ISA and Beamex host web seminar on how to calibrate pressure instruments

  • January 26, 2015
  • ISA
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January 26, 2015 - The International Society of Automation (ISA) and its Premier Strategic Partner for calibration, Beamex, will co-host a free web seminar on 19 February 2015 that will discuss advanced pressure measurement techniques and calibration using best practices.

The web seminar, the second in a two-part series on pressure measurement calibration, will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, and will feature three instrumentation experts: Roy Tomalino, Calibration Engineer at Beamex; Ned Espy, Technical Director at Beamex; and Hunter Vegas, Project Engineering Manager at Wunderlich-Malec.

In a typical process plant, over 60% of instrument applications involve pressure. Pressure instrumentation maintenance is a critical and daily task, yet proper procedures for managing and calibrating these instruments are often overlooked or not understood.

During the first segment of the series, pressure instrument experts discussed the basic concepts that drive pressure instrumentation and demonstrated how to calibrate pressure basic applications.

“In part 1 of the web seminar, we covered the most basic concepts of pressure. Now in part 2, we can review ‘real world’ applications and touch on some specific issues that technicians have to deal with on a daily basis. This webinar should generate some good discussion as well as provide helpful insight on proper maintenance and calibration of pressure instrumentation," states Espy at Beamex, Inc.

Vegas at Wunderlich-Malec goes onto say, “Have you ever wondered why your steam drum level instrument seemed to drift dramatically on start up? Or have you had a flawlessly calibrated tank level transmitter suddenly start showing an error as soon as you returned it to service? If so, then this is the webinar for you. Often the instrumentation selection and installation will make a highly accurate and consistent reading virtually impossible.  This webinar will explain why and help you avoid these pitfalls.”

Together, the trio of presenters possesses more than 50 years of technical training experience. Tomalino, with more than 15 years of technical training expertise, has worked for Hewlett-Packard as a corporate trainer, and has managed new product introductions and worldwide training activities. Most recently, he served as a trainer, certified developer and technical advisor at Honeywell’s Fort Collins, Colorado office, where he supported the “DocuMint” calibration management software and Honeywell’s 2020 portable calibrator.

Tomalino received a bachelor of science degree in computer information from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and an associate in applied science (A.A.S.) electronics technology degree from Denver Institute of Technology. Six Sigma Green Belt certified, Tomalino continues to conduct educational training sessions and provide technical support to Beamex customers.

Espy has been promoting calibration management with Beamex for almost 20 years. He has helped develop best practices for calibration, with a focus on pressure, temperature and multivariable instruments. A consistent editorial contributor to leading industry publications, Espy has received significant recognition within the automation industry. Recently, he contributed to the 416-page book, The Engineer’s Guide to Industrial Temperature Measurement. Earlier in 2014, a paper he wrote, titled “Improved Measurement and Control Utilizing Advanced Calibration Strategies,” was presented at the ISA Power Industry Division (POWID) Symposium in June. Each day, Espy teaches calibration best practices and provides technical support to end users and the Beamex sales team in North America.

Vegas has worked in the automation industry for nearly 20 years and has participated in more than 2,000 automation projects in the nuclear, pulp and paper and specialty chemical industries. He is a frequent contributor to several controls magazines and recently co-wrote, with Greg McMillan, his first book, 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career. Vegas currently works for Wunderlich-Malec as a Project Engineering Manager.

About Beamex Beamex is a leading, worldwide provider of calibration solutions that meet even the most demanding requirements of process instrumentation. Beamex offers a comprehensive range of products and services--from portable calibrators to workstations, calibration accessories, calibration software, industry-specific solutions and professional services. Through Beamex’s subsidiaries, branch offices and an extensive network of independent distributors, the company’s products and services are available in more than 80 countries. Beamex has more than 10,000 customers worldwide.

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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