• June 2015 Insights  – Section/District News

    Xª BASF-ISA Vale 2015 Day

    24 September 2015
    Guaratinguetá - SP – Brazil
    Section URL: www.isavale.org.br

    Join us for technical lectures on automation business cases. Network with 12 companies in the showroom with live equipment demonstrations. Learn about automation issues and analytical instrumentation.

    For more information, please contact Nilson Rana at ncrana@uol.com.br or Ademar Poggio at ademarpoggio@isavale.org.br.

    ISA Professional Training in Sao Paulo

    14-16 July 2015 – Mechanical Maintenance Technician – Basic Module
    21-23 July 2015 – Instrumentalist Maintenance – Basic Module
    Guaratinguetá - SP – Brazil
    Section URL: www.isavale.org.br

    For more information, please contact Nilson Rana at ncrana@uol.com.br or Ademar Poggio at ademarpoggio@isavale.org.br.

    1st Annual ISA President’s Scholarship Cup

    18 June 2015
    Makefield Highland Golf Club
    1418 Woodside Road
    Yardley, Pennsylvania 19067
    Event URL: isa-philly.org/golf-outing/

    Registration and BBQ from 11 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Proceeds are to support the 2015 ISA Philadelphia Section’s student scholarship program. Shotgun start occurs at 1 p.m. Dinner and prizes will immediately follow golf game. Golf format is a four-person scramble with mulligans.

    For more information please contact Anthony Sandone at asandone@ivesmail.com.

    Facility Tour - FLSmidth USA, Inc.

    10 June 2015
    7158 South FLSmidth Drive
    Midvale, UT 84047
    5:30 – 7:30 P.M.

    Join us in Midvale to tour FLSmidth’s Utah location and gain an understanding of how it is among the leading suppliers of systems, machinery, processes, spare parts and services to the global mineral industry. This tour will have a special focus on its pilot plant equipment testing area and its robotic laboratory. The QCX/RoboLab is set up to fit the analytical demands of the majority of mining operations, including coarse and fine sample preparation for assay pulps, as well as the preparation and analysis of samples for quantitative bulk mineralogy via X-Ray Diffraction (XRD.)

    For more information, contact Jeff Hayes at jeff.hayes@beijerinc.com.

    ISA District 6 Student Competition Results for 2015

    ISA District 6 held a student competition in Eveleth, Minnesota on 17 April 2015 at the Mesabi Range College. Jason Haines coordinated the event for District 6. Nine teams competed this year. In addition, District 6 appreciated the support of  vendors Rockwell Automation, Fisher/Novaspect , Endress and Hauser, and ISA for supplying materials for the competition.

    Russ Gaalswyk of Northwest Iowa Community College was proud of his students for taking 1st Place overall in the competition.

    ISA, ISA District 6, and the ISA Omaha Section are very proud of all the student sections that competed. They represent the future of ISA.

    Paper and Pulp Manufacturing Processes

    On 9 April 2015, the ISA Sertaozinho Section sponsored a short course on paper and pulp manufacturing for the ISA Seção Estudantil Student Section at the SENAI Training Center. The students learned where paper was born, the types of paper roles, why use pulp to make paper, the paper production process, which country is the largest paper producer, what Brazil’s role is in the paper-making industry, the importance of the pulp and paper industry in Brazil, and role industrial automation plays in the sector.

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    District 7 Leadership Conference 2015  

    District 7 Leadership Conference 2015

    District 7 Leadership Conference 2015

    2015 District 7 Leadership Conference

    District 7 hosted its annual leadership conference in Galveston, Texas 24-25 April 2015. Forty-six leaders including District Vice President James Haw, ISA Member Services Administrator Rachael McGuffin, and a majority of sections represented were in attendance. The conference started off Friday night with a dinner at Fish Tails restaurant where 70 leaders and guests dined and networked. The conference took place Saturday with keynote speaker Curtis Swisher discussing “Vital Behaviors of Highly Effective Leaders.” The leaders attended various workshops and joined in on discussions on ISA’s five goals, section tax exemption, membership and recruitment, available leader resources, section officer duties and responsibilities, scholarship programs, email marketing, and section report outs.

