• June Work Shop - Industry 4.0 and IIoT

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    June Work Shop - Industry 4.0 and IIoT
    Flextronics Instituto de Tecnologia
    Av. Liberdade 6.315
    Sorocaba, SP, BRASIL
    Tuesday, 20 June 2017
    9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    Please join the ISA Campinas Section for a free one-day workshop to learn and discuss Industry 4.0 + IIoT as well as develop professional networks. Technical presentations confirmed by SIEMENS, FESTO, BECKHOFF, DAKOL, ADVANTECH, BAUMIER and FITFLEX.

    Free brunch will be served to attendants to enjoy!

    St. Louis Section – June 2017 Special Event

    No Way Out Escape Room
    Wednesday, 21 June 2017
    4:45 p.m.

    Are you ready to put your problem-solving skills to the test? Come join us for our first-ever Escape Room adventure. We are trying to beat the statistic that less than 30% of teams can successfully solve the problem in 60 minutes or less. As a group of automation professionals, we are built for this kind of mission and ready to work together to try and set a record.
    We will celebrate the adventure with food and drinks following the adventure.
    For additional details and to reserve your spot on the team visit ISA St Louis Section Event or contact programming@isastl.org. 

    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 presentation by GTA leading automation equipment and services suppliers.

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

    SIS Training Course 

    Rua Barão de Paranapanema 146 - Bloco C, Conj. 51 Bosque
    Campinas, SP, BRASIL
    Tuesday, 27 June – Wednesday, 28 June 2017
    8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

    SIS Training course
    This valuable course addresses the engineering requirements for the specification, design, analysis and justification of Instrumented Security Systems (SIS) in process industries. It will also present guidelines on how to determine Safety Integrity Levels (SIL) and how to evaluate whether proposed or existing systems meet the performance and documentation requirements defined by ISA 84 (IEC61511).

    Please visit the ISA Campinas Section webpage for more information, ISA Campinas Section webpage.  

    ISA District 12 Leadership Conference 

    Tocq Hotel
    Via Alessio di Tocqueville 7/D
    Milano, Italy 20154
    Friday, 7 July – Saturday, 8 July 2017

    The ISA Italy Section is pleased to organize the District 12 Leadership Conference 2017 and honored to welcome you to Milano. The conference will take place in the Tocq Hotel, on Friday, 7 July (all day) and Saturday, 8 July (half day). DLC 2017 will gather leaders, delegates and members of the International Society of Automation local sections from Europe, Russia, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) and representatives from Belgium, England, France, Ireland, Italy, Russia, Qatar, Spain, St. Petersburg, with an expected attendance from The Netherlands. The aim of the DLC is to increase everyone’s knowledge of ISA to help sections grow, to network with other ISA members and have some fun.

    The program will consist of the following:
    7 July – Arrival, DLC, lunch & Gala Dinner
    8 July – Cocktails  

    Dress code for the conference is business casual. 

    Conference Registration
    $120 Euro
    Payments will be made online only
    No credit cards

    For Tocq Hotel information please visit: www.tocq.it.

    Should you need any assistance during your stay please do not hesitate to contact Ugo Baggi, ISA Italy Section President via phone at +393357269296, Silvia Levi by email, Silvia.Levi@baggi.com or the ISA Italy Section at isaitaly@aisisa.it

    ISA EXPO Campinas 2017 

    Ginásio UNISAL
    Rua Arthur Paioli, s/n
    Campinas, SP, BRASIL
    Tuesday, 19 September 2017
    10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    ISA Expo Campinas

    This is the biggest regional automation expo and networking event in the area. More than 2,000 visitors are expected. Numerous technical presentations are already scheduled.
    Please visit http://www.isaexpocampinas.org.br/visitantes/credenciamento/ for more details.

    SAMSON Expertise on ISA Standards 

    The ISA Edmonton Section reached out to Dave Robinson, long-time ISA activist and General Manager at SAMSON Controls Canada and Vice President Sales, Oil & Gas North America, SAMSON Controls Inc., for his expertise on ISA standards.

