March meeting on Human Machine Interface design

March Speaker:
Paul Gruhn, P.E., Global Process Safety Consultant, Rockwell Automation/ ICS Triplex, Houston, Texas

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Paul Gruhn P.E.

ISA Fellow – Member of the ISA 84 standard committee (on safety instrumented systems) – Member of the ISA 101 standard committee (on human machine interfaces) – Developer and instructor of ISA courses on safety systems – Author of two ISA textbooks (“Safety Instrumented Systems: Design, Analysis & Justification” and “Sell More Through Effective Technical Presentations”), two chapters in other books, and over two dozen published articles – Developer of the first commercial safety system modeling software – B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from Illinois Institute of Technology – Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in Texas and member of CSE (Control System Engineer) exam team – ISA 84 Expert.


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Rockwell Automation
2650 Eisenhower Avenue
Suite 108B
Norristown, PA 19403

DATE and TIME: Wednesday March 18, 2015: Open 5:15 PM – Light meal at 5:30 PM (Cost $12.50); Meeting starts at 6:30 PM – Speaker’s presentation 6:45 PM to 7:45 PM – Vendor displays and socialize before and after talk.

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

DIRECTIONS: Link to printed flyer with maps

MEAL COST: $12.50, payable online or at the door via cash or credit card. Please contact Sue DiPaolo by Monday, March 16th or by E-mail:, or by phone: 610-238-1067.

Feel free to forward this notice to your associates.

NEXT: Modern whole plant control solution for power generation

2015 Scholarship Applications

Submissions due by April 15, 2015

Screen Shot The Philadelphia Section of ISA will award one $1000 scholarship for 2015 in honor and recognition of three outstanding ISA Philadelphia Section past presidents:

- E. Ross Forman, PE
– C. Blair Ives, Jr
– Clifton E. McLaughlin

  • The scholarship award will be in the form of a check presented to the student with a certificate presented at the May 2015 section meeting.
  • Prior recipients of this award are also eligible.

Visit the Scholarships webpage for the criteria and submission details

ISA National Scholarship Application Deadline Looming

Educators – Members—spread the word!

ISA1ColorPosBlueISA Educational Foundation Scholarships are awarded to college or university students who demonstrate outstanding potential for long-range contribution to the fields of automation and control.

The scholarship awards support tuition and related expenses and research activities and initiatives. For information about applying, please call (919) 549-8411.

An application will need to be submitted by February 15, 2015. – See more at:

New date: Modern “whole plant” control solution for Power Generation

Though a DCS is the traditional choice for control systems in this industry, this session will demonstrate the key elements of a Modern PAC (Process Automation Controller) based solution as used in a combined cycle gas plant application. Attendees will learn about the essential functions and features required by such a system, and how configuration software, Historian, visualization and asset management as components of the process architecture are applied. In addition attendees will hear about some of the APC functions that help optimize a PAC based application. Also we shall discover the role of the network topology and the importance of cyber security considerations as applicable to this topic. At the end of this session attendees will gain a clearer understanding of the evolution of the PLC into what can now be applied with confidence to any industrial application

Speaker: Lee J Ward. M.I.E.T.
Regional Business Manager serving the Heavy Industry Engineering, Rockwell Automation

Speaker photo     Lee J. Ward is a degreed Electrical Engineer, educated in England at Aston and Handsworth, United Kingdom. He holds qualifications pertaining to “Instrumentation Measurement and Control”, Industrial Electronics and Microprocessor Applications and General Electrical Engineering. His technical specialty lies within Control and Instrumentation with a bias toward Automation, and Process Control. A full five year indentured apprenticeship with one of England’s “Blue Chip” engineering manufacturers provided education and practical “hands on” training in most engineering disciplines.
He is also a formally educated Commercial Marketing and Sales professional who has led product development and management teams for Global technology firms in the area of Software for industrial automation. This included high level product support and Global product launch programs. Avid inventor and credited as “Original Artist” on several registered patents, Lee continues to solve and develop solutions to complex automation challenges.


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DATE & TIME: Wednesday, May 20, 2015: Open 5:15 PM – Light meal at 5:30 PM ($12.50); Meeting starts at 6:30 PM – Speaker’s presentation 6:45 PM to 7:45 PM – Vendor displays & socialize before and after talk.

LOCATION: Rumsey Electric, Automation Solutions,15 Colwell Lane, Conshohocken, Pa 19428
Phone: (610) 832-9000:

MEAL COST: $12.50, payable online or at the door via cash or credit card. Please contact Sue DiPaolo, Monday before meeting by E-mail:, or by phone: 610-238-1067.

FPID Symposium 2015


Exploring automation and serialization issues in the pharmaceutical and food industries.

February 9-11 2015
Siemens Training Center
Philadelphia, PA USA

Reasons to attend:

  • Learn from prominent experts on the key automation technologies and their impact on these industries.
  • Gain the essential training needed to meet the changing operating demands and requirements.
  • Discover the leading  technologies and solutions from leading vendors
  • Meet the people and network with colleagues and friends.

For details and registration info: