November 2017 Section Meeting

Join us for our upcoming November ISA New Orleans Section Meeting.

Topic:
Improved Protection with WirelessHART Gas Detection

Date:
Tuesday, November 7, 2017
11:30 am – 12:00 pm – Networking, Lunch
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Section Meeting/Presentation

Register Online to Attend:
https://isanola112017.eventbrite.com

About Our Topic:
To minimize risk to personnel and plant safety, plants often deploy early warning devices such as gas detection systems, which require expensive infrastructure and seldom cover all of the potential leak points. As public concern about plant and community safety grows, however, interest in expanding coverage grows as well. And this comes at a time when market forces are placing companies under increasing cost constraints, pushing plant safety managers to seek innovative ways to reduce plant risk with limited additional investment. This concern is driving a trend toward augmenting existing wired gas detection coverage with wireless sensors, which can significantly increase monitoring coverage with minimal new financial outlay. Contributing to this wireless trend is the evolution of the Industrial Internet of Things, in which companies are not only gathering more data from process points, they are also becoming more adept at using it strategically.

The technology for wireless gas monitoring has developed significantly. As more end-users adopt wireless devices at the field and plant level, they will likely become an increasingly important fixture in the industrial landscape.

If price pressures continue to mount in the hydrocarbons industry, the need for safety and for cost-effective solutions will grow. As market conditions improve, the increased volume of hydrocarbon processing activities will introduce more potential leakage vulnerability and greater need to assure stakeholders that producers and transporters are doing everything they can to ensure safety.

We’ll discuss these trends and the associated technology in the wireless gas detection area for combustible (e.g. methane) and toxics (e.g. H2S.)

Guest Speaker:
Scott Pierce
Director of Functional Safety Technologies
United Electric Controls Company (UE)
513-535-5486
spierce@ueonline.com

About Our Guest Speaker:
Mr. Pierce is member of ISA and is one of United Electric’s SMEs on the application of wireless HART in the expansion and augmentation of combustible and toxic gas monitoring in plants. He has worked at United Electric for more than thirty years and travels extensively to meet and understand end-user challenges in the process sector focusing on gas detection.

 

President’s Message – October 2017

Hello ISA New Orleans Section!

Thanks to everyone who attended our September technical meeting on the ISA101 HMI Standard.  We had a great turnout for lunch both live and via our web simulcast.  We have also had many take advantage of watching the recorded archive of this meeting or downloading the presentation.  If you missed it and would like to see the video or download the presentation, visit https://neworleansisa.org/events/meeting-archives/.

Our next meeting is this Tuesday, October 3rd from Noon to 1PM at MS Benbow and Associates.  This session will be presented by one of our new sponsors, United Electric Controls.  UE Controls will also be sponsoring lunch, so members can attend the session for free and non-members for just $10.  We will open the doors at 11:30AM to allow everyone to grab lunch, socialize, and get settled.  We will start the technical presentation promptly at noon.

To see more detail on the section meeting and to register, go to:  https://neworleansisa.org/2017/09/07/october-2017-section-meeting/

Yesterday I attended the inaugural Core Element Community STEM Fest held at the Saints and Pelicans training facility on Airline Drive – http://core4kids.org/news-view/stem-fest/.  The event was a huge success with more than 2000 elementary and high school students in attendance.  Fun and interesting activities were hosted by many of our membership’s companies such as Chevron, Delgado, Dow, Entergy, FIRST, LSU, NASA, Shell, Tulane, UNO, and WS Nelson.  This year we supported the event with advertising, but I would like to see us support it with as an exhibitor next year.

The ISA New Orleans Section is also promoting and exhibiting in another outreach event this Wednesday, October 4th.  We will be hosting a table and presenting at Manufacturing Day – https://neworleansisa.org/2017/07/29/isa-new-orleans-section-to-sponsor-manufacturing-day-at-tulane-university/.  The purpose of this event is to inspire high school and college age students to pursue careers in the manufacturing industry.  If you would like to help by attending or manning our booth, please register using the link above, and send me an email with the times you can participate.

I hope to see you at our meeting this Tuesday.

Best regards,
Dean Bickerton
ISA New Orleans Section President
504.717.0718 Cell
dabickerton@reynco.com

What is Automation?

As an automation professional, can you answer that question?

Read this month’s column from ISA President Steven Pflantz, and also see the video embedded below.

https://www.isa.org/insights/2017/08/presidents-column-what-is-automation/

October 2017 Section Meeting

In our October Section Meeting, sponsor United Electric Controls Company (UE), presented on the application of integrated safety transmitter and logic solver hybrids.  The session was held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017, at M.S. Benbow and Associates.

