Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Earthquake Monitoring Technology for Early Warning Systems
Mt. Sierra College, Monrovia
An earthquake warning system consists of accelerometers, data communication equipment, computers, controllers and alarms that can provide real time notification about earthquakes that have potential for damage. Seismic switches acquire seismic activity through MEMS Accelerometers which measure the force of acceleration. In this technical presentation, you will learn about Earthquake Monitoring Technology, PLC's, PAC's, Data Communication equipment and SCADA systems.
Maria Lemone is a Sales Manager at ICP DAS USA, an industrial control, data acquisition, data communication, wireless equipment and SCADA software provider in Southern California. She's been with the company about 9 years and has also held positions of Web Developer, Application Engineer and Technical Sales Engineer.
Seismic switch and recorder devices communicate over Modbus protocols and have a tri-axial accelerometer which helps to detect earthquakes. Typically they have (It has) a built-in algorithm which can eliminate non-earthquake vibrations making them (it) more reliable, and have (It has) digital outputs that can be triggered for the emergency shutoff of gas and water valves and other equipment for protection of property.
Programmable Automation Controllers can be used for sending alarms, retrieving data, controlling systems and automating processes. They have sometimes have FTP servers for sending and receiving files and HTTP servers for publishing web pages. Some of the more advanced devices incorporate touch screen interface and a keypad to display and enter information.
Communication equipment like industrial Ethernet switches, cellular modems and Cellular Modbus device servers can be used to pass earthquake activity over a cellular network and Internet.
The program will incorporate actual examples of current hardware and software currently in use in state of the art earthquake monitoring systems.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Time: Networking & Dinner 5-5:45pm; Program 5:45-6:30
Mt Sierra College, Auditorium (Room 100), 101 E. Huntington Dr, Monrovia, CA 91016, (626) 873-2144. (Map below)
From 210 Fwy, take Myrtle Ave exit and head north. Mt Sierra College is on the NE corner at Huntington Dr.
Dinner & meeting are free to the first 10 ISA members who RSVP and to Mt Sierra students and staff who RSVP. Free for all those who join or renew as student and regular members at the meeting. All others $20.
Membership Application (PDF).
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Integrating device intelligence - providing a competitive advantage
Frantone's Italian Restaurant, Cerritos
Looking for a competitive advantage? Today's business environment is more dynamic and challenging than ever. The Industrial Internet of Things, predictive analytics, cloud computing, Industry 4.0 and many more enterprise initiatives might all be overwhelming. The reality is that the intelligent device information in your installed smart measurement device could hold the answer to getting or remaining competitive! Users have documented the many powerful benefits of integrating device information with control or asset management applications to improve plant reliability, lower operating cost and improve plant performance - providing a low-cost, low-risk solution to getting a competitive advantage and providing a basis for many of the technology initiatives mentioned. FDT Group Speaker Steven King of Rockwell Automation, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 1993 with a Bachelor of Science in Systems Engineering. After leaving the Navy, Steve worked as a Project Engineer for ITEC Productions, a control systems integrator in Orlando, Florida. Steve spent several years working as a control systems designer and programmer across several industries including material handling, burner management, pharmaceuticals and entertainment. In 2005, Steve graduated from Rollins Colleges with a Master Degree in Business Administration with a focus on Finance. In 2006, Steve was hired by Universal Studios to be the Control Systems Project Manager for the Harry Potter attraction in Orlando, Florida. In 2011, Steve was hired by Rockwell Automation and worked for three years as a Senior Field Services Engineer before transitioning in to his current role as an Integrated Architecture Solutions Architect, in which he represents Rockwell's network, processor and view technology in Southern California. Steve has served on task groups for safety standards with ASTM and is a member of ISA. FDT Basics. For those new to FDT, some of the basic info can be found in the article at the bottom of the cover page in the
Annunciator, March 2015 issue>
. For more about FDT Group, please see
Thursday, March 26, 2015
Time: Networking 5-6pm; Buffet 6:00; Program 6:30-7:15
Frantone's Italian Restaurant, 10808 Alondra Blvd., Cerritos, CA 90703, (562) 924-9494,
From 605 Fwy, take the Alondra Blvd exit and head east. First shopping center on the right, last store on the right.