    Overall, the 2015 District 7 Leadership Conference was a success and accomplished record attendance.



    ISA Ireland Section Seminar 2015 –
    “Technology Modernization in Plant Automation Systems”

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    Ireland Section Seminar 2015

    Ireland Section Seminar 2015

    “Technology Modernization in Plant Automation Systems” showcased new developments within automation technology solutions in the manufacturing and service industries. The seminar was held on 25 March 2015 at the Crown Plaza Blanchardstown in Dublin, Ireland.

    This event focused on the modern approaches needed to allow plant systems to be upgraded. An example would be transitioning to a new OS platform/hardware or utilizing the latest virtual technology environment.

    A number of key guest speakers from the industry shared their experiences from case studies and practical examples in the proper use of technology. Speakers emphasized that driving efficiency and innovation through technology modernization within the process control layer can be a major challenge, but harnessing advances in technology and ensuring ROI on these investments are as important as ever.

    Utilizing technologies such as "virtualization" reduces physical hardware costs but requires significant planning and investment. The seminar attracted 70 attendees, including table-top vendors, to the event.  Feedback on the seminar was very positive. The active participation of industry guest speakers provided a high degree of knowledge transfer


    ISA Netherlands Section Emphasize Security and Safety During Themed Event

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    Netherlands Section Event

    Netherlands Section Event

    Netherlands Section Event

    Netherlands Section Event

    Netherlands Section Event

    On Thursday, 23 April, the ISA Netherlands Section organized an informational evening emphasizing the need to improve safety and security. The ISA84 and ISA99 standards were introduced and their practical usability was explained to a mixed audience of students and new members, as well as long-time ISA members.

    Hosted by the Avans University of Applied Sciences in ‘s Hertogenbosch, the evening started with an introduction by the ISA Netherlands Section President Marcel Jutte, who set the scene by familiarizing the audience with the ISA organization, its membership benefits, and why standards are needed and important for the industry.

    After the introduction, Ton Maas from the Team High Tech crime of the Dutch National Police, introduced the structure of the Team High Tech Crime and explained how members work with the industry to protect industrial automation. Amongst other responsibilities, the team investigates security breaches and attacks on industrial automation installations and gathers reliable forensic data in order to find and prosecute attackers. Maas explained how companies can support the Team High Tech Crime by making sure that no valuable information gets lost after a security breach or security incident in the ICS environment.

    ISA99/IEC 62443 subject matter expert Arjan Meijer of Hudson Cybertec took the audience on a guided tour through the ISA99/IEC 62443 security standard. The most important differences between IT and OT cybersecurity were clearly explained. Meijer outlined the practical issues that companies encounter in ICS security in relation to the foundation of security, technology, organizational issues and people. He discussed how the ISA99/IEC 62443 standard can help organizations everywhere in the value chain, from designing and validating secure systems, to developing secure components and systems, to using Cyber Security Management in order to maintain proper cybersecurity. The tour ended with recommendations on how to get started with the ISA99/IEC 62443 standard.

    While the sun was setting, Kees Bergenhenegouwen from Siemens elaborated on industrial security and ISA84, explaining how industrial security and process safety interact with each other. After an overview of the market trends and importance of industrial security, he outlined the similarities and differences between industrial security and process safety. He explained and compared the layers of protection of both the ISA84 and ISA99, their lifecycles, as well as their respective system integrity levels and security levels. Bergenhenegouwen concluded with a short explanation of the initiatives that Siemens have developed to address industrial security from the vendor side to aid its customers.

    All presentations were well received by the audience and triggered many questions that were answered during the Q&A discussion session with the speakers. During the networking reception, participants had ample opportunity to further discuss the topics with each other and with the speakers. Many returned home afterwards, inspired and full of new perspectives on cybersecurity and safety, turning this evening into a great success for all.

    This themed event was made possible by the Avans University of Applied Sciences, which facilitated the evening, as well as the Team High Tech crime of the Dutch National Police and sponsors Siemens and Hudson Cybertec, which delivered presentations.