• September 2016 Insights

    Section/District News

    CSE Study Group (Preparation for Texas PE Exam)

    Multiple Dates – Details below
    AMEC Foster Wheeler
    585 North Dairy Ashford
    Houston, TX 77079
    6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Join the ISA Houston Section CSE Study Group to prepare for the Texas PE Exam. For more information, visit our website or contact Steven Romero at steven.romero@chevron.com.

    PE Study Group Calendar Weekly Topics:

    21 September – Signals – Types, Transducers, IS barriers, Grounding and Shielding
    28 September – Networks – Architecture, Protocol and Transmission
    5 October – Control Systems – Theory and implementation
    12 October – Safety Systems – Theory, SIL Selection and Verification
    19 October – Codes, Standards and Regulations
    26 October – Preparing for the D-Day
    28 October – Exam Day

    ISA North Texas Section Technical Seminar and Dinner

    Building the First “Steamship” in History by John Laurence Busch
    Hilton Garden Inn DFW Airport South
    2001 Valley View Lane
    Irving, TX 75061 USA
    Wednesday, 5 October 2016
    6 p.m.

    The Savannah is more than a “steamship.” She is the first example of globalized high technology in history. Historian and author John Laurence Busch will attempt to re-calibrate your mind before showing why the proposition of making the first crossing of the Atlantic Ocean on a "steamship" was met with a mixture of skepticism and fear.  Then he will show how Captain Rogers addressed those fears, by designing a new kind of steam vessel, capable of overcoming the dangers of the deep.

    For more information on this event, please contact Kevin Patel at knpatel@sig-auto.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 

    Tabletop Show at the Railhead Show Room at Boulder Station Casino
    4111 Boulder Highway, Las Vegas, NV 89121
    Golf Tourney Shotgun Start: 7:30 a.m.
    Golf Awards:  1 p.m.
    Tabletop Show Open: 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 we will have the golf tournament followed by Table Top Show on Thursday, 13 October 2016. Stop by the show and get information on new technology and services from various vendors and suppliers in the automation industry. Additionally, 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 for the show. Finally, for those visiting Las Vegas, Boulder Station is offering our section 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 the section web site www.isalasvegas.org for registration forms and detailed information. PLEASE RSVP by Thursday, 29 September.

    Automation India Week 2016

    Hotel Taj, Santacurz, Mumbai
    14-16 October 2016
    9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily

    With India’s high growth potential in the field of automation and many talented automation professionals, Automation India Week 2016 offers a great opportunity to learn and network. ISA District 14 has raised the bar to conduct a robust technical program cum exhibition at ISA Automation India Week.

    Exhibitors and other experts from various industry sectors are encouraged to be a part of the event. This is a great opportunity for all professionals and those interested in automation to interact and meet directly with industry experts who will discuss the hottest topics and newest techniques in automation.

    For more information, visit www.isadistrict14.org or contact Radheyshyam Tiwari at isadist14@gmail.com.

    ISA Pipeline Subsection Scholarship Golf Tournament

    Cypress Lakes Golf Course
    18700 Cypresswood Drive, Cypress, TX 77429
    Friday, 21 October 2016
    1 p.m. Shot Gun Start

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

    ISA District 7 Leadership Conference

    Five-day Caribbean Carnival Cruise
    5-9 November 2016
    Departing Galveston Island, Galveston, TX

    Why attend?

    • Discover best practices for operating your section
    • Learn about the latest happenings within the Society
    • Meet other district and section officers
    • Network and have fun! Special off-site networking events will be held during the cruise.


    For details on costs and fees, please visit the event page.

    Additional details will be posted at http://www.isabrazos.org/. If you have questions, please contact Shelly Key at +1 979-237-6207/Shelly.Key@puffer.com or contact James Young at +1 979-238-9703/jayoung@dow.com.

    ISA Houston Section Expo & Chili Cook Off

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

    Attend the ISA Houston Section’s largest expo with over 65 companies and 2000 attendees on hand. Judge and eat more than 60 different types of chili; visit with sponsors; meet the Texans cheerleaders; and enjoy live music and 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

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

    Please join the Texas Channel Section for the 2nd 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.

    TECHNIVAL 2K16

    The Sarvajanik College of Engineering & Technology (SARVA) Student Section in Sarat, Gujarat, India organized a one-day technical festival, TECHNIVAL 2K16, at the college’s Instrumentation & Control Department on 12 August 2016. The festival, consisting of various technical and non-technical events, attracted more than 120 students to participate.

    ISA SARVA Student Section President Mohit Raninga and Vice-President Priya Patil hosted an inauguration ceremony. Student Section Advisor, Professor Utpal Pandya, Ph.D., was presented with flowers by Pankti Desai.

