Phone: (919) 549-8411
Our Section was formed in early 2008 with the merger of the Baltimore and Washington DC Sections into a single section. We are conveniently located to both areas. We hold meetings featuring presentations on the full range of industrial automation topics.
As part of our community outreach, our section provides financial support to Maryland FIRST and Toys for Tots of Frederick, MD.
June 7, 2016
Our chapter was a Silver sponsor of the event and we had an exhibit booth at the show. Our booth featured the PLC-5 based arcade game system that we had at the USA Science & Engineering Festival Expo (see below).
April 16 & 17, 2016 - Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, D.C.
The USA Science and Engineering Festival is our nation's largest science festival and features contests and school programs all across the country. People of all ages celebrated science, engaged in activities with some of the biggest names in STEM, heard stories of inspiration and courage, and rocked out to science during incredible stage show performances.
ISA and the Automation Federation once again had an exhibit booth at this year's Expo. The centerpiece of the exhibit was a PLC-based gaming system provided by Applied Control Engineering, Inc. (ACE). ACE built the system using salvaged parts from plant training equipment. With 96 bright lights blinking on the game’s viewing panel and an array of switches and buttons to be pushed, the gaming system quickly attracted throngs of attendees. Practicing automation professionals—volunteering on behalf of the ISA Baltimore-Washington Section and the Automation Federation—operated the system.
We are all saddened by the news of the passing of Howard Casey on January 8,
2016. Howard was a Control Valve Engineer and an ISA member since 1963, and a
dedicated supporter of the ISA Baltimore and Baltimore/Washington, DC Sections.
His talents were many, and his contributions included serving in virtually
every Board Member position including President. His enthusiasm for the Chapter
was infectious, and he was instrumental in keeping the Baltimore Section
running during a period when it was hard to find officers. From our perspective, Howard's contributions
to the ISA over the last fifty plus years are a testament to his concern and
care for the people he worked with, and a desire to support those new to the
field of instrumentation and automation. He will be missed dearly.
Howard was a Sales Engineer
with Fisher Controls Company in Baltimore for nearly 35 years. An avid reader
and history buff, he also enjoyed sailing, fishing, the Irish Rovers, the Pipes
and Drums of Black Watch, spending time with his family, and a good scotch
Howard was a walking library
of control valve applications knowledge and was willing to explain or
research any application. For young engineers, he was a patient and thorough
His special contribution to
the Baltimore engineering community, and our community at large, was as tour guide and historian
of the Engineers Society on Mount Vernon Square in the Garrett-Jacobs mansion.
Our ISA spouses remembered especially his description of the lavish period of
the monguls of Baltimore business at the turn of the century.
He was unique and cannot be
Howard served two terms
as Section President 2000-2001 & 2006-2007. He also served the ISA Baltimore
and Baltimore/Washington, DC Sections in various other capacities including
Special Assignment 2007-2014; Historian 1992-1997 & 2007-present;
Membership Chair 2007-present; and Honors and Awards Chair, 1995-1996.
In lieu of flowers, the
family has requested that donations be made to Carroll Hospice in Howard
Casey’s honor. Donations can be made via their website here. Donations are tax
(Information contributed by Bob Biester, Rich Sommerfield, John Roth and ISA
Our next meeting, scheduled for 16MAY2017, is Part 1 of a three-part series on Cybersecurity. Topic is Secure Systems Security and ISA99-IEC62443. Click here for Meeting details and registration link.
We warmly welcome non-members to our meetings at no cost. Optional sandwich meals available for $10. PDH certificates are offered at no cost to ISA members, and $5 for non-members.
Advance registration is required. Direct questions to Lloyd Risser (contact details here).
2017 MEETING SCHEDULE
We are currently booking presenters for all months marked as “Open”.
Click here for our meeting guidelines
Click here for 2017 Survey Results
Following are tentative meeting dates and topics for 2017. As presenters are determined, topics and meeting flyers will be posted here.
05/16/2017 - Cybersecurity Series - Part 1
06/20/2017 - Cybersecurity Series - Part 2
07/18/2017 - Cybersecurity Series - Part 3
08/15/2017 - Open
09/19/2017 - Open
10/17/2017 - Open
11/14/2017 - Open
12/12/2017 - Open
RECENT MEETING PRESENTATIONS
3/02&03/2017 – ISA Safety Workshop - Recording Access Registration Page Links for all three parts:
Part 1 - Functional Safety Requirements and Regulations
Part 2 - Safety Lifecycle Insights
Part 3 - SIS Designed to Meet Safety Compliance
11/15/2016 - GRP Composite Shelters - Fire and Blast Resistant
10/18/2016 - Construction Trends - Modular Design and Construction of Facilities
9/20/2016 - Avoiding Thermowell Failure & Applying the New 19.3TW-2016 Thermowell Standard
8/9/2016 – ICS OT Security Management
7/19/2016 – Powering Smart Cities with the Internet of Things
6/21/2016 – Applying Aerospace Design Principles in Flow Control Systems
4/26/2016 – “Electraulic” Actuation Technology
3/15/2016 – Global Hazardous Location Approvals
3/8/2016 – Continuous Analyzer Integrated Data Validation
1/19/2016 – Hazardous Area Electrical Protection Methods
Click below for instrumentation, controls and automation employment opportunities in or near our region. (If there are no links below, we have no current opportunities listed.)
Industrial Instrumentation & Control Equipment - Outside Sales Position
Employers: Please call or email Richard Sommerfield to request placement of your employment ads on our site (contact details here).