Topic:
Application of Integrated Safety Transmitter and Logic Solver Hybrids

About Our Topic:

Typical process automation devices (e.g. sensors) for pressure and temperature supply an analog 4 to 20 mA output. These instruments are coupled with central or distributed logic solvers for continuous monitoring and for safety control, alarm and interlock (SCAI) including SIS and Emergency Shut Down.  However, technology has advanced well beyond typical process transmitters to include new devices designed and certified to standalone without the need for a central logic solver.  These smart devices can best described as “hybrids” of a transmitter and safety trip alarm.  What’s more, they are certified for use in SIL 2 (SC3) Safety Instrumented Systems, and seem ideally positioned to help users  improve single or small numbers of remote, safety critical loops.

Iterations of this “hybrid” sensor technology have been in widespread use for more than fifteen years, and have been shown in SIL verification summaries to lower PFDavg and produce higher risk reduction factors when compared with typical process transmitters when modeled in safety instrumented functions.  Other published analysis by risk managers show these hybrids can contribute significantly to system availability, diminishing dependencies on single points of failure, reducing the risk of common cause failure (CCF), and while validating weak Independent Protection Layers (IPLs).

The need to reduce risk  and improve safety with simple, cost effective solutions drives a value proposition for this hybrid technology where continuous monitoring and reliable protective layers are needed.  We’ll discuss “hybrids” and show examples of where they can be applied, particularly in upstream and midstream applications.

About Our Speaker:

Mr. Channing Reis,  Director of Functional Safety with United Electric Controls, is a member of ISA and is one of United Electric’s SMEs on Safety Instrumented Systems.  He has worked at United Electric since 1983 and travels extensively to meet and understand end-user challenges in the process sector. He is a member of ISA and AIcHE.

Presentation:
ISA October Meeting Intro Slides
Safety Transmitter Logic Solver Hybrids Presentation October 2017

Video:

 

President’s Message – September 2017

Hello ISA New Orleans Section!

Just a reminder that we will kick off our 2017/18 ISA New Year with a Member Meeting and Technical Presentation this Tuesday, September 12 at The Reynolds Company in Harahan.  Please join us at 11:30AM to socialize and grab lunch.  We will begin the meeting and presentation promptly at noon.  As mentioned in my last message, the meeting will be free for all ISA Members and only $10 for non-Members.  Additionally, we will web-simulcast the meeting for those who cannot attend live.

We will start the meeting with announcements on section activities and events and will move into a technical update on ISA101, a standard for Human-Machine Interfaces.  I have been involved with ISA101 as an Informational Member since 2013.  I will present an overview of the Standard for Human Machine Interface Lifecycle Management and give an update on Working Groups for HMI Philosophy and Style Guide Development, Usability and Performance, and the use of Mobile Devices.

To see more detail on the section meeting and to register, go to: https://neworleansisa.org/2017/08/09/september-2017-section-meeting/

For more information on the ISA101 Standard, go to:  https://www.isa.org/isa101/

We still have our member’s survey posted on our website.  I would ask you all take our 9 question, 2 minute survey posted at the following address:  https://neworleansisa.org/2017/08/07/help-us-tune-the-loop/.  If you have any additional questions or suggestions please email me at dabickerton@reynco.com or call me on my cell at 504-717-0718.

Our sponsorship drive is in full swing.  We have signed up several new sponsors and renewed sponsorships from many of our existing sponsors.  If your company or one of your suppliers would like to become a sponsor, please visit:  https://neworleansisa.org/2017/07/24/become-a-sponsor/.  It only costs $150/year and will provide your company great visibility on our section website and at section events.  You will also have a priority opportunity to be a meeting sponsor and table-top exhibitor at an upcoming section meeting.  Call me or email me if you need additional information or want to sign up to sponsor an upcoming meeting.

I hope to see you at our meeting this Tuesday.

Best regards,
Dean Bickerton
ISA New Orleans Section President
504.717.0718 Cell
dabickerton@reynco.com

 

President’s Message – August 2017

Hello ISA New Orleans Section!

We will kick of the 2017/18 ISA New Year with a Member Meeting and Technical Presentation on Tuesday, September 12 @ The Reynolds Company in Harahan.  We are introducing some changes to our meeting format this year.

  • First, you will notice the meetings will be held over lunch.
  • Second, you will see that you can attend the meeting via web simulcast if you cannot be there live.
  • Third, you can attend the meeting for Free if you are an ISA Member, and for only $10 if you are a non-Member.
  • Professional Development Hours will be available on request for both live and virtual attendees.
  • Lunch will be served to our live attendees.

