2016 Section Scholarship Competition

Submissions due by April 15, 2016

Screen Shot The Philadelphia Section of ISA will award one $1000 scholarship for 2016 in honor and recognition of three outstanding ISA Philadelphia Section past presidents:

– E. Ross Forman, PE
– C. Blair Ives, Jr
– Clifton E. McLaughlin

  • The scholarship award will be in the form of a check presented to the student with a certificate presented at the May 2016 section meeting.
  • Prior recipients of this award are also eligible.

Visit the Scholarships webpage for the criteria and submission details

SIL calculation free tool for Android devices



ISA Group on LInkedin —  This APP by Pierluigi Meloni, Controls Engineering Manager at GE Oil & Gas, allows the SIL (PFD and RRF) calculation of a SIF modelled as input+logic solver+output.

It also calculates the MTTFs as per ISA-84 [Electrical/Electronic/Programmable Electronic Systems (E/E/PES) for Use in Process Industry Safety Applications] formulae.

The inputs for the calculations are the failure rates in FIT (the app provides a converter from flr/hrs) and a simple wizard to calculate Lambdas from PFD, Proof test interval and MTTF.

Additionally, it calculates, given the HFT and the SFF, the architectural constraints supporting both IEC-61508 and IEC-61511 tables. Continue reading

ISA’s PCMD Scholarship Applications Sought

ISAPCMDOnline. — The ISA Process Measurement and Control Division (PMCD) is accepting scholarship applications for 2015/2016.

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 15 March 2016. Continue reading

Securing industrial instrumentation from cyber attacks

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Tim Shaw

Consultant Tim Shaw explains adequate cyber security for industrial plants

At our January meeting, Tim Shaw, consultant and chief security and automation architect for industrial automation and control systems, presented an excellent talk on the topic of cyber security for industrial facilities.

Held at Rumsey Electric Co. in Conshohocken, PA, the meeting drew about 30 members.

Shaw made the point the industrial facilities should mostly be concerned with adequate cyber security. Hacking is more of a problem with IT since it’s generally aimed at computers and popular operating systems. Security in the IT realm is highly specialized and costly. Industrial facilities must be smart about security to minimize costs and follow common sense.

He stressed that industrial facilities have issues that are outside the experience and expertise of conventional IT departments and consultants. “A one-size-fits-all IT-like approach to cyber security leads to unnecessary complexity and frustration in an industrial facility,” says Shaw.

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Expo & Tours At Lincoln Financial Field on Feb 9th


Lincoln Financial Field

Lincoln Financial Field

Online  —  This is the ISPE DVC: 26th Annual Symposium and Exhibition – Organized and sponsored by the ISPE Delaware Valley Chapter -Tuesday, February 9, 2016 from 12:00 PM to 8:00 PM (EST) in Philadelphia, PA.

Your ISA Table is at Location 145!

ISPE are excited to announce that after several years of hosting the ISPE Delaware Valley Chapter’s annual exhibitor’s night at Citizen’s Bank Park, they will be relocating the 26th annual edition of this event to Lincoln Financial Field, home of the Philadelphia Eagles!

The education tracks are ready…See below –

Register for the Exhibits FREE ONLINE ! – Costs $20 at the door, if you wait. Continue reading