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    Industry 4.0 Networks Challenges

    Flextronics Internacional Tecnologia
    Avenida Liberdade, 1701
    Sorocaba - SP Brazil
    Tuesday, 17 July 2018
    8:30 a.m. to 4:10 p.m.

    Join the ISA Campinas Section for a free one-day workshop about the challenges for Industry 4.0 networks. Presentations will focus on news and recent applications. A Q&A session with the speakers will take place at the end.

    Attendees will be welcomed to a free brunch to enjoy and develop their professional networks.

    Please visit http://isacampinas.org.br/10-encontro-tcnico-sobre-o-desafio-das-redes-na-indstria-40/  for more on this event.

    Training: Flow Measurement

    ISA Campinas Section
    Rua Barão de Paranapanema, 146 - Bloco C, Conj. 51
    Campinas - SP - Brazil
    Monday, 23 July 2018 - Friday, 27 July 2018
    6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    Obtain valuable training through ISA Campinas!

    This training event is intended for professionals, technicians, and engineers who want to expand their technical knowledge on flow measurement.

    Topics covered: definitions, physical concepts and flow types; gases, vapors, compressed air and combustible gases flow and pumping; flow meters types and characteristics, selection and installation criteria; protection levels and explosion proof enclosures; applicable standards; symbols; data sheets.

    The instructor for the course is Antonio Mazzuco Filho. More training course details can be found here.

    Training: Maintenance Shutdown Management

    ISA Campinas Section
    Rua Barão de Paranapanema, 146 - Bloco C, Conj. 51
    Campinas - SP - Brazil
    Tuesday, 31 July 2018 - Thursday, 2 August 2018

    Join instructor Joao Carlos Mosquim for a course on Maintenance Shutdown Management.

    This training event is Intended for professionals, technicians, and engineers that are direct or indirectly involved in maintenance shutdown activities.

    Topics covered: Pre-shutdown, shutdown, portfolio, schedule; market supply; equipment technical limits; legal limits (like NR-13); interdependent units and units that cannot stop simultaneously; financial resources; Introduction to Management Methodologies (PMI PMBOK Guide, Front-End Loading / Planning); scope management; freezing and thawing; time management; monitoring and control; contingency reserve; environmental management planning; health management planning; infrastructure; and logistics.

    Crescent Bend 14th Annual Fishing Tournament

    Port O'Connor, TX
    Friday, 24 August 2018 - Saturday, 25 August 2018

    Please join the ISA Crescent Bend Section for an Annual Fishing Tournament to raise funds for scholarships.

    For more on this fundraiser, contact Alisa Villareal at alisav@testengeer.com.

    Experience Sharing Session and Virtual Placement

    On March 19, 2018, the ISA Sarvajanik College of Engineering and Technology student section organized an Experience Sharing Session with the final-year students of its faculty.

    The students shared their experiences of recent placement interviews and participated in a Q&A session. Many juniors asked questions regarding the senior interview and placement process. The final-year students also shared their insights on future study scopes and how to approach entrance examinations, including the GRE, GMAT, CAT, GATE, and IELTS.

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    Pictured above are students that attended the Experience Sharing Session.

    The following day, the section scheduled an aptitude test and group discussion on Virtual Placement. All interested participants completed an aptitude test. After the sorting, based on cut-off scores, remaining participants were directed to the group discussion. The two rounds included eight participants. The group discussions centered on issues such as IQ vs. EQ and The Growth of India with Narendra Modi: Yes/No.

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    The two photos above were taken during the group discussions on Virtual Placement.


    The ISA Bangalore Section conducted a national symposium  on Automation and Digital Transformation of Pharma & Life Sciences Industry 25-26  May at the NIMHANS Convention Centre, Bangalore.

    The event brought together end users, automation service providers, consultants, and policy makers with common interests.  Key practicing experts-representing Lupin, Dr. Reddy's Labs, Jubilant Generics, Anthem BioSciences, and Zydus Hospira-shared their valuable experiences and expertise on the state of the art in manufacturing relating to automation and IT. They spoke about digital smart factories and integrated systems, automation requirements for batch and continuous processes, the potential of Industry 4.0, Industry 4.0 implementation, integrated pharma product and development, data analytics in evolving batch processes, and challenges in digitalization of operations.

    Present were solution providers from many leading companies, including Infosys, Eurotherm by Schneider Electric, ABB, Endress+Hauser, and Lapp India. Speakers and exhibitors addressed a range of topics, such as driving operational excellence with Industry 4.0, aiding data integrity for qualified BMS system and SaaS, cable and connectivity solutions for pharma industry, advanced digitalization and automation services for driving the factory of the future, and the specific aspects of process Raman spectroscopy solutions for pharma and bio-pharma applications.

    Valuable and encouraging perspectives were offered by the policy makers and regulators. They included DCGI, Dr. Eswara Reddy along with Asst. Drugs Controller, Bangalore sub-zone and Commissioner, FDCA, and Gujarat. Consultants KPMG and Frost & Sullivan provided their perspectives on the evolving state of automation and smart manufacturing requirements, and outlined a roadmap for factories of the future. Other expert speakers covered topics on standards for batch control as well as industrial cybersecurity.

