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ISA Automation Week covers Industrial Automation and Control

October 21, 2013 - In light of ever-increasing pressures to improve the efficiency, reliability, safety and quality of industrial processes, the International Society of Automation (ISA) today announces it will conduct an Industrial Automation and Control educational track at its upcoming 2013 ISA Automation Week Technology and Solutions Event.

“In today’s highly competitive business environment, companies are constantly looking for new and better ways to manufacture their products and become more proficient,” says Jon Peterson, Senior Vice President and co-founder of Seeq Corporation, and the Chair of the Industrial Automation and Control track. “Of course, in paraphrasing the familiar saying, ‘You can’t optimize what you can’t control.’ That’s where process control and industrial automation and control systems come in.”

The Industrial Automation and Control educational track is one of six educational tracks offered at ISA Automation Week 2013, the premier annual event for automation and control professionals worldwide, to be held 5-7 November 2013 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA. Leading automation and control experts, authors, innovators and thought leaders across the globe will come together at the conference to demonstrate how to fully leverage the power and potential of automation solutions.

The Industrial Automation and Control track will demonstrate how the proper application of control theory and advanced process control systems can improve manufacturers’ key performance indicators, everything from reducing industrial accidents to boosting profitability. Other essential topics to be covered include quality control, utility optimization, model-based control, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), modern predictive control, loop tuning, simulation and situational awareness in process operations.

“Efficient and effective manufacturing processes are imperative for companies seeking profitability, and efficient, effective automation and control are at the core to modern manufacturing,” Peterson states. “Improving plant safety, through Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS) is another important part of the equation. We will have two full sessions that focus on safety.”

In all, nine sessions comprise the Industrial Automation & Control track, including

  • Control Systems Operations
  • Cyber-Security Panel Sessions
  • Oscillations and Algorithms
  • PLC/DCS Configuration, Migration, and Management
  • Accident Prevention and Safety Instrumented Systems
  • Model Based Control
  • HMI Performance and Instrumentation
  • Safety Instrumented Systems (SIS)
  • Work Force Development and Mentoring

This press release is the fifth in a series showcasing the event’s six educational tracks. The first press release, distributed early in July, showcased the Creating Business Value through Automation educational track. The second release, distributed in late July, focused on the Asset Lifecycle Management and Optimization/Strategy educational track. The third release, posted in late-August, highlighted The Connected Enterprise educational track, and the fourth release, distributed 24 September, profiled the Industrial Network Security educational track. The sixth and final educational track press release, to be distributed soon, will place the spotlight on the Wireless Applications educational track.

More about the Track Chair
Jon Peterson is Senior Vice President of Products and acting Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales at Seeq Corporation, the developer of decision-support systems for the energy and process industries.

He joined Seeq Corporation after many years at OSIsoft where he blended his expertise in process engineering with advanced software and programming knowledge to develop products for the process industries.

Through his development work, Peterson paved the way for OSIsoft to build all its control system connectors in a standard way, and helped create the company’s next generation real-time data management system. He assumed a series of leadership roles at OSIsoft, including Vice President of Engineering and Vice President of Marketing.

About ISA
Founded in 1945, the International Society of Automation is a leading, global, nonprofit organization that is setting the standard for automation by helping over 30,000 worldwide members and other professionals solve difficult technical problems, while enhancing their leadership and personal career capabilities. Based in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, ISA develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts conferences and exhibitions for automation professionals. ISA is the founding sponsor of The Automation Federation.

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