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ISA and MAVERICK Technologies to present control system migration webinar

The free webinar on 29 May 2014 will explore control system migration challenges and illustrate how front-end loading streamlines the process

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA (29 April 2014) - The International Society of Automation (ISA) and MAVERICK Technologies, ISA’s Premier Strategic Partner for Systems Integration, will present “Front-End Loading (FEL) for Control System Migration,” a free, non-commercial, non-product-oriented, 90-minute webinar on 29 May 2014 from 12:00 p.m. until 1:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.

Three experts will discuss the challenges, problems and common mistakes involved in a process control system migration, and explain how using front-end loading (FEL) practices help smooth the migration process.

Speakers include Nick Sands, manufacturing technology fellow at DuPont Protection Technologies; Matt Sigmon, director of DCSNext at MAVERICK Technologies; and Charles Skeen, program manager, chemicals, at MAVERICK Technologies. To register, visit ISA/MAVERICK FEL webinar.

FEL is the process of conceptual development for projects in the process industries and other applications. It includes robust planning and design early in a project's lifecycle at a time when the ability to influence changes in design is relatively high and the cost to make those changes is relatively low. Though FEL often adds a small amount of time and cost to the early portion of a project, these are minor compared to the alternative of making changes at later stages.

The webinar will consist of a two-part presentation, followed by an extended question-and-answer session. Attendees will be able to enter questions on the WebEx window on their PC screens.

Part 1 of the webinar will cover common mistakes in migrating from one control system to another, including incomplete or inadequate attention to safety instrumented systems, batch control, I/O interfacing, communications, cybersecurity and control system requirements. Part 1 also covers the consequences of these mistakes such as escalating costs, delayed schedules and staffing issues.

Part 2 of the webinar describes FEL procedures, how to use them in a control system migration project, and how proper FEL practices improve and aid project scope, scheduling, budgeting, and resource planning and execution.

For those not able to attend live, the recorded webinar will be available on and For more information, contact Chrystal Kiefer, marketing coordinator, MAVERICK Technologies at +1-618-281-9100.

About MAVERICK Technologies®

Founded in 1999, MAVERICK Technologies is the largest independent systems integrator in North America, and is a global leader in industrial automation, enterprise integration and strategic manufacturing solutions for clients across a wide range of manufacturing and process industries. Leveraging its unique enterprise-wide perspective, MAVERICK identifies suboptimal operations and improves performance for greater safety, efficiency and overall profitability. The company’s people, processes and technical capabilities ensure delivery of the right solution for every project, using the most appropriate technology. Organizations around the world depend on MAVERICK’s responsiveness, results-driven approach and dedication to their success. Over the years, MAVERICK has completed more than 10,000 successful projects in 45 countries across six continents.

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About ISA

Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation ( is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts conferences and exhibitions for automation professionals. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (