The class, on ATEX installations, covered: classification of hazardous areas in installations; handling gases, liquids or flammable powders; modes of protection applied to electrical equipment; intrinsic safety in appliances and systems; descriptive document of an intrinsic safety system; modes of protection applied to non-electrical material; evaluation of the conformity of ATEX products; documentation users must receive from manufacturers; electrical installation, plumbing and cables, static electricity, radiations, and ultrasound; procedures to legalize a new installation, extension or modification in Spain; explosion protection document; and inspections, maintenance and repairs.

    ISA's UPM-ESTII Student Section visits IVECO, CNH Group

    Members of ISA's UPM Student Section had the opportunity to visit the IVECO (Industrial Vehicles Corporation) manufacturing company in November of last year. IVECO is a global manufacturer of light, medium, and heavy commercial vehicles.

    At the beginning of the visit, students toured the boardroom where they enjoyed an IVECO corporate presentation, explaining company fundamental aspects and the assembly plant features. Afterwards, the visit consisted of a guided audio tour (with headphones) explaining the vehicle assembly line. Before the tour, visitors were provided with security information and materials for accessing the assembly plant. Once there, all present observed a truck construction process from scratch.

    All students who participated expressed their appreciation and gratitude for the opportunity.

    Technical Meeting: Enhancing Operating Guidelines

    ISA's Spain Section concluded 2016 with a meeting on Enhancing Operating Guidelines. The meeting covered a variety of topics, including the evolution of operating interfaces, GUI and its influence on the safety and effectiveness of operations, and recommendations when designing GUI. During the second half of the meeting, subject matter experts gathered for a roundtable discussion and participated in a question-and-answer session with attendees.


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