The topic of our member meeting will be two-fold.  We will kick off the meeting with announcements on section activities and events and will move into a technical update on ISA101, a standard for Human-Machine Interfaces.

To see more detail on the section meeting and to register, go to: https://neworleansisa.org/2017/08/09/september-2017-section-meeting/

For more information on the ISA101 Standard, go to:  https://www.isa.org/isa101/

What do you want out of ISA locally?  We want to hear from you.  Please take our quick 9 question, 2 minute survey:  https://neworleansisa.org/2017/08/07/help-us-tune-the-loop/.  If you have any additional questions or suggestions please email me at dabickerton@reynco.com or call me on my cell at 504-717-0718.

Do you want to be a section sponsor and/or sponsor an upcoming technical meeting?  We are looking to add to our current list of sponsors:  https://neworleansisa.org/about/sponsors/.  Here is the link to sign your company up to be a sponsor:  https://neworleansisa.org/2017/07/24/become-a-sponsor/.  It only costs $150/year and will provide your company great visibility on our section website and at section events.  You will also have a priority opportunity to be a meeting sponsor and table-top exhibitor at an upcoming section meeting.  Call me or email me if you need additional information or want to sign up to sponsor an upcoming meeting.

I would like to thank our Marketing/Membership Chair and Webmaster, Wayne Welk.  He has done a wonderful job cleaning up and adding valuable content to our website and social media sites.  Our theme for the year is “Onwards & Upwards: 2017/2018 Will be a Whole New Year”.  I encourage you to check out the site for important section and community activity and information – https://neworleansisa.org/

You can also keep up with us via your favorite social sites as well:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ISA-New-Orleans-Section-409126109135241/

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/ISANewOrleans/

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/company-beta/24971870/

I encourage all members and potential members to take advantage of what the ISA New Orleans Section has to offer.  If we can do something to add more value to your ISA Membership, please let us know.  If you want to participate on our board to drive out further value to our membership, please reach out to me.

Best regards,
Dean Bickerton
ISA New Orleans Section President
504.717.0718 Cell
dabickerton@reynco.com

 

September 2017 Section Meeting

ISA101: Managing the Operator Centric HMI Lifecycle

The ISA New Orleans Section kicked-off its 2017/2018 year with the September Section Meeting.  The meeting featured an update presentation on the ISA101 standard.

About Our Topic:

ISA 101 ultimately makes it easier to design, deploy, and manage effective HMI that can increase plant reliability, improve safety, and reduce project costs.  The ISA 101 standard – a lifecycle standard that has been embraced by automation suppliers and end users alike – provides excellent guidance on the design, implementation, and maintenance of HMI for process automation to improve operator situational awareness.  Attend this session to find out about the current status of the standard, what it contains, and the future of the standard.  Also visit https://www.isa.org/isa101/ for additional information about ISA 101.

About Our Speaker:

Dean Bickerton has been involved with industrial control systems since 1992 as a systems integrator, manufacturer, and automation distributor. He has been involved in the early implementations HMI from the stand alone character based, CRT EOIs to the distributed, vector graphics based client/server systems of today.  Proper HMI design, Abnormal Situation Management, and Human Factors Engineering have all been areas of interest to Dean.  When the ISA 101 standard began to emerge, he joined as an informational member.  Dean is a graduate of Auburn University with a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineering and is an Account Manager at The Reynolds Company.

Presentation:
ISA New Orleans – Sept 2017 Meeting – ISA101 Presentation

Video:

 

Help Us Tune the Loop

Any good control system needs a feedback loop in order to provide the desired outcome.  The ISA New Orleans Section values your feedback, to help us “tune the loop.”  Help us to improve and provide the services that our members want.  Please take a moment to answer a very brief survey.

Take the survey

ISA New Orleans Section to Sponsor Manufacturing Day at Tulane University

The ISA New Orleans Section will be a sponsor for Manufacturing Day, to be held at Tulane University on October 4, 2017.

Manufacturing Day is a celebration of modern manufacturing meant to inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Manufacturing Day occurs on the first Friday in October — this year Manufacturing Day is Oct 6, 2017.

Denison Consulting Group is the lead sponsor for this local effort.  Dianne Denison, CEO and founder of the Denison Consulting Group, provided additional information.

“As proud members of The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Denison will be sponsoring a modern manufacturing and cyber security expo on October 4th at Tulane University. The event will be co-sponsored by Rockwell Automation, PwC, The International Society of Automation, Indegy, and The Reynolds Company. Presentations will include demos in IoT, automation, and cyber security solutions as well as lectures from industry experts. 

