• ISA Oman Conference and Exhibition

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    The 1st ISA Oman Conference and Exhibition took place on the 23rd and 24th of January 2017 at the Grand Hyatt, Muscat.

    The event was hosted by the newly chartered ISA Oman Section in efforts by the section to join the ISA's global community, allow greater access to global automation knowledge among Oman's ISA membership base, and to enable vendors and technology experts take part in various seminars, conferences and exhibitions, and training courses.

    Although this initiative was started by members of Petroleum Development Oman (PDO), it is designed for all of you to engage in. Don't just be an observer, become an active member of the community, emphasized Mohammed Loch, President & CEO of DMS Global and Director, Industry Development for ISA.

    The event hosted by Salim Hamed Al Hinai, Function Head of Control and Automation at PDO, as the first president of ISA Oman stated, "ISA Oman has been formed to disseminate high-quality, non-biased automation information to Oman. We do that by building worldwide bridges among automation engineers, vendors, colleges and universities, EPCs, consultants, technology suppliers and the international automation society. Our aim is to improve overall knowledge, synergies and collaboration."

    The conference session covered four main topics: Functional Safety & SIS, Industrial Control Systems Cybersecurity, Process Analyzers, and Flow Metering. The topics were split into six tracks over the course of two days. The conference tracks were selected based on a survey conducted with the engineering and automation community. The four tracks have been shortlisted based on our automation community needs and the focus areas, explained Event Chair Saud Al-Fahdi, Deputy Control and Automation Discipline Head at PDO.

    Eighty-nine companies were represented at the event with more than 250 participants, 14 sponsors, 23 exhibitors, and 34 speakers involved.

    Thanks to all the sponsors and partners for their support in making the 1st ISA Oman Conference and Exhibition a success.

    ISA Pune Section Annual Day and AGM 

    The ISA AGM was held 18 March 2017 at The Senate Business Centre. After a summary of 2016 activities, the president urged all members to work with vigour as sufficient momentum has been gained in the last year. Memberships have reached a record high for the Pune Section and some of the difficulties, relating to payment for membership fees in India, have been resolved. A new team of members for 2017 were elected and pledged to carry forward the momentum of bringing in more members for the ISA Pune Section.

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    IEC61511 standard updates and how it impacts users of safety systems 

    This past March, the ISA Trinidad Section held a seminar on designing and delivering a IEC61508-compliant safety system and how important it is to ensure the equipment executes safety functions reliably. This session highlighted several changes to IEC61511 standard and how these changes impact users with respect to safety lifecycle management. One key change introduced in the standard focused on security.

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    TechnoPHILIA 2017 

    On 24-25 March 2017, The Department of Electronics Engineering at MIT Academy of Engineering (MITAOE), Alandi, Pune (an autonomous institute affiliated to the Savitribai Phule Pune University (SPPU), Pune.) successfully conducted "TechnoPHILIA 2017," a national-level technical paper presentation and project competition held in association with ISA Pune Section. The competition received an overwhelmingly positive response from the student fraternity.

    A total of 140 students from 14 different colleges and departments registered for and participated in the paper and project competition. The following is the list of colleges that participated in the competition:

    1. BVBCET,Hubli,Karnataka
    2. N. B. Navale college of Engineering, Solapur.
    3. K. K. Wagh institute of Engg Education and Research, Nashik
    4. Government College of Engineering Awasari
    5. A.I.S.S.M.S Institute of Information technology Pune
    6. Army Institute of Technology, Pune
    7. PES Modern College of Engineering, Pune
    8. Trinity College of Engineering and Research
    9. Dr. D Y Patil School of Engineering & Technology
    10. BVCOEW, Pune
    11. Ajeenkya D.Y. Patil University
    12. Sinhgad Academy of Engg. Pune
    13. Indira College of Engineering and Management, Pune
    14. MIT Academy of Engineering, Alandi

    In all, 30 student groups participated in the paper presentation competition component and 23 student groups participated in project competition component. Some of student teams participated in both activities.

    The event began with the formal Inaugural function. M. D. Goudar, HoD Electronics Engineering;

    Sujata Tilak, President ISA Pune Section;  Sandeep Shroff (ISA Student Chapter Mentor); Anoop Dasgupta (ISA Member); Amit Saxena (ISA Member); and Prof. Preethi M. were present on the dais. The function was initiated by a welcome speech given by Rameel Khan, Student coordinator TechnoPHILIA, and followed with the lighting of traditional lamp. Following was an inspiring address by ISA Pune Section President Sujata Tilak that informed the students about advantages of becoming a student member of a professional organization such as ISA. Shilpa K. Rudrawar, coordinator of TechnoPHILIA, briefed everyone on the agenda of TechnoPHILIA 2017.

