• March 2016 Insights

    Section/District News

    32nd Annual Texas Channel Section Instrumentation Trade Show

    7 April 2016
    4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    07 April 2016 Texas Channel

    Please join us for the 32nd Annual Texas Channel Section Instrumentation Tradeshow, which will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Pasadena, Texas.  Complementary BBQ tickets will be available for any local sales representative or ISA Texas Channel Section member.  Door prize drawings will be held every five minutes!  You must be registered and present to win!

    Please contact Mary Carmichael (mcarmichael@steamsolutions.com) or Victor Carbajal at +1 832-236-7702, if you are interested in sponsoring the event, attending the event, or receiving booth/general information.  It is sure to be a great day!  Please reserve your spot today.

    ISA Automation Expo & Conference (AEC)

    20-21 April 2016
    Northlands Edmonton Expo Centre

    2016 March Edmonton

    The ISA Automation Expo & Conference (AEC) is the ISA Edmonton Section's flagship event... and it’s happening this spring, 20-21 April 2016!

    It's the place-to-be for everything automation. AEC, one of North America’s largest automation events, is held bi-annually in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. We welcome automation, and instrumentation and control systems professionals from a diverse range of global industries, including: petroleum (oil & gas), mining, power, water/wastewater, forestry, agriculture and more…

    Expo Highlights
    • More than 175 exhibitors!
    • VIP tours - Reserved for operating companies and EPC’s, this private VIP Tour will greatly enhance your attendee experience!
    • Intel Talks - Think "TED Talks," but for our industry! It will happen right on the exhibit floor in an intimate bar-style set-up (10 attendees max). More information will be available soon.
    • Top Five Innovations - View the top 5 most innovative offerings, as voted  by ISA Edmonton Section executives, on the exhibit floor. More information will be available soon.
    • Headliner 1: Todd Hirsch Breakfast Presentation & AEC Kick-Off - Free for all attendees and exhibitors, thanks to our sponsor, the CSA Group! Todd Hirsch, Chief Economist at ATB Financial, will deliver a presentation titled, “Alberta’s Economic Forecast for 2016: An Automation Perspective.”
    • Headliner 2: Mafiaboy Lunch - Michael Calce, convicted hacker turned cybersecurity consultant, will be speaking at this invitation-only event!
    Conference Highlights

    The conference will be comprised of four main tracks: cybersecurity, alarm management, water and waste water, and maintenance training. Each track will include four or five one-hour sessions/presentations. Content for every track has been curated by track session developers within the  ISA Edmonton Section—all subject matter experts.

    For more information and details, and to register,  visit http://www.isaedmonton.org/events-education/isa-automation-expo-conference-2016/.

    Foundations of Alarm Management Two-Day Workshop

    27-28 April 2016
    9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    16500 Van Aken Blvd., Shaker Heights, Ohio 44120 USA

    Hosted by the ISA Cleveland Section, this two-day workshop provides foundational and practical understanding in the current state of alarm management. The workshop is presented by alarm management expert Doug Rothenberg.  The technology and practices of the workshop are drawn from established world standards, guidelines, and recommended practices, including EEMUA Publication 191, API Recommend Practice 1167, NAMUR NA-102, and ANSI/ISA-18.2.  Full handouts and a copy of the book, Alarm Management for Process Control , will be provided to each attendee. Lunches, snacks, and beverages are included. 

    Contact John Mihevic via email at jamihevic@msn.com or  by calling him at +1 (330) 722-4558 for more information or to register.  You also can register and submit registration payment online at www.isa.org/events-and-conferences/ohio-2016-0427-foundations-of-alarm-management.

    Pricing: 

    • $1,150 (USD) for ISA dues-paying members (and paid members of Cleveland Technical Society Council member societies)
    • $1,270 for non-members (which includes one year paid regular ISA membership.) 

    The workshop is limited to 30 students.  The workshop may be cancelled if fewer than 10 students have registered by April 20, 2016.  You can cancel your registration by April 20, 2016 for a full refund.  Refunds for cancellations after April 20, 2016, are subject to approval only.

    ISA Colombia Section continues to increase the number of people involved in ISA certifications and certificate programs

    The ISA Colombia Section and its members, in their commitment to professional development, are continuing to increase the number of professionals recognized by ISA certifications and certificate programs.

    In the last three months three new professionals have been added to the list of ten Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®) designees; 24 Certified Control System Technician®(CCST®) designees; 28 ISA84 SFS designees; two ISA84 SSS designees; one ISA84 SIS Expert designee, and one ISA99 Fundamentals Specialist (certified since 2005).

    Congratulations to the following three professionals:

    • Eng. Domingo Ramón Rodríguez Hernández (CCST®)
    • Eng. Edwin Alarcón Barrera (ISA84 SIS Selection Specialist)
    • Eng. Gustavo Navia  (ISA84 SIS Expert)

    mcT Petrolchimico

    2016 April mcT

    2015 Conference & Exhibition on Technologies for Petrochemical and Energy Field

    More than 100 people and more than 50 exhibitors attended the mcT Petrolchimico Conference, which occurred 25 November 2015 in Milan, Italy.