    In remembrance of the goddess Saraswati, the lighting of the Lamp was handled by Dr. Pandya along with Professor Brijesh Naik. Afterwards, a motivational speech was given by Dr. Pandya to students on the benefits of automation and certification. In addition, he delivered a summary of ISA and its value and benefits.

    A short video also was presented by students, sharing the experiences of being an engineering student. It showed various aspects of engineering life, starting from selecting the stream to writing assignments. This was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience.

    All the participants were educated on teamwork, leadership, communication skills, time management, and on their roles as engineers in the future.

    The session concluded with first- and second-place prize by Professor Naik and Professor Nidhi Bhatia. We acknowledge and thank ISA and Dr. Pandya for the motivation and guidance needed to conduct this event successfully and the SARVA Student Section for providing the necessary event infrastructure.

    District 4 launches new website

    ISA District 4 – South America – launched a new website in Portuguese to improve the communication among its members and sections. The website features a Calendar with events and training offerings of all sections; links to all sections’ websites; news and articles in local language; and links to main ISA benefits such as InTech magazine, standards, books and webinars. There are also pages dedicated to the local standards study group and technical groups, such as Industry 4.0 and Cybersecurity.

    A Spanish version is under development.

    Please visit the new website at http://www.isadistrito4.org.br/.

    Industrial Robotics and Applications Workshop

    The St. Joseph’s College of Engineering in Chennai, India organized a workshop on the topic of industrial robotics in collaboration with the AXIS training group. The basics of robotics and various hardware and software’s related to the topic were introduced to the students. Since automation is one of the most important topics related to our branch, the workshop not only introduced the audience to the subject, but also triggered great curiosity on the working of robots.

    The response of the 40 students present was impressive. The trainers started off by teaching the basics of robotics, which involved introducing the most preliminary terms. This allowed the students to gain a strong foundational understanding before moving to greater detail and depth. Instruction continued on how to operate robots using software skills. At the end of the session, students were provided additional instruction and quizzed on the workings of relay switches.

    The most interesting part session was the live interaction with the YASKAVA 6 axis robot. Each and every student was given the opportunity to operate the robot.

    Automation Expo 2016 – India

    Automation Expo 2016, India’s largest automation event and Southeast Asia’s second largest automation event, was held 22-25 August, 2016, in Mumbai.

    The 11th edition of the show—held at the Bombay Exhibition Center, a sprawling facility encompassing 23,000 square meters—showcased a wealth of futuristic technologies and innovations.

    The exposition highlighted the fact that the automation industry in India is expected to reach INR 197 billion by 2020. This is due to the rapid adoption of newer technologies that are increasing factory throughput and enhancing India’s image as a global player in product development and delivery.

    With the development of the Indian manufacturing sector, the need is growing for greater productivity, profitability, safety and sustainable manufacturing processes. The concept of semi-knock down manufacturing and domestic manufacturing is likely to increase in the future due to the ‘Make in India’ initiative and relaxation of FDI policies in the manufacturing sector across different industries.

    In addition, exports of automation products are expected to become more competitive in the world market due to hike in interest rates by the Federal Reserve in the US. The industrial automation market revenues are expected to rise at the CAGR of ~% from FY’2016 to FY’2020, reaching industry sales worth INR 197.0 billion in FY’2020.

    The four-day, power-packed exhibition showcased innovations from across all automation fields, including: process automation and control systems; factory automation; industrial automation; electric automation; field instrumentation and smart sensors; robotics and drives; software solutions; bus technologies; wireless technology; building automation; hydraulics and pneumatics; automation in renewable energy; and safety and security systems. Furthermore, for the first time, a special area was   dedicated to robotics; technology and industrial Internet of Things; start-ups; and solar technology.

    Since its inception more than a decade ago, Automation Expo has evolved to achieve premier status as an industry event, and is recognized as the place to go for discovering and learning about the world’s best automation technology.

    ISA District 14 operated a booth at the Expo. ISA’s Maharashtra Section took the lead in managing it and conducting a membership drive. The booth displayed ISA local section activities throughout India, and booth personnel distributed collateral and brochures that promoted ISA activities and the benefits of joining the Society. The booth also displayed posters of successful events conducted by local ISA sections within District 14.

    ISA’s Maharashtra Section seized the opportunity to train student leaders from different colleges on how to operate an exhibition booth and present ISA’s marketing brand. The event also provided students with an ideal opportunity to interact and network with automation industry professionals (under the able guidance of Lalit Bangera, the Maharashtra Section Program Chair). The booth was visited by more than 500 visitors across India, as event attendees were eager to obtain information about ISA.



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