The ISA Mentor protégés received many positive comments by attendees on the presentations given at ISA Automation Week 2012. The Control Performance track chair, George Buckbee, commented the presentations were evidence that the ISA Mentor Program was a resounding success. This caused me to step back and think what the key factors might have been. [...]
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At ISA Automation Week, Thursday, 27 September 2012 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m., attendees of a panel discussion “The Best of the ISA Mentor Program – Building the Future” will review the highlights of the ISA Mentor program and the accomplishments of the protégés and discuss opportunities for improvements, including the need for more mentors. Here is the presentation The [...]
The original intent of the ISA Mentor Program was to start with four (4) end users with at least two (2) years of plant experience. After reviewing several candidates, I decided to accept more than double the amount of applicants into the program due to their excellent qualifications. I kicked off the program with nine [...]
Over the past decades, industrial automation benefits have often been determined based on the cost savings achieved by headcount reductions. Today, in most industrial organizations staffing is at critically low levels and headcount reductions are no longer feasible. One of the emerging key aspects of business benefits with respect to industrial automation lies in enabling the people to be more effective both individually and collaboratively.
This track covers technologies and approaches in which industrial automation helps meet the objective of improving performance of the range of personnel functions (operations, maintenance, engineering, supervision and management) across industrial operations.
This session is in the Safety/Environmental Performance Track: Safety Systems: Solving Today’s Toughest Applications Presented By: Mr. Dustin Beebe, ProSys Read Bio Mr. Steve Ferrer, ProSys Read Bio Mr. Darwin Logerot, ProSys Read Bio Abstract: Investigations of many catastrophic plant events have shown alarm flooding to have been significant distractions for the operators just prior to the incident. This connection [...]
Safety and environmental integrity have always been critically important aspects of industrial operations. In recent years with increased regulatory and business pressures, the importance of effectively controlling safety and environmental concerns is much higher. Safety and environmental limits can impose tight constraints in the profitability of industrial operations.
This track covers approaches and technologies that ensure safe, environmentally sound operations as well as how holistic measurement and control of safety, the environment, and profitability can lead to new levels of operational and business performance.
This session is in the Security Track: Infrastructure Security and Threats Worldwide Presented by: Andrew Ginter, Director of Industrial Security, Waterfall Security Solutions The evidence of increasing inter-connectedness surrounds us: cell phones pull information from both public and private sources, IT teams struggle to integrate tablet computers into IT and security infrastructures, and wireless communications is [...]
The security of our infrastructure, facilities, and manufacturing plants is of high concern 24/7, and we all agree it is prudent to be informed and stay vigilant against external as well as internal threats. Step into the Security Technology Track and learn more about ISA99, the Industrial Automation and Controls Security Standard, where it is going, and how to implement this standard in real world applications. Learn how security technologies are implemented in new building management systems, and take an investigative look into control systems forensics. Security is everybody’s business, and everybody’s responsibility. I’m excited to bring you this track, rife with knowledgeable and renowned speakers to help you stay safe, and stay secure.
Last year, at ISA Automation Week in Mobile, Alabama, automation and controls expert Greg McMillan successfully launched the ISA Mentor Program and shared his knowledge with ten protégés. Each of the program participants will present a paper and/or participate in an ISA Mentor Program Panel session at ISA Automation Week, 24-27 September 2012 at the Orange [...]
Winner of ISA’s prestigious ISA Life Achievement Award in 2010 and many times recognized and awarded for his achievements during the course of his career, Greg McMillan is ISA’s most prolific author. Greg cranks out at least one book—sometimes two—a year, has written several articles for InTech and other magazines, and just completed the third [...]