Introduced by section president Fred Capanna, Terry Ives, outgoing president of the International Society of Automation, opened the meeting. He described how ISA is attempting to adapt to technical challenges and market trends in the global economy. He said that ISA can help members and companies share best practices, collaborate on innovation, and exchange insights and ideas.
Kath Beacher, Specification Sales Project Specialist at Illuminations Inc., spoke on the various levels of certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Engineering (LEED) for new construction and major renovations of buildings. She defined the four levels:
Certified 40-49 points
Silver 50-59 points
Gold 60-79 points
Platinum 80 points and above.
Beacher noted that the standards for these levels are becoming more strict with time and are gradually being incorporated into building codes.
Next Beacher went into more detail regarding lighting and energy usage. She said that lighting often consumes about 40 percent of a building’s energy, which makes it a good target for energy reduction. Only about 20 percent of an incandescent light bulb goes toward illumination; the remainder is heat energy. Fluorescents and CFLs use less energy, but their disposal is problematic because they contain mercury. Light emitting diode (LED) lighting is the most efficient, providing high illumination with less energy consumption. LEDs will gradually dominate as their cost decreases.
Other techniques are being implemented to reduce lighting energy. For example a commercial space can employ comfortable, but low-level, background lighting combined with focused task lighting. Controls in the form of dimmers, timers, and sensors can come into play to automatically turn lighting off where unnecessary. Sensors include those for motion, occupancy, and available light.
Reliance on foreign oil and non-renewable resources cannot continue indefinitely. The lighting load of a commercial office building typically is 40% of the building’s energy use. For these buildings to continue to remain cost-effective, and for our country’s environmental well-being, implementing effective lighting controls, utilizing natural daylighting and minimizing energy use must be explored, evaluated and implemented.
Design collaboration in the design and construction world of the 21st Century will take the construction of buildings to the next level. One method to collaborate and implement these technologies within the commercial office market includes certifying buildings in the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) voluntary program managed by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). This program can establish the building’s level of green design and strategies to ensure the building will minimize its carbon footprint, minimize use of non-renewable resources and minimize usage of other precious Earth resources such as water and undeveloped tracts of land.
We as Earth Stewards can preserve quality of life within the working environment vital to productivity and comfort. This presentation will emphasize what design and construction professionals can accomplish to achieve these goals, using lighting controls, daylighting and energy saving strategies as they relate to LEED. Some of the topics scheduled to be covered are:
What do we mean by a Carbon Footprint?
How do designers minimize using the Earth’s resources?
What is LEED?
What are the points associated with LEED that relate to lighting and controls?
How do these building “green” strategies work together?
Beacher is a lighting advocate with a passion for healthy living. She has been a member of the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America member since 1991. Serving as past-Education Chair in the Philadelphia Chapter, she co-taught Lighting Fundamentals, a basic lighting course for lighting advocates at the Philadelphia IES Education Conference, 2010.
Beacher is active with the United States Green Building Council, Delaware Valley Green Building Council–serving locally within the Delaware Chapter, and on the Off-Site Education and Tours Committee for the Philadelphia Chapter for GREENBUILD 2013.
She often presents trending and fundamental lighting, daylighting applications, LED technical information and lighting control and code compliance specifications to the design community. Beacher is an adjunct professor teaching Lighting Fundamentals and Applications at Delaware Technical Community College in Newark Delaware in their Energy Management program.
Attendees will receive a certificate for
PDH (Personal Development Hours) credits.
DATE & TIME: Wednesday November 20, 2013: Open 5:15 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.
LOCATION: Ives Equipment Corp. 601 Croton Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406
MEAL COST: $12.50. Please contact Sue DiPaolo by Monday, November 18 by E-mail: [REGISTER], or by phone: 610-238-1067.
Date: October 22, 2013
GSK’s Upper Merion Campus
5:30-9:00pm (3 hour session)
A light dinner is provided prior to 6pm lecture.
Shaun McWeeney, Johnson & Johnson (Principal Engr in Strategic Operations)
Mary VanHorn, Johnson & Johnson (Senior Mgr in Computer System Auditing Group)
Overview – Learn about the types of information and data management systems that are integral to successful drug development, manufacturing, and distribution as well as the controls and methods necessary to maintain data integrity and security. This session is also part of a series of DV ISPE Education courses this season that can help interested individuals study for getting their CPIP (Certified Pharmaceutical Industry Professional) certification. This is the first session in the series and is noted as Information Systems (Knowledge Element 3 of 7) in the CPIP study guide. Attendees need not participate in the entire program to attend any particular session. See DV ISPE website https://ispe-dvc.org/ for more details on the full program. Topics include:
Controls and Automation
Knowledge of building management systems.
