• April 2017 Insights

    SECTION/DISTRICT NEWS                  

    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 features courses on basic theory, instrumentation applications, and hands-on training. The classes are taught by field-experienced technical experts.

    ISA Curitiba counts on the important institutional support from the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (PUCPR), which offers its facilities to conduct all courses in Curitiba City (Paraná, Brazil).
    Course schedule is below:

    The event included:

    • 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 training opportunities through ISA’s Curitiba Section, please visit: http://www.isacuritiba.org.br/portal/eventos.php.

    Technical Meeting on DCS and Evolution towards Industry 4.0

    Elektro – Corporate Office (Rua Ary Antenor de Souza)
    Valencia, Spain
    27 April 2017
    4 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.

    Fernando Trucharte (Siemens) will deliver an overview of the history of DCS and different solutions
    (PLC+SCADA vs. DCS). He also will cover the role of DCS in Industry 4.0 concept.

    For information on the location and how to register, please visit:http://www.isa-spain.org/actividad.asp?id=318.

    Data Analysis and Big Data in Industry Training Course

    Madrid, Spain
    9-11 May 2017

    Training course contents:

    1. Introduction to data analysis
    2. Tools for data analysis
    3. Projects methodology for Big Data and data analysis
    4. Data sources and types for industry
    5. Extraction and homogenization of data
    6. Exploration analysis
    7. Modelling: principles and precautions
    8. Analysis automation
    9. Introduction to Big Data
    10. Tools for Big Data
    11. Practical case of Big Data with Hadoop

    The course will be given by D. Fernando Diaz Madrigal (Windmill) and Dr. Joaquin Ordieres (UPM).

    For more information on the location and how to register, please visit http://www.isa-spain.org/actividad.asp?id=323.

    Industrial Risk Analysis and Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) Course

    Hotel Meliá Avenida de América - C/Juan Ignacio Luca de Tena, 36, Madrid, Spain
    10-11 May 2017
    9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

    Scope of the course:

    • Legislation and applicable norms
    • Organization and development of HAZOP studies
    • Criteria for design, operation, and maintenance of Safety Instrumented Systems

    For more information and how to register, please visit http://www.isa-spain.org/actividad.asp?id=323.

    North Texas Section technical presentation:
    Process Model-Based Control by Dr. R. Russell Rhinehart

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

    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.

    This presentation will introduce the concept of process model-based control (PMBC). 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, simplicity, and practicality are 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. 

    For more information on this presentation, please contact Kevin Patel, at knpatel@sig-auto.com.

    ISA Central California Tournament and Table Top Exhibit

    Bakersfield, CA
    18-19 May 2017

    Please join the ISA Central California Section for a golf tournament and automation exhibit. A free Cajun-style feast for lunch will be served during the table top exhibit. Note the dates, locations and times for the two events.

    Golf Tournament
    Rio Bravo Country Club
    15200 Casa Club Dr.
    Bakersfield, CA 93306-9778
    Shotgun start: 1 p.m.
    Thursday, 18 May 2017

    Table Top Exhibit & Cajun Feast
    Veterans Hall
    400 Norris Road
    Bakersfield, CA 93308
    10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
    Friday, 19 May 2017

    To register for the event, please visit www.isacencal.org or contact Ian Harris at ijharris@aeraenergy.com. 

    ISA District 7 Leadership Conference

    Charles Vaughn Training Center
    3737 Mapleshade Lane
    Plano, TX 75075
    19-20 May 2017

    Two key components:

    • Meet and Greet and Dinner: 19 May, 6:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.
    • Conference: 20 May, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    This important conference will provide information relating to the duties of ISA section officers, section organization, and general information on ISA and its structure. All past and incoming officers are encouraged to attend. Sections are also encouraged to send members who are interested in section leadership. The dress for all meetings will be business casual.

    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

    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: 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.

    Spain Section Technical meeting on Collaborative and Sensitive Robotics

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    Professor José Ignacio Armesto (above) delivered a speech on Collaborative and Sensitive Robotics at the Spain Technical meeting in Valladolid on 15 February 2017. A debate open to the attending public followed.

