Friends, based on the questions I get, and some of the posts I see on the various automation websites and email discussion lists and web forums, reading a piping and instrumentation diagram is becoming a lost art.
We'd like to present Todd Stauffer, of exida, in his first ever podcast. This was produced by exida, and is called "Saved by the Bell: a look at ISA's new standard on alarm management." This podcast reviews ISA18.2 in detail...
Through the good offices of Kim Miller Dunn, ISA Past President:
From ISA Past President Kim Miller-Dunn:
I received yesterday a review copy of Bianca Scholten's latest book: MES Guide for Executives: Why and How to Select, Implement, and Maintain a Manufacturing Execution System. It is published by ISA Press. I'm going to read it over the weekend and I'll let you know what I think.
Now this is more along the lines of things that ISA should be doing-- raising the awareness of folks both in North America and in Europe about the Automation Competency Model they've been working on with the U.S. Department of Labor:
In the gold rush to Smart Grid, it's easy to get left out. In the last several major press releases about Smart Grid I've seen, one standards body has been conspicuous by its absence. That, of course would be ISA.
It is with deep sadness that I report the passing of my friend Vernon Trevathan. Vernon (who hated to be called Vern) died Sunday in St. Louis, Mo. Here is the message that was sent to the ISA Executive Board, where Vernon was Vice President of the Professional Development Department.