November topic: Industrial Cybersecurity Defense in Depth

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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’.


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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.

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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

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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.

ISA Philadelphia Awards Two 2017 Scholarships

Our Section Scholarship awards for 2017 honor two students who show exemplary performance in academics, the community, and look forward to careers where automation and controls play an important role.
The scholarship honors three past Philadelphia section presidents – Ross Forman, C. Blair Ives, and Cliff McLaughlin. These three gentlemen were truly giants of the past and illustrate the amazing history our chapter has in the development and progress in controls and automation.
It would not be fair to each of our winners if we did not congratulate their parents for giving their daughters the support and structure, enabling them to achieve what they have early in their lives and make the best of their potential and abilities for a bright and promising future.

We are awarding two candidates this year. – one award of $2500 and one award of $1000 – to offset the cost of their education. Both candidates are good students, have been service oriented in the community, are scholar athletes, are involved in their school and discipline, and are great citizens of faith and honor. There are no losers here!
Technology turnover happens in less than a year now. Fast Technology changes require smart people to take the reins for the future of ISA (and this section). From the looks of our award winners, we are in great hands.
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Manufacturing Execution Systems and scholarship awards

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May Topic:
Manufacturing Execution Systems

Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) automate the information loop between the shop floor and enterprise information systems. An MES makes up-to-the minute shop floor information available companywide, which allows a swift response to conditions and requirements. MES is the ideal application to collect data needed by any other system in the organization, providing a real-time database for traceability as well as information for continuous improvement in operations. Because these automation systems can be so critical to long-term improvements, manufacturers often have a long-term vision yet want to start with small “prove-out” projects. This presentation will cover key steps in developing and implementing MES plans and projects, short-term and long-term.

May Speaker:
Dirk Sweigart, CISSP, PMP, MES Solutions Manager, Applied Control Engineering

Dirk has 30+ years experience planning, developing, and implementing control systems, MES and business systems. He has been a Software Developer, Plant Engineer, IT Manager, Business Systems Analyst, Business Development, and M&A Specialist.
A Senior Member of ISA, Dirk is Certified in ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Fundamentals and Risk Assessment. A SCADA and cybersecurity professor at Wilmington University, Dirk has a BSME; BS Computer Science; and an MBA

Additionally, at this meeting the section will announce and award one $2500 and two $500 scholarships. For more information Link

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