• Section & Division News

    Young Professionals Development Night

    Conshohocken Brewing Company, Bridgeport PA
    Wednesday, 24 October 2018
    6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

    Join the Philadelphia Section for food and discussion around the subject of careers in the various roles involved in the industrial automation field.

    Whether your current role specifically involves industrial automation or you work in a related field you will surely find value in the experiences and knowledge of our panel members. Educate yourself about career possibilities in industrial automation, learn life lessons from experienced professionals, and build your network of friend and peers.

    For more information on this event, please visit www.ISA-Philly.org or contact Charlie Grab at CGrab@RA.Rockwell.com

    Lafayette Section Shrimp Boil

    Acadiana Events Center
    211 JB Road., Scott, LA
    Thursday, 25 October 2018
    6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    Please join the ISA Lafayette Section for a Fall Social! Tickets are available at www.isa-lafayette.org

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    ISA Delhi Section's Monthly Technical Meeting

    Scope Convention Centre, Scope Complex, Lodhi Road, New Delhi
    Friday, 26 October 2018
    6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    Join the ISA Delhi Section for a technical meeting as we cover special control valves for critical service.

    Want to attend? Contact Sachin Joshi at secretary@isadelhi.org for more.

    Training: Process Control Basics

    ISA Campinas Section
    Rua Barão de Paranapanema, 146 Bloco C, Conj. 51, Campinas, SP, Brazil
    Monday, 5 November - Friday, 9 November 2018

    The ISA Campinas Section will host a training event for professionals, technicians, and engineers who need to improve their knowledge in instrumentation and process control. The event will also assist in the development of initiatives and decisions concerning instrumentation, including automation projects.

    Instructor Luiz Roberto Cunha will provide technical knowledge about control loops (components, functions and symbols), control (PID actions, IHM, analog and digital), process dynamics (capacitance, resistance, dead time and tuning), control strategies (cascade, feed forward and complex loops), control valves (sizing and operational conditions), SIS, MCC, and digital control systems.

    To register for this training, go to http://www.isacampinas.org.br/cursos

    ISA Houston Section Annual Chili Cookoff

    Sawyer Yards, Houston
    Thursday, 8 November 2018
    5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

    The ISA Houston Section Chili Cookoff is in its 16th year of operation. This event is critical to the success of the section as it raises significant financial contributions toward scholarships.  The cookoff offers an excellent opportunity for local companies to promote their name recognition through team competition and exhibit tables and sponsorships. It also allows for individuals in the ISA community to network among their peers.  Dozens of local companies are expected to exhibit and several hundred of individuals are expected to attend.

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    Thanks to our 2018 exhibiting sponsors!

    Title Exhibiting Sponsors

    Applied Control Engineering
    Emerson Process Solution
    Relevant Solutions


    Trailer Exhibiting Sponsors
    Automation Technology, LLC.
    Baro Companies
    SMWP Valve and Automation

    Platinum Exhibiting Sponsors
    Alco Valves Group
    Andon Specialties
    ASCO Emerson
    AWC, Inc.
    Chase Controls
    Control Analytics, Inc.
    Detection & Measurement Systems
    EcoChem Analytics
    Jamison Products
    Orbital Gas
    Pan Tech Corporation
    Phoenix Contact
    Process Control Outlet
    Process Solutions
    RBI Solutions
    Rao DeBoer Osterrieder, PLLC,
    Rosemont Tank Gauging
    Sunbelt Supply CO.
    VEGA Americas, Inc.

    Gold Exhibiting Sponsors
    Cosa Xentaur
    JMS Southeast
    Mechanical Advantage Corporation
    MTS Sensors
    PAC Stainless
    PBM Valve Solutions

    Beverage Sponsor
    Alco Valves Group

    Visit www.houstonisa.org to register for this cook off!

