Modern “whole plant” control solution for Power Generation

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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, January 21, 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: 2650 Eisenhower Avenue, Suite 108B
Norristown,Pennsylvania 19403
Main Telephone Number:610-650-7300

MEAL COST: $12.50, payable online or at the door via cash or credit card. Please contact Sue DiPaolo by Monday, January 19, 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.

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Scholarship applications are being accepted by ISA PMCD

Deadline: 30 November 2014

RTP NC, USA — The ISA Process Measurement and Control Division (PMCD) is accepting scholarship applications for 2014/2015.

Applicants must be nominated by PMCD members and be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program related to process measurement and control.

The application deadline is 30 November 2014. ISA student members who contribute to the Society early in their careers are apt to become members for the long term.

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ISPE: October Education Session – Part One of a Two Part Series

OCTOBER 22, 2014 (Wednesday)

Calibration in the Pharmaceutical Environment

114The first education workshop in our 2014/2015 series will discuss Calibration Requirements in the Pharmaceutical Industry.

The importance of calibration can not be overstated. Calibration is one of the Quality Systems that is of high importance to the overall Quality Management System that pharmaceutical manufacturers must employ in order to be compliant with regulatory authorities.

The presenters will address calibration system cGMP requirements, practical and effective facilities implementation, and include examples of tools for compliant and lean systems.

The focus of the discussions will be loop calibrations based on the process evaluations, and calibration systems as a part of the maintenance reliability program.

Examples of computerized and paperless calibration will be presented as possible tools within calibration programs.

Understanding of the processes and quality requirements shall be shown to be the centerpiece of any calibration system.

Who Should Attend?

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