ISA Insights

JULY 2013

2013 ISA President, Terrence G. Ives, recognizes the high marks earned by ISA Transactions in prestigious industry ratings

In late June, the 2013 Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports (JCR), a highly recognized quantitative ranking and comparison of professional journals, announced that ISA Transactions: The Journal of Automation earned its highest rating ever in a key measurement of content quality and value.

Member Spotlight:

Q&A with Clifford Wuertz, the new president of the ISA Houston Section - Clifford Wuertz, a senior engineer in the Instrumentation and Controls Department at AMEC Oil & Gas Americas, began his term as president of the ISA Houston Section on 1 July 2013. In this informative question-and-answer feature, he explains how his membership and involvement in ISA have enriched his career and professional standing.

ISA Executive Board recommends revisions of Bylaws to change the ISA Governance Structure
The 2013 Council of Society Delegates (CSD) will be voting on seven motions recommended by the ISA Executive Board to change the Governance Structure of ISA in accordance with the report of the 2012 Governance Structure Task Force. The motions impact the composition of the CSD, the Executive Board, and the Nominating Committee. One of the motions gives individual members the power to directly elect their Society leaders.

ISA to conduct 20 automation and control short courses at its North Carolina headquarters over five consecutive days this summer
To help automation professionals quickly ramp up their technical knowledge, the International Society of Automation (ISA) will be conducting 20 automation and control short courses at its North Carolina headquarters training location over five consecutive days this summer, from Monday, 29 July to Friday, 2 August.

ISA77.13 standards committee seeking new members to help revise steam turbine bypass system standards
ISA77.13 standards committee members have determined that a revision of ANSI/ISA-77.13.01-1999 (R2008), Fossil Fuel Power Plant Steam Turbine Bypass System, is needed. To accomplish this task and solicit new input, the committee is seeking new members to participate.

Decision to revise ISA77.43 fossil fuel power standards prompts call for new committee members to contribute
After review of the current ANSI/ISA-77.43.01-2002 (R2008), Fossil Fuel Power Plant Unit/Plant Demand Development-Drum Type, ISA77.43 committee members have concluded that a revision of the standard is necessary. The committee is seeking new members to contribute to this work and to provide additional input.

Society officer nominees selected 
The Society Nominating Committee met in conjunction with the Spring Leaders Meeting to select candidates for ISA officer positions. The committee extends its congratulations to the individuals who were selected as nominees. These nominees will be presented to the Council of Society Delegates for election in November 2013.

Fellows and Celebrating Excellence award honorees announced 
ISA is proud to announce those ISA members elevated to the distinguished membership grade of Fellow and the Celebrating Excellence award honorees for 2013-including Member's Choice honorees who were selected by a preponderance of votes casted by their peers.

ISCI working with ISA and the Automation Federation in responding to US government's cybersecurity initiative 
In April 2013, the ISA Security Compliance Institute (ISCI) began working with the ISA99 standards committee leaders and the Automation Federation to respond to the US federal government's request for information (RFI) for developing a cybersecurity framework aimed at reducing cyber risks to US critical infrastructure.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Industry survey winners announced 
Congratulations to the ISA Houston Section, ISA Texas Channel Section, and ISA Southeast Texas Section for winning the industry survey section prizes!

Congratulations also to Chris Heber for winning the individual prize!

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INSIDE INTECH

Multivariable Predictive Control - Author Allan Kern explains in easy-to-understand terms how a better working knowledge of MPC will help industry achieve higher performance.


ON INTERCHANGE

Implementing
Security for Industrial
Automation Systems

(Part 1) - Implementing security for industrial automation and control systems requires the identification of areas that have to be protected and the threats to which they might be exposed. The areas that require protection can be viewed from both the macro and micro level.  


BUZZ ON BOOKS

Design Patterns
for Flexible Manufacturing

In this handy resource, Dennis Brandl defines an effective set of design patterns and rules you should know when applying the widely used ISA88 industry standards to batch manufacturing. 


HAPPENINGS

2013 ISA Water/ Wastewater and Automatic Controls
Symposium
 
When: 6-8 August 2013
Where: Crowne Plaza
Orlando Universal, 
Orlando, FL, USA

8th ISA Marketing and Sales Summit 
When: 11-13 September
Where: W New Orleans, 
New Orleans, LA, USA

Did you miss Honeywell's Users Group? See the key presentations and learn more about the event.


IN SESSION

Seize the Day! ISA Training Short Course Event (20 short courses) 
When: July 29 to Aug. 2, 2013 | Where: ISA Headquarters; RTP, NC

ISA TechTour 2013: Oklahoma City, OK | When: July 29 to Aug.2, 2013 | Where: Oklahoma City, OK

ISA Automation Engineering Survival Training | When: Aug. 19-23, 2013 | Where: ISA Headquarters, RTP, NC; USA

Advanced Diploma in Industrial Automation
When:  This 18-month program from EIT begins August 12, 2013 | Where: Online

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ISA's 2014 Training
Schedule Poster!

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