• Events and Conferences

    Strategic Automation Leadership Conference

    Collaborative information and interactive discussions for managers and executives
    Co-hosted by ISA and Beamex

    The International Society of Automation
    67 TW Alexander Drive
    Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
    Wednesday, 12 October 2016    

  • Program


    Time Title Presenter
    7:45 AM Breakfast & registration
    8:30 AM Welcome to a meeting of the master minds Pat Gouhin
    8:45 AM The Future of Automation and Control Peter Martin, Ph.D.
    9:45 AM Bottom-line business impact of quality measurements Chuck Boyd
    10:45 AM Break
    11:00 AM Using a risk-based approach to meet regulations and quality standards Michael Uhrin
    12:00 PM Lunch
    1:00 PM Roundtable discussion of today’s top automation concerns Peter Martin, Ph.D.
    2:00 PM The importance of education and training in a highly competitive and changing market Pat Gouhin
    3:00 PM Break
    3:15 PM 5 insider secrets to integrating software systems Ned Espy
    4:00 PM How one of America’s largest public power utilities drove big efficiency gains with automated instrument calibration Jody Damron
    5:00 PM Closing remarks: A tout a l'heure Greg Sumners


    Presentation Descriptions

    The Future of Automation

    Peter G. Martin, Ph.D., Vice President

    Industrial Automation and Control is on the verge of revolutionary change driven by a number of market forces. Perhaps the two most significant driving forces are the transitioning of industrial business to real-time variability, and the technology underpinning automation systems providing opportunities that have previously not been available. These key driving forces are resulting in a massive expansion of scope in real-time measurement and control functionality along with revolutionary advancements in automation system design. The result will be higher levels of industrial performance than have previously been possible. This presentation will project the impact of the driving forces on industrial automation and control and the new generation of system platforms and control functionality that will be available to industry.

    Bottom-line business impact of quality measurements

    Chuck Boyd, Strategic Market Director

    Effective automation may be the most valuable investment any industrial company can make. But, even if a process is fully automated, if it lacks quality measurements, then plant safety, production time and product quality can be compromised—all of which can increase costs. During this session, Chuck will explain some guidelines to ensure that your processes encourage quality measurements and exactly what the impact can be to your bottom-line.

    Using a risk-based approach to meet regulations and quality standards

    Michael Uhrin, Associate Director of Engineering Compliance & Technology

    This presentation will cover the various aspects of implementing a multi-site calibration process change from a global level. Michael Uhrin will highlight the advantages of updating processes, including the benefits of electronic versus paper based methods, critical tasks, such as best practices for data cleanup, and discuss the most common challenges. Finally, equally important as the technical steps to implementing a calibration process change, Mike’s experience and strategies for effectively handling stakeholder’s responses to the process change will be outlined.

    Roundtable discussion of today’s top automation concerns

    Peter G. Martin, PhD, Vice President

    Join an engaging conversation with your peers and industry leaders to discuss the challenges you are facing right now. Led by the ever-passionate, Dr. Peter Martin, the toughest situations will be examined, giving you the opportunity to learn how others have overcome similar dilemmas and tactics you can apply immediately to resolve them.

    The importance of education and training in a highly competitive and changing market

    Pat Gouhin, Executive Director and CEO

    Career path development is always important, but in this highly competitive and changing industrial marketplace, education and training can be an all-important differentiator for your organization. When economic factors outside your control – like the recent decline in the oil and gas industries – shrink available opportunities, lower demand for your product, or put additional stressors on your organization, the expertise of your team members can have a huge impact on ROI.  In addition, the aging workforce and shortage of skilled automation professionals have created a serious situation for many companies.  Learn how and why the right training, certification programs and professional networking can help solve these problems and improve your bottom line. 

    5 insider secrets to integrating software systems

    Ned Espy, Technical Director

    Years ago when integration of software systems became a prominent best practice for measurement and control, it required a heavy investment of man hours. Unfortunately, the process was error-prone and the integration design did allow for unforeseen issues. The failure rate was high. Nowadays, much has been learned from these experiences, but there are still many mistakes that companies can make. Throughout his career, Ned has seen the good, the bad and the ugly across all industries. During this session, he will discuss his experiences, both from an insider and outsider perspective, to bring you the top five secrets to integrating software systems, so that you can ensure your next software integration project is a success.

    How One of America’s Largest Public Power Utilities Drove Big Efficiency Gains with Automated Instrument Calibration

    Jody Damron, Business Analyst

    For more than a century, Salt River Project (SRP) has produced power and delivered water to meet the needs of its customers in the greater Phoenix metropolitan area. For 37 of those years, Jody Damron has worked with SRP in all aspects of instrumentation, both on the plant floor and today as a business analyst. For the majority of his career, he has been involved with revolutionizing the instrument calibration program from a hard copy, index card, paper-based process to a fully automated system that it is today. Jody will explain the steps he took to ensure the project’s success, and how significant efficiency gains were created, which generated instant ROI as a result.