International Society of Automation News Release
Contact: Jennifer Infantino Halsey
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ISA and Beamex to co-host webinar on documenting safety instrumented system inspections and tests

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina USA (05 January 2018) - The International Society of Automation (ISA) and its promotional partner,Beamex, Inc., will co-host a free webinar 31 January 2018 on documenting safety instrumented system (SIS) inspections and tests.

The webinar, which will be held from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, will feature three automation experts: Paul Gruhn, Global Functional Safety Consultant at aeSolutions; Ned Espy, Technical Director at Beamex; and Roy Tomalino, Calibration Engineer at Beamex.

Calibration professionals are very often asked to perform inspections on instrumentation. This webinar will review the best practices of inspecting, testing and documenting a SIS, and will explore how to apply these practices in the field to not only SIS, but also to simpler instruments, such as valves.

As Tomalino, the Beamex engineer explains, "Safety instrumented systems are a high priority and get a significant amount of visibility from inside and outside organizations. Documenting results is often a daunting challenge that we tend to shy away from, but it doesn't need to be. Performing SIS inspections and documenting them can be a minimal additional effort. Join the webinar to watch us demystify this process. We also invite you to share your hot issues, live on the webinar. We will answer and discuss as much as possible in the time allotted. This isn't just about us, it's about collaborating with you and sharing. Even as a technical instructor, I learn something new every time I present in a webinar or teach a class. Join us and add to the knowledge base."

"Today's modern plants require optimal SIS performance in order to safeguard personnel, the environment and production assets, and at the same time, maximize uptime and minimize operational disruptions," says Jennifer Infantino Halsey, ISA's Director of Marketing & Communications. "Therefore, it's essential that SIS inspection, testing, and documentation best practices be followed. ISA is pleased to join with its Beamex partner in offering this important informational webinar."

About the presenters

Paul Gruhn

Paul Gruhn is a Global Functional Safety Consultant at aeSolutions in Houston, Texas. Gruhn has specialized in safety systems for 30 years. He is an ISA Life Fellow, co-chair of the ISA 84 standards committee, the developer and instructor of ISA courses on SIS, and the primary author of the ISA book on the subject. Gruhn developed the first commercial control and safety system modeling software more than 25 years ago. He received a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from IIT in Chicago, IL.

Gruhn is a professional engineer (P.E.) licensed in Texas, a certified functional safety expert (CFSE), a member of the control system engineer P.E. exam team, and an ISA 84 expert. He is the 2018 ISA President-elect/Secretary.

Ned Espy

Ned Espy, Technical Director at Beamex, possesses more than 27 years of direct field experience in instrumentation measurement applications. He has been concentrating on calibration management at Beamex for more than 20 years.

Espy is a recognized expert in developing best practices for calibration, with a particular focus on temperature, pressure and multi-variable instruments. A consistent editorial contributor to leading industry publications, Espy has received significant acclaim within the automation industry. Each day, Espy teaches calibration best practices and provides technical support to end users and to the Beamex sales team in North America.

Roy Tomalino

Roy Tomalino, a Beamex Engineer, possesses more than 16 years of technical training experience. He has served as a trainer, certified developer and technical advisor on four continents to people from more than 40 countries.

Tomalino was a key player at Honeywell at its Fort Collins, Colorado office, where he supported the "DocuMint" Calibration Management Software and numerous calibrators as a trainer, certified developer and technical advisor. He also served as a worldwide trainer at Hewlett Packard.  Today, Tomalino serves as a Beamex "evangelist," supporting customers and the Beamex team in North America.

Register for this free webinar today!

Don’t miss this webinar on multivariable transmitter flowmeter calibration. Click here to register. As a reminder, the webinar will take place 31 January 2018, from 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.

For answers to any questions or to gain further information, contact Katie Turner, Beamex Marketing Manager, at or call her at 1+ 770-951-1927.

About Beamex

Beamex is a leading, worldwide provider of calibration solutions that meet even the most demanding requirements of process instrumentation. Beamex offers a comprehensive range of products and services--from portable calibrators to workstations, calibration accessories, calibration software, industry-specific solutions and professional services. Through Beamex’s subsidiaries, branch offices and an extensive network of independent distributors, the company’s products and services are available in more than 80 countries. Beamex has more than 12,000 customers worldwide.

About ISA

The International Society of Automation ( is a nonprofit professional association that sets the standard for those who apply engineering and technology to improve the management, safety, and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure. Founded in 1945, ISA develops widely used global standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; hosts conferences and exhibits; and provides networking and career development programs for its 40,000 members and 400,000 customers around the world.

ISA owns, a leading online publisher of automation-related content, and is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation (, an association of non-profit organizations serving as "The Voice of Automation." Through a wholly owned subsidiary, ISA bridges the gap between standards and their implementation with the ISA Security Compliance Institute ( and the ISA Wireless Compliance Institute (