Dinner: Gourmet Italian Buffet, Soft Drinks & Dessert Included
$10 for the first 20 ISA regular and student members; all others $40. Free for anyone who joins or renews membership at the meeting.
Membership Application (PDF).
Tuesday, Feb 24 2015
California Hydrogen Highway Implementation
Energy Resource Center, Downey
The California legislature and California tax payers have supported the concept of providing alternate transportation fuels in an effort to reduce emissions. More than 100 million dollars has been authorized to be spent on California infrastructure to support the Hydrogen Highway. Auto companies and energy companies are developing a Hydrogen fueling experience that duplicates the traditional fueling experience. Hydrogen fueled vehicles will be sold in California this year. Hydrogen purity is a significant factor in the successful implementation of the strategy. We will talk about two methods of acquiring Hydrogen and measuring Hydrogen quality for the consuming public.
"The California Hydrogen Highway is a planned series of hydrogen refueling stations in California. These stations are used to refuel hydrogen vehicles such as fuel cell vehicles and hydrogen combustion vehicles. As of July 2007, twenty five stations were in operation. Some of these hydrogen fueling stations completed the terms of their government funded research demonstration project and were decommissioned. As of January 2011, between 25 and 30 were in operation, mostly in and around Los Angeles." Source:
A map of hydrogen fueling stations now in operation and under development can be accessed at
Calif Fuel Cell Partnership. Speaker Tim Scott graduated from Long Beach State in 1969 and pursued a master degree at Cal State Fullerton. He joined Robertshaw Controls
Company, Aeronautical and Instrumentation Division, Engineering Department working on continuous water quality analyzers designed for use in process and municipal water and waste water applications and received eleven patents. Time joined Horiba in 1974 as the Manager of Application Engineering and left 17 years later as Director of Process and Environmental Products responsible for the western hemisphere where he established process, scientific and medical products and sales channels to support the products. Tim joined PE Systems in 1996 and became proprietor, then expanded selling process and environmental analyzers and systems in California and beyond.
Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Time: Dinner 5:00; Business 5:30; Program 5:45 Location:
The Gas Company Energy Resource Center
9240 Firestone Blvd
Downey, CA 90241
(526) 803-7500 Cost:
Free to ISA regular members and students. If not a member, please
consider joining ISA - download the
membership application and bring to the meeting. RSVP:
Tuesday, Nov 18 2014
Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition System Overview (SCADA)
Frantone's Italian Restaurant, Cerritos Delicious "All You Can Eat" Dinner Buffet Included
Supervisors and engineers who are involved with SCADA and those who want to learn more about recipes, drawings and alarms will want to attend this program. Anyone who uses process measurement data including managers and students will gain a basic understanding as to how SCADA works and maximizing its benefits. Specific topics will include client-server setup; redundant servers and ethernet backbone. Real SCADA examples will be discussed. Bring your SCADA questions and issues.
Charlie Black has over 20 years experience in automation. For several years Charlie has been conducting regular workshops throughout Southern California including
Instrumentation Expo (Los Angeles),
I&C Expo (San Diego), Automation OC (Orange County). He is presently senior account manager at EandM based in San Diego.
Date: November 18, 2014 Time: Networking 5:30 in the main restaurant. All-you-can-eat buffet starts at 6:30, followed by program Location: Frantone's Italian Restaurant, 10808 Alondra Blvd, Cerritos, CA 90703, (562) 924-9494 (Exit 605 at Alondra, head east, first shopping center on the right, before Studebaker). Cost: $10 for ISA regular and student members (includes All-You-Can-Eat dinner buffet). $30 all others, or free to those who join or renew before or at the meeting.
Tuesday, Oct 21, 2014
pH and ORP Maintenance, Calibration and Troubleshooting
Alpine Village Restaurant, Torrance
The parameters of pH and ORP are critical in many processes. Proper maintenance of pH and ORP electrodes reduces unplanned downtime and ensures accurate readings. Calibration is critical for the proper operation of pH and ORP measurement instrumentation. Calibration besides ensuring accurate readings is useful for determining the health and life of the electrodes in the system. pH and ORP systems are reliable, however there are times when troubleshooting is required. The presentation will conclude with useful troubleshooting techniques for pH and ORP systems.
