ISA Insights

MAY 2013

2013 ISA President, Terrence G. Ives reports on recent FIRST®Robotics Competition

More than 10,000 students from around the globe, from ages 6 to 18, gathered 24-27 April at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, to put their engineering skills and scientific know-how to the test in three different age-specific, team-oriented programs. This year's event drew nearly 650 student teams from 37 countries around the world, and attracted more than 2,800 mentors, coaches, and adult supporters, and over 750 event volunteers.

Member Spotlight:

Prabhu Soundarrajan, director of ISA's Chemical Petroleum Industries Division, embodies the vitality and talent of ISA's young automation leaders
While early in his automation career, Prabhu Soundarrajan is a well-established industrial automation executive and one of ISA's most active leaders. Director of the Chemical Petroleum Industries Division (ChemPID) and Global Director at RAE Systems, Prabhu has distinguished himself in all facets of his career.

He has helped develop and commercialize over a dozen innovative products and solutions for the automation industry. His membership and involvement in ISA enable him to continually enhance his technical knowledge and leadership skills.


ISA announces Beamex as an ISA Automation Week Partner 
ISA recently announced that Beamex, Inc., a leading worldwide provider of integrated calibration solutions, is an ISA Automation Week Partner. Beamex's partnership agreement with ISA ensures that the company and its solutions will gain privileged brand exposure and marketing promotion at ISA Automation Week 2013.

ISA April 2013 Standards Update
Review the latest activities relating to the ISA67.02 subcommittee and to the ISA96.05 subcommittee.

Voting for the Member's Choice Awards is now open
 
The Member's Choice Awards recognize those individuals who have demonstrated exceptional leadership as decided by someone who knows them best-you! Voting for the Member's Choice Awards will continue through 31 May 2013. Let the voting begin! Vote now and vote often at www.isa.org/memberschoice

You could win an Apple iPad® and earn your ISA section a cash prize!
 
ISA wants to hear your thoughts, and we're ready to reward you and 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 15 April - 15 June 2013 in a brand-new, 10-minute-long industry survey. Plus, we'll enter each individual survey taker 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-if they pick your section, your section will receive credit for their responses. The top three sections with the most respondents win the cash prizes! Plus, each respondent is automatically entered into the Apple iPad
®drawing. Remember, responses must be received by 15 June, so start promoting the survey today!

Survey Link: 
www.isa.org/industry2013 
Contest Period: 15 April - 15 June 2013

Create ideas or applications using MTConnect for the chance to win cash prizes!
 
The MTConnect Challenge, a US Department of Defense - Defense-Wide Manufacturing Science and Technology (DMS&T) ManTech sponsored competition, seeks ideas and applications that enable a more efficient and competitive domestic manufacturing infrastructure for the defense industry. You could possibly win $100,000!

New ISA Member Benefits! 

Attention ISA members, don't forget to take advantage of your newest member benefits. Start saving today with:
  • Office Depot®: Save up to 80% off preferred products.
  • Wyndham Hotel Brands: Save 20% off the "Best Available Rate" on rooms at nearly 7,000 participating hotels worldwide.
  • AVIS®: Save up to 25% whenever you rent; plus, additional savings and exclusive offers.
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INSIDE INTECH

Web Exclusive: 13 ways through a firewall
Firewalls are a staple of industrial cybersecurity programs, but how secure are they?


ON INTERCHANGE

Share knowledge, network,
and stay current at ISA
Automation Week
 
I/O, I/O, so off to work I go…simple, right? Input. Output. Repeat.  That's the recipe for process automation, there's no denying it. Sounds easy, doesn't it? If only it were that simple.


BUZZ ON BOOKS

The Automation
Legal Reference

Navigate your way through legal hazards and understand some very important risk management concepts without the inconvenience of going to law school. 


HOT TOPIC

Cybersecurity Resources
Are you aware of the ISA cybersecurity resources available to you?


HAPPENINGS

13th Annual ISA Fugitive
Emissions LDAR Symposium*
May 21-23, 2013
New Orleans, LA, USA

2013 Communications 
Division Symposium
 
May 21-23, 2013 
Washington, DC, USA

56th ISA POWID
Division Symposium*
June 2-7, 2013
Orlando, FL, USA
*Don't forget to register for an ISA training course being held in conjunction with these events!


IN SESSION

ISA TechTour
Stop 7: 24-28 June 2013 
Corpus Christi, TX, USA

ISA Technical Training
Camp-Houston 2013
The Month of June 2013 
Houston, TX, USA

New for 2013 
PLC/PAC
System Integratio (TC39P)
June 3-7, 2013 
RTP, NC, USA

Certified Control System
Technician® (CCST®)
Level III Exam Review 
Course (TS03)
June 10-14, 2013
RTP, NC, USA

ISA's 2014 Training 
Catalog! Download

ISA's 2014 Training
Schedule Poster!
 
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