    The entire activity was very well organized. The first day's events commenced with technical paper presentation sessions. The students presented their papers in a professional and structured way. The topics of the papers were innovative and of high technical quality. The participants made great efforts to explain topics and defend the subject matter presented.  Comments and observations of the panel of judges were delivered and received in a constructive manner.

    The second day's events commenced with the project competition. The students demonstrated their projects and enthusiastically explained their project objectives and areas of emphasis.

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    A team of distinguished and qualified judges was formed to evaluate the papers and projects. The following was the list of the judges for TechnoPHILIA 2017

    1. Sujata Tilak, President, ISA Pune Section
    2. Rupesh Gupta, Managing Director, Klug Avelon
    3. Sandeep Shroff, Professional Consultant
    4. Anoop Dasgupta, Professional Consultant
    5. Ravi Maknikar, Marketing Head, Zenith Systems
    6. Bhushan Pawar, Mugdha Systems
    7. Amit Saxena, Professional Consultant
    8. Preeti M., Professor, College of Engg, Pune
    9. Ranjit Kumar, Nutan Infotronics

    Given the quality of the projects and papers presented,  the judges were highly challenged to determine the winning entrants.

    The winners of the paper competition are listed below.


    Prize Money

    Name of participants

    Paper title




    Rs. 1000/-


    Rameel Khan, Abhay Bhujbal


    IoT enabled automated warehouse service




    Rs. 800/-

    Dhairya Gupta,

    Monali, Puja, Himani


    Brain tumor detection




    Rs. 500/-

    Sachin Moze,

    Saurabh Ghavate


    Wood-carving robot


    The winners of the project competition are listed below.


    Prize Money

    Name of participants

    Paper title




    Rs. 2000/

    Kishore Ubale, Karan Shinde, Kirankumar Panchal


    Surface touch




    Rs. 1500/-

    Rameel Khan, Abhay Bhujbal

    IoT enabled automated warehouse service




    Rs. 750/- each

    Karishma Attar, Vinit Patil

    Website vulnerability scanner

    Vaibhav Bhandare, Vishal Dhongade, Pravin Ghalake


    7-Level multilayer inverter

    The function was finally concluded with a "vote of thanks." The event was a grand success due to constructive efforts of the ISA Pune Chapter Team, industry experts, MIT AOE Team i.e. management, director, HoD, faculties, non-teaching staff, and all student coordinators.

    ISA Netherlands Section College Tour Kick-Off 

    On Thursday 30 March, the ISA Netherlands Section kicked off the college tour that it organized this year. During the college tour, several theme evenings will be organized at various educational institutions in The Netherlands. Through the college tour, ISA Netherlands Section aims to connect students and companies with each other. The first theme evening was hosted by Actemium Veghel Edulab for the members of ISA Netherlands Section and other interested professionals. The participants were welcomed in the Edulab with sandwiches and soup offered by the host for the evening and sponsor of ISA Netherlands Section, Actemium.

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    After a short welcoming introduction by Marcel Jutte, President of ISA Netherlands Section, secretary Ronald Kouwenhoven provided an overview of the agenda and introduced the evening's speakers. Presentation topics focused on functional safety, cybersecurity and alarm management.

    Functional Safety

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    Actemium's Johan van Lent delivered a presentation on functional safety and ISA-84 standard. He explained the value and advantages of the standard as well as accompanying legislation in the process automation world.

    The ISA-84 standard "Functional Safety" (better known as the IEC 61511) has been established for almost 20 years. Functional safety encompasses the detection of a potentially dangerous condition, which results in bringing the process into a safe state in a timely fashion.

    During this time, the standard has evolved through market changes. For example, current systems are more integrated in order to increase and improve data exchange.


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    Michael Theuerzeit, on behalf of Hudson Cybertec (a sponsor of ISA Netherlands Section), addressed the audience with a presentation that focused on the vulnerabilities within industrial automation and control systems (IACS) environments. He discussed the differences between IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operational Technology) and explained why vulnerability analysis within the OT/IACS domain requires a different approach.

    After elaborating on the significance of the three pillars of cybersecurity (people, organization and technique), Theuerzeit highlighted the importance of the IEC 62443 series of IACS security standards. He emphasized that IEC 62443 addresses the specific requirements of IACS environments, mitigates and offsets cyber vulnerabilities; and improves overall cybersecurity.

    At the conclusion, the audience received some guidance and suggestions on how organizations can take initial steps toward  enhancing industrial cybersecurity.

    Alarm Management

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    Ruud Timmermans and Pieter Dekker of Euro Tank Terminal (ETT) delivered a joint presentation about alarm management.  They explored in detail  how ETT used the ISA-18.2 standard to successfully reduce the number of alarms at the terminal.