    This important annual exhibition and conference brings together  key companies in the petrochemical sector, including manufacturers and end-users.  The half-day conference is organized by ISA’s Italy Section in conjunction with exhibitors.

    Innovative initiative by India’s ISA Maharashtra Section

    ISA’s Maharashtra Section conducted a full-day technical seminar and product exhibition on Intelligent Motor Control (iMCC) at Hotel Fortune Park, Thane, India on 6 February 2016. This important event celebrated the 25th anniversary of the formation of the Maharashtra Section.

    The purpose of this event was to demonstrate that ISA extends beyond instrumentation. It emphasized how seamlessly automation can integrate with other disciplines, such as electrical, and bring value to the Society at large by providing the relevant information to operators and stakeholders, without compromising safety and security. The event also provided a great platform for the electrical engineers and leaders from various organizations to interact with section team members. The goal of increasing the section’s membership base proved to be a key motivating factor for section members.

    The main focus of the seminar centered on automation in electrical field, especially on Intelligent MCC's (iMCC) and bridging the gap between electrical and automation. With the advent of automation technology, motor starters have become smart and intelligent. They provide innumerable benefits, by providing real-time information and diagnostics—relating to the health of the starters and probable faults—which could reduce potential downtimes and accidents.

    The event featured an array of distinguished speakers from industry, who delivered insights into the various types of system architectures that are used for effective monitoring and control. The speakers also explained how an existing MCC could be converted to intelligent type, without major shutdown and improving operational efficiency. The seminar attracted more than 100 delegates from cross sections of industry, such as end users, engineering consultants, system integrators and OEM's.

    The delegates included seniors associated with design, engineering, operation, and maintenance from various industries, such as paints, petro-chemicals, fine chemicals, pharmaceuticals, etc. The ISA Maharashtra Section was fortunate to have generous support through sponsors Siemens, ABB, and Schneider, who  presented their perspectives on technology and exhibited their latest products on applicable subjects.

    2016 March Maharashtra section presenter
    Pictured above: C.S. Limaye presenting at event

    The inaugural session was presided by C.S. Limaye, a veteran in the field of automation, who has been implementing automation systems in various industries for the last three years.  Limayee explained how automation benefits operations and maintenance in addition to stakeholders. He explained the various modes of communication that facilitates information from the iMCC's and how such data could be used for meaningful interpretation on the health of equipment.

    Another presentation, by Anirudh Telkikar, followed.  Telkikar , in sharing a wealth of knowledge, explained the various types of system architectures that could be implemented on iMCC's. The event also featured eminent speakers from end users, such as Ramnath Bandi from Nerolac Paints and Shishir Pawar from Lubrizol India, who provided case studies on iMCC's and how they could be used as asset management tools in addition to their cost benefits.

    These presentations were followed by an interesting cost comparison between conventional and intelligent MCC by the ISA section president, Vithal Magar and Sanjay Khare, who outlined the latest in the panel design and wiring. Finally, experts from ABB, Siemens and Schneider explained their latest designs in the field of iMCC's and discussed how to convert conventional existing MCC to iMCC. The delegates had many questions, which were fully answered by the panel of experts.

    2016 March India Maharashtra audience
    The audience at the event’s technical session

    This grand session was inaugurated by Deepti Bangera (Section President-elect) and the thanksgiving session was conducted by Lalit Bangera (Event Chair). Additionally, many other senior section leaders, such as Supriya Bhuran, Kaveri Sawant, Barure, Mohanty, Bharat Kaul, Sanjay Prabhu and Manohar Iyer greatly contributed to the event’s success.  Also able to attend was V.P. Raman (Senior Member of the Maharashtra Section & Past DVP, D14).

    Finally, members of the section provided a brief overview on ISA and its various products, programs and activities—which generated considerable enthusiasm among the attendees.

    Essentials of Advanced Process Control @ Bengaluru

    2016 March India Bangalore Section

    ISA’s Bangalore Section conducted a two-day advanced process control course in January at Bengaluru. The course was designed to provide intensive training in advanced process control concepts to practicing control engineers.

    Beginning with a practical introduction to basic control, the course provided an overview of performance enhancement opportunities offered by advanced control techniques. The course also included a refresher in modelling and simulation, PID controller design, and other basic control strategies—including  auto-tuning and advanced control strategies, such as Model Predictive Control. The evolution of computer architectures and SCADA systems was also covered.

    The course included three hours of hands on training using Modelica/OpenModelica and covered basics of multi-domain modelling and simulation and implementing basic control strategies.

    The training was developed by C. Ananda, General Manager, BHEL EDN. He provided a very succinct overview of the evolution of different components of control systems. The course was well attended by control engineers from ABB, Adani Power, IC Pro Solutions, Korba West Power, P + F, Praxair, Schneider, Sasan Power, Yokogawa, and private consultants. Participants provided extremely positive feedback on the course and the interactive sessions.

    Course instruction was provided by faculty from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay as well as by active members from the ISA Bangalore and Gujarat sections. As a result, it served as a great example of collaboration between different ISA sections and academia.