    At the 2016 ISA Fall Classic golf tournament, a highly compelling expert panel discussion was held at lunch. The topic was: How do you use ISA standards in your day-to-day business?  Dave discussed how he has been an active ISA Edmonton Section member at both the local and international level for many years, and was pleasantly surprised with the variety of ISA standards being used and the passion for which they were held. Some of the standards that were mentioned included: P&ID Symbols (ISA 5.1), Specification Forms (ISA 20), Alarm Management (ISA 18), and Control Valves (ISA 75).

    The most widely used and popular ISA standards include: P&ID Symbols (the first ISA standard), Alarm Management (ISA 18), HMI (ISA 101), and Diagnostics (ISA 108). The newest ISA standard in development is Cybersecurity (ISA 99). 

    SAMSON is a control valve company that uses the SP75 Series of Standards.  A lot of these standards are primarily static, as you wouldn't want to change the Control Valve Face-to-Face dimensions' standard (ISA75.08) on an annual basis. However, as technology, international cooperation and empirical knowledge increase, there is a need to develop the Control Valve Flow Capacity Sizing Equations standard (ISA75.01), Considerations for Evaluating Control Valve Cavitation standard (ISA75.23) and Laboratory Measurement of Aerodynamic Noise Generated by Control Valves standard (ISA75.07).

    ISA standards have a five-year shelf life so scope groups are developed to ensure the data is relevant and re-certified.

    When it comes to ISA standards one thing Dave highlighted is that ISA is a volunteer society. This means that Society members and standard users are invited to participate on the standards committees that affect their jobs or company practices.

    Participating on ISA standards committees allowed him to communicate more effectively with SAMSON's R&D department in Germany and, together with his participation on the various ISA governance committees, has contributed to his experience required to be on SAMSON's Board of Directors. 

    To prepare yourself for today's economic climate, experience needs to be gained in a variety of ways. Dave encourages more to get involved with ISA to gain experience! The ISA Edmonton Section hosts many events where you can increase your knowledge about and how to use ISA's standards.

    ISA Spain Section with engineering contractors 

    This past April, the ISA Spain Section organized the second meeting with Engineering Contractors. Subjects discussed during the meeting were: Reducing Engineering costs, How Industry 4.0 and IIot is affecting Engineering and New ISA Spain book on Instrumentation Engineering.

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    ISA Spain meeting with Engineering Contractors

    ISA Spain Section technical meeting on collaborative and sensitive robotics 

    After the success of a meeting in Valladolid, this meeting was repeated in May in Barcelona.
    Prof. José Ignacio Armesto gave a speech on the subject followed by a debate open to the public attending. Initiatives such as IIoT and Industry 4.0 are demanding more and more of CBS (Cyberphysics Systems) and robots and their need to collaborate.

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    ISA Spain Technical meeting on Collaborative and Sensitive Robotics in Barcelona 

    ISA Birmingham’s 47th Annual Fundamentals of Industrial Automation, Instrumentation, and Controls Training

    The ISA Birmingham Section, in cooperation with Auburn University, conducted the 47th Annual “Fundamentals of Industrial Automation, Instrumentation, and Controls” training class in Birmingham, Alabama 2-4 May 2017 at the offices of KBR Engineering. This undertaking served as an excellent example of a cooperative effort between industry, academia, and a technical organization. David Hyche (KBR) made the arrangements to set up this partnership between KBR, ISA Birmingham Section, and Auburn University.

    The instructors were David Haynes (KBR), Geoffrey Johnson (Rockwell Automation), Barry Farris (PASS), Chris Sorensen (Southern Company Services), and Gerald Wilbanks (DES), all local participants in the control system field in Birmingham. They volunteer to give of their time and experiences to provide insight for the class participants. The attendees were from Daiken America, KBR, Lhoist, Nucor Steel, Mississippi Power, and Nucon Power (Oregon). The evaluation sheets indicated that the class was well received and the attendees benefitted from the class sessions over the three days.

