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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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.

Feel free to forward this notice to your associates.

NEXT: Modern whole plant control solution for power generation

Saving time and money with smart instrumentation

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Topic: Saving time and money with smart instrumentation

For a printable copy with maps, click here

January Speakers:

Ricardo Chavez, Northeastern Solutions Business Manager, Endress+Hauser and Bob Mohr, Eastern Regional Sales Manager,  Pepperl + Fuchs.

Ricardo has almost 20 years of experience working in instrumentation, process control and data integration into PLC/SCADA systems using different technologies including Industrial Wireless Sensor Networks. He has implemented several wireless networks including tank farms for inventory control and data acquisition systems. Ricardo holds a BS in Chemical Engineering from the Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey and has completed additional studies in process dynamics, process control, tank gauging and inventory control.

Bob Mohr brings over 30 years of experience in the process automation and controls industry with technical expertise with Foundation fieldbus, Profibus, FDT, HART protocol, distributed control systems, single loop control, HMI, process interface, temperature, pressure and flow technology. For the past seven years, he has been employed as the Eastern Regional Sales Manager at Pepperl + Fuchs, and serves the industry with Hazardous area protection including; intrinsic safety, purge and pressurization and explosion protection enclosures.

Attendees will receive a certificate for
PDH (Personal Development Hours) credits.

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Pharmaceutical Automation & Information Systems

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Pharmaceutical Automation & Information Systems

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.

Presenters include:

  • 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 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.

Information systems

  • 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.

Production Control

  • 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
  • Non-Members: $80/session
  • Students/Faculty: $10/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 system link:

Please contact DV ISPE’s Ron Dunn at 610-351-3874 or for alternative registration method.