• February 2017 Insights

    SECTION/DISTRICT NEWS                  

    2017 Training with ISA Curitiba Section

    Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná
    Brazil, Curitiba

    The ISA Curitiba Section has developed a comprehensive training program to meet the needs of industrial automation. This year, the section will offer courses on basic theory, instrumentation applications and hands-on training. The classes are taught by field-experienced technical experts.

    ISA Curitiba relies on and appreciates the important institutional support from the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (PUCPR), which offers its facilities to teach all the courses, in Curitiba City (Paraná, Brazil).

    Course schedule is outlined below:

    • April
      • "Analytical Instrumentation"
    • May
      • "AC Drives and Soft Starters Motors"
    • June     
      • "Basic Instrumentation"
    • July
      • "LEGO EV3 Robotics Prototyping"
    • August
      • "NR12 - Solutions for Adequacy to Processes and Equipment Safety"
    • October
      • "Project Management"

    For more information on the ISA Curitiba Section and the training courses, please visit: www.isacuritiba.org.br

    Toledo Section Exposition and Symposium

    Holiday Inn French Quarter
    10630 Fremont Pike Perrysburg, OH 43551-3354
    Wednesday, 22 March 2017
    11 a.m.- 6 p.m. 

    Mark your calendar and attend this special event! Interact with suppliers of the latest in automation hardware and software.  Enjoy free displays, free lunch, free PDH's, and free technical seminars. Get the chance to win prizes! PDH certifications will be provided. All seminars will be held in the "Forum." Reservations are not required.

    Seminar #1 - ISA 99 - NIST Cybersecurity Framework

    Seminar #2 - Securing your Industrial Network

    Seminar #3 - Vision System Success for Controls Engineers

    Seminar #4 - ANSI B11 Machine Guarding Standards, an Overview

    Door Prizes

    Numerous door prizes will be provided and all attendees are eligible to win.

    Complimentary lunch for all attendees

    Lunch served from noon to 1:30 p.m.

    More than 30 exhibits and more than 150 attendees expected

    Representatives of leading vendors and distributors will be present at more than 30 exhibit booths. On display will be a wide range of products, including the latest in instrumentation, controllers, final control elements, PLC's, DCS, HMI and software (design and application).

    Register today at the following websites:

    Note: Each vendor must register individually as an "attendee" to receive a badge.

    Booth Layout 
    Holiday Inn Depot Layout

    For more information on the Toledo ISA Section Exposition and Symposium, please contact Robert McClellan at scmwingnut3@att.net.

    Production Education Night (PEN) Show

    Columbia County Exhibition Center
    212 Partnership Drive, Georgetown, GA 30813
    Tuesday, 14 March 2017
    4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    The Production Education Night (PEN) Show is one of the largest exhibitions of instrumentation, controls, and electrical products in the Southeast.  Attendees will attend seminars on 3D Printing, Cybersecurity, and LED Lighting.  Free for attendees.  A fee is required for all exhibitors.

    For more information on this show, please contact Dave Lachman, via email at davelachmanee@bellsouth.net, or by phone at +1 706-799-9222.

    ISA TECH EXPO 2017

    Marriott Inn, Amherst, NY
    Tuesday, 4 April 2017
    8 a.m.

    The ISA Niagara Frontier Section and participating exhibitors are proud to announce this year's annual trade show. Coupled with educational instrumentation and automation seminars, this event is a must-attend for Engineers, Technicians, Educators, Consultants and Technology Buffs.

    • Exhibit of instrumentation, automation and controls
    • Informative and educational Seminars
    • Networking for job hunters and providers
    • Prizes, Food, Drinks and Fun!

    For more information on attending or exhibiting, please visit http://www.isa-niagara.org/tech-expo-2017/.

    Process Modes Based Control by Dr. R. Russell Rhinehart

    Hilton Garden Inn-Dallas
    1001 W. President George Bush Turnpike
    Richardson, Texas 75080
    Friday, 19 May 2017
    11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

    Please join the ISA North Texas Section for a technical presentation!

    This presentation will introduce the concept of process model-based control. Can we use engineers' process models (first-principles models) in process control?  The answer is "Yes, we can." and the benefits have been demonstrated.  Techniques that combine functionality with simplicity and practicality for industry are process model-based control (PMBC), generic model control (GMC) and predictive functional control (PFC).  Unlike, "big model" APC applications, these model-based controllers can be implemented by in-house engineers, within PLC and DCS computers. These simple approaches typically are multi-input single-output (MISO) structures, and are appropriate where process nonlinearity requires continual retuning of PI(D) controllers. 

    Please contact Kevin Patel at knpatel@sig-auto.com for more details on this presentation.

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

    Cost: 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. 


    Praxair Technology Center Tour

    In January, the ISA Niagara Frontier Section toured the Praxair Technology Center (PTC). The tour highlighted some of the work that is taking place at the Praxair Tonawanda location.  Praxair, Inc. is a leading industrial gas company in North and South America and one of the largest worldwide. Praxair relies on approximately 26,000 employees in more than 50 countries, with about 10,000 employed in the US. More than 1,200 Praxair engineers, scientists, and support staff associates work at the PTC in the departments of:  Research and Development, Logistics, Operations, Global Engineering & Procurement, and North America Project Execution.

    Training in Spain with Repsol Master on Instrumentation & Control

    This past December and early January, the ISA Spain Section continued training on Repsol Master on Instrumentation and Control modules focusing on instruments installation and instrumentation and control engineering.

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    ISA Saudi Arabia Members Appreciation Night

    The ISA Saudi Arabian Section (ISA-SAS) conducted its first meeting on 25 January. The meeting program included special annual appreciation of ISA members who have made substantial contributions and achievements. Those recognized were members who obtained ISA Certified Automation Professional®(CAP®) certification; members who helped recruit new members; and members who have demonstrated loyalty and commitment by attending all 2016 dinner meetings.

    The program included a technical presentation by Dr. Ghalib A. Al Hashim, an ISA member and Sr. Engineering Consultant at Saudi Aramco, titled "Game-Changer Innovation for Process Automation Industry to Minimize Proprietary Systems." The presentation updated the recent Saudi Aramco and KFUPM collaboration on the developed game-changer innovation for the process automation industry. This technology is based on a standard and vendor- independent process control solution to avoid premature capital investment due to vendor-driven cyclical automation obsolescence challenges. The benefit of this new technology, to automation users, is twofold: It addresses obsolescence of existing automation systems and optimizes future process automation capital investment for new processing facilities.

    More than 80 process control and automation professionals-including end users, technology providers, and representatives of academia-attended the event. Abdullah Alkhalifah, ISA Saudi Arabia Section President, addressed the attendees to emphasize the vision and leading role that the ISA Saudi Arabia Section strives to achieve. Abdullah stressed that the ISA Saudi Arabia vision goes far beyond conducting typical sales and marketing presentations. The ISA Saudi Arabia Section is embarking on efforts to support the local community by providing an umbrella for initiatives that deliver added value and innovation and address current challenges. 

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