• ISA Insights

    AUGUST 2013

    2013 ISA President, Terrence G. Ives, points out roles the Automation Federation and ISA are playing in the development of the US cybersecurity framework

    At the request of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), a federal agency within the US Department of Commerce, the Automation Federation and ISA are taking active advisory roles in the development of a national cybersecurity framework called for earlier this year by President Barack Obama.

    Member Spotlight:

    Nicole Jensen, District 10 Vice President, encourages automation professionals to take advantage of the many mentorship, professional development, and leadership opportunities within ISA 
    As an automation professional, ISA leader, and working mother of two, Nicole Jensen has become an expert at balancing work/life demands and expectations. She encourages other automation professionals to take advantage of the many opportunities to mentor, learn, and assume leadership positions within ISA. "Being able to support the development of others and learn from so many experts is why I plan to remain an integral part of ISA for years to come," she emphasizes.

    ISA introduces ISA Cybersecurity Tech Pack, a downloadable collection of our latest technical papers, publications, and presentations on cybersecurity
    To help manufacturers and plant and facility operators improve their cybersecurity defenses and better confront the growing dangers of cyber warfare, ISA introduces the ISA Cybersecurity Tech Pack, a compilation of technical resources developed by some of the world's leading experts in cybersecurity and industrial automation and control systems security.

    Following up on the success of its training event in Houston this past June, ISA to conduct a six-week technical training camp in Houston this fall
    Following up on the success and popularity of its intensive technical training event in Houston, Texas, USA earlier this summer, ISA announces it will be returning to Houston this fall to conduct six of its most in-depth technical training courses over five consecutive weeks beginning Monday, 30 September 2013.

    Novel applications of ISA100 Wireless continue to be introduced 
    New applications of the ISA100 Wireless™ technology seem to be introduced almost monthly. A pattern is emerging that helps to explain what is going on. The IPv6 addressing makes ISA100 Wireless easy to understand, so adapting existing wired (or wireless) products is straightforward. In addition, it's simple and inexpensive for suppliers to adopt ISA100 Wireless since they don't have to change their application protocol or end-user applications. 

    Two proposed ISA Governance Structure changes address the composition of ISA Council of Society Delegates and Society Nominating Committee 
    Increased participation by division leaders on the Council of Society Delegates (CSD) and Society Nominating Committee are objectives of two motions that will come before the 2013 Council of Society Delegates. These changes recognize that many Society members are engaged primarily in technically oriented activities. For all the details see Motion 2 (CSD composition) and Motion 5 (Nominating Committee Composition) on the ISA governance website.

    Q&A with ISA Automation Engineering Survival Training course instructor, Scott Sommer 
    Recently, ISA had the opportunity to discuss what makes ISA Automation Engineering Survival Training (AEST) so popular with an AEST instructor, Scott Sommer, PE, CAP. Sommer, a Senior ISA Member, is currently Technical Fellow in automation for Renmatix in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He has more than 32 years of experience in automation, instrumentation, and process control design and applications.

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    Foundation Fieldbus analysis for floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) projects
    Author Suresh Nair reveals the many features and advantages of Foundation Fieldbus, exploring the pros and cons of applying the technology in floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) projects.


    Using smarter technology to solve the municipal water conundrum
    Do you think about where your water comes from, and if it will be there tomorrow? Do you think about where water goes after you've used it, and how it's reused as a part of the earth's water cycle? 


    Refresh your measurement knowledge!
    Utilizing the hundreds of essential equations, conversion values, and tables in this handy reference book, ISA Handbook of Measurement Equations and Tables, Second Edition, you can select, operate, or maintain measurement devices. 


    Alarm Management Bootcamp: Practical Deployment
    September 5, 2013 
    Hours:  11:00 am-12:30 pm ET
    Cost: Free 

    Brought to you by ISA and MAVERICK Technologies 

    8th ISA Marketing and Sales Summit 
    September 11-13, 2013 
    West New Orleans
    New Orleans, LA, USA  

    ISA Automation Week 2013: Technology and Solutions Event
    November 5-7, 2013
    Renaissance Nashville
    Hotel and Nashville
    Convention Center
    Nashville, TN; USA

    ISA Automation Conference 2013, Europe-MiddleEast- Africa
    December 8-12, 2013
    Sheraton Damman
    Hotel & Towers
    Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


    ISA Automation Engineering Survival Training
    19-23 August 2013 
    ISA Headquarters
    RTP, NC; USA

    ISA Technician Training Boot Camp
    16-20 September 2013
    ISA Headquarters
    RTP, NC; USA

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