• October 2018

    ISA Insights

    President’s Message Insights Oct main img

    Working together to keep ISA focused on achieving its critical objectives

    By Brian Curtis, 2018 ISA President

    This month’s ISA Annual Leaders Meeting brings ISA leaders together to assess the state of the Society, consider strategies and actions to improve operational results, conduct training sessions for new leaders, plan for leadership succession, celebrate achievements, and promote fellowship. More...

    In memoriam: David Nolan Bishop

    David Nolan Bishop—an ISA Fellow, the 1991-92 ISA President, and a Society member for 47 years—died 19 September 2018 at the age of 78. More....

    ISA announces appointment of Executive Director Mary Ramsey

    Ramsey, who has been serving as ISA's Interim Executive Director since January of this year, has more than 25 years of industrial automation experience, specializing in leadership, change management, and strategy development/execution.  More... 

    New standard specifies cybersecurity capabilities for control system components

    The newly published ISA/IEC 62443-4-2-2018, Security for Industrial Automation and Control Systems: Technical Security Requirements for IACS Components, provides the cybersecurity technical requirements for components that make up an IACS. More... 

    ISA salutes 2018 author award recipients

    ISA is proud to announce the recipients of its 2018 author awards presented annually by ISA’s Publications Department. Winners are recognized for their editorial contributions to a wide range of ISA publications, including ISA books; InTech, ISA’s bi-monthly magazine; and ISA Transactions.  More... 

    Register today for PCS 2018—Process Industry Event, 30 October – 1 November in Houston

    This process industry event will feature expanded, more comprehensive technical content to reach a broader range of professionals in the energy processing and process manufacturing industries. Get all the details about and register to attend this exciting, revamped event today.  More... 

    Stay informed on ISA section and district news

    Keep up to date on the important events and activities occurring at the section-and district-level of the Society in this regular feature of ISA Insights. More…

    ISA News

    ISA announces recipients of 2018 author awards

    New ISA/IEC standard specifies cybersecurity capabilities for control system components  

    Technical Knowledge on Demand

    On ISA Interchange

    How to Optimize Industrial Evaporators

    How to Calibrate a Thermocouple

    Three Decades of Life with Pipeline Leak Detection



    Inside InTech

    Features: System Integration
    Steam trap monitoring enables predictive maintenance

    By Tom Bass

    Features: Automation IT
    Scale and scope

    By J. Patrick Kennedy, Ph.D.

    Special Section: Process Safety
    Shipped NGL producer improves commissioning, troubleshooting, and safety

    By Glenn Schulz

    Web Exclusive
    Strong organizations build a deep bench for leadership

    By Chad Storlie

    Meet our Members

    Q&A with Chris Monchinski 

    Chris Monchinski serves as Vice President of Manufacturing Intelligence at Automated Control Concepts, Inc., a systems integrator specializing in information technology solutions for industrial automation and manufacturing companies. Within ISA, Monchinski serves as Vice President-Elect of the ISA Standards and Practices Board and as Co-Chair of the ISA95 committee on enterprise-to-control system integration.  More...

    Upcoming Industry Events

    Technician Training Boot Camp (TTBC)

    5-9 November 2018

    ISA Headquarters RTP, NC (Greater Raleigh Area) USA

    Automation Engineering Survival Training (AEST)

    12-16 November 2018

    ISA Headquarters

    RTP, NC (Greater Raleigh Area) USA

    ISA PCS 2018 – Process Industry Event

    Training: 29 October

    Conference: 30 October – 1 November

    Houston, Texas USA


    Notable ISA Technical Resources

    ISA Technical Training

    Fire & Gas System Engineering: Performance-Based Methods for Process Facilities (EC56P)
    5-7 November 2018
    Newark, DE USA

    Process Automation Boot Camp for Non-Maintenance Personnel (PABC)
    12-16 November 2018

    Columbia, IL (Greater St. Louis Area) USA

    Certified Control Systems Technician® (CCST®) Level II Exam Review Course (TS02)
    26-29 November 2018
    ISA Headquarters

    RTP, NC (Greater Raleigh Area) USA

    Free Live and On-Demand ISA Webinars

    Automation Education Network
    Your free portal to ISA’s ever-expanding library of webinars (both live and on-demand) that are organized by type, technical topic, and ISA brand. Stay current with trends and changes in the marketplace. Connect to ISA’s Automation Education Network today.


    ISA Technical Publications

    Buzz on Books

    Automation Fundamentals

    A Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge, Third Edition

    Edited by Nick Sands and Ian Verhappen

    Flow Measurement Second Edition

    By David W Spitzer

    Analytical Instrumentation

    By R. E. Sherman, Editor, and L. Rhodes, Associate Editor

    Fundamentals of Industrial Control, Second Edition

    By D.A. Coggan

    Maintenance of Instruments & Systems, Second Edition

    Edited by Lawrence D. Goettsche

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