• March 2017 Insights

    SECTION/DISTRICT NEWS                  

    New York Beer Project Tour and Social

    Lockport, NY
    Monday, 13 March 2017
    6 p.m.

    ISA NFS was welcomed by the NYBP team to take a tour of the facilities and brewery! We used this opportunity to reconnect with our members after the tour.New York Beer Project Tour and Social

    The event included:

    • Brewery tour
    • Samples
    • Commemorative sample glass
    • Snacks

    Please contact Dave Lachman, davelachmanee@bellsouth.net or visit www.isaga.org for more information.

    To join ISA Niagara Frontier Section on this tour, please contact Nico De Wilde at: nico.dewilde@imalife.com

    Workshop: ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND AUTOMATION (including IEC 61850)

    Elektro – Corporate Office (Rua Ary Antenor de Souza)
    321, Campinas, SP Brazil
    Tuesday, 21 March 2017
    9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

    The ISA Campinas Section will be hosting a one-day workshop! A day will include presentations with information and updates related to energy efficiency and automation, and an explanation of IEC 61850. Confirmed presentations will be delivered by: BAUMIER Automation, FESTO, Mitsubishi Electric, MOXA, and SIEMENS.

    For information on this workshop, please contact Joao Bassa - joao.bassa@isacampinas.org.br or Marcilio Pongitori -  marcilio.pongitori@isacampinas.org.br.

    Matlab and Simulink Course

    University of Valladolid (Spain)
    Tuesday, 21 March - Tuesday, 4 April 2017
    18:30 p.m. to 21 p.m.

    This course is oriented toward undergraduate students seeking to improve their skills in Matlab and Simulink. Topics that are covered in the course include: programming with Matlab, optimization, simulation in Matlab and Simulink, filters, matrix algebra, data treatment and exercises.

    More information on this special course can be found by visiting http://estudiantes.isa.cie.uva.es/.

    The International Society of Pharmaceutical Engineers Buz Lange Award

    Congratulations to William J. Dugary, who received the ISPE Delaware Valley Chapter 2016 Buz Lange Award. The Buz Lange Award was established in 1995 by John Cocco, the first president of the Delaware Valley Chapter. Since then, it has been given to an individual in the chapter who emulates Buz’s leadership, focus on innovation, teamwork, and service.

    Buz Lange award pic

    ISA TECH EXPO 2017

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

    The exhibitors and The Niagara Frontier Section (NFS) 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.

    Attendees will discover:

    • A dynamic exhibition of solutions in instrumentation, automation, and controls
    • A range of informative and educational seminars
    • Networking opportunities for job hunters and providers
    • Prizes, food, refreshments, and fun

    Five seminars will be held during the day:

    9 a.m. - 10 a.m. - Process Automation and the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) - Tony Delgado

    10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. - Electrical installations for Hazardous Areas - Tom Gilmartin

    11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Overview and Comparison of Gas Detection Sensor Technology- Joel Myerson

    12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. - Control Systems: Trends and Legacy - Nico Dewilde

    2 p.m. - 3 p.m. - Innovative Ethanol Treatment Technologies - Felix Perreillo

    Visit our website, http://www.isa-niagara.org/tech-expo-2017/ , for more information on attending as well as exhibiting.

    Savannah River Section’s April Meeting: Asset Management Systems

    The Cotton Room-Enterprise Mill
    1450 Greene Street, Augusta, GA 30901
    Tuesday, 11 April 2017
    6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    At the April meeting of ISA's Savannah River Section, Control Southern will deliver a presentation on the topic of harnessing the power of smart devices to drive predictive, condition-based maintenance.

    Collaborative and Sensitive Robotics

    The Spain section held a technical meeting in Valladolid led by Prof. José Ignacio Armesto. Prof Armesto spoke on the initiatives of IIoT and how Industry 4.0 is demanding more and more of CBS (Cyberphisic Systems) and robots, and their need to synchronize. The presentation was followed up with a debate, which was open to the public to attend.

    The presentation can be viewed by visiting:

    Seminar on PID Controllers

    University of Santiago de Compostela (A Coruña, Spain)
    Friday evening of 28 April - Saturday morning of 29 April 2017

    A two-day seminar presented by Rafael González, Process Control and Optimization Manager at Petronor, S.A., will focus on PID control loops: their fundamentals, methods of configuration, and practical aspects. The meeting will last for four hours on Friday, with a 30-minute break, and four to five hours on Saturday, with a 30-45-minute break.

    Please join the University of Santiago de Compostela Student Section and be sure to register in advance!

    For registration information, please contact Leticia Vázquez Bengochea at presidencia@isa-usc.org

    2017 District 10 DLC

    Saturday, 29 April - Sunday, 30 April 2017
    Portland Marriott City Center
    520 SW Broadway
    Portland, OR 97205-3424

    District 10 will be hosting the 2017 DLC at the Portland Marriott City Center on Saturday, 29 April 2017 and Sunday, 30 April 2017. Event registration is $95 USD per meeting attendee. The cost includes breaks, light breakfast on both days, and lunch on Saturday. An agenda will be issued separately and posted to the district website in advance of the meeting.

    Accommodations can be booked directly with the hotel (at the preferential rate of $139 USD per night, excluding taxes) via the following link: Book your group rate for ISA District 10 Leadership Conference.

    Register here.

