• June 2016 Insights

    Section/District News

    Safety for Industry

    23 June 2016
    Tel Aviv Convention Center
    Tel Aviv, Israel
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    The Safety for Industry conference, part of the Rax International Exhibition (21-23 June), will review standards and instrumentation and control system selection criteria.

    For more information, visit www.isa-is.org.il or contact Ofer Ben-Ephariam at ofer.benephraim@instrumetrics-ic.co.il.

    2016 Training – NR12 – Solutions for Adequacy to Processes and Equipment Safety

    20-22 July 2016
    Brazil. Curitiba, PR. Pontifical Catholic University of Parana
    8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

    ISA’s Curitiba (Brazil) Section will offer the course “NR12 – Solutions for Adequacy to Processes and Equipment Safety” 20-22 July 2016. This course is designed for occupational safety personnel, in industry or organizations, including engineers, technologists and technicians. Participants will receive a broad exposure over process safety, relating to the prevention of fire, explosion, accidents, and occupational Illness.

    The ISA Curitiba Section counts on the important institutional support from the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (PUCPR), which will offer its facilities for the session. The course will be led by Professor Gil Fabio de Souza, an electrical engineer who serves as the President of the ISA Curitiba Section; and Rubens Patruni Filho, a civil engineer and an expert in occupational security.

    The training sessions offered by ISA’s Curitiba Section have been extremely successful with the local automation community. Participants can focus on content that specifically relates to their interests. The training is convenient for busy professionals and students, and is highly cost effective.

    For more information, please visit www.isacuritiba.org.br/portal/evento-treinamentos2016 or contact Carolina Hartenthal at carolina@isacuritiba.org.br.

    ISA Texas Channel Section Sporting Clay Shoot Benefit

    Friday, 16 September 2016
    Clay Mound Sporting Center
    2001 Texaco Road
    Liberty, Texas 77575
    9 a.m.

    For more details on this scholarship fundraising event, please visit www.functionz.net or contact Amanda Hardy by phone at 281-928-0462 or email at amanda@functionzinc.com.

    Las Vegas Section Fall Classic Golf Tournament & Table Top Show

    Thursday, 13 October 2016

    Golf Tournament at Las Vegas National Golf Course
    1911 E. Desert Inn Rd., Las Vegas, NV 89169
    Shotgun Start: 7:30 a.m.
    Golf Awards: 1 p.m.

    Tabletop Show at the Railhead Show Room at Boulder Station Casino
    4111 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas, NV 89121
    Hours: 2 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Raffle Prizes Awards: 5 p.m. (Must be present to win)
    Happy Hour: 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

    Please join us for our Annual ISA Las Vegas Fall Classic Golf Tournament and Table Top Show. This year the golf tournament will be followed by Table Top Show on Thursday, 13 October 2016. Be sure to stop by the show to get up to date on new technology and services from various vendors and suppliers in the automation industry.

    In addition, there will be two technical training sessions during the show with PDH certificates for those who need them. Win various prizes towards the end of the show. We invite any interested vendors/suppliers to exhibit and/or provide technical training sessions at the show. Finally, for those visiting Las Vegas, Boulder Station is offering a great room rate of $45.00/night, plus tax and resort fees, for Wednesday, 12 October and Thursday, 13 October. Please contact Jeff Blue (jeff.blue@lvvwd.com) or visit our section web site www.isalasvegas.org for registration forms and detailed information. Please RSVP no later than Thursday, 29 September.

    ISA Pipeline Subsection Scholarship Golf Tournament

    Friday, 21 October 2016
    Cypress Lakes Golf Course
    18700 Cypresswood Drive
    Cypress, Texas 77429
    Shotgun Start: 1 p.m.

    For more information on this networking and scholarship fundraising event, please visit www.houstonisa.org or contact Amanda Hardy at amanda@functionzinc.om.

    ISA Houston Section Expo & Chili Cook Off

    Thursday, 10 November 2016
    Houston Farm & Ranch Club
    1 Abercrombie Drive
    Houston, Texas  77084
    5 p.m. – 9 p.m.

    Attend the ISA Houston Section’s largest expo with more than 65 companies and 2,000 attendees expected. Judge and eat over 60 different types of chili, visit with sponsors, meet the Texans cheerleaders, enjoy live music, and take part in a variety of activities, such as armadillo racing.

