ISA, Beamex to host calibration workshop
The workshop will explore latest insights, trends and best practices for process plant technicians and engineers seeking to improve calibration quality, safety, accuracy and efficiency.
The International Society of Automation and its calibration partner, Beamex Inc., have scheduled their Calibration Best Practices: Interactive Workshop for Thursday, Aug. 18, at Space Center Houston, gateway to NASA's Johnson Space Center.
The jointly sponsored workshop will explore the latest insights, trends and best practices for process plant technicians and engineers seeking to improve calibration quality, safety, accuracy and efficiency. Instructors will discuss day-to-day challenges and how best to solve them through new and innovative strategies and advances in calibration technology—all designed to save time while achieving quality metrics and improving safety.
Workshop participants will benefit from a highly interactive…
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PCH420 sensors are powered by the network for continuous coverage, unlike wireless solutions only offering snapshots of asset performance and employing batteries that require frequent replacement. Utilizing PCH…
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Using Argee on Turck’s multiprotocol Ethernet I/O devices allows users to develop and use field logic controllers (FLCs), which can allow small- to mid-size OEMs and manufacturers add logic without investing in a PLC.
Engineers, OEMs and integrators have struggled for years to balance the cost of PLCs with their I/O needs, but Turck reports its new Argee technology solves this challenge, and empowers manufacturers to add logic to compatible I/O devices without a PLC, driving down the cost per I/O point and increasing control flexibility.
The Argee environment is accessible via an HTML5-compatible web browser, which eliminates the need for complex third-party software or licensing common with PLCs. Inside Argee, users can set condition and action statements to be carried out by the I/O device. Its intuitive design includes a flowchart similar to ladder logic, which enables easy programming by users at all levels.
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ISA, CSIA to offer online project management course
ISA and CSIA now offer system integrators a web-based project management course.
The International Society of Automation and the Control System Integrators Association (CSIA) agreed Jan. 20 to provide a web-based project management course for system integrators.
"Project Management for Automation and Control System Integration" (MT08W) will be taught live online by an ISA expert during four sessions spread over two consecutive weeks. The course will cover all aspects of project management phases, functions, responsibilities, techniques and tools. The course will debut in March with four-hour sessions taught on March 8, 10, 15 and 17. Another offering is planned for fall 2016. Description and registration information is at ISA's website.
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