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Getting the Most out of an ISA Student Membership

How can students expand their technical bases and pick up the interpersonal skills hiring employers want? ISA student membership offers many opportunities for professional enhancement. Here are a few: Leadership opportunities: There are many opportunities besides being an officer. Students can set up meetings. events, or activities. This helps develop organizational, networking, and project management […]

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ISA12 Members Maintain a High Activity Level at October Meetings

More than forty ISA12 (Electrical Equipment for Hazardous Locations) Members will gather in Cape Cod, Massachusetts October 3-7 to cover topics such as intrinsic safety, gas detectors, instrument purging, and fiber optics.  ISA12 covers the work of 40 standards, including 25 adoptions of IEC standards. During the week, the group will be working on submission […]

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Michael Lopresti

Young Innovators: Internship Opportunities Lead to Automation Future

InTech magazine has launched a new column called “Young Innovators.” The column will focus on “talking shop with the next generation.” The inaugural contribution comes from Michael Lopresti. Lopresti is a senior Industrial Engineering student and collegiate swimmer at the University of Missouri, dually enrolled in the Crosby MBA program. Here is an excerpt from […]

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Estimated Standard Deviation

Because an exact number for standard deviation could only be obtained by taking an infinite number of measurements, the below formula calculates the estimated standard deviation. Let’s take a set of measurements from a temperature transmitter with a range of 0-100 deg, Celsius. IDEAL VALUES     AS FOUND VALUES 0 1 10 12 20 21 30 […]

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Omer Bin Abdul Aziz

Ice Cream Castles in the Land of Automation

On a flight back home the other day, my plane passed above a thick band of monsoon clouds. With the worldly worries left thousands of feet down, I indulged myself in views out of my window seat.   I was enjoying a warm cup of tea inside the comfort of an air conditioned cabin, while the freezing temperature outside […]

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Viewpoint on ISA TR84.0.02 Simplified Methods and Fault Tree Analysis

Abstract: ANSI/ISA-S84.01-1996 and IEC 61508 require the establishment of a safety integrity level for any safety instrumented system or safety related system used to mitigate risk. Each stage of design, operation, maintenance, and testing is judged against this safety integrity level. Quantitative techniques can be used to verify whether the safety integrity level is met. […]

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Honors and Awards

ISA Honors Outstanding Achievements

ISA is proud to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Society and to the automation community. The distinguished grade of Fellow is conveyed by ISA to qualified senior members who have made exceptional engineering or scientific contributions to the field of automation. In addition, deserving and qualified individuals, both members and non-members, […]

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The Power of Networking: Jobs, Business, Even Fun

I receive a plethora of newsletters, mostly dealing with our technology or with applications. However I also receive a few on marketing, Telisian’s  “What’s Working in Marketing & eBusiness” , and on using social media like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter. Indeed, as many of you know, I am an inveterate tweeter! I recently received a […]

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Linear Relationships for 4-20 mA transmitters

Linear Relationships for 4-20 Transmitters A standard electronic pressure transmitter has a range of 50 to 250 psig (345 to 1724 kPa gage), and the pressure is 150 psig (1034 kPa gage), what is the output in mA? a.   4.0 mA b.   12.0 mA c.   13.6 mA d.   50.0 mA   The formula I use […]

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