Presidents Message – July 2018

ISA New Orleans Section Members and Prospective Members,

Thanks to everyone who joined us for our meeting in June on ISA Standards presented by Nick Sands, ISA’s current VP of Standards and Practices.  If you missed the presentation, you can pull it down and/or watch the streaming webcast by clicking here.   Nick gave an informative update on the most popular and active standards.  As a member, you have the ability to view ISA standards at no charge.  Here is a list of the top standards and technical reports with links you can view for free:

ANSI/ISA-5.1-2009, Instrumentation Symbols and Identification
ANSI/ISA-18.2-2016, Management of Alarm Systems for the Process Industries
ANSI/ISA-88.00.01-2010, Batch Control Part 1: Models and Terminology
ANSI/ISA-95.00.01-2010 (IEC 62264-1 Mod) – Enterprise-Control System Integration – Part 1: Models and Terminology
ANSI/ISA-101.01-2015, Human Machine Interfaces for Process Automation Systems
ISA-TR106.00.01-2013, Procedure Automation for Continuous Process Operations – Models and Terminology
ISA-TR108.1-2015, Intelligent Device Management Part 1: Concepts and Terminology

Do you want to participate in the development of a standard?  You can easily join any standards committee as an Information Member to receive committee mailings, attend committee meetings, and review and submit draft comments on standards revisions.  Here is the link to sign up:

We will not have a member meeting this month, but we do have both a member meeting and an opportunity for training in August.  On August 7th, Paul Gruhn will present to the section on the latest with the ISA-84 standard for Safety Instrumented Systems.  Paul is also the incoming President of ISA, he will share with our section his goals and ideas for the society in the coming year.  Please make plans to join us for this meeting:

Paul has also offered to come in and teach the one-week course on Safety Instrumented Systems – Design, Analysis, and Justification at The Reynolds Company from August 6 – 10.  If you aspire to be an ISA-certified Functional Safety Specialist or just want to learn more about SIS, this course is for you.  More details on the course along with registration can be found by clicking the link below:

During the month of July, your New Orleans Section Executive Committee will be hard at work with short range and long range planning for the section.  These meetings will be open to any interested members or potential members.  This is your ISA Section.  We want to hear from you on what you need from us to achieve your automation goals.

Best regards,
Dean Bickerton
ISA New Orleans Section President
504.717.0718 Cell