Speaker Daniel Oshaben began working for Georg Fischer in 2008, presently working as Product Manager for pH, ORP, Dissolved Oxygen, Software, and Communications product lines at the Georg Fischer Signet division. Daniel graduated from the University of Relands with a B.S. in Business in 2012 and a MBA in 2014.
Tuesday, Sept 16, 2014
Impact of failed steam traps on process plants
This presentation will be of special interest to energy and environmental managers in process plants and to engineers and technicians who work with steam.
A background into the purpose of steam traps, failure modes and consequences and current methods to detect failure will be presented, followed by a broad overview of legacy and new methods of implementing a steam trap health monitoring system is presented.
More about the Subject. Steam systems are designed with steam traps to remove condensation from the piping to protect plant equipment and allow the efficient operation of plant equipment and processes. When they fail, there is a significant impact. The traditional method of checking the status of those traps is to contract a third party to come in and do manual audits. Those audits consist of using ultrasonic level and temperature of the steam trap to make a determination on the condition of the traps. This method has drawbacks in that it only looks at a short snapshot of the operation and therefore cannot always be a good predictor of trap condition. In addition, annual audits leave the plant operator susceptible to long periods of failed steam traps.
With the advent of wireless transmitter technology, continuously monitoring the health of your highest value steam traps is now cost effective. In order to implement a continuous monitoring program it is important to know where the largest impact is on your process. The factors that decide where the impact is include both the size and failure rates of you steam traps, but also their location in the plant and the important plant equipment they are protecting.
About the Speaker. Jason Neumann began working for Emerson Process Management in 2007. In his current position since 2011, he provides sales support for Rosemount's pressure, flow, temperature, level and wireless products in Southern California. Jason is a 2004 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a B.S. in Aerospace Engineering and an active member of the ISA San Diego Section.
Date: Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Time: 5:00 Dinner and networking; 5:45 Program
Location: Cerritos College, 11111 New Falcon Way at Studebaker Road, Cerritos, CA 90703. Automotive Partners (AP) Building, Room AP-12A, near the parking lot entrance.
Tuesday, May 20, 2014 Industrial Networking Workshop
Energy Resource Center, Downey
Click on the graphic above to RSVP or for more info. At this workshop, we'll get our hands dirty. Topics include hands-on industrial Ethernet network setup, including routing! Bring your current networking applications, questions and concerns.
Instructor Barry Turner of Red Lion has over 16 years of experience in network engineering and administration. He has worked with companies, large and small, such as Ford, Global Foundries, Tesla and many others. All while using his experience in IT to help automation and process control engineers build reliable, resilient and secure industrial Ethernet networks. His focus has been on creating networks, wired and wireless, that allow secure communications from PLCs to remote I/O and VFDs.
Cost: Workshop, Dinner and Program are free to all current ISA Regular or Student Members. Former members and non-members may join ISA at the event.
RSVP to John Prince at email@example.com (preferred) or (714) 478-8816.
Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2014
Dinner and Networking: 5:00-5:30pm
Attend one or both sessions.
The Gas Company - Energy Resource Center
9240 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA 90241
Friday, June 6, 2014 Cybersecurity Framework for Protecting Our Nation's Critical Infrastructure
Cerritos College, Norwalk
Click on the graphic for an information sheet (PDF) and RSVP contact for this seminar, which is presented by Automation Federation and Cerritos College. The seminar is free and open to all who are interested in cybersecurity. ISA is a founding member of Automation Federation.
Tuesday, Apr 22, 2014
Save Time and Money by Integrating Your Existing Smart Instrumentation
Alpine Village Restaurant, Torrance
FDT Group representative Loren Shifley of Rockwell Automation, is presenting this unique program to review examples of the bottom line benefits available when using an FDT Frame Application and device DTMs. Get early notification of potential problems, save money and avoid unscheduled shutdowns. One of the case studies to be presented documents savings of more than $800,000 by taking advantage of existing device diagnostic information.
It is estimated that the majority of installed measurement instrumentation is "smart". Smart devices today can provide more than just the process variable measurement provided by the 4-20mA signal. In order to maximize the investment in smart measurement devices, the intelligent device information should be available to operators and managers so that they can better manage their operations and lower operating costs. Without a better view of the diagnostic condition and status of their devices, management has a limited ability to know of potential device problems that might unexpectedly shut the process or plant down.