    For more details, visit www.functionz.net or contact Amanda Hardy at amanda@functionzinc.com.

    ISA Texas Channel Section Scholarship Golf Tournament

    Friday, 9 December 2016
    The Battleground Gold Course at Deer Park
    1600 Georgia Avenue
    Deer Park, Texas 77536
    9 a.m.

    Please join the ISA Texas Channel Section for its second annual scholarship golf tournament in the heart of the ship channel. For more details, visit www.functionz.net or contact Amanda Hardy at amanda@functionzinc.com.

    ISA Curitiba Section Activities

    2016 Training – The Basics of Automation

    In April 2016, the ISA Curitiba Section started this year’s training program in industrial automation with the course “The Basics of Automation.” This course was aimed at engineers, technologists, and technicians from various related fields (electrical, electronic, chemical, and mechanical). It covered a theoretical introduction to the foundation of industrial instrumental processes and their applications.

      
    Course  attendees at Pontifical Catholic UniversityCourse  attendees at Pontifical Catholic University
    Course attendees at Pontifical Catholic University

    The ISA Curitiba Section counted on the important institutional support from the Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná (PUCPR), which offered its facilities for the session. The course was led by Professor Paulo Roberto Teixeira, an ISA member and instrumentation technician with more than 25 years of experience organizing automation courses for prestigious educational institutions in Brazil.

    Pontifical  Catholic University of Paraná facilities
    Pontifical Catholic University of Paraná facilities

    The training sessions offered by ISA’s Curitiba Section have been extremely successful with the local automation community. Participants can focus on content that specifically relates to their interests. The training is convenient for busy professionals and students, and is highly cost effective.

    “Breakfast with ISA”

    On 3 May, the ISA Curitiba Section conducted its first "Breakfast with ISA." This event was sponsored by NOVUS, a company that produces innovative instruments for control, signal conditioning, and data acquisition devices as well as software and SCADA systems. The section was supported by the Pontifical Catholic University of Parana (PUCPR), which provided the "FTD Digital Arena," a state-of-the-art facility for the gathering.  

     FTD Digital Arena at the Pontifical Catholic  University of Parana
    FTD Digital Arena at the Pontifical Catholic University of Parana

    More than 90 people attended "Breakfast with ISA." After breakfast, guests attended an hour and a half lecture. The speakers—Rogerio Frigeri, an electrical engineer and specialist in automation and control; and Denis William Felix de Souza, who holds a degree in technology in automation—spoke about issues relating to the origin of the Internet of Things (IoT), IoT applied to industry, Novus Cloud, and “All-in-One” automation systems.

    Speakers and special guests
    Speakers and special guests

    The lecture finished with a Q&A section that included the internationally renowned Hervé Panetto, Ph.D., an expert in production engineering and a Professor at the University of Lorraine, France. Dr. Panetto also serves as the Director of International Relations at TELECOM Nancy, School of Engineering in Information Technology, Associate School of the Institute Mines-Telecom. NOVUS’ speakers Rogerio Frigeri and Felix de Souza also participated in the discussion along with some special guests. These guests included: Fabiano Marinho, Industrial Director of AAM Brazil; Professor Ricardo Alexandre Diogo, Coordinator of the Control Engineering and Automation Program at PUCPR; and Professor Fernando Deschamp, who earned a doctorate degree in industrial and systems engineering.  "Breakfast with ISA" was warmly received by the audience. The speakers, special guests, and attendees were highly engaged in addressing the topics and in participating in interactive discussions.

    ISA Birmingham Section

    The 46th Annual “Fundamentals of Industrial Automation, Instrumentation and Controls” course
    The 46th Annual “Fundamentals of Industrial Automation,  Instrumentation and Controls” course

    Cyber Security Tech Talk

    Cork, Ireland

    Cyber Security Tech Talk, Cork, Ireland

    Jeff Melrose, Principal Technology Strategist for Cybersecurity at Yokogawa US, gave a presentation 18 May at the Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork, Ireland. The presentation covered network backdoor threats as well as industrial networking best practices, secure architectures, and segregation techniques that can be used by all businesses to prevent a minor business network breach from becoming an industrial catastrophe.

