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ISA Technical Education and Training for September and October

In September, drill down on process control with ISA’s Process Automation Boot Camp. Designed for non-maintenance personnel with little or no background in process measurements and control, this hands-on course focuses on the physical measurement technologies, the communication signals, and various applications of instrument equipment to achieve common process measurements and control. An exciting mix […]

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How Does Low Flow Affect Differential Pressure Flowmeter Calibration?

For flowmeter calibration, the phenomenon of “low flow cut-off” is only associated with differential pressure transmitters with square root extraction — if the square root (flow) calculation is done in the control system (DCS/PLC), then this test approach does not apply. The graphic below illustrates the issue. Some may ask why we are testing the […]

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The Decision to Volunteer: The Why, How, and a Personal Call to Action

In their book, The Decision to Volunteer: Why People Give Their Time and How You Can Engage Them, Beth Gazley and Monica Dignam used research on associations to better understand why members volunteer for professional societies such as ISA.  Their research indicated that volunteers contribute their time for both altruistic (other-serving) and instrumental (self-serving) reasons.  […]

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PID Tuning for Near and True Integrating Processes

The most important loops on vessels and columns typically have a near or true integrating response. A self-regulating process is classified as near integrating if the process time constant is larger than four times the process dead time. The composition, pH, and temperature response of continuous columns tend to have a time constant to dead […]

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How Can ISA Best Meet My Needs?

How can ISA help me?  This is a question we hear from automation professionals, members, and volunteer leaders.  As a section leader, it is a question that I have also asked in the hope of helping me better perform my volunteer role.  There is no simple one-line answer, but let me provide a few common […]

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Industrial Education and Training Opportunities for August and September

Join your professional colleagues in August in the Mile High City to attend hands-on training at ISA’s Technical Training Camp in Colorado. Sponsored by the ISA Denver Section, this technical training event features ISA’s respected subject-matter experts delivering real-world experience and skills that can be applied immediately at your plant or facility. In September, take […]

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How to Improve Industrial Automation Security

The history of industrial automation fascinates me. Continuous innovation and new technologies have taken manufacturing processes that originated in the Industrial Age and catapulted them straight into the information age. Just as productivity seemed to be topping out, the Internet helped boost productivity and efficiency to previously unimaginable levels. Unfortunately, as industrial automation roared into […]

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Why Do Automation Professionals Join ISA?

Now that we have discussed our five strategic goals (Content, Data, Coolest Delivery, Cybersecurity, and Advocacy) and our additional focus areas for 2016 (Alignment, Leadership , Globalization and Voice of the Customer), our front line volunteer leaders and collective members are all thinking the same thing:  What’s in it for me (WIFM)?  Depending on the answer, you […]

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ISA Training and Education Programs for July and August

During four consecutive weeks in July, ISA will be offering a series of basic-to-advanced, hands-on and highly-intensive industrial data communications and cybersecurity training courses. Be prepared to act not react, with ISA’s new System Wide Awareness Training (S.W.A.T.) Camp, intensive training for protecting control systems from cyberattack. In August, look to the Mile High City […]

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