• January 2016 Insights

    Section/District News

    Open Enrollment IC32 Training

    20-21 January 2016
    The Hague, The Netherlands

    ISA Netherlands announces that ISA’s IC32 course (Using the ISA/IEC 62443 Standards to Secure Your Control Systems) will be held 20-21 January. Those who take and complete the course are eligible to take an exam to earn the ISA/IEC 62443 Cyber Security Fundamentals Specialist certificate.

    IC32 provides a detailed look at how the ISA/IEC 62443 standard can be used to protect critical control systems. It also explores the procedural and technical differences between the security for traditional IT environments and those solutions appropriate for SCADA or plant floor environments.

    For more information, visit http://www.isa.org/ISA_62443/ and contact Marcel Jutte at marcel.jutte@hudsoncybertec.com. 

    National Symposium Automation and Digital Transformation of Food & Beverage Industry

    26-27 February 2016
    Sheraton Grand Bengaluru
    26/1, Dr. Rajkumar Road, Malleswaram-Rajajinagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560055, India

    Growing customer demand for consistent and higher quality products, tighter regulations, and a sharper focus on product safety are forcing the food and beverage industry toward automation and digital transformation.

    As part of the continuing initiatives of ISA Bangalore Section, you are invited to the Automation and Digital Transformation through Food & Beverage Industry event. The symposium will bring together a variety of industry experts representing end-user manufacturing plants, equipment manufacturers, engineering consultant firms, automation suppliers, and digital transformation solution providers.

    The symposium will address compliance and safety regulation challenges faced by the industry in recent times, and provide real-world automation and digital solutions to these challenges.

    The symposium will include an exhibition on products and services in the areas of automation and information technology, as applied to food and beverage manufacturing.

    The conference will be divided into the following thematic sessions:

    • Policy: Focus on compliance and safety standards at different levels
    • End Users and OEMS: Highlight the productivity and regulatory challenges faced by them and seek automation and IT solutions and present their success stories.
    • Automation/IT vendors: Present specific solutions available to address the current challenges faced by the F&B industry.
    • Innovation forum: Underline the future automation and IT trends and innovations in the pipeline to service the F&B industry. Technologies by distinguished start-up companies will be presented.


    Who should attend?

    • Policy/decision makers
    • F&B plant managers
    • F&B plant Automation Engineers
    • Automation vendors focusing on F&B verticals
    • F&B plant and machinery OEM’s
    • Packaging machinery suppliers
    • Information technology companies focusing on F&B
    • Track and Trace and brand protection professionals
    • SME F&B plant owners
    • Young engineers/students looking for related careers
    • Packaging machinery suppliers

    For sponsorship, technical Contributions, and active participation in the symposium, please contact Rajesh Rathi at +91 9880 911811 or rajesh.r@control-infotech.com. 

    SHELL INSTRUMENTATION STUDENT GAMES

    10‐13 March 2016
    Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) Polytechnic Campus
    Calgary, AB

    The Shell Instrumentation Student Games, a collaborative international competition involving students from schools across Canada, Colombia, Brazil, Ireland, and the US, is planned primarily by graduating students in the IIET Program at SAIT Polytechnic.

    During the Games, mixed teams will compete in a series of instrumentation/automation tasks, which may include: DCS programming scenarios, online flow measurement, valve calibration, process load response, orifice plate changing/effect, and instrumentation calibration and measurement.

    We are currently seeking sponsors for the competition teams. Each sponsorship allows the company to provide its team with representative company swag (branded materials). Furthermore, representatives from the sponsor company will be provided with tickets to social and catered functions throughout the Games. The number of corporate tickets provided and events vary with the different sponsorship levels.

