• ISA Insights

    JUNE 2013

    2013 ISA President, Terrence G. Ives, invites you to attend and support the remaining ISA events for 2013

    Ives provides highlights of the five technical division symposia that have been held so far in 2013, and encourages members to attend and spread the word about the three remaining Society events for the year: the 2013 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium, to be held 6-8 August in Orlando, Florida, USA; the 8th ISA Marketing and Sales Summit, to be held 11-13 September in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA; and ISA Automation Week 2013, to be held 5-7 November in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. 

    Anton Natchaev shares his story of how ISA has enriched his academic experience and strengthened his research, technical, and presentation skills
     
    The lead graduate student in computational science research at the University of Southern Mississippi, Anton Natchaev has taken advantage of many opportunities to volunteer, network, and present technical findings at ISA division symposia. In his message, Natchaev thanks ISA for supporting his educational and professional development, and helping him realize his career objectives.  

    New ISA symbols software, based on the ANSI/ISA5.1-2009,Instrumentation Symbols and Identification standard, set to be used with Autodesk AutoCAD
     
    The new software product provides users with graphic symbols to be used during the engineering design and layout for a variety of instrumentation-related activities. 

    Learn about the 10 essential elements of a successful DCS migration
     
    A recent study shows that 68% of control engineers plan to upgrade within the next six months. And it's safe to say that most of these engineers experience some degree of fear, uncertainty, and doubt about how to move forward. This top 10 list was developed to help engineers focus on the elements of what it takes to accomplish a successful migration.  

    The ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) announces globalization of ISASecure™
     
    Today's changing information technology landscape is increasingly vulnerable to cyberattack around the globe. In response to the heightened risk, the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI), in partnership with the Japan-based Information-technology Promotion Agency (IPA), has officially published plans to open a testing and accreditation body in Japan through the Japanese Accreditation Board (JAB). The JAB will start the formal accreditation process during fiscal year 2013, and will begin EDSA certifications in fiscal year 2014.  

    New ISA100 Wireless capabilities demonstrated at recent international trade shows
     
    ISA100 Wireless™ product demonstrations at the recently held 2013 Hannover Messe Fair in Germany and the ISA Calgary show-highlighting the ISA100 WCI supplier innovations that are evolving the industrial process automation industry-were met with record user interest. 

    Only a few days remain to enter a drawing to win an Apple iPad®
    ISA wants to hear your thoughts, and we're ready to reward your section for helping us gather the opinions and insights of your section members, co-workers, and friends.

    We'll award three prizes-$3,000, $1,500, and $500-to the sections with the most participation between now and 15 June in a new, 10-minute-long industry survey. In addition, each individual survey taker will be automatically entered into a drawing for an Apple iPad®!

    So, how can your section win? It's simple. Distribute the link below far and wide-send it to your section members, co-workers, and friends in the industry. One of the questions at the end of the survey asks the respondents where they heard about the survey-and if they pick your section, your section will get credit for their responses.

    The top three sections with the most respondents win the cash prizes! 
    Each respondent is automatically entered into the Apple iPad drawing.

    Remember, 
    responses must be received by 15 June, so start promoting the survey and rack up your responses to win!


    INSIDE INTECH

    ISA fully engaged in cybersecurity
    Bill Lydon, InTech chief editor, shares the comprehensive response from ISA and the Automation Federation to the Presidential Executive Order on Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. 


    ON INTERCHANGE

    Eight Steps Critical to a Complete Supplier Selection Process
    A supplier selection can end your career or launch it. With leaner engineering departments and more options to choose from, selecting the right solution is an ever growing challenge. 


    BUZZ ON BOOKS

    A Practical Guide
    on IEC 61499
    IEC 61499 Function Blocks for Embedded and Distributed Control Systems Design, Second Edition provides concrete directions on how to specify and implement a distributed system according to the IEC 61499 standard and how to create an IEC 61499-compliant control device. 
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    HAPPENINGS

    2013 ISA Water / Wastewater and Automation Controls Symposium
    6-8 August 2013
    Crowne Plaza Orlando
    Universal Hotel
    Orlando, FL, US.  


    IN SESSION

    ISA Technical Training Camp-Houston 2013
    Four weeks of world-class automation technician and engineering courses all in one location. Only four courses left during the last two weeks in June!
    Houston, TX, USA

    Seize the Day: ISA
    Short Course Event
     
    Capitalize on this great learning opportunity consisting of 20 one-day automation and control courses in one week!
    July 29 - August 2 2013
    ISA Headquarters 
    RTP, NC; USA

    ISA's 2014 Training
    Catalog! 
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    ISA's 2014 Training
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