    Prior to his assignment with Yokogawa, Melrose was a Principal Security Engineer at Lockheed Martin and Raytheon, designing secure systems for the US military.

    With a greater need for industrial connectivity—driven by smart sensors, growing smart devices and the trend toward IOT with expanded interconnected networks, and the connection to the internet—security of the control layer is becoming ever more critical.

    Melrose showed examples of security breaches through various means and highlighted practical measures to prevent such breaches. Cyber criminals are using more complex strategies and inventing ways to access network infrastructure both through the IT layer as well as in the inner castle walls of the OT layer. Some of these new techniques include the use of drones, the Bluetooth wireless mouse hack, and as Melrose put it, “Nelly from accounting looking for connection to the control system.” He emphasized that threats can arise both externally and internally, and risks are rising at such a fast rate that nothing can be taken for granted that it’s secure.

    Given that industrial environments are busy than ever fighting off cyber attackers, additional countermeasures and new and innovative defenses need to be employed.  While some improvements will require considerable investment other risk-mitigation approaches can be implemented more cost effectively. For example, because different vendors use different firewalls, they can enhance safeguards.

    Cyber Security Tech Talk, Cork, Ireland

    Protective steps as defined by the ISA99 standard—such as Zone and Conduit designs—can strengthen plant cybersecurity.  In his remarks, Melrose pointed out the key challenges in implementing a robust cyber defense plan. He covered the DMZ within the plant, firewalls from generation one to next generation firewall protection, data diodes, air gap segregation, and the zero trust model. The ideal network design covers the complete network—from the physical domain and the plant floor to the cyber domain and use of measures discussed in the presentation for increased integrity of the network.

    Cyber Security Tech Talk, Cork, Ireland

    Cyber Security Tech Talk, Cork, IrelandAs part of ISA's continued efforts to meet the growing need of industrial control systems professionals and to expand its global leader reach into the security realm, ISA has developed a knowledge-based certificate recognition program designed to increase awareness of the ANSI/ISA99 standard. This new ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Fundamentals Specialist certificate program is designed for professionals involved in IT and control system security roles that need to develop a command of industrial cybersecurity terminology and understanding of the material embedded in the ISA99 standards.

    District 12 Leadership Conference

    20-21 May
    Milan, Italy

    ISA District 12 held its annual District Leadership Conference (DLC) 20- 21 May in Milan, Italy. Ten out of 16 sections were represented by section presidents and section officers at the DLC. ISA President Jim Keaveney and CEO and Executive Director Patrick Gouhin were attendance.

    In addition to the various presentations, all sections presented their achievements, constraints, and future strategies, which were discussed at length to align section activities and operations with the Society’s strategic goals.

    The role of section/district operations was reviewed to confirm the best avenues for supporting weaker sections. Special points on membership growth and training needed in the region were presented by Nilangshu Dey,  District Vice President.

    A District 12 Honors and Awards function took place one evening where the Best Section of the Year, Excellent Performer, Excellence in Academics/Industry, and Student Excellence Awards were presented to various attendees.

    The District 12 bi-annual newsletter was also published and presented during the DLC.

    National Symposium FoodSafe 2016

    26-37 February
    Bangalore, India

    The national symposium on “Automation & the Digital Transformation of Food & Beverage Industry,” hosted by the ISA Bangalore Section in the spacious and impressive Sheraton Grand Bangalore Hotel on 26 and 27 February 2016.

    National Symposium  FoodSafe 2016The conference hall was filled with exhibitors catering to more than 200 visitors and delegates. Spread over two, action-packed days, the ISA Bangalore Section served an extravagant feast for speakers, manufacturers, solution providers, regulatory agencies, food technologists, innovators, and consultants working within the food and beverage industries.

    Keynote speaker-D. Shivakumar, Chairman, CEO of PepsiCo India Holdings
    One of many keynote speakers: D. Shivakumar, Chairman & CEO of PepsiCo India Holdings Pvt Ltd.

    The event showcased the section’s steadfast commitment to enhance, enrich, and spread ISA’s mission and to work together to develop and deliver the highest quality, unbiased automation information, including standards, training, publications and certifications.



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