• The best and brightest minds in process control—including three distinguished keynote speakers—are coming to Houston in November

    Gain the latest insights, news, and trends in process measurement and control—particularly in the chemical and energy processing and other key process industry sectors—at the 2015 ISA Process Control & Safety Symposium, 9-12 November in Houston, Texas, USA.

    Seven ISA technical divisions—Process Measurement and Control, Safety and Security, Chemical and Petroleum, Communications, Education, Pulp and Paper, and Management—as well as the ISA Houston Section have collaborated to forge a world-class technical program. To register, and gain more information, please visit the event website.

    Conference sessions will cover the critical issues in instrumentation, safety, security, communications, control systems, pulp and paper, advanced control and simulation. Among the wide-ranging topics to be covered include:

    • Procedural automation
    • The NIST Cybersecurity Framework
    • Safety Instrumented Systems
    • KPI Lifecycle for process control
    • Big Data
    • Data analysis and historization
    • Smart manufacturing
    • IACS cyber risk assessment
    • The future of manufacturing
    • Wireless networks
    • Virtualization – A powerful tool for process control
    • Performance-based gas detection system design
    • Wireless for safety applications
    • Toxic gas detectors for Shelter In Place (SIP)
    • Defining and exchanging Key Performance Indicators
    • Big data systems/analytics/readiness
    • Upgrading your calibration program
    • Industrial advances in wireless control
    • How to beat your startup date
    • Manufacturing enterprise solutions for process industries
    • Panel asset management
    • Metrics that matter
    • Artificial intelligence in process control
    • Reliability in measurements: Common misconceptions in calibration management
    • The Internet of Things (IoT) and Manufacturing


    An exhibit showcase will feature the latest product and service information at engaging vendor and supplier exhibits, and daily networking luncheons and nightly receptions will set the stage for mingling, meeting new people and reconnecting with old friends.

    Three outstanding keynote presentations and speakers

    Three remarkable automation and control professionals will deliver keynote addresses during the event. Below are the presentation titles and summary biographies of the speakers.

    “30 Years of Experience—Is there an App for that?”
    Speaker: Maurice Wilkins, Ph.D.

    Maurice Wilkins is the vice president of Yokogawa’s Strategic Marketing Center, based in Dallas, Texas. His keynote presentation will examine recent workforce trends, the differences between the Boomer and Millennial generations and their expectations; and how standards and technology can help Millenials gain the experience needed to close the so-called “skills gap.”

    Tomorrow’s Analytics Today—Enterprise Manufacturing Intelligence in Dow M&E”
    Speaker: Lloyd F. Colegrove, Ph.D.

    Lloyd Colegrove is the director of Data Services and Fundamental Problem Solving at the Analytical Technology Center within The Dow Chemical Company. His keynote presentation will highlight how Dow Chemical is leveraging Big Data to transform chemical manufacturing data to information, then knowledge, then wisdom.

    “Process Industry Accidents: Lessons Learned the Hard Way and How to Avoid Them”
    Speaker: Paul Gruhn

    Paul Gruhn, a Global Process Safety Consultant at Rockwell Automation, is a highly acclaimed and awarded safety expert in the automation and control field. Utilizing a collection of videos, photographs and stories, Gruhn’s presentation will cover lessons learned from previous accidents and how to best avoid any future accidents.

    Take advantage of four ISA training opportunities

    Attendees will add value to their event experience by taking an on-location ISA training course. Four courses will be conducted throughout the day on Monday, 9 November, the day before the technical program commences. They include:


    Be sure to download the 2015 PCS Symposium mobile app

    ISA has introduced a new mobile app for those attending the symposium. Designed for the iOS (Apple) and Android operating systems and the HTML5 Internet language, the new PCS mobile app features a wide range of interactive features to enhance your event experience. By downloading the app, you’ll obtain:

    • All event information, schedules, and topics in one handy location
    • Minute-to-minute updates
    • Interactive floor maps
    • Agenda personalization
    • Interactive functionality with other event attendees
    • Posting capability to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn
    • Convenient way to rate and comment on event sessions
    • Access to exclusive discounts on ISA offerings


    To download the app, click here. You can also visit the iTunes and Google Play stores and search “PCS 2015,” then look for the ISA Events logo. Once you have downloaded the app, simply enter your email address and create your profile.

    Register for this remarkable event today

    To register, and gain more information on the 2015 Process Control and Safety Symposium, please visit www.isa.org/PCS2015. For assistance and answers to any questions, call ISA at +1 919-549-8411.