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Contact: Jennifer Infantino
ISA EXPO 2007 Focuses on Six Technology Exchanges
Research Triangle Park, NC (10 July 2007) - ISA EXPO 2007, to be held 2-4 October in Houston, Texas, will focus on six key technology exchanges.
Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss best practices, lessons learned, and potential solutions to specific automation problems as part of the conference's technology exchange format.
The technology exchange topics include security, wireless and networking, process automation, safety, environmental and quality control, and enterprise integration. The exchanges feature peer-reviewed technical sessions and "open to all" events like briefings on essential standards, topical and relevant forums, standards development meetings, and the ISA EXPO exhibition.
"This year's exchange concept allows our attendees to enjoy comprehensive presentations of automation and control solutions, ideas, and information in the areas that interest them the most. They're able to really capitalize on the content we offer, network with like-minded professionals, and customize their ISA EXPO experience," said ISA Director of Education, Convention, and Certification Services Dale Lee.
The security exchange will focus on protecting manufacturing automation and control systems' computer environments. Sessions will explore the activities of the ISA-SP99 Manufacturing and Control Systems Security committee and the ISA-SP100 Wireless Systems for Automation committee, the regulatory environment, OMAC and Microsoft-related industrial applications, OPC, security risk analysis, and more.
The wireless and networking exchange sessions will cover a wide variety of technologies, including SCADA, signal compatibility, wireless, cyber security, fieldbuses, industrial Ethernet, safety buses, EDDL network selection, and the ISA100 wireless standards activities.
The process automation exchange focuses on designating instruments and instrumentation systems used for measurement and control. Sessions will cover flow measurement, model predictive control, batch applications, advanced regulatory control, and more. Attendees can participate in or listen to panels and discussions of a digital oil patch, wireless, distillation processes, and instrumentation and valve standards.
The safety exchange will help attendees avoid the headline-grabbing disasters plaguing the industry today. Sessions will focus on topics like SIS (safety-instrumented systems), hazardous location, alarms, safety integrity level (SIL) selection, and boiler controls safety themes. Attendees will also learn about electrical equipment for hazardous locations, instrument signals and alarms, and ISA-84 Standards for Use in Process Safety Management of Highly Hazardous Chemicals.
The environmental and quality control exchange encompasses important developments in the power, chemical and substance analysis, pharmaceutical, and water industries. Fossil power and nuclear power plant standards will be topics for discussion, along with standards for safe and environment-friendly power applications, PAT (Process Analytical Technology), and NeSSI (New Sampling/ Sensor Initiative).
There will also be presentations on in-line sensors, CEMs (continuous emissions monitoring) and building-control issues.
The enterprise integration exchange will focus on opening and improving existing operations, integrating new hardware and software, and optimizing asset management programs. Sessions will focus on control system integration, maintenance management to leverage preventive and predictive maintenance, equipment recording and tracking, replacement parts inventory, and maintenance labor scheduling with the goal of optimizing asset use. Attendees will have an opportunity to study schemas to implement the recent and popular ISA-95 Enterprise-Control System Integration and ISA-88 Batch Control standards. Additional sessions will cover management and human resources issues.
ISA EXPO attracts attendees from more than 70 countries, including Australia, Canada, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, and the United Kingdom, ensuring a global perspective for each exchange.
For more information about ISA EXPO 2007 or one of the exchanges, visit
www.isa.org/isaexpo2007 or call (919) 549-8411.
Founded in 1945, ISA (www.isa.org) 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 the largest conference and exhibition for automation professionals in the Western Hemisphere. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (www.automationfederation.org).