Registration opens for ISA Food & Pharmaceutical Symposium

  • November 24, 2014
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November 24, 2014 - The International Society of Automation (ISA) today announces the opening of attendee and exhibitor registration for its 2015 Food & Pharmaceutical Division (FPID) Symposium, which will be held 9-11 February 2015 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The 2015 symposium, titled a “Pharmaceutical Automation Technology Update: Control, Optimization, Measurement, and Serialization,” will provide the very latest news, insights, trends and projections—direct from leading industry and solution experts—for pharmaceutical and food processing companies seeking to improve quality, safety, reliability, profitability, cost control and production throughput. A keenly focused conference agenda will explore the critical challenges and how best to solve them through innovations in process automation, and new strategies, products and techniques in control, optimization, measurement and serialization. Attendees will have the opportunity to take high-value ISA training courses and experience an extensive range of technical sessions and paper presentations; speaker roundtables; a vendor exhibition; and evening social events. (Note that conference registrants can earn up to 12 PDHs by attending conference sessions; In addition, by taking an ISA training class, attendees can earn valuable CEUs.) Discounts are available to those (including attendees, exhibitors and sponsors) who register by 31 December. To take advantage of early bird registration opportunities (as well gain details on the conference program, hotel suggestions and more), visit the symposium website at An expert-driven technical program highlighted by two highly acclaimed keynote presenters A diverse array of technical sessions will cover key topics and issues of importance, such as:

  • Measureable Business Value Improvement from Automation Investments
  • Implementing Electronic Record Systems - Through an Operations Information Infrastructure
  • Benchmark Summary of Automation in Pharmaceutical and Biotech Manufacturing Operations
  • Automation, Disposables, and Factory of the Future: What Does it Mean to Automate a Flexible Facility?
  • How to Pick an MES or Batch Execution System
  • Using Data to Optimize the Product Life Cycle
  • Serialization Training
  • Serialization Case Study with Global perspective
  • Recent Trends in Data Integrity
  • Compliant Optimized Business Processes within a Regulated Industry
  • Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) – A Perspective
  • Integrated Factory Infrastructure - Mitigating Security Risks (Cyber Security)
  • Alarm Management Reflection and Update
  • The Future is Now - Integration of Process, Electrical and Process Control Engineering

Two visionary and highly honored innovators—Paul McKenzie, Ph.D., (Vice President of Manufacturing and Technical Operations at Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson) and Peter Martin, Ph.D., (Vice President of Business Value Solutions at Schneider Electric) will deliver keynote presentations at the event. Dr. McKenzie’s presentation, titled “Using Data to Optimize Product Life Cycle,” will focus on how organizations are recalibrating their knowledge management strategies through better use of information technologies. The result, he says optimizes the product life cycle. In his current position, Dr. McKenzie leads the Janssen Supply Chain (JSC) internal manufacturing and External Supply Integration (ESI) functions, leveraging resources to ensure a balanced emphasis on quality, service and cost control. Among the companies he worked for before joining J&J are Bristol-Myers Squibb and Merck.   Dr. Martin’s presentation, titled “Applying Control Theory to the Real-Time Value Chain,” will center on the need to more effectively apply automation strategies and solutions in order to achieve optimum results. Accomplishing this, he says, requires a better understanding of: the potential value from automation solutions; the barriers to attaining and demonstrating this value; and the traditional business processes that require adjustment. Dr. Martin is a world-renowned expert in the field of automation, having held executive and technical positions in engineering, product and strategic planning, marketing, and training throughout his career. He is a recipient of the ISA Life Achievement Award, and has been named as one of the 50 most influential innovators of all time in instrumentation and controls. Two highly valuable ISA training courses will be taught on site ISA will be conducting two essential ISA training courses in conjunction with the conference: Introduction to Applying the Batch Control Standard ANSI/ISA88.01 (IC40C) This is an indispensable course for all automation professionals working in batch process, especially in the pharmaceutical, pulp and paper, food processing, chemical processing, and air and gas industries. Expert instruction will be provided on the ANSI/ISA88.01 standard, including key challenges and issues it addresses, how to apply it, and where it can be best utilized. In addition, the elements of recipe procedural control, and the elements and structure of equipment control will be thoroughly covered.

Implementing Enterprise/Control Integration Using ANSI/ISA95 Standards (IC55C) This course is designed to help automation professionals integrate manufacturing systems into the corporate supply chain through the use of ANSI/ISA95 standards. The course defines the activities associated with manufacturing control business logistics systems and describes in detail the information that must be shared between enterprise and control systems. Specifically, students will learn the requirements for an enterprise/control integration solution, and will be able to recognize the key issues and business drivers that determine a successful integration. About the ISA Food and Pharmaceutical Industries Division (FPID) The Food and Pharmaceutical Industries Division (also known as FPID) is organized within the Industry and Sciences Department of the International Society of Automation (ISA). FPID expands awareness and understanding about the latest technologies in automation, sensors, instruments, other equipment, computer systems and software application for the Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) and Pharmaceutical Supply Chains (PSC). The FPID retains a knowledge base of design, engineering, system, software, process automation, validation, quality, research, and scientific professionals. Division members: share and enhance their personal expertise in CPG product manufacturing and packaging, pharmaceutical R&D, clinical trials, and the manufacturing of tablet formulations, parenteral and biotech products; help  provide global leadership at the US Food and Drug Administration and other international regulatory bodies; and furnish valuable knowledge and input on controversial issues regarding instrumentation, analysis automation, equipment and system validation, and testing for regulatory compliance. 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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