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ISA announces the 2020 ISA Celebrating Excellence award recipients

The International Society of Automation (ISA) has announced the 2020 ISA Celebrating Excellence award recipients. The recognitions reflect and honor the outstanding efforts of ISA members in supporting and advancing the Society and the automation community. There are 14 Celebrating Excellence awardees in 2020. The Honors & Awards Committee was chaired by Brian Curtis.  The ISA awards program endeavors to stimulate, enhance, encourage, acknowledge, and reward outstanding contributions to ISA and the automation profession by providing an avenue for individuals to compete for recognition within established categories.

The Honors & Awards Committee annually receives all award nominations for defined Society awards, reviews the candidate qualifications, and recommends to the Executive Board honorees for approval. We are pleased to celebrate the following honorees.

This year, the details of individuals whov have been elevated to the distinguished grade of ISA Fellow are announced by the press release of ISA.

 


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ICONICS' Newest Webcast Series - Transform Your Business

ICONICS recently announced its newest webcast series, Transform Your Business. Each of the 15 sessions will review solutions for your business and how they can impact your bottom line. Sessions will provide insight into ICONICS solutions for IoT, SCADA, augmented reality, analytics, cloud, and wearable devices, and the innovative ways in which they can be applied to solve challenges for manufacturing, industrial automation, and smart buildings customers.

The company kicked off this series on Friday, March 20, with its first session, “Advanced SCADA Tools for a New Decade”, which gave a high-level overview of the top new features for version 10.96 of the ICONICS Suite, including tips on where you can go to learn more about each. The balance of the series dives into topics ranging from “How to Analyze Your Assets and Improve Real-Time KPIs”, to ways to “Improve Maintenance Efficiency with Connected Field Service”, to “Big News About Big Data: What's New in Historian Applications”, and just about anything in between.

For full session descriptions including start times and presenters, and to register, visit iconics.com/webcasts.

Endress+Hauser calibration ensures product quality

Case Study: With milk and dairy production running 365 days a year, removal of measurement instruments for calibration posed a significant challenge for Al Safi Danone. Endress+Hauser’s customized and flexible calibration process ensured Al Safi Danone’s production could continue unhindered.

  • Al Safi Danone’s production equipment always available as required and functioning as specified
  • Timely issuance of calibration certificates for food safety and CCP Audits.

The customer’s challenge: Al Safi Danone does not underestimate the importance of timely and accurate calibration of its production equipment to minimize waste and enhance the quality of output. Indeed, in an industry as demanding as Food & Beverage it is vital.

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ISA Introduces an Overview of the ISA/IEC 62443 Series: New Guide to Cybersecurity Standards

The International Society of Automation (ISA) and the ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance have released a new guide to the world’s only consensus-based automation cybersecurity standards. “Quick Start Guide: An Overview of the ISA/IEC 62443 Series of Standards,” now available for download at isa.org/cyberguide, provides a high-level view of the objectives and benefits of these standards—as well as easy-to-use explainers on how to navigate them. The guide explores how and why IT and OT/ICS need unique types of protection against cyber threats and offers the latest recommendations on patch management. This new guide answers some of the most common questions about the ISA/IEC 62443 Standards, including:

Why is this series of standards important? What are the benefits of using the standards?
How are IT and ICS systems different?
Which documents are part of the series and how can I use them to find what I need?
Where can I find the current best practices around patch management?
The ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance’s Advocacy and Adoption work group coordinated the development of the guide, which was authored by Johan Nye. Nye is an independent consultant specializing in industrial control systems and cybersecurity. During his career spanning more than 38 years, Nye has designed ICS system architectures, created company standards and policies, implemented major ICS projects, supported ICS site engineers, and contributed to the design of several ICS products.

“Automation cybersecurity standards are crucial in this increasingly connected world,” says Mary Ramsey, ISA executive director. “The ISA/IEC 62443 Series of Standards leads the way as the world’s only consensus-based standards that focus on automation cybersecurity. One goal of the ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance is to raise awareness of these standards and encourage their adoption across a wide range of industries. We are grateful to the ISAGCA Advocacy and Adoption work group and Johan Nye for distilling these standards into a user-friendly format that can be shared widely.”

Yokogawa Establishes Yokogawa Innovation Switzerland

Yokogawa Electric Corporation has recently announced that it has established Yokogawa Innovation Switzerland GmbH to build a strong base for its bioeconomy business through the provision of quick and proactive market research and development activities, and the introduction of cutting-edge biotechnologies. The new subsidiary was officially registered on June 26th, and business operations will start from August.