    The speaker emphasized that IIoT and Industry 4.0 are demanding greater collaboration between CBS (Cyberphisic Systems) and robotics.

    Video of the event can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mOpSPuk_B0&feature=youtu.be

    Spain Section technical meeting on DCS and the evolution towards Industry 4.0

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    Attendees gathering before the event on DCS and the evolution towards Industry 4.0

    Fernando Trucharte (Siemens) delivered an hour-long presentation on DCS and the evolution towards Industry 4.0 at the Spain Section technical meeting on 21 February 2017 in Cartagena. Afterwards, there was a debate open to the attending public.

    The conference started with an overview of the history of DCS and the current environment, followed by remarks on the digitalization of industrial processes and the role of DCS in Industry 4.0 era.

    Spain Section technical meeting on industrial applications of drones (RPAS-Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems)

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    The presentation on the industrial application of RPAS

    Álvaro Gómez Villegas (Engineer and Director of CEUS project) and José Manuel Andújar (University of Huelva) delivered a presentation on the practical application of drones at the Spain Section technical meeting on 23 February 2017. This was followed by a colloquium among the attendees.

    Success Stories of Cooperation between Industry and Academia:
    Drinkable Water Networks Monitoring and Optimal Control in Real Time

    Gabriela Cembrano and Vicenç Puig (Agbar and UPC/CSIC) delivered a presentation followed by a colloquium among the attendees at a Spain Section event on 16 March 2017 in Madrid.

    The objective was to give examples on how universities, research institutes, and the industry can work together to develop projects useful for all parties.

    iACT 2017

    Several teams from across South India gathered 4-5 March 2017 at the Manipal Institute of Technology, Manipal University, to participate in and attend several technical events of the iACT - 2017. iACT - 2017, which stands for ISAB Industrial Automation and Control Tech Event Day, is an event organized by the International Society of Automation (ISA) - Bangalore chapter. The event enables engineering colleges and universities across Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamilnadu to showcase their engineering domain knowledge through paper presentations, project exhibitions, technical quizzes, and robot demonstrations.

    Rajesh Rathi, the President of ISA Bangalore Section, delivered the Inaugural address. ISA's Bangalore Section serves as the headquarters of ISA sections in Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamilnadu, providing important technical support. It also provides membership to students and professionals, and furnishes a forum for a healthy exchange of knowledge and technical expertise. Rathi mentioned at the event that four students from ISAB have been invited to Calgary, Alberta, Canada to take part in a student competition to be held at SAIT Polytechnic.

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    Rajesh Rathi

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    A large gathering of students attended.

    International Conference – Air Quality Monitoring Systems

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    On 7 March 2017, the ISA Israel Section hosted a one-day conference on air quality monitoring systems at the Israel Trade Fairs & Convention Center in Tel Aviv, Israel.

    Topics included:

    • Advanced environmental monitoring solutions
    • Fence-line remote monitoring as a solution for upcoming regulatory requirements
    • New challenges in continuous emission monitoring
    • Laser spectroscopy for continuous emissions monitoring
    • Air pollution and odor measurement equipment and services
    • Analyzers and sampling systems: selection, calibration and maintenance aspects

    Industry 4.0 – Challenges and Opportunities for Engineering in Brazil

    On 15 March, ISA São Paulo Section, in partnership with ISA Student Section - POLI-USP, sponsored a technical lecture, "Industry 4.0 - Challenges and Opportunities for Engineering in Brazil," at the Electrical Engineering Amphitheater at the University of São Paulo - USP. The event drew 81 participants. The speakers were: Carlos Paiola, commercial manager of Aquarius Software; and Luiz Roberto Egreja, who is responsible for manufacturing solutions in the business transformation area of Dassault Systèmes in Latin America.

    The lecture file is available for download at http://www.isasp.org.br/conteudos-tecnicos/palestra-tecnica-industria-40-desafios-e-oportunidades-para-a-engenharia-no-brasil.html

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    From left to right: speaker Carlos Paiola, Prof. Claudio Garcia (University of São Paulo), and speaker Luiz Roberto Egreja

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