Speaker Loren Shifley is actively involved with the FDT Group and IEEE. Loren has over 15 years of experience at Rockwell Automation applying software and hardware controls for a variety of industrial applications including domain expertise for continuous process control, traditional discrete PLC control, SCADA controls, safety control, as well as motion control. He has also conducted hands-on, integrated and customized software and controls workshops for numerous end users, engineering and consulting firms throughout Southern California.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Dinner 5:00. Meeting: 6:00
Alpine Inn Restaurant,
Alpine Inn Restaurant
833 West Torrance Blvd, Torrance, (310) 327-4384
Maggie Carlson of FDT Group by email or contact John Prince at ISALA at (714) 478-8816.
Cost: Includes dinner. Members of ISA, members of Automation Federation societies and student members $10; non-members $30. Free to others who join ISA when they RSVP.
Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014
Different Date from Usual
Alarm Management and High Performance HMI
Alpine Village Restaurant, Torrance
Almost all industrial processes are controlled by operators using dozens of graphic images. The graphic designs are typically little more than P&IDs covered in hundreds of numbers. This traditional, "low performance" Human Machine Interface (HMI) paradigm is typical in all processes controlled by DCS and SCADA systems. It has been shown to be lacking in providing operator situation awareness and in facilitating proper response to upsets. In many industries, poor HMIs have contributed to major accidents, including fatalities.
HMI improvement has become a hot topic. This talk will cover the history and deficiencies of existing HMI practices and the basics of High Performance HMI. Examples will be given as to how an HF HMI can provides for much improved situation awareness, improved surveillance and control, easier training, and verifiable cost savings.
A major proof test of High Performance HMI concepts was carried out by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and PAS. The test involved a major power plant with a full-fidelity process simulator. Operators were put through various abnormal and hazardous situations using both the traditional graphics and new, high performance graphics. The details and very positive results from this thorough test will be shown, and are applicable to a wide range of processes.
Speaker Bill Hollifield is a Principal Consultant for Alarm Management and High Performance HMI for PAS. He is co-author of The Alarm Management Handbook, The High Performance HMI Handbook, and The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Guideline on Alarm Management. Bill has international experience in all aspects of Alarm Management and HMI development, along with 38 years of engineering and consulting experience in the petrochemical, power generation, pipeline, and mining industries. He has a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering from Louisiana Tech University and an MBA from the University of Houston. Bill has also built his own plane - with a High Performance HMI. He is a member of the ISA-18.2 Alarm Management Committee, ISA SP-101 HMI Committee, API RP-1167 Alarm Management Committee, and Engineering Equipment and Materials Users Association (EEMUA) Industry Review Group.
Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2014. Time: Dinner & Networking: 5:00-5:30. Meeting: 5:30. Program: 5:45-7:00. Location: Alpine Inn Restaurant, Alpine Village, 833 West Torrance Blvd, Torrance CA 90502, just west of the Harbor (110) Fwy, (310) 327-4384,
www.alpinevillagecenter.com Parking Entrance: Enter parking lot from Torrance Blvd. Restaurant is first building on your left. Cost: Non-members $30; ISA members and those who join at the door $10
RSVP and Info: Tracy Green at (949) 378-0372 or
Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014
How hard can it be anyway?
Sizzler Steakhouse, 10315 Lakewood Blvd, Downey
It's a box with holes in it. How do I know which one is right for my application? Let's get our hands dirty: Hands-on industrial Ethernet network setup, including routing! Question and answer if time permits.
Barry Turner has over 16 years of experience in network engineering and administration. He has worked with companies, large and small, such as Ford, Global Foundries, Tesla and many others. All while using his experience in IT to help automation and process control engineers build reliable, resilient and secure industrial Ethernet networks. His focus has been on creating wired and wireless networks to allow secure communications from PLCs to remote I/O & VFDs.
ISA Members Free. Non-Members requested to join ISA when you RSVP or at the door.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Dinner 5:00-5:45; Program 5:45-7:00.
Sizzler Steakhouse, 10315 Lakewood Blvd, Downey, (562) 861-8612. Between Firestone and Florence.