    Sponsorship Packages:

    Gold Sponsorship- $2000

    • Sponsors corporate branding opportunity for team(s) (provided by sponsor company)
    • 4 corporate tickets to the Thursday night mixer
    • 4 corporate tickets to the Awards Ceremony
    • Company name and logo displayed on Student Games advertising and logo published in the ISA Trend newsletter


    Silver Sponsorship- $1500

    • Sponsors corporate branding opportunity for team(s) (provided by sponsor company)
    • 2 corporate tickets to the Thursday night mixer
    • 2 corporate tickets to the Awards Ceremony
    • Company name and logo displayed on Student Games advertising and logo published in the ISA Trend newsletter


    Bronze Sponsorship- $1000

    • Sponsors corporate branding opportunity for team(s) (provided by sponsor company)
    • 2 corporate tickets to the Awards Ceremony
    • Company name and logo displayed on Student Games advertising and logo published in the ISA Trend newsletter


    Interested in or have any questions about sponsorship? Please call Eli Higgins at 403‐382‐5909 or Mark Tarrant at 403‐284‐8157

    Student Games updates will be posted on the ISA SAIT website at http://isasait.ca 

    Instrumentation 2016 Expo Training and Careers

    Tuesday, 16 March 2016
    10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Carson Convention Center
    801 E. Carson Street, Carson, Los Angeles County, CA, USA

    In its tenth year, the Instrumentation Expo is the largest exhibition, technical training, and career fair on the West Coast dedicated to the design, application, installation, operation and maintenance of state-of-the-art instrumentation, process control and process automation.

    For more details: http://www.instrumentation2016.com or contact info@instrumentation2016.com. 

    Niagara Frontier Section TECH EXPO 2016

    Tuesday, 12 April 2016
    8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
    Buffalo Marriot Niagara
    1340 Millersport Hwy, Amherst, NY 14221, United States

    Register to attend the longest-running Automation EXPO in New York State!

    The Exhibitors and The Niagara Frontier Section of the ISA are proud to announce this year’s annual trade show. Coupled with educational instrumentation and automation seminars, this event is a must-attend for engineers, technicians, educators, consultants, and technology buffs. Included are:

    • Exhibit of instrumentation, automation and controls
    • Informative and educational seminars
    • Networking for job hunters and providers
    • Prizes, food, drinks and fun


    For more information and to register visit http://www.isa-niagara.org/tech-expo-2016/.

    ISA Netherlands to Launch New Website in 2016

    In the first quarter of 2016, ISA Netherlands will launch a new website. The website will contain information about ISA, including standards, the latest news, training updates, and events. The website will possess registration functionality. Sponsors, news items, and press releases also will be featured. 

    ISA Saudi Arabia Section College Outreach Program

    As part of its continued effort to expand the value of ISA membership, the ISA Saudi Arabia Section (ISA SAS) outreach and student program conducted a workshop with King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals (KFUPM) and University of Bahrain (UoB) Students. The objective of the workshop was to demonstrate the added value that the students can receive from being members in ISA, ISA-SAS and how membership could help them in improving their technical and leadership skills.

    In addition, an action plan was developed with university student representatives to reinstate the ISA-KFUPM Student Section and expand it to include UoB and Jubail Industrial College.

    How new technologies are revolutionizing automation


    Alexandre Corrêa begins his lecture: “What is IoT?”

    On 20 October 2015, Alexandre Corrêa, Development Director at Elipse Software, presented to the students of Escola de Engenharia in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil on how new technologies are revolutionizing automation.

    Corrêa introduced the concepts behind the Internet of Things and the Industrial Internet of Things, revealing how they are changing the way that devices are used in the industry. He shared examples of devices that can be connected to the Internet and how they can be remotely supervised or controlled via smartphones or tablets. He demonstrated an example application running in an Arduino platform connected to the Internet. Students downloaded an app on their own smartphones and gained access to control the circuitry via the interface to the Arduino.


    The lecture room was full.


    Students explored the circuitry and their smartphones.


    The students of ISa Seção Estudantil Gaúcha presented a thank you gift to Alexandre Corrêa for the great lecture.

    Well-attended seminar in Cork, Ireland on Manufacturing Intelligence was a success!

    The ISA Ireland Section held a successful seminar on the topic of Manufacturing Intelligence in November 2015. The event, held in partnership with ISPE, attracted more 100 attendees. The speakers covered an array of case studies, best practices, industry guidance and regulatory aspects associated with manufacturing data. On hand were speakers representing Biovia, Janssen, Eli Lilly, Vistakon, Capventis, Novartis, Genzymne, ESP, Pfizer and Odyssey Validation Consultants.

    The afternoon workshop breakout session was based around pre-seminar survey information and received tremendous feedback for the level of information sharing and networking. This successful format will be used again at future seminars.

    A group of 14 exhibitors, offering insights into current and upcoming products and solutions, also participated.

    Eli Lilly Plant Tour – IE43 – New Biologics Manufacturing Plant

    ISA Ireland members, along with members from the ISPE, Engineers Ireland and IChemE, were hosted by Eli Lilly in Kinsale for a tour of its new state-of-the-art biologics (Large Molecule Pharmaceuticals) manufacturing facility. The IE43 facility is in the final stages of commissioning and validation.

    The host provided an overview of the history of the Kinsale site, from its early beginnings developing small molecule pharmaceutical manufacturing capabilities to its next  IE42 biologics facility using disposable technologies to its new larger-scale fixed equipment IE43 facility.

    The tour exhibited the Cell Culture and Purification Manufacturing areas and the critical utilities of the plant, with some of the new technologies employed in the plant. The plant is highly automated and utilizes an MES solution that will be incorporated into the working of the plant MBRs.

    This was another great event for ISA Ireland members and fellow professional association members.

    ISA Membership Recruitment Efforts in Puerto Rico

    The ISA Puerto Rico Section performed a recruiting event at the 13th Mechanical Contractors Association Trade and Learn Show at the Convention Center in Puerto Rico. The exciting event brought hundreds of engineers, suppliers, professionals and others interested in building automation and mechanical systems.

    ISA São Paulo Symposium: Automation for water and wastewater

    ISA São Paulo Symposium on Automation for Water and Waste Water Systems, promoted by Sao Paulo Section in Brazil, was conducted at Sabesp on 23 November 2015. The event was a huge success in drawing approximately 330 participants. The symposium featured more than 20 technical presentations on relevant topics of interest to the sanitation sector. The event also showcased public projects that Sabesp is developing to address the water crisis in the state of São Paulo in Brazil.

    The participants met and networked with professionals responsible for the automation, instrumentation, and operating aspects of water/wastewater.  The event was supported by Sabesp Directors and the District 4 Vice President Carlos Mandolesi. 

    A brief overview of the program can be found by visiting http://simposioisasp.com.br/palestrantes/. The presentations can be downloaded at http://www.isasp.org.br/conteudos-tecnicos/ii-simposio-isa-sao-paulo-de-automacao-em-sistemas-de-agua-e-de-esgoto.html.


    Monica Santana, ISA Sao Paulo Section President, welcomes attendees to the symposium.


    The exhibition area attracted throngs of attendees during intervals in the lectures. Exhibitors included: Ashcroft, Digitrol, Elipse Software, GE, Thermo Fisher, Schneider, Yokogawa and Wago.


    Pictured are: Alex Orellana (Engineering Manager, Sabesp), Carlos Mandolesi (VP, ISA District 4), Ana Cristina Rodrigues (Elected President, ISA Sao Paulo), Carlos Paiola (Treasure, ISA Sao Paulo), and Monica Santana (President, ISA Sao Paulo)

    ISA Puerto Rico Section hosts tours of Bacardi plant

    ISA Puerto RicoThe ISA Puerto Rico Section recently hosted a special plant visit and tour of Bacardi, the largest rum producer on the island of Puerto Rico. The exciting event exposed attendees to the working processes and automation systems at the Bacardi facilities in Cataño.