March Distillery Tour and Social

Dad's Hat

March 21, 2018
Dad’s Hat Distillery
Tour and Social

Find out how a distillery makes rye whiskey. Get an up-close view of the distillation and aging process along with a whiskey tasting.

Our March meeting consists of a one-hour tour of Dad’s Hat distillery in Bristol, PA. The distillery limits tours to 25 persons so only the first 25 registrations will take the tour. Cost for the tour, tasting, and dinner: $25. You must register by Wednesday, March 14th to ensure a proper head count. Prepay online Link or contact Tony Sandone Email or by phone: 610-768-1600.

The distillery’s mission is to deliver classic Pennsylvania Rye spirits following more than 200 years of American tradition. Dad’s Hat began shipping its first bottles in early June of 2012–about a year after starting production. Since then, the company has expanded sales to nearly 20 states and 25 countries. New production capacity will allow the company to expand sales in markets it serves as well as add new markets.

Tentative timetable:

  • 5:30 PM Check in
  • 6:00 to 7:00 PM Take tour and rye tasting
  • 7:00 Socialize with additional cocktails and hoagies in the bar area. (The bar is cigar friendly for those so inclined.)

Dad’s Hat Distillery
925 Canal St.
Building 4, Door 16
Bristol PA. 19007

January’s meeting on the Industrial Internet of Things

January’s meeting at Rumsey drew more than 25 attendees to hear Rockwell Automation’s Tim McCain speak on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) and plant automation. McCain began with a discussion of relevant terms, such as analytics, edge devices, and mobility. He said that internet-enabled edge devices distributed throughout a plant now provide a great deal of valuable information previously unavailable. Plants and their vendors are working to develop analytical tools that transform the data into recommended beneficial actions. Benefits could include predictive maintenance, optimized operations, and detection of costly abnormalities.

McCain noted that smart phones act as edge devices. Mobile apps can interconnect plant and vendor team members in attempts to troubleshoot specific plant problems. An adverse incident can trigger a chat among team members, some of whom would have the knowledge for a fix. Or a team member could search a knowledge base for possible solutions, reporting the results back to the team for a decision on action.

A big concern: finding those people or vendors with the industry knowledge and analytics capabilities to turn huge troves of data into useful benefits.

For a PDF of McCain’s slide presentation, click here.
For a PDF of McCain’s extensive notes, click here.

January 2018 meeting: Process automation and Internet of Things

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For a printable flyer with maps, click here.

Speaker: Tim McCain, Rockwell Automation

Tim McCain is the Information Software Regional Manager supporting the Northeastern United States. In this role, he is responsible for the FactoryTalk Software Portfolio and works with Rockwell Automation’s ecosystem of field sales, professional services, distribution, and system integrator partners to bring information solutions to customers. In his 16-year career with Rockwell Automation, Tim has held a variety of roles with increasing responsibilities including Applications Engineer, Consultant, and Solutions Architect.


The combination of industrial automation and the concept of Internet of Things promises to significantly reduce costs for operating expenditures as sensors, controllers, and actuators become internet-enabled. Control systems increasingly make use of fieldbus networks as smart devices spread. Previously unused data from low-level devices will become available for analysis and control. Security looms as an important issue because each connected device represents a target for unauthorized access. Tim’s discussion will include these and other effects of IoT as well as how various automation companies approach the market.


DATE and TIME: Wednesday, January 17, 2018: Open 5:15 PM — Light meal by sponsor at 5:30 PM; Meeting starts at 6:30 PM — Speaker’s presentation 6:45 PM to 7:45 PM — Vendor displays and socialize before and after talk.

Rumsey Electric Automation Solutions, 15 Colwell Lane, Conshohocken, Pa 19428 Phone: (610) 832-9000 Fax: (610) 941-8181.

DIRECTIONS: Link to printable flyer with maps (above) or Google directions from your location.

MEAL COST: $20 at the door or $15 if prepaid online Link . To register, please contact Tony Sandone by Monday, January 15th by Email or by phone: 610-768-1600.

March: Plant Tour

November topic: Industrial Cybersecurity Defense in Depth

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For a printable flyer with maps, click here.

The threat landscape for industrial networks is as challenging as ever. With companies ramping up against cyber security threats on the Enterprise side, the Plant side is often ignored. Legacy Operating Systems, vulnerable hardware, and minimal security considerations present fresh tempting targets for would-be troublemakers and intellectual property thieves. Here are some guidelines to what you can do to better secure your network and reduce threat vectors.

