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Yokogawa Employee Wins 2014 IEC 1906 Award

Yokogawa Electric Corporation announces that Takaharu Matsumoto, a Yokogawa employee, has received the 2014 International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) 1906 Award. The IEC presents this award to those who have made a great contribution in its development of standards for electrical and electronic technologies. In 2014, 151 experts from 21 countries were commended, of whom 31 were Japanese. Mr. Matsumoto is the second winner from Yokogawa. The award was presented to him on October 14.

As an industrial instrument specialist, Mr. Matsumoto participated in IEC TC65, an IEC technical committee in charge of the development of standards for industrial-process measurement and control, and was involved in developing the IEC 61987 series, an international standard for industrial measuring instruments. He received this award for his contribution in developing the specification description (list of properties: LOP) for the IEC 61987 series and managing the standard by working together with various device-specific committees.  Yokogawa will continue to be involved in international standardization activities related to measurement and control.

Tank Overfill Functional Safety Webinar

Tank overfilling is a common problem that can have dangerous consequences, particularly for oil and natural gas installations. Fuel, oil or other items going past safe levels in a container can create extremely hazardous conditions. Learn how to use functional safety products to prevent dangerous tank overfilling problems by attending a webinar hosted by Moore Industries on Sept. 30 at 9 a.m. Pacific (12 p.m. Eastern).

The "Logic Solver for Tank Overfill Protection" webinar, presented by Moore Industries Director of Engineering Tina Lockhart, will guide safety engineers through the steps needed to determine the right logic solver for their needs.

While many people assume that a logic solver for a tank overfill protection system must be a safety PLC, in many cases a discrete logic device in the safety loop is sufficient. This avoids the complications and expense associated with a complex programmable solution.



ISA Salutes 2013 Fellows and Celebrating Excellence Award Honorees

The International Society of Automation (ISA) announced today those ISA members elevated to the distinguished membership grade of Fellow, and the Celebrating Excellence Award honorees for 2013, including Member’s Choice honorees chosen by their peers.

Elevation to the distinguished grade of ISA Fellow is granted to Senior Members in recognition of their exceptional engineering scientific contributions to the field of automation. ISA’s Celebrating Excellence Awards honor companies and individuals, both members and non-members, for significant contributions in leadership, technical innovation and contributions to education that have advanced the profession.

Award presentations will be made at the 51st Annual ISA Honors & Awards Gala, which will be held the evening of Monday, 4 November 2013, at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

2013 ISA Fellows

James T. Dykes, P. Eng.

Peter G. Martin, Ph.D.

Bharat Ratilal Mehta

William L. Mostia, Jr., P.E.

Arunachalam Ramanathan

Maurice J. Wilkins, Ph.D

Wilhelm K. Wojsznis

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A Superior Alarm and Bypass Management Solution

Free Webinar: Manage Operational Risk With Confidence
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
11 a.m. EST [16:00 GMT]
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As plants run closer to their performance limits, with fewer operators and smaller support staffs, the importance of alarm management to maintaining plant safety is paramount. Steve Elliott from Invensys will discuss how an organization can successfully leverage a new solution to improve operational effectiveness. He'll also examine how the solution moves beyond the traditional safety-instrumented monitoring function and extends into everyday operations, maintenance, and process safety management.
In this webinar, learn how to manage and report operational risk and process safety to achieve operational excellence.
We'll discuss:
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• How it's applied
• Its extension into operations, maintenance, and management
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Hundreds of Automation Professionals participates in ISA Automation Week 2012

More than 1,200 automation professionals, hailing from dozens of countries around the world, exchanged best practices and technical solutions during ISA Automation Week 2012 in Orlando, Florida, USA.

The annual conference featured technical sessions in two Technology Excellence tracks focused on security and wireless; and four Operational Excellence tracks focused on safety and environmental performance, control performance, asset performance and human performance. The technical program was chaired by Dr. Peter Martin, Vice President of Business Value Solutions at Invensys.

In addition to more than 60 technical conference sessions, attendees enjoyed three executive keynote presentations, networking receptions, standards committee meetings, training courses and leadership meetings.

Tuesday’s keynote address was delivered by Greg Hale, Chief Safety Officer and Vice President, Worldwide Standards and Auditing at Walt Disney Parks & Resorts.

In addition to Disney’s incredible safety and maintenance technology, the Disney team has developed efficiency innovations with the FirstPass system, improving utilization and throughput of attractions while increasing guest satisfaction; and contributed greatly to the accessibility of Disney parks around the world with Assistive Technology Devices to enhance the experience of guests with disabilities.

Wednesday’s keynote address featured a dynamic panel of industry executives, discussing challenges and insights into the future of automation and industry issues.

Wednesday evening’s Beach Party reception, celebrating ISA’s workforce development partnership with FIRST®, was hosted by NASCAR® driver Jennifer Jo Cobb, Disney’s Greg Hale, and Calum Pearson, Vice President of Technical and Show Support at Cirque du Soleil. Cobb, one of NASCAR’s most successful female drivers, stressed the importance of technology and innovation in her sport, thanking automation professionals for their dedication.

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