Knowledge of types of process automation and associated controls.
Knowledge of data management systems with product and financial. impact (for example, manufacturing execution systems [MES], laboratory information management systems [LIMS], electronic document management systems [EDMS], and enterprise resource planning [ERP]).
Knowledge of the basic computer system life cycle model and the activities and software quality assurance practices in each phase.
Knowledge of data integrity and security measures, such as back-up, archiving, and retention requirements.
Knowledge of batch records
Knowledge of methods and tools for data manipulation and analysis
Knowledge of critical quality attributes and process controls
Price & Registration
Members (including ISA members): $50/session
PDH (Professional Development Hours)
Three (3) hour certificate given. Recognized for PA and NJ Professional Engineering ongoing educational requirements.
Please Register Now at this ISA_ISPE education systemlink:
Please contact DV ISPE’s Ron Dunn at 610-351-3874 or Rdgrafx@aol.com for alternative registration method.
Kevin Lavelle at right, Northeast Regional Sales Manager for our meeting host Endress+Hauser, served as tour guide to explain the whys and wherefores of the company’s new demonstration and training facility featuring flow and level instrumentation.
Joe Kurcon, Senior Account Manger for Endress+Hauser, spoke on industrial wireless sensor networks.
Joe Kurcon of E+H provided the program content for the meeting. He started with a surprising item of trivia: the relationship between wireless networks and the late actress Hedy Lamarr. Mathematically talented, she and composer George Antheil are co-holders of the earliest patent for spread spectrum communications and frequency hopping–the basis of industrial wireless. (Music, when you think of it, is a series of hopping audio frequencies). They presented the idea to the U.S. Navy during WW II to deal with torpedo guidance to overcome enemy counter-measures, but the Navy ignored the idea (not invented here).
Kurcon explained the difference between two types of spread spectrum technology: FHSS and DSSS radio systems. FHSS signals quickly hop through multiple frequency channels. The transmitters and receivers are synchronized. DHSS radio systems spread a narrow frequency source by integrating it with a pseudo-random noise signal that widens it throughout a band.The receiver knows how to eliminate the noise.
He said that FCC rules permit use in three bands: nominally 900, 2400, and 5800 MHz. The highest band reaches the smallest distance so is infrequently used. The rules permit up to one watt of power without end-user licences. Kurcon went on to discuss network wireless topologies, such as point to point, star, and mesh.
He continued with a discussion of WirelessHART, which evolved out of the HART protocol in which digital information is superimposed on a 4-20 ma analog signal. WirelessHART enables users to quickly and easily gain the benefits of wireless technology while maintaining compatibility with existing devices such as flow, temperature, and pressure transmitters.
Usually a WirelessHART adapter connects to the existing HART instruments, forming a mesh network. Data can flow from any adapter to any other, avoiding interference from obstacles that come and go. The signals connect to a gateway that routes them via a wired fieldbus to control computers.
Kurcon concluded with some practical applications from his experience at Endress+Hauser. He said the office has a full-time person who deals with industrial wireless systems, but he happened to be in Germany at the time of this meeting.
Market interest in wireless industrial devices is growing rapidly in the process industries as their capabilities improve. Standardization of wireless network protocols for both devices and infrastructure makes the technology even more attractive. Interfacing these devices using standards such as WirelessHART and ISA100.11a with to higher-level process control systems and standard WiFi networks can create significant value. Tentatively subtopics will include:
Available technologies and standards
Proprietary and Open standards
Integration into PLC / SCADA systems
Benefits beyond installation costs
Plant Asset Management Compliance
Design and Implementation Guidelines
Practical applications and case studies.
SPEAKER: Joe Kurcon, Senior Account Manger for Endress+Hauser
Kurcon has 15+ years of experience working with Industrial Wireless Networks and their integration into DCS and PLC/SCADA systems. He has been involved in the implementation of a variety of wireless networks over the past several years. One example is a process waste data collection system for a major print and related services manufacturer. Another recent system in the life sciences industry monitors data from 16 portable vessels collected via Wireless Hart transmission and transmitted to a central monitoring system. Kurcon graduated with a B.S. in Chemistry and Biology, a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an MBA.
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Attendees will receive a certificate for PDH (Personal Development Hours) credits.
DATE & TIME: Wednesday September 18, 2013: Open 5:15 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.
LOCATION: Endress+Hauser 500 Horizon Drive, Suite 505 Chalfont, PA 18914, Phone 215-822-4710.
MEAL COST: $12.50.
Please contact Sue DiPaolo by Monday, September 16 by E-mail: [REGISTER], or by phone: 610-238-1067.