Speaker: David Y. Kang, CCNA Industrial
Network, Security & Information Solutions Specialist

Dave Kang has spent the last 14 years working in multiple aspects of Information Technology after graduating from Penn State University. He has held roles in Help Desk Support, Network Administration, Systems Administration, and even leadership roles such as Director of Information Systems. His experience lies primarily in infrastructure design and management – both physical and virtual – working closely with vendors such as Cisco, VMware, EMC, Microsoft, and Check Point.

He is currently a Cisco Certified Industrial Networking Specialist and Cisco Certified Network Associate for Industrial (CCNA) working with Rumsey Electric, a Rockwell Automation distributor as their Networking, Security & Information Solutions Specialist. The role helps bridge the gap between IT and OT networks and operates as a liaison between the disparate networks in pursuit of the ‘Connected Enterprise’.


Rumsey Logo

DATE and TIME: Wednesday November 8, 2017 (note date change). Open 5:15 PM — Light meal at 5:30 PM; Meeting starts at 6:30 PM — Speaker’s presentation 6:45 PM to 7:45 PM

LOCATION: Ives Equipment Inc. —
601 Croton Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406 Phone: (610-768-1600)

DIRECTIONS: See above for printable flyer link with directions

MEAL COST: $20 at the door or $15 if prepaid online Link. To register, please contact Tony Sandone by Monday, November 6th by Email
or by phone: 610-768-1600.

JANUARY TOPIC: Artificial Intelligence and the Factory of the Future

September meeting focused on laser-based gas detection technology


Carrie DuMars

MSA’s Carrie DuMars discusses laser-based detection of hazardous gases in industrial plants

At the Philadelphia Section’s September general meeting, Carrie DuMars spoke on laser-based detectors for industrial toxic and flammable gases. DuMars is Product Line Manager for MSA’s Safety Gas and Flame Detection division.

Detector photo

Offshore application

Her presentation focused on MSA’s Senscient ELDSTM line of open-path gas detectors. Typical gas applications include: hydrogen sulfide, sour gas, methane, ethylene, ammonia, carbon dioxide, hydrogen chloride, and hydrogen fluoride. The technology uses tunable lasers to narrow the observed spectrum for the particular gas of interest. The technique also minimizes any weather-related interference.

The MSA detectors incorporate self-testing and technology to virtually eliminate false alarms. Detection distances range from 60 to 200 meters, depending on the target gas.detected.

Next meeting on Wednesday, November 8th: Network Security in Depth at Ives Co., King of Prussia, PA.

September meeting: laser-based gas detection

For a printable flyer with maps, click here.

September 2017 Section Meeting
Topic: Laser technology for reliable gas detection

Open-path gas detectors can effectively monitor fugitive emissions and protect plants from the risk of explosion. This laser-based technique detects leaks faster and over a larger area than point detection. Typical installations include plant perimeters and process or storage areas as well as those in close proximity to specific items such as compressors, pumps, valves and flanges.

Speaker: Carrie DuMars
Product Line Manager
MSA Safety Gas and Flame Detection division

Carrie works closely with engineering to develop products that provide unprecedented end-user benefits and drive the industry towards a higher standard for gas and flame detection instruments. Her recent focus has been on the integration of SENSCIENT ELDSTM open-path gas detectors into the MSA product portfolio. She helps create high-impact sales materials promote this cutting-edge technology. Prior to MSA, she worked as an analytical chemist and technical service representative for Valspar Corporation’s food packaging division. Carrie holds a BS in Chemistry and an MBA in Marketing, both from the University of Pittsburgh.



DATE & TIME: Wednesday, September 20, 2017: Open 5:15 PM — Light meal by sponsor at 5:30 PM; Meeting starts at 6:30 PM — Speaker’s presentation 6:45 PM to 7:45 PM — Vendor displays and socialize before and after talk.

Rumsey Electric Automation Solutions, 15 Colwell Lane, Conshohocken, Pa 19428 Phone: (610) 832-9000 Fax: (610) 941-8181.

MEAL COST: $20 at the door or $15 if prepaid online Link . To register, please contact Tony Sandone by Monday, September 18th by Email or by phone: 610-768-1600.