    The spacious lobbies of the convention centre were fully occupied with exhibitor stalls and a host of companies displayed their products and services. Among those exhibiting were Honeywell Automation, Zenith Technologies, Pepperl+Fuchs, Wago, Omron Automation, and Beckhoff Automation. A diverse cross-section of delegates throughout industry were present in large numbers on both days. It was estimated that approximately 200 people attended both days of the event.

    A panel discussion and technical quizzes also were conducted. All attendees also enjoyed the many fine foods and refreshments provided. Feedback among those present was overwhelmingly positive.

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    A diverse range of end users, automation service providers, consultants, and policy makers attended the symposium at the NIMHANS Convention Centre in Bangalore.

    Distance Education in Engineering

    Molly Joseph was presented the Gold Medal for her paper and presentation titled, Medical Analysis of Knee Injuries Using Kinematic Design with a Mechatronic Application for Rehabilitation. The conference, "Distance Education in Engineering," centered on the 14th online program organized by ISA, The Saint Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation (SUAI) in Russia, and Indiana State University (ISU) in the USA. Additional universities in Italy, Spain, and other localities also participated in the session organization. Alex Bobovich of SUAI and Jerry Cockrell of ISU managed the sessions. Joseph is an instructor in the automation systems program at Ivy Tech Community College and a graduate student at ISU.

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    Jerry Cockrell of Indiana State University presented the Gold Medal and certificate to Molly Joseph.

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    15th Annual Project Management Course at Saint Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation

    Graduates of the 15th project management course at Saint Petersburg State University of Aerospace Instrumentation (SUAI) in Saint Petersburg, Russia was completed in May of 2018. Students received diplomas from Indiana State University (ISU) after completion of nine modules. Instruction using online lectures and discussion was completed using Skype. The course uses the ISA book, Practical Project Management: Learning to Manage the Professional Writer, by Dr. Gerald (Jerry) W. Cockrell, CAP®.

    Cockrell, a Professor Emeritus at ISU and a former ISA President (2009), led discussions and answered questions at a live session. Alex Popovich is a Director at SUAI and former ISA District Vice President.

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    Graduates of the project management course at Saint Petersburg State University display their diplomas.

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    ESPC-18 Russian winners were recognized at the SUAI council meeting.

    ISA's St. Petersburg Section in Russia to celebrate its 25-year anniversary in 2019

    The ISA St. Petersburg Section, in a meeting 18 June, discussed their planned activities for the second half of 2018 as well as their upcoming 25-year anniversary celebration in 2019. Section President Dr. Artur Budagov presented a report on the section's Q2 activities to the members and leaders. C. Ives, H. Zinschlag and P. Zani visited St. Petersburg in June 1994 and participated at the first organized meeting of the section at that time. The section is developing a book to be published on its 25-year history.

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    Members and leaders of ISA's St. Petersburg (Russia) Section (pictured above) met in mid-June.

    ISA Ireland Section celebrates 40th anniversary

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    The ISA Ireland Section, which maintains a steady membership of more than 200 members scattered throughout the island, celebrated its 40th anniversary on 29 June 2018. The ISA Ireland section has had a rich and distinctive history since its origin, continuously holding high-value meetings, technical talks, conferences, symposia, and exhibitions throughout the country.

    The section has always strived to satisfy the automation needs of a progressive country that continues to undergo rapid industrial transformation on all fronts and many sectors of industry. The section hosted a national prestigious Honours & Awards (H&A) ceremony when it recognized its 36-year anniversary.  The opulent and elegant Common Room within the quadrangle of UCC has served as the location of the section's annual H&A event for the last 20 years.

    Section leaders said that the section has been very fortunate to benefit from its hard-working and dedicated committee members, elected on a yearly basis, that serve the membership and the automation profession. The section's committee members, leader emphasized, tirelessly promote the automation and control profession and the vision and mission of ISA.

    Over the past forty years of activity, 34 individuals had the privilege and honour of serving in the distinguished role of section president. Five of these individuals served two terms of office, namely: Fred Gilroy, Liam M Donnell, John Lotty, Alan Bateman, and John Murphy. It is important to acknowledge the four past presidents who are sadly no longer with us, but they are always in our thoughts, namely: Ger Dullea, Fred Gilroy, Maurice Radford, and John Farrell.

    The ISA Ireland section has been a significant force for many years, a presence that has not gone unnoticed by other ISA senior volunteers around the world. Several past presidents served on the ISA Executive Board, with the first of these being Maurice Radford who was District 12 (which at that time comprised all geographical areas outside North America) Vice President. Maurice was the face and spokesperson for ISA Ireland internationally some 30 years ago and a trail blazer for many years, representing Ireland with distinction.

    During the last few decades, this mantle has been assumed by Declan Lordan, Billy Walsh, Kevin Dignam, Eoin O'Rian, and Brian Curtis. Dave O'Brien is the current District 12 (which presently covers Europe, the Middle East, and Africa) Vice President, continuing a long and distinguished tradition for the Ireland section. Brian Curtis and Declan Lordan have served more than five years at different times on the global ISA Executive Board, which is a major achievement for a section that has a much smaller countrywide population than most of its counterparts.

    The pinnacle of the section's service and achievement was evident when Brian Curtis was named ISA President for 2018. It's clear that ISA's Ireland Section has many reasons to celebrate its history and approach the future with pride and a strong sense of purpose.

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