HMI talk draws overflow crowd at Rumsey

Attendees Paul Gruhn

About 40 attendees heard Paul Gruhn’s presentation on the human machine interface (HMI) for plant operators at the March 18th meeting. Gruhn, a professional engineer, an ISA Fellow, and Rockwell’s Global Process Safety Consultant, first explained how badly designed screens can lead to disasters. He said they often contain too much information, too many colors, and worst of all, animation. The result is distraction rather than information. First the operator needs to know if the plant is running as expected, with alerts to any exceptions to the normal.

Gruhn provided guidance for designing operator displays, showing examples of what works and doesn’t work. Complex P&ID graphics, for example, are not the answer but the problem. Colors are often distracting and inconsistent. Trends, on the other hand, would be helpful. The goal is to help the operator predict and prevent problems, not react to them after something goes wrong. Gruhn also said that plant management should provide style guides for operator displays to instrumentation and control vendors. For a PDF of the slide presentation, click here. — Jim Talbot

1st Annual ISA President’s Scholarship Cup

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Makefield Highlands Golf Club

1418 Woodside Road
Yardley, PA 19067

Proceeds support the
2015 ISA Philadelphia Section
Student Scholarship

When: June 18, 2015 (Thursday)

Time: Registration and BBQ: 11:30 -12:45
Shotgun Start: 1:00 PM
Dinner & Prizes: Immediately following Golf

Golf Format: 4 Person Scramble with “Mulligans”


$140 Hole Sponsorship
$325 Hole Sponsorship, plus 1 year Gold Alliance Advertising
$625 Foursome (Single Golfers $160)
$730 Foursome plus Hole Sponsorship
$835 Foursome, Hole Sponsorship, plus 1 year Silver Alliance Advertising
$890 Foursome, Hole Sponsorship, plus 1 year Gold Alliance Advertising

Course Rules: Shirts with collar and No shoes with metal spikes.

Refer any questions to Anthony Sandone at (610) 768-1600 or (609) 922-2280. To confirm your participation in this ISA Golf Outing, please submit the attached registration form with check payment to “ISA Philadelphia Section” to Anthony Sandone (Contact for Mailing Address) or register & pay Online with credit card @

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ISA’s Live Control Systems Security and ANSI/ISA99 Webinar Series

Register now for ISA’s live Control Systems Security & ANSI/ISA99 Webinar Series

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Cybersecurity Risk Assessment for Automation Systems

18 March 2015
Course No. IC32CW1

This webinar introduces the concepts of risk analysis—an important step in creating a cybersecurity plan for an automation system—and how they are applied to industrial manufacturing and control systems based on the ANSI/ISA-62443 standards. This webinar is also valuable for IT professionals who wish to learn the special considerations of automation systems in performing risk analysis.

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ISA Training and Education Programs for March

From ISA Interchange

ISA InterchangeThis education & training roundup was compiled by Joel Don, ISA’s social media community manager.

There’s still time to sign up for ISA’s training and education program in March.  Following is a listing of automation and control class offerings, plus exam preparation and online webinars.

Onsite Training

In addition to taking ISA classroom training at ISA headquarters, regional locations and industry events, you can also receive customized ISA training at your facility through ISA Onsite Training. Continue reading

ISA Certification

ISA offers the following review courses and resources, designed to aid you in preparing for an ISA certification exam:

ISA Certified Automation Professional® (CAP®)

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