    Workshop: Paper & Celluloses

    Estr. Monte Alegre, 3393, Piracicaba, SP, 13415-900, Brazil
    Monday, 26 November 2018
    9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Join the ISA Campinas Section for a free one-day workshop on recent applications in the paper and celluloses industry. Attendants will be welcomed to a free brunch, an opportunity to network with professionals, and participate in a question-and-answer session at the end.

    For more information on this event, please go to http://www.isacampinas.org.br/even

    ISA Perry Technical Institute Student Section

    The demand for instrument technicians is increasing as industry relies more upon automation to reduce the costs of production and packaging. In Perry Tech's two-year training program, you'll learn to monitor, install, troubleshoot, repair, and calibrate process controls in the areas of temperature, level, flow, and pressure. Get a sneak peek at its Instrumentation and Industrial Automation Program here. For more on the program and to download a brochure please visit -https://www.perrytech.edu/programs/index.html?programid=7

    ISA Vivekanand Education Society's Institute of Technology

    In late August, the ISA Maharashtra section and Vivekanand Education Society's Institute of Technology student section welcomed ISA Society President Brian Curtis and ISA Executive Board Member Prabhu Soundarrajan to Mumbai.  The Maharashtra section organized various events and invited faculty members and five students from 10 different colleges to meet and greet with Brian and Prabhu. This meeting helped to increase awareness of ISA and build its brand and image in this area of India. The speech Curtis delivered reportedly inspired and motivated both students and faculty advisors.

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    Above, the Mumbai Maharashtra's Free Press Newspaper (published 25 Sept 2018) covered the visits of ISA Society President Brian Curtis and ISA Executive Board Member Prabhu Soundarrajan to Mumbai. 

    III Technical Meeting at Eletropaulo: Automation Asset Management

    For the third consecutive year, the ISA Sao Paulo Section held a technical meeting at Eletropaulo. This event, which took place on 31 August 2018, was held with the support of Eletropaulo Automation Management.

    With a draw of ten technical lectures and four exhibitors, the event was attended by 120 people, including employees of Eletropaulo, integrators, engineering companies, and manufacturers of automation technology and management systems.

    The event began with the presentation by Tarciso Martins, Technical Director of ISA São Paulo Section, who provided an overview of ISA and its contributions to the energy industry. Following that, attendees were welcomed by Eletropaulo's Director of Operations and Planning, Nilson Baroni Jr., followed by a presentation by Darcio Dias, Automation Manager of Eletropaulo, who spoke about the company's experiences in asset tracking.

    The program also featured lectures from the a range of leading companies, including Advantech, Moxa, General Electric, Novus, Schneider Electric, FLIR, WAGO, Concert Technologies, and EDP.

    During the coffee break, attendees had the chance to learn about the products and solutions of the exhibitors (including Advantech, General Electric, Novus, and WAGO). Some participants had the privilege of visiting the Eletropaulo Operational Center.

    All the event details, including the presentations, can be found at https://bit.ly/2CrK6Lq

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    A large group of attendees filled the auditorium for the Eletropaulo technical meeting.

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    A select group of attendees toured the Eletropaulo Operational Center.

    IPN Zacatenco Student Section Meets with Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo

    To kick off September, members of ISA's IPN Zacatenco student section met with one of the most important institutions in Mexico, Instituto Mexicano del Petroleo, to discuss future collaborations for the benefit of Mexico.

    ISA Birmingham Section takes part in Job Fair at UAB

    On 6 September, the University of Alabama-Birmingham held its annual School of Engineering Career Expo/Dean's Welcome Back Luncheon.  This event is designed to give students an opportunity to connect and network with companies around the country and to learn about possible employment opportunities.

    Representatives of more than 23 companies and approximately 150 students attended.  Although primarily designed as a job fair, the event was an ideal opportunity to introduce and showcase ISA to engineering students. 

    The students were engaging and genuinely interested in what ISA could offer them in their careers in the areas of networking, opportunities, mentoring, and career development.  The students were given ISA brochures and an invitation to the section's September Kickoff meeting, which was held 11 September at Logan's Roadhouse on Highway 280.

