ISA Philadelphia Awards Two 2017 Scholarships

Our Section Scholarship awards for 2017 honor two students who show exemplary performance in academics, the community, and look forward to careers where automation and controls play an important role.
The scholarship honors three past Philadelphia section presidents – Ross Forman, C. Blair Ives, and Cliff McLaughlin. These three gentlemen were truly giants of the past and illustrate the amazing history our chapter has in the development and progress in controls and automation.
It would not be fair to each of our winners if we did not congratulate their parents for giving their daughters the support and structure, enabling them to achieve what they have early in their lives and make the best of their potential and abilities for a bright and promising future.

We are awarding two candidates this year. – one award of $2500 and one award of $1000 – to offset the cost of their education. Both candidates are good students, have been service oriented in the community, are scholar athletes, are involved in their school and discipline, and are great citizens of faith and honor. There are no losers here!
Technology turnover happens in less than a year now. Fast Technology changes require smart people to take the reins for the future of ISA (and this section). From the looks of our award winners, we are in great hands.
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Manufacturing Execution Systems and scholarship awards

May Image

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May Topic:
Manufacturing Execution Systems

Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) automate the information loop between the shop floor and enterprise information systems. An MES makes up-to-the minute shop floor information available companywide, which allows a swift response to conditions and requirements. MES is the ideal application to collect data needed by any other system in the organization, providing a real-time database for traceability as well as information for continuous improvement in operations. Because these automation systems can be so critical to long-term improvements, manufacturers often have a long-term vision yet want to start with small “prove-out” projects. This presentation will cover key steps in developing and implementing MES plans and projects, short-term and long-term.

May Speaker:
Dirk Sweigart, CISSP, PMP, MES Solutions Manager, Applied Control Engineering

Dirk has 30+ years experience planning, developing, and implementing control systems, MES and business systems. He has been a Software Developer, Plant Engineer, IT Manager, Business Systems Analyst, Business Development, and M&A Specialist.
A Senior Member of ISA, Dirk is Certified in ISA/IEC 62443 Cybersecurity Fundamentals and Risk Assessment. A SCADA and cybersecurity professor at Wilmington University, Dirk has a BSME; BS Computer Science; and an MBA

Additionally, at this meeting the section will announce and award one $2500 and two $500 scholarships. For more information Link

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March Victory Brewing social event

March 2017 Section Meeting
Victory Brewing Social Event

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Appetizer – Breaded and Fried Wings, Mini Sandwiches (roast beef, turkey, and ham)
Entrée – Chicken Piccata, Pulled Pork Sandwiches, Eggplant Parmesan
Sides – Roasted Seasonal Vegetables, Herb Roasted Potatoes
Dessert – Assorted Cookies
Note: – Cash Bar

Plenty of time to socialize and view/discuss displays from our sponsors (to come).

“Self guided tour” available.

DATE & TIME: Wednesday March 15, 2017: Event takes place from 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM

Preregister by March 8th.

LOCATION: Victory Brewing Company facility at 3127 Lower Valley Road, Parkesburg, PA 19365. []

DIRECTIONS: Victory Brewpub is on Route 372 which will be reached by most from Route 30 West then left onto route 10 South (Church Street )to Route 372 West (right onto 1st Street) or Google directions from your location.

COST: Note: $25.00 – Please register by Wednesday, March 8th, by E-mail: REGISTER. To have an appropriate head count, YOU MUST PAY IN ADVANCE via

Membership not required for this event, but New Members will have the $25 Victory Brewing Social Event registration fee waived!

Don’t Forget:
Applications for the $2,500 scholarship must be submitted by April 15, 2017!  There will be (2) runner up Scholarships of $500. Download printable information here. Also, be aware that the various ISA Divisions offer scholarships to applicants nominated by members. For example, the ISA Process Measurement & Control Division (PCMD) offers scholarships with a deadline of March 31. For information click this link.


Reviewing ANSI/ISA-101.01 HMI standard for process automation

Mike Lennon, P.E.

Lennon points to example of Level 3 HMI graphic

Michael A. Lennon, P.E., Operations Manager at Applied Control Engineering, presented an informative talk on upgrading HMI screens. He covered tackling upgrades of existing systems as well as new projects. The meeting, held at Rumsey in Conshohocken on January 18th, attracted about 20 attendees. Mike noted that his presentation overviews recommendations of ANSI/ISA-101.01 Human Machine Interfaces for Process Automation Systems, a standard published in 2015.

Mike said that when upgrading an existing system, often the current HMI:

o follows the P&ID graphic
o has no common guide for style
o assigns colors inconsistently
o shows no indications of trends to provide context.

Despite these shortcomings, management and operators may resist dramatic changes. The best approach is to implement change incrementally, concentrating on what works, colors, and navigation. It’s important to include input and buy-in by operators.

Mike said that the standard recommends primarily a gray screen where bright colors attract attention only to developing process problems. A bar of buttons at the bottom of the screen can be used to navigate to a new screen with details of an alarm condition. Graphics to avoid include gratuitous animation such as spinning motors, moving conveyors, and splashing liquids.

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