RSVP and Info: Tracy Green at (949) 378-0372 or
Saturday, Dec 7, 2013
Los Angeles & Orange County
Annual Christmas Party,
Award Ceremony and
Knotts Berry Farm, Buena Park
As of September 25, full tables of 8 at this event were sold out. However individual seats were still available. If seats for dinner are sold out, those wishing to attend the award ceremony will be accommodated, but must have a special reservation. For reservations and more information, please contact
or (909) 948 4120.
Thursday, Nov 21, 2013
Special ISALA Awards Ceremony,
Early Thanksgiving Dinner,
Facility Tour and Program
Moore Industries, Int'l, North Hills
RSVP early. Seats are limited. All members and their guests are invited to be a part of this special Award Ceremony honoring Tom Stout, Max Kopp, Bob Dunaway, Don Wolf, Sr. and Joe Hohn. The holiday dinner will include turkey breast & stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce, garden salad with ranch or vinaigrette, bread and apple or pumpkin pie.
Moore Industries International will be conducting tours of its facility beginning at 4pm, followed by a technical presentation on Safety Instrumented Systems. Special thanks to Tom Watson!
4:00-5:00 Facility Tours & Networking
5:00-6:00 Turkey Dinner
6:00 Special Recognition and Award Ceremony
6:20 Technical Program - Safety Instrumented Systems
$15 for ISA regular members, student members and their guests with RSVP by Nov 15. $20 after; $40 for Non-members
Location: Moore Industries International, 16650 Schoenborn St., North Hills
A special holiday dinner of turkey breast & stuffing, mashed potatoes, yams, cranberry sauce, garden salad with rancho & vinaigrette, bread, apple pie & pumpkin pies, and soft drinks. Vegetable dinners available with advance request.
Scholarship Presentation Ms. Manmeen Kaur, of Califoria State University, Long Beach, will be presented with the 2013 ISA Los Angeles Section George Platt Scholarship.
Special Recognition and Award Ceremony Mr. Max J. Kopp, Former ISA Society and Los Angeles Section President, will be recognized with the William L. Campbell Golden Achievement Award in recognition of exceptional contributions to ISA and to the Section throughout his 45 years of membership.
Honorary Fellow Dr. Thomas M. Stout, P.E., will be recognized with the presentation of the first annual Thomas M. Stout Engineering and Technology Award which will be awarded in future years in his honor to ISA members who have made outstanding achievements to the licensing and certification of both engineers and technicians working in process automation. Dr. Stout is recognized for over 60 years membership in the Los Angeles Section of ISA.
Don Wolf, Sr., received his award in June. Awards not presented at this event will be presented at the Annual Christmas Party and Award Ceremony to be held at Knotts Berry Farm Hotel on December 7 or at a later date. For information about attending the Knotts Berry Farm Event, please contact Linda Meyers (see next meeting announcement below).
Technical Program Safety Instrumented Systems will be presented by one or more specialists from Moore Industries following the award ceremony.
Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013
Digital MultiMeter Training Class
Includes dinner. Instructor: John Bowman, Wilmington Instruments. ISA Members Free; Non-Members can join ISA at the class. Meters provided. RSVP and Info:
or (714) 235-1964.
Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013
Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour
This 1.7 million square foot facility is located on a 95 acre site and has a capacity of 12 million barrels per year. The tour will begin with the unloading of railroad cars of grain and follow the entire process to shipping of the end products. RSVP and Info:
Tracy Green or (949) 378-0372.
Tuesday, Sept 17, 2013
Detecting Gas Leaks When It Matters
The use of ultrasonic gas leak detection for monitoring pressurized gas systems
This first presentation of the 2013-14 year is an excellent overview of ultrasonic gas leak detection and its application to industrial safety by Edward Naranjo of General Monitors. Guidelines for the allocation, commissioning, and maintenance of these instruments based on actual field experience will be offered. The best practices described are the result of performing over 3,000 installations during the last 10 years.
Date: Tuesday, Sept 17, 2013 Time:
5:00-5:30 Networking and Dinner (ordered off the menu); 5:30 Section Business; 5:45 Program
"Alpine Inn Restaurant" at Alpine Village, 833 W Torrance Blvd, Torrance, just west of the Harbor (110) Fwy. Enter parking lot off Torrance Blvd . (310) 327-4384;
www.alpinevillagecenter.com. Cost: Non-members $30; ISA members and those who join at the door $10. RSVP:
or (949) 378-0372
Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Tour