ISA Training In King of Prussia (TC05 & TC10) & More

Tuning Control Loops (TC05)

This ISA Training course is directed to anyone who would like to gain a better understanding of how to tune control loops − whether they have tuned loops but would like to become more proficient or they have never tuned a loop before.

The three-day course starts June 1 in King of Prussia PA, with TC10 following for two more days.

Registrants are expected to have a basic understanding of instrumentation and controls (either by working experience or taking fundamental courses such as ISA’s FG07: Introduction to Industrial Automation and Control) as this course does not cover that material.

Recommended Resources: Fundamentals of Process Control Theory, 3rd Edition
If you wish to register offline, download the Training Registration Form, complete, and return to ISA with your payment.

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A pre-instructional survey is available for you to evaluate your level of understanding of the course material and to show you the types of questions you’ll be able to answer after completing the course.

Troubleshooting Instrumentation and Control Systems (TC10)

Scheduled for June 4 & 5 at the same location Take Courses TC05 and TC10 and Save! Combo Price: ISA Member $2,675; Affiliate Member $3,000; Community Member/List $3,340 Continue reading

Modern “whole plant” control solution for Power Generation

Scholarship to be awarded at this meeting.

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.
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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

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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