By Jeff Arbogast
President’s Message October 2012
By Jeff Arbogast
As I noted in my September message, I attended the recent ISA Fall Leaders Meeting and ISA Automation Week in Orlando, Florida in late September. Of particular note, our own Nick Sands was honored as a new ISA Fellow at the gala dinner in the presence of his family, friends, and colleagues. This recognizes his technical achievements and contributions, particularly in the area of alarm management. Nick was also elected to serve the society as VP-elect of the Standards & Practices Department. Please join me in congratulating Nick.
Two members of the Wilmington Section presented at the ISA Automation Week technical conference. Tim Cole of Applied Control Engineering presented a paper entitled “Lower Risk of Power Plant Restart.” Danaca Jordan of Eastman Chemical presented a paper entitled “Optimize Batch Process Control in Your Spare Time,” detailing the troubleshooting of a stripping column control problem in a batch plant.
Danaca presented as a participant in the ISA Mentor program. She has been mentored over the last year by Greg McMillan, an ISA Fellow and ISA Life Achievement Award recipient and prolific author of ISA-published books on process control. I encourage you to participate in the ISA Mentor program, either to seek guidance or to provide it to others.
I hope to see you at our upcoming section meeting on October 23rd. There, WISA-member Tim Cole (President of our host company, Applied Control Engineering) will present on Control System Retrofits. I’m sure many of you have faced challenges with upgrading the control systems at your facilities. I’m sure many others would like to upgrade your control system (perhaps you are even getting parts for your existing system on eBay).
Please encourage your friends and colleagues to join ISA. Member benefits include: access to view ISA standards, access to over 40 technical webinars, access to download over 2500 technical papers presented at ISA conferences and symposia over the years, a subscription to InTech (the magazine of ISA) , and online access to ISA Transactions (our scientific journal). ISA members can also apply their full membership fee toward the purchase of an ISA standard (to download or print). You can even get rewards for recruiting new members.
Meeting Schedule 2012-2013
Annual Joint ISA/IEEE meeting:
Monday, Jan 14, 2013.
Topic: Hybrid Cars
Speaker: Barbara Gonzales, Delmarva and additional speakers.
Place: Delmarva Conference Center; location as follows:
South on I-95 to the route 273 exit 3, then follow split on exit 3 (3B) south toward Dover, get in the far right lane to exit onto Chapman road. follow Chapman Road past exits left into University Plaza, past Lawrence Drive, and prepare a left onto North Wakefield Drive. Follow North Wakefield (through what looks like a country road) until the road appears to split right and left, and some commerical office buildings show up. Follow the right split. Almost immediatedly after, South Wakefield turns into Leatherman's Park, and the conference center is just beyond some tennis courts on the left. There is parking to the right, and further up to the left.
Delmarva Power currently uses hybrid vehicles including Ford Escape and other vendors.
Expected to be included in the presentation:
Overview of power system -- electric system, engine/generator, regenerative braking, transmission system, etc. -- differences between power systems of different vehicles. Battery sizes and range on electric, how gasoline engine assists, battery life, performance -efficiency comparisons, temperature pre-conditioning while tied to electric, battery management systems, charging systems - capacity, time to charge, ability to be a flexible load for the utility, V2G, adoption rates, impact to the grid, upgrade considerations - line transformer, house wiring, load center, service to home, etc.
October 23, 2012
"Migration of Legacy Control Systems" Tim Cole- ACE
Speaker: Timothy L. Cole, P.E., President, Applied Control Engineering, Inc.
In today’s U.S. economy, the average automation professional is much more likely to upgrade an existing process control system than he or she is to design a greenfield plant. Corporate policies, sister plants and site experience can all influence the system platform selection; not to mention project constraints introduced by market conditions, space limitations and desired features.
This discussion will define the topic, cover when and why a system retrofit should be undertaken, and discuss project considerations, options and pitfalls. .
RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
5:30 PM, Tuesday, October 23, 2012
September 25 meeting.
How Cloud Computing can be used to create a secure and reliable remote management solution.
Speaker: Jason Block-HMS Industrial Networks, Inc.
There is a growing need in discrete and process automation to be able to collect and monitor systems remotely.
With the increased use of Ethernet, WiFi and Cellular communications technologies in the industrial marketplace, it is becoming more practical to use Cloud-based systems for remote management of systems.
We will discuss the various communications technologies that may be used for remote access and also compare centralized and de-centralized Cloud Computing.
Security of the Cloud and its implications for automation will be discussed.
Bio – Jason Block has been a Sales Channel Manager for HMS Industrial Networks for nine years and has been working in the automation industry for nearly 17 years as an applications engineer and sales manager. Much of his experience has been in the field of industrial communications with emphasis on industrial fieldbus and Ethernet. He was awarded Bachelor of Science Degrees in both Physics and Mathematics from Indiana University.
January 22, 2013 [joint meeting with IEEE, IEEE responsibility this year]
February 26, 2013
March 26, 2013
April 23, 2013 [Shrimp Boil!]
May 28, 2013
June 25, 2013 [Annual Picnic