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    Figure 1: The class participants came from 6 organizations in 3 states. 

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    Figure 2: Instructor Geoffrey Johnson makes a key point about control.

    May meeting of ISA’s St. Louis Section  

    ISA’s St. Louis Section was honored to have one of its section ISA Fellows, Joe Ruder, lead an engaging discussion on “Mentoring the Next Generation.“ He was joined by his mentee or protégé, Mike Ehret. The group was so engaged in the discussion, including those in the group in their 20s and 30s, that even after the meeting officially ended, discussion continued for almost another hour!

    Sharing knowledge and experience is a key component to the long-term success and stability within our automation community. There were discussions of failures and successes, but many comments reflected the signs of improvements occurring. There is solid cost justification for companies to ensure knowledge doesn’t leave when people retire or move on.

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    ISA Fellow, Joe Ruder facilitates discussion at St. Louis Section's May 2017 Meeting 

    ISA-funded pilot robotics program a success! 

    Dave Robinson, ISA Edmonton Section Board Member, secured the funding for a pilot robotics program at Pine Street Elementary School for the 2016-2017 school year. Funds were used to purchase 15 robotics kits and replacement parts.

    The program was created and run by Chris Sudyk, Pine Street Elementary School Teacher, and Jason Reed, Bricks 4 Kidz Franchisee (Edmonton Southwest, Sherwood Park & St. Albert). In its first year, students in grades 4, 5 and 6 were gifted 5 to 6 hours of "Level 1" robotics education in their curriculum. They learned basic programming, such robot movement (turns, directions & loops), visual and audio outputs and troubleshooting.

    Next year the plan is to add Level 2 (for grades 5 and 6) and the following year ,Level 3 (for grade 6), so that by 2019-2020, students will receive 3 years of robotics education (Level 1 will be taught in grade 4, Level 2 in grade 5 and Level 3 in grade 6).

    ISA Kansas City Section awards first scholarship

    This year the Kansas City section awarded its first scholarship. Applicants were required to: have completed at least one semester (12 credit hours) of college courses; be enrolled as a full-time student at an accredited institute in an engineering, instrumentation, systems, or automation discipline for the upcoming 2017-2018 school year; meet a minimum GPA of 2.5; list all activities, honors, and work experience; and describe how he or she would be a future leader in the instrumentation, systems, or automation field. In addition to a monetary award, the recipient was registered as an ISA student member for the upcoming school year.

    Our scholarship recipient, Renee Ellegood, is a chemical engineering student with a minor in economics at the University of Kansas. She maintained a 4.0 GPA while taking some advanced honors courses during her first semester at KU. Additionally, she is involved in many activities within the engineering department and outside of school including with the School of Engineering Student Council and volunteering at local equestrian events.

    Her essay detailed how her internship at Watlow Electric introduced her to the automation field. Over the previous summer, she was able to help validate a newly automated process. Her passion for improving manufacturing practices in order to help the end-customer was very evident. She is taking courses outside of her major to increase her knowledge of automation, including honors programming and computer graphics classes. Her career goals include using automation “… to design manufacturing processes for a food or drug company.”

    The Kansas City section was thrilled to have the opportunity to award a scholarship to such a deserving individual. We hope to continue awarding a yearly scholarship and teach the upcoming generation of the benefits gained from being involved in ISA.

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    Renee Ellegood, scholarship recipient

    Industrial IoT – Opportunities and Challenges 

    In early June, ISA’s Pune Section hosted an evening seminar on Industrial IOT. With all the hype surrounding Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), discussions went behind the hype to look at the IIoT ecosystem, which encompasses IT, OT and IACS domains. IIoT presents numerous opportunities, especially for industrial automation professionals in areas like smart manufacturing, smart cities, supply chain and many more.

    Are you interested in featuring important events and activities occurring at the section-and district-level of the Society in ISA Insights? Please contact Rachael McGuffin for more details.