    For more information, visit https://www.isa.org/governance/district10/, contact Ian Verhappen by email iverhappen@icloud.com or ian.verhappen@cima.ca, or by phone by calling +1 403-990-0955.

    Training course on Data Analysis and Big Data in Industry

    Madrid, Spain
    9-11 May 2017
    9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    • Introduction to data analysis
    • Tools for data analysis
    • Projects methodology for Big Data and data analysis
    • Data sources and types for industry
    • Extraction and homogenization of data
    • Exploration analysis
    • Modelling: principles and precautions
    • Analysis automation
    • Introduction to Big Data
    • Tools for Big Data
    • Practical case of Big Data with Hadoop

    Instructors for the course are D. Fernando Diaz Madrigal (Windmill) and Dr. Joaquin Ordieres (UPM).

    For more information on the Spain Section training, please visit http://www.isa-spain.org/actividad.asp?id=318.

    District 8 Leadership Conference

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


    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: Free, but attendees are responsible for their transportation and lodging costs.

    Registration information: Send an email to Scott.Reynolds@jm.com & Jeff.Hayes@beijerinc.com.


    CORFERIAS Bogotá D.C. - Colombia
    14 - 17 June 2017
    8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    Call for Papers

    We are on the edge of a new revolutionary era in industrial automation and the automatic control of industrial processes. Additionally, we are dealing with increasing complexity and uncertainty. The advances in automation in the world over the last decade are undeniable. As a member of the automation and control community, we are interested in learning through your experiences, and we hope that you are ready to learn from the rest of the community.

    One way to get involved in this educational effort is by presenting at the upcoming Congress of Industrial Automation. To do so, you'll first need to submit an abstract. Abstracts can relate to either oral presentations or poster sessions.  The maximum word length for abstracts pertaining to oral presentations is 500 words. For poster presentations, the maximum word length is 200 words. For both types of abstracts, it is requested that the authors promote a better understanding of the processes of automation and control.

    All the abstract submissions must include the following information:

    • Title of abstract
    • Presenting author
    • Corresponding author
    • E-mail of the authors
    • Company of the authors
    • Country
    • Category (oral presentation or poster)
    • Permission to publish the abstract in electronic format (Yes/No)
    • Permission to publish your presentation of PowerPoint or poster in electronic format (Yes/ No)
    • Abstract

    Submit your abstract as Word document to: asistente@isacolombia.org

    Important Dates

    • Submission deadline: 31 March 2017
    • Confirmation of abstract decision: 19 April 2017
    • PowerPoint presentation slides and poster in digital version: 13 May 2017
    • Deadline of author registration: 26 May 2017
    • Congress dates: 14 -17 June 2017

    For more information, visit http://www.feria-automatisa.com/?d=sub&s=1843&p=12246&i=1.

    AIS-ISA Italy Conference and Exhibition

    Castello Di Belgioioso
    Via Dante Alighieri 1, 27011 Belgioioso PV, Italy
    Wednesday, 5 July - Thursday, 6 July 2017

    The Automation Instrumentation Summit® will take place in Castello Belgioioso near Milano, Italy in early July. The worldwide recession prompts us to identify, develop, and implement the most effective strategies for future improvements. At this important conference and exhibition, manufacturing companies will have the opportunity to showcase their products and solutions. Expert speakers will present their papers based on case histories and share their experiences with others gathered at the AIS- ISA Italy conference.

    Critical topics to be covered include:

    • Advances in control systems
    • Control and plant communication
    • The Industrial Internet of Things, 4.0 Cybersecurity
    • Instrumentation and analyzer technology evolution
    • Business and management

    For more information, contact Beatrice Montresor by:

    Birmingham Section Meeting with Paul Gruhn

    The ISA Birmingham Section held its first technical program meeting of the new year on 10 January 2017. An energetic group of 42 attended and were treated to an excellent presentation by guest speaker and ISA Houston Section member, Paul Gruhn of aeSolutions in Houston, Texas, a true expert in the field of industrial safety.

    Gruhn presented "Process Safety; Are We Getting Any Better?," which generated a lot of interest and discussion relating to plant operations and safety systems.  He strongly emphasized that management is largely responsible for ensuring process safety.

    Paul Gruhn
    (Speaker above, Paul Gruhn)

    ISA Bimingham

    Gruhn concluded with four primary points of emphasis:

    1. 1. If process safety management requirements are not being followed effectively, company leaders should be accountable.
    2. 2. Base the company’s insurance premiums on process safety metrics. Any impact on the bottom line always gets the attention of company leaders.
    3. 3. Stop the downsizing and outsourcing. The people working in the plant need to really know the plant.
    4. 4. Finally, everyone could enforce the old DuPont rule. As a DuPont CEO essentially stated a decade or so ago, process safety is easy. Just do what the French did 200 years ago. They passed a law requiring the owner of an explosives facility to live on the property, along with his family.

    Annual Spain Student Sections Meeting

    In February of this year, eight student sections participated in the Fourth Annual Spain Student Sections meeting. More than 20 students and advisors as well six members of the ISA Spain Executive Committee participated. Topics for discussion ranged from publicizing activities to training and financing. A training simulator, developed by the San Juan Bosco Section, was displayed and utilized. Several sections competed on the simulator. Section members enjoyed the challenge, fun, and comeraderie.
    Spain student section

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