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    Among those attending from ISA were (L-R) Beth Clarkin (Assistant ISA Birmingham Section Webmaster), Yao Wang (Student liaison of the Birmingham section of ISA), and Patrick Joseph (Treasurer, ISA Birmingham Section).

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    A display prepared by the   Birmingham Section leaders included materials explaining the goals and objectives of ISA, and sample instruments and devices (such as a working programmable controller that was used for demonstration purposes). The benefits and values of ISA participation were discussed, and the attendees were invited to take part in local ISA Birmingham events and activities.

    Manthan 2018

    Manthan 2018

    Manthan 2018 is an annual orientation meeting, organized by ISA's Maharashtra Section, that enables ISA faculty advisors and student section leaders to create action plans and address challenges, enhance networking avenues among the student community and faculties, and to share information.

    Among topics discussed were ISA's InTech magazine, benefits for student members, ways to enhance interaction with ISA student sections, seminars and industry-oriented lectures to be conducted for students, and skills development for honing the expertise of ISA members.

    ISA Birmingham Section Kick-off Meeting

    The Birmingham Section held its kick-off meeting for the new society year on Tuesday, 11 September at Logan's Roadhouse on Highway 280.  This is an annual event to get section activities started, mobilize section members, and outline a schedule of events and activities. President Jim Key noted the significance of the date. A moment of silence was observed to show respect for the many lives lost during September 11, 2001.

    Some of the topics discussed included:

    • Student activity plans
    • Financial status
    • Membership recruitment
    • Honors and awards
    • Upcoming 2019 short course
    • The liaison with the Engineering Council of Birmingham
    • Technical programs scheduled
    • Annual budget considerations

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    Featured left to right: Birmingham Section President Jim Key, Beth Clarkin (section webmaster), Yao Wang (student liaison), Catherine Andrews (membership officer), and Meg Moore (vice president).

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    Left to right: Cliff Fleming discusses a technical challenge with Skip Wells and Mark Isbell.

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    Certainly, a highlight of the gathering was the food and fellowship.

    Engineers Day Celebration

    In celebration of Engineers Day, ISA Maharashtra leaders   Sanjay Rathi (Student Section Liaison) and Upendra Joshi (Education Chai) spoke with students of Rustumji College Mumbai about their industry experiences. The leaders introduced ISA and its benefits to students and explained how they can use ISA as a platform to showcase their talent and increase the knowledge in the automation domain. They also provided students some tips to improve interviewing skills.

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    18th Technical Seminar of Industrial Automation

    The Technical Seminar of Industrial Automation, 18th Edition 2018, held 20-21 September, was a success! The event took place at the Expotrade Convention Center together with the Expomac and Eletron fairs. More than 200 professionals attended the seminar. The ISA Curitiba Section welcomed engineer and ISA District 4 Vice President Ana Cristina Rodrigues, who spoke about ISA standards in an era of Industry 4.0. Engineer Claudio Makarovsky discussed how and why engineering professionals are moving from analog to digital amidst the 4th Industrial Revolution.

    In addition, presenters from six prestigious industrial automation companies and manufacturers involved in technological innovations spoke to attendees as part of the program. Professionals from the area enjoyed the opportunity to exchange technical expertise and participate in networking. The Curitiba Section is especially grateful for Diretriz Fairs and Event for their invaluable support in organizing the program.

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    Yantra 2018

    Yantra is a product exhibition, established by ISA's Maharashtra Section, in which students interact with representatives from various electrical and instrumentation companies to learn about their products and industry expertise. This year about 30 companies-such as Baumer, Honeywell, Jumo India, and Nippon Instruments-participated in the event. Approximately 500 students visited the exhibition. Trupti Mane Furia, ISA Maharashtra section Newsletter Editor, organized the affair. The event was originally created by ISA Maharashtra section leaders Arvind Mangarasi (Secretary), Vaibhav Narkar, (Treasurer), and Dinesh Parab (Publication Chair).

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