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.

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Prism Engineering hosts meeting on 3D printers and CAD-CAM

Prism Engineering hosted the ISA Philadelphia Section’s September 2014 meeting, held at the company’s headquarters and training center in Horsham.

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Dan Wagner discusses capabilities of 3D printers during tour following presentations. Inset shows process model created by a 3D printer

Dan Wagner began the presentation by profiling PRISM Engineering. He said it is a leading provider of 3D CAD and CAM solutions with about 40 employees–technicians, engineers, machinists and trainers. The firm offers and trains on SolidWorks 3D computer aided design software, Mastercam design and computer aided manufacturing software, and Stratasys 3D printers. The firm also provides CAD/CAM services. Continue reading

November meeting topic: Energy and Environmental Design

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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. Continue reading

Message from the president

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Bill Dugary (left) receives engraved silver plate from incoming president Fred Capanna to commemorate Bill’s two years of service as president of the Philadelphia Section.

As the new Philly Section President, I want to start by thanking Bill Dugary for his service as our previous president. Bill has done an excellent job re-invigorating our section. If you look at some of the speakers and topics we have had over the past two years, I think you would agree they’ve been excellent.

He also expanded our participation in related community and educational activities, such as Future Cities, ISPE meetings, and local training seminars.

We have a great core of leaders. At our recent kickoff meeting, they generated some innovative ideas to keep the momentum going.

For example, we will continue to have quality speakers with industry experts in the ever changing automation field. Continue reading