• ISA Insights


    OCTOBER 2013

    2013 ISA President, Terrence G. Ives, provides some insights into the features and functionality of ISA's new website

    ISA's new website will be a state-of-the-art hub for technical information, networking conversations, and leveraging your membership. The new isa.org will deliver enhanced search and filtering capabilities site-wide; a brand new navigation with mega-menus that allow users to browse three levels deep in the site by hovering over a navigation button; and an easy, intuitive, and fast check-out process.

    Member Spotlight:

    Q&A with Peter Martin
    Fortune magazine named Peter Martin, Ph.D., a "Hero of US Manufacturing" for many good reasons. He has been responsible for numerous patents; served in a variety of executive positions in automation training, engineering, product planning, marketing, and strategic planning; and authored or co-authored several books as well as a host of articles and technical papers. Learn more about the remarkable background, accomplishments, and life of Dr. Martin in this month's Q&A feature.

    New ISA standard classifies airborne contaminant effects on electronic hardware
    ANSI/ISA-71.04-2013, Environmental Conditions for Process Measurement and Control Systems: Airborne Contaminants establishes a classification system for airborne contaminants and biological influences that may affect electronic hardware, including process measurement and control instruments, information technology, telecommunications, networking and data center equipment, and electronic office equipment.

    Cyberattacks target everyday people as well as governments, organizations, and industries
    It is vital for manufacturers to conduct network-security risk assessments and then put into place risk-mitigation processes. Developing solutions that utilize open standards, tools, and best practices, such as segmentation and IP security, is a good place to start.

    ISA to host its 51st Honors & Awards Gala
    ISA will be hosting its 51st Honors and Awards Gala to celebrate the achievements of those individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the Society and to automation. This year's Honors and Awards Reception and Gala will be held on 4 November 2013 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, Nashville, TN, USA. We hope to see you there!

    Review key findings, recommendations, and proposed amendments to ISA Bylaws to be considered by the Council of Society Delegates. The direct election of Society leaders by ISA members (Motion 7) and elimination of multiple roles for vice presidents (Motion 3) are two of the opportunities addressed in the proposed changes to the ISA Bylaws.

    Automation Federation to host fifth NIST workshop at North Carolina State University
    The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced that the fifth Cybersecurity Framework Workshop will be hosted by North Carolina State University 14-15 November 2013 at the Hunt Library on the Centennial Campus of the university. The Automation Federation was instrumental in scheduling this fifth workshop.

    More ISA News

    ISA and China Instrument & Control Society (CIS) finalize Memorandum of Cooperation. More...

    Foundation Issues FOUNDATION Fieldbus Preliminary Specification (PS) Addressing Fieldbus Transducer Blocks for ISA100 Wireless Devices. More...

    ISA announces keynote speakers, executive panels, and general session highlights for ISA Automation Week 2013. More...

    ISA to introduce an innovative, island-style exhibit pavilion, featuring numerous automation companies, at WEFTEC 2013 in Chicago this October. More...

    2014 ISA Analysis Division Symposium issues Call for Papers. More...

    2014 ISA Power Industry (POWID) Symposium issues Call for Papers. More...

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    Guidelines for procedure automation in continuous process operations
    A new ISA technical report addresses good practices regarding procedure automation in process operations and strategies for incorporating automated procedures into industrial automation and basic process control systems.


    What is the future
    of the pulp and
    paper industry?

    The paper industry has experienced considerable change over the past 15 to 20 years. The biggest change was in the leadership throughout the industry. 


    Managing Industrial Controls

    Author Bill Battikha has written this handy reference book as a guide to help train industrial control managers and future managers on how to manage control system projects and industrial control groups. 


    ISA Fall Leader Meeting
    2-5 November 2013
    611 Commerce Street
    Nashville, TN, USA

    ISA Automation Week 2013: Technology and Solutions Event

    5-7 November 2013
    Renaissance Nashville Hotel and Nashville Convention Center 
    Nashville, TN, USA

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


    ISA Technician Training Boot Camp (TTBC)
    4-8 November 2013 
    King Of Prussia, PA, USA

    Process Automation Boot Camp For Non-Maintenance Personnel (PABC)
    9-12 December 2013 
    ISA Headquarters
    RTP, NC; USA

    ISA TechTour 2013
    Stop #12

    18-22 November 2013 
    Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

    ISA's 2014 Training Catalog! Download

    ISA's 2014 Training
    Schedule Poster!