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ISA introduces Automation Engineering Survival Training: Integrator Version (AESTIV)

In response to marketplace demand and input from automation professionals, the International Society of Automation (ISA) announces today it has developed a new Automation Engineering Survival Training course designed to meet the needs and requirements of system integrators.


ISA Automation Engineering Survival Training: Integrator Version (AESTIV)—which will debut 31 March 2014 through 4 April 2014 at ISA headquarters in North Carolina—includes a week of highly intensive, hands-on instruction geared specifically to:


  • New automation, control system or process control engineers working for system integrators
  • Seasoned system integration engineers looking to refresh their process automation skills
  • Automation engineers in a position with a system integrator or end user
  • Automation engineers wishing to move into a career as a system integrator

ISA’s AESTIV course is an excellent complement to ISA’s well-established Automation Engineering Survival Training (AEST) course. ISA’s AEST course is geared primarily for automation engineers working in plant environments, particularly those who want to sharpen and broaden their skills and those who are new to the automation profession. Both offerings comprise the ISA Automation Engineering Survival Training Series—two comprehensive, highly intensive training “boot camp” courses that feature expert-led lecture, hands-on exercises covering practical, real-world survival skills, and a local plant tour to see first-hand, real-world implementations of the concepts learned in class.

To learn more about, or register for, the AESTIV course, visit www.isa.org/PR14/AESTIV

Yokogawa releases Enhanced Version of STARDOM FCN-RTU

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that it will release an enhanced version of the FCN-RTU* low-power autonomous controller for the STARDOM™ network-based control system on February 26. This new version of the FCN-RTU has been developed to meet the requirements of our customers in the high-growth upstream oil & gas industries.

Development Background:

Until recently, gas wells were drilled at multiple sites spread out over a wide area, and each individual well head had its own controller for monitoring and control. With the advent of unconventional horizontal gas drilling techniques, multiple wells can now be drilled from a single well pad, enabling a reduction in the number of controllers needed to monitor and control the well heads. For such applications, the controllers need to be able to handle more input/output (I/O) signals. Also, as wells are often drilled in remote locations where temperatures can be extreme, these controllers must be ruggedly built to withstand those conditions.

Product Features:

  • Increased number of I/O modules

The enhanced FCN-RTU can now accommodate eight (8) I/O modules, up from the previous three, and can thus handle up to 256 input/output signals. This is well within the requirements of the latest unconventional natural gas well monitoring and control applications.

  • Improved environmental resistance

An additional 10 STARDOM FCN-RTU I/O modules are now rated for use in temperatures ranging from −20°C to +70°C. These enhanced components are thus well suited for use in the very cold or hot weather conditions that can be encountered at natural gas drilling sites.

  • Support for 64-bit Windows

ASTMAC VDS, the STARDOM supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) package, as well as all related software, now supports the 64-bit version of Windows 7. All engineering, monitoring, and control functions can be performed on computers running 64-bit Windows 7.



Tuning Control Loops for Fast Response

Application Note by Data Forth: The well known Ziegler Nichols tuning rules work well only on processes with very long time constants relative to their dead times, and on level control loops. Its performance is not good on flow, liquid pressure, and many other loops. The Cohen-Coon tuning rules work well on virtually all self-regulating processes. These rules were originally designed to give a very fast response, but this results in loops with a very oscillatory response. With a slight modification of the Cohen-Coon tuning rules, control loops can still respond quickly, but they are much less prone to oscillations. This Application Note describes how to tune control loops using this modified Cohen-Coon tuning method.

Read full Application Note by DataForth

Yokogawa announces the New CENTUM VP DCS

Yokogawa has announced the new CENTUM VP and how it was going to take VigilantPlant, our vision for the ideal plant in industrial automation, to the next level. It exceeds the capabilities of conventional production systems and will become the platform based on which we will provide our customers with solutions and services that maintain operational excellence over the entire plant lifecycle. Innovations are available with it.





Schneider Electric inaugurates the Isaac Boro Energy Training College in Nigeria

The Isaac Boro Energy Training College was inaugurated today in Grenoble, France, by Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman and CEO of Schneider Electric, Hon. Kingsley Kuku, Special Adviser to the Nigerian President on Niger Delta Affairs and Chairman of the Presidential Amnesty programme, and Daniel Filâtre, University Chancellor and President of the Grenoble Education Authority.

The Isaac Boro Energy Training College is a joint initiative between the Nigerian government and Schneider Electric Nigeria, drawing on the expertise of both Schneider Electric France and the French Education Ministry. Since it opened its doors, the school has welcomed 30 Nigerian students from the Niger Delta region to receive training in energy management. At the end of their studies, the students receive a skills certificate, signed by the head of vocational training from the Grenoble Education Authority and the President of Schneider Electric France. This training offers the opportunity to gain not only electrical certification, but also complementary qualifications, such as languages and IT.

"The lack of trained engineers in the electrical and energy fields is a major obstacle to the successful and sustainable development of a number of regions in emerging economies", says Jean-Pascal Tricoire, Chairman and CEO of Schneider Electric. "Schneider Electric, with the support of France's Education Ministry, is proud to work alongside the Nigerian government in the Amnesty programme for skills development and access to employment, through this training initiative for the local population".

The College is located in the main University area in Grenoble, in a building purpose-built by Schneider Electric. It houses three laboratories for practical classes, equipped with banks of equipment and products to provide training on domestic and industrial electricity applications, including automation and medium voltage. The building also houses several conventional classrooms. Teaching staff have devised a specially tailored course, designed to meet specifications laid down by the Nigerian government, paying particular attention to practical exercises to ensure students are fully operational as soon as they complete their year's course. All training is delivered in English.

For Schneider Electric, this initiative falls under the umbrella of its BipBop energy access programme, which aims to address three key issues in emerging economies:

  • Innovation – To build adequate dedicated offers to combat the of lack of equipment
  • Business – To provide financial resources to support the creation of innovative companies in the electricity market
  • People – To provide training in energy management to overcome the shortage of expertise