    The co-hosted presentation also covered: alarm basics, alarm properties, and how plant and facility personnel should manage various alarms based on their respective roles and responsibilities.


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    At the end of the theme evening, guests took part in a guided tour around Actemium's Edulab, after which they discussed the experience during refreshments.  The Edulab enables students to simulate actual industrial installations and work on projects with a large degree of freedom-applying tomorrow's techniques today.  More information about the Edulab can be found at https://edulab.actemium.nl/  

    Continuation of College Tour

    Throughout 2017, the ISA Netherlands Section college tour will visit several other educational institutions. Theme evenings will be organized at The Hague University, the Avans University of Applied Sciences, and the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht.

    State-level Project Competition 

    On 6 April 2017, The Instrumentation Department of Vishwakarma Institute of Technology, Pune, organized a state-level project competition in association with the ISA Pune Section for all final-year students from the circuit branches of Engineering. The main objective was to allow students to showcase their innovative engineering capabilities through their final-year projects.

    Twenty-eight teams from different institutes around the state participated in the competition. Students from BVB College of Engineering, Hubli, VIT College Nagpur, MIT College, Sinhgad College, D Y Patil College and VIT College participated in the competition. The participants were fortunate to be judged by highly qualified ISA members from the instrumentation industry.


    1. RMD Sinhgad School of Engineering, Warje, Pune (agricultural automation with disease monitoring system)
    2. B. V. B. College of Engineering and Technology, Hubli  (smart parking on time shared basis- share-park-earn)
    3. MIT Academy of Engineering, Alandi  (position control of flexible link manipulator in presence of disturbances)

     Appreciation prizes

    1. Vishwakarma Institute of Technology, Pune (3-D printer for rapid prototyping)
    2. MIT Academy of Engineering, Alandi (disturbance rejection of servo systems using classical control theory)

    Control Valves under Severe Conditions 

    In early April, the ISA Spain Section hosted a three-day course lectured by Antonio Campo, a professional with more than 40 years of experience in control valves. Actual industrial equipment, lent by some of the section's sponsors, was demonstrated.


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    Industrial networks workshop 

    On 18 April, the ISA Campinas Section conducted another successful monthly workshop. The workshop took place at the São Carlos Federal University with the support of the university's Electrical Engineering Department. More than 100 professionals enjoyed presentations from BECKHOFF, MOXA, BELDEN and PHOENIX CONTACTS, covering a wide range of matters. Topic discussed included: twisted pairs, the Ethernet, EtherCAT, integration of industrial protocols, and Profinet and Proficloud. The crowd participated actively in the Q&A sections.

    Innovative Trends in Instrumentation, Electronics and Automation 

    The ISA Student Section at B S Abdur Rahman University organized a one-day event on 4  April 2017.  Jayaharan C.J., Senior Manager of the Automation Division for Ramco Systems Limited, and an ISA member, was instrumental in inaugurating the event. An audience of more than 100 was on hand as 50 students presented electrical, instrumentation and computer science related papers. Certificates were given to all registered participants. The winner of each session received a Best Paper Award, which included a trophy and certificate.

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    Tampa Bay Section tours PepsiCo's Tampa facility 

    The Tampa Bay Section of the ISA held a plant tour of the Pepsi Tampa facility on Tuesday, 18 April hosted by Jeff Russell, South Region Engineering Manager, Pepsi Beverages Company.  The tour was attended by more than 20 members.

    PepsiCo has recently installed a new state-of-the-art, high-speed bottling line at the Tampa plant.  This line is capable blowing its own bottles from small test-tube sized "pre-forms," applying labels, filling and capping bottles using a new "ErgoBloc" integrated blowmolder, labeler, and filler at 730 bottles per minute.  It also includes a new shrink packer machine that can make 24 or 32 pack cases, and a low level robotic palletizer.  It has a fully automated flavor and size-change process that can perform flavor changes in 10 minutes, and bottle/size changes in under 30 minutes.  The line introduces new automation and safety technologies, along with new sustainable training methods, and automated data collection, and reporting.  Also included is breakthrough condition-based monitoring of critical machine parameters.  The equipment can automatically trigger maintenance inspections and PMs based on real-time conditions rather than strictly time based as is done today at the plant.

    Instrumentation and control training 

    The ISA Student Section from Universidad Politecnica de Madrid organized a four-day training course in April. The students who attended exhibited great interest in the course. Instructors were Julio Fernandez at Intecsa and Angel Arranz at Emerson.

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    Workshop: Industrial Wireless Solutions 

    Solvay Paulínia's Plant (Mansão Rhodia) Auditorium
    Paulínia - SP, Brazil
    Tuesday, 16 May 2017
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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    Please join the ISA Campinas Section for a free one-day workshop to learn and discuss industrial wireless solutions!

