ISA and Beamex to conduct calibration conference

  • April 01, 2015
  • ISA
  • News

April 1, 2015 - The International Society of Automation (ISA) and Beamex announced the opening of attendee registration for the 2015 Less Risk, More Performance: Best calibration practices conference, which will be held Thursday, 24 September 2015 at ISA headquarters in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA.

The conference will showcase the latest insights, trends and best practices for process plant operators seeking to improve calibration quality, safety, accuracy and profitability, and lower costs and optimize production.

A finely honed conference agenda will explore the critical challenges and how best to solve them through innovative new strategies, advances in calibration technology and state-of-the-art products and techniques designed for implementing changes in calibration process, optimizing quality measurement and improving safety.

Guided by two tracks, Strategic and Technical, attendees will have the opportunity to choose the specific sessions that best meet their needs and interests. Conference registrants can earn up to eight PDHs by attending sessions.

The Strategic Track is formulated to help executives pinpoint targeted solutions to many of the key challenges facing the automation community. Speakers will examine planning priorities—particularly in light of important market factors, such as the shortage of skilled workers and rapidly evolving technologies—as well as how to maximize process efficiencies. Other specific topics to be addressed include:

  • The Perfect Storm: Automation and the Future of Smart Manufacturing
  • Maximizing productivity and quality using an integration-based approach
  • Core elements of a compliant calibration program
  • Why continuing education is vital to sustainability and success
  • Six key steps to an effective process change
  • How to implement a calibration process change

The Technical Track is designed to help engineers and technicians improve daily maintenance processes and tasks. Tactics for strengthening accuracy and quality, while lowering the risk of human errors, will be revealed by experienced presenters. Techniques for history trending of instruments to provide traceability and determination of calibration intervals will be explained. In addition, the track will cover:

  • Loop calibration strategies
  • Configuring and calibrating smart instruments
  • Advanced techniques leveraging calibration management software
  • Tips and techniques for automating calibration processes
  • Hands-on exercises through an on-site workshop

Access to this complimentary event is limited so interested persons are encouraged to register soon. The free registration includes access to all presentations as well as breakfast and lunch. Each attendee is responsible for his or her travel arrangements and expenses.

A highly acclaimed group of keynote presenters on hand will be an outstanding assembly of speakers and presenters, including:

Walt Boyes is a Principal at Spitzer and Boyes LLC, a technology consulting firm assisting companies to better market their products in manufacturing and automation. He has more than 40 years of experience in the automation industry, including executive committee experience in three companies, and board of director’s service in both for-profit and not-for-profit companies. His in-depth knowledge of applied high technology in automation is well known and well documented. He has worked in nearly every manufacturing vertical, and with virtually all manufacturing technologies. Boyes is a Life Fellow of ISA, a member of IEEE, a Fellow of InstMC in the United Kingdom, and a Chartered Measurement and Control Technologist.

Gerald Wilbanks, P.E. is Vice President of Documentation and Engineering Services (DES) in Birmingham, Alabama. He possesses more than 50 years of experience in engineering, management, consulting, and design in heavy industry. Wilibanks’ vast experience includes: 15 years as Principal of his own firm, DES; 32 years as Vice President and lead control systems engineer at Rust Engineering Company; and four years as an instrument engineer at Union Carbide Chemicals. Wilibanks is: a registered professional engineer in Alabama and Mississippi; a member of the National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE); a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE); and a former president (1995) of ISA. He was presented a Life Achievement Award by ISA in 2010 and has served on numerous committees and task forces for the Society.

Michael Uhrin is the Associate Director of Engineering Compliance & Technology at Boehringer Ingelheim in Danbury, Connecticut. Uhrin has worked with Boehringer Ingelheim for 12 years. Previously, he served as a Field Engineer and Validation Engineer at Glatt Air Techniques in Ramsey, New Jersey. He holds a master’s degree in technology management from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania. Uhrin has extensive experience in implementing calibration process changes and global calibration system rollouts. Today, his responsibilities include calibration, preventive maintenance, validation, process automation, water purification and security systems.

Faran Rolingson is a Senior Control Engineer at Southern Company’s Alabama Power Plant Miller in Quinton, Alabama. Rolingson studied electrical engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. After earning a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering, he joined Schlumberger as a Field Engineer based in Berwick, Louisiana. Rolingson then moved back to New Jersey to work at Degremonte Technologies, also as a Field Engineer. During his tenure there, he worked with PLC controls, instrumentation, valves and pumps. In addition, he was involved in commissioning million-dollar ozone systems as well as UV systems in water treatment facilities throughout the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. Rolingson earned a master’s degree in engineering management in 2010. Shortly after, in 2011, he moved to Birmingham, Alabama to work at Plant Miller as a Plant Control Engineer. Today, as Senior Control Engineer, he manages maintenance projects, including the calibration of instrumentation for all of the plant’s units and scrubbers.

About the ISA and Beamex partnership Beamex, a global leader in developing equipment, software, systems and services for the calibration and maintenance of process instruments, collaborates with ISA through the Society’s Corporate Partnerships Program. 

The ISA Corporate Partnerships Program offers companies a customized, tailored approach to sponsorship within the organization. Partnership packages include year-round promotion, prominent association-wide access and recognition, and turnkey service from a dedicated team of professionals. Companies can bundle ISA products and services with marketing opportunities, providing a more streamlined approach to corporate sponsorship.

“This program is all about delivering value,” says Jennifer Infantino Halsey, ISA’s Director of Marketing & Communications. “Certainly, our partner companies are able to connect with prospective customers in many new and valuable ways while ISA members and customers benefit by learning about leading products and services. In addition, the collaborative relationships that are formed provide opportunities to leverage each organization’s unique strengths and apply them through a collective approach and perspective.”

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 The International Society of Automation is a nonprofit professional association that sets the standard for those who apply engineering and technology to improve the management, safety, and cybersecurity of modern automation and control systems used across industry and critical infrastructure. Founded in 1945, ISA develops widely used global standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; hosts conferences and exhibits; and provides networking and career development programs for its 36,000 members and 350,000 customers around the world.

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