Switzerland is ranked high in global competitiveness and is a gathering point for highly talented professionals. Yokogawa Innovation Switzerland is located in Allschwil, directly next to the city of Basel, which is the European center of the biotechnology and life science industry. In this ideal location, the new company will promote Yokogawa’s bioeconomy business through research and development and partnerships. It will focus on discovering research themes, promoting open innovation, and searching for business partners. To coincide with the opening of the new subsidiary, Yokogawa Europe’s existing Swiss branch for its industrial automation business has also moved to the same location as the new company.

The bioeconomy is considered to be an important pillar for building a sustainable society, and governments and corporations in many countries are concentrating on this field. It is one of the focus areas defined in Yokogawa’s long-term business framework, and through its bioeconomy business and other initiatives the company is working to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and contribute to the development of a circular economy. To acquire technologies and expertise in the bioeconomy field, Yokogawa has already taken steps such as investing in AlgaEnergy, a Spanish company that is a leader in the production and application of microalgae.

JGC Wins Contract to Upgrade Basrah Refinery

JGC Holdings Corporation has recently announced that JGC Corporation has received the Letter of Award for the Basrah Refinery Upgrading Project for an Iraqi oil refining company under the Iraqi Ministry of Oil.

Details of the project are as follows.

1. Client: South Refineries Company (Oil refining company under the Iraqi Ministry of Oil)
2. Construction location: Basrah, Republic of Iraq (Approx. 550 km SE of the capital of Baghdad)
3. Primary equipment (processing abilities): Fluid catalytic cracking unit (34,500 barrels/day), vacuum distillation unit (55,000 barrels/day), diesel desulfurisation unit (40,000 barrels/day), etc.
4. Contract services: Engineering, procurement, construction and commissioning
5. Contract type: Lump sum contract
6. Order amount: Approx. 4 billion dollars (400 billion JPY)
7. Scheduled completion: 2025


Iraq is one of the world's leading oil-producing countries, with a confirmed crude oil reserve of 145 billion barrels and a daily crude oil production of 4.41 million barrels. However, the two refineries currently in operation were constructed in the 1970s and their production capacity has decreased due to war damage and deterioration. Unable to meet domestic demand for petroleum products, Iraq has to import petroleum products such as gasoline.

Yokogawa Wins Chemical Injection Metering Valve Orders for Two Oil Fields of Norway

Yokogawa Electric Corporation has announced that its Norwegian subsidiary, Yokogawa TechInvent AS, has received orders to provide 59 high-performance FluidCom chemical injection metering valves for two offshore oil fields that are being developed by Equinor ASA, a Norwegian energy company. One destination is the Johan Sverdrup field in the North Sea, 160 km west of Stavanger, and the other is the Johan Castberg field in the Barents Sea, 240 km northwest of Hammerfest. The orders for the FluidCom valves were placed through the suppliers of the chemical injection packages for these projects.
Shigeyoshi Uehara, head of the IA Products & Service Business Headquarters, comments as follows about these two orders: “We believe that the selection of the FluidCom valve by Equinor, a company that is renowned for its advanced technology and leading role in efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), was based on a very positive evaluation of its features. By enabling the remote control of chemical injection, FluidCom valves reduce the amount of work that must be performed under very demanding conditions on offshore platforms. Optimization of the chemical injection amount also protects the environment. FluidCom valves thus help our customers achieve significant reductions in OPEX and contribute to the achievement of the SDGs. By expanding its lineup of upstream solutions with products such as the FluidCom valve, Yokogawa is providing new value to its customers.”
Chemicals are injected into oil wells and pipelines to prevent scaling and corrosion. Although the opening, closing, and adjustment of injection valves is sometimes automated, this is usually done manually in the upstream sector. Such work is often performed under conditions that can be quite severe, and it can be difficult to avoid injecting excessive amounts of these costly chemicals. For reasons of safety, cost, and productivity, it is important to automate this process.

Yokogawa TechInvent developed and sells the FluidCom chemical injection metering valve. With flow metering and control functionality, a FluidCom valve can stably and automatically inject chemicals into a well or pipeline. The valve has few moving parts, so the risk of failure is low, and a self-cleaning function is provided that eliminates the need for maintenance. Suitable for both oil & gas upstream and midstream operations, the FluidCom valve improves operational efficiency, reduces running costs, and enhances health, safety, and the environment (HSE).

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