    Confirmed presenters include:

    • NOVUS - Safety and availability on wireless industrial solutions
    • SIEMENS - Reliability, safety and performance on industrial wireless applications
    • FESTO - Industry 4.0 and digital pneumatics
    • BAUMIER Automation - Industrial equipment remote wireless solutions
    • OMEGA - Industrial wireless solutions
    • MOXA - Demystifying industrial wireless solutions

    All attendees are welcome to enjoy a free brunch and develop their professional networks.
    For more information on this event, please visit: http://www.isacampinas.org.br/detalhamento/?t=curso&curso=39 

    Industrial Flow Measurement Training with ISA Campinas 

    Rua Barão de Paranapanema, 146 Conj. 51 Bloco C - Campinas - SP - Brazil
    Monday, 23 May - Tuesday, 24 May 2017
    8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    Please gather with the ISA Campinas Section for a two-day class covering:  

    • Instrumentation introduction
    • Flow measurement:  introduction, definitions, physical concepts, flow conditions
    • Industrial piping and pumping flow: gas, steam, air compressed, liquids and flammables
    • Flow instruments: types, characteristics, sizing, selection, specification and installation
    • Enclosures and cases: weather protection and explosion proof
    • Representation (symbols), standards and data sheets

    Details on this class can be found at the Campinas Section website: http://www.isacampinas.org.br/detalhamento/

    ISA Spain Annual Conference 

    Hotel Meliá Avenida de América
    Madrid - C/Juan Ignacio Luca de Tena, 36
    Thursday, 8 June 2017
    9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    This year's conference focuses on "Automation and Control in the SMART era." Presentations and colloquia about the subject will be delivered and ISA Spain awards will be presented to the top participant in the following categories: Professional, Student Work, Media and Sponsor.

    More information on the conference can be found by visiting: http://www.isa-spain.org/


    Corferias, Bogotá D.C., Colombia
    Wednesday, 14 June - Saturday, 17 June 2017
    8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    The Bogota International Business and Exhibitions Center - Corferias - and the Colombian Association of Professionals in Industrial Instrumentation and Automation - ISA Colombia - are holding the sixth version of this specialized event. Exhibitors will demonstrate the latest in: industrial automation, plant instrumentation and intelligence, plant safety and security in Central America, the Andean Region and the Caribbean.

    Domestic and international experts will present new technologies to improve production, engineering, and management in Colombian industries.

    Exhibitor Profile 

    Automatisa 2017 exhibitors are manufacturers, vendors, distributors and industrial automation product marketers for industrial automation and instrumentation and plant intelligence products for industries including:

    • Industrial process automation
    • Industrial communications (network administration and wiring)
    • Computing and communications equipment for the industry
    • Product life cycle management (design and engineering software)
    • Engineering and consultancy
    • Instrumentation and measurement
    • Plan intelligence
    • Asset management and maintenance
    • Robotics
    • Cybersecurity
    • Industrial safety
    • Process safety
    • Other industries

    Visitor Profile

    Automatisa 2017 receives professional attendees from the oil, mining, energy, cybersecurity, industrial safety, food and beverage, paper, plastic, cardboard and other industries.

    Attendees include:

    • Project directors
    • Plant - sales managers
    • Superintendents
    • Supervisors
    • Operators
    • Engineers - technical and bachelor degrees
    • Systems and equipment integrators
    • Consultants
    • Manufacturers
    • Suppliers
    • Students
    • Buyers
    • Technology end-users
    • Leaders in the fields of IT, automation and control

    For more information, please contact Santiago Riaño at mriano@corferias.com.

    6th Annual ISA Lafayette Section Sporting Clay Shootout 

    G.O.L. Shooting Range
    11919 LA-697, Maurice, LA 70555
    Saturday, 17 June 2017
    8 a.m.

    The ISA Lafayette Section's 2017 annual fundraiser benefits UL Lafayette Engineering Project Teams and local high school FIRST® Robotics Competition Challenge Teams.

    Go to www.isa-lafayette.org to sign up your team today! Individual shooters welcome!

    Accepting $50-$100 door prize donations or become a sponsor!

    For more information on how to become a sponsor or make donations, please go to the section website: www.isa-lafayette.org or call any of the event coordinators:

    ISA Toronto Pharma- Food-Beverage Exposium 2017 

    Sandman Signature Mississauga Hotel

    5400 Dixie Road, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada, L4W 4T4
    Thursday, 22 June 2017
    10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Please join the ISA Toronto section for a mini-symposium with tabletop expo, which includes technical presentations and product presentations by GTA leading automation equipment and services suppliers.

    For more details please contact Sophia Prokh at isatoronto.org@gmail.com     

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