We are strong believers in the power of American manufacturing and hope that this event will spread awareness of the modern advances taking place within the industry. In addition, we hope to expose students at the high school and college levels to exciting and rewarding career paths in manufacturing, business, and cyber security. “

For more information about this local event, visit http://www.mfgday.com/events/2017/denison-consulting-group

For more information about Manufacturing Day, visit http://www.mfgday.com/

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Core Element Community STEM FEST with the Saints & Pelicans

Core Element logo-1Core Element along with our friends at the Saints and Pelicans will host the first annual Community STEM FEST – Saturday, September 30 from 10am until 2pm at the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans facilities on Airline Drive.

The goal of the STEM Fest is to ignite curiosity and interest of K-12 students in STEM, inspire educators with creative STEM learning, promote industry workforce development and increase awareness of STEM career pathways.   This will be accomplished by engaging attendees of all ages with a variety of hands-on fun activities, workshops, and Saints & Pelicans activities.  We hope to welcome more than 8,000 students, parents and teachers to this exciting, inaugural event!

Core Element is reaching out to YOU:  our STEM partners and industry professionals to help make this a   SLAM DUNK, WHO DAT SUCCESS! 

The STEM FEST is an opportunity to showcase and highlight your organization/business, career opportunities and successes.  The STEM Fest is also an opportunity for you to highlight and promote your organization’s commitment to the community and the importance that STEM plays in workforce development.

The STEM FEST is free for exhibitors.

The cost will be $12 per person this includes access to the STEM FEST and a ticket to a Pelicans game this upcoming season. What a BARGAIN!! Plus the Pelicans already lead the NBA in ticket sales via schools, so our expectations are HIGH! The Saints & Pelicans are donating a portion of the proceeds to Core Element. In return, Core Element is going to Pay It Forward by giving a portion of these funds back into the schools.

If you or your organization would like to host a school or students to the STEM FEST, The Pelicans are taking advance donations. 10 students for $120 Contact Pelican representative, Denton Hunter at 504-593-4748 or Denton.Hunter@Pelicans.com. Denton can coordinate support of a specific school preference, communicate with the students and schools regarding your donation and send pictures and follow-up for social media and website sharing.

Next Steps and other information:

  • DUE FRIDAY, August 18th: Identify and prepare a description of the hands-on activity you will host.  Complete and return the attached fillable PDF STEM FEST information sheet which includes logistical needs and contact information. PLEASE COMPLETE AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE BEFORE RETURNING and be as specific as possible.
  • Please return to Jan Brenan at jan.brenan@core4kids.org no later than FRIDAY, AUGUST 18. 
  • Attend the Pre-FEST meeting to be held in advance of the event:  date to be determined. This will be extremely important so all questions can be answered and problems addressed in advance of the event.
  • Email questions and concerns to: jan.brenan@core4kids.org
  • Timeliness of return of information is important. All needs will be addressed on a first come/first serve basis (first to get info in).
  • Other information will follow regarding, food for exhibitors, etc.
  • If your organization has a LARGE, showcase or Moveable (Lab on wheels, etc.) exhibit, we encourage LARGE SCALE EXHIBITS!

 Event Purpose: 

  • Provide “hands-on” learning and demonstrations for students of all ages to interact with STEM professionals in a fun, interactive environment.
  • Serve as a catalyst to increase community awareness of STEM education, STEM employment opportunities and increased economic development opportunities for Southeast Louisiana.
  • Work collaboratively with industry, small business, K-12 professionals, higher education, community colleges, non-profits, and media to promote economic development opportunities for Southeast Louisiana.
  • Elevate community interest in STEM and create pathways that lead our youth to elevated interest in STEM subjects and rewarding STEM careers.

Core Element Community STEM FEST Exhibitor contact and info sheet 2017

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ABOUT CORE ELEMENT

Core Element provides kindergarten through 12th grade math and science teachers with the tools and resources they need to deliver hands-on, minds-on learning opportunities in the classroom. Core Element’s teacher professional development programs ensure that students receive the rigorous and enriched classroom instruction they need to encourage critical thinking and ultimately foster student proficiency and interest in STEM subjects and careers.

Since 2007, Core Element has trained more than 625 teachers and impacted more than 62,650 students. Through teacher professional development, Core Element is equipping the next generation of students with the STEM skills and knowledge to become truly engaged citizens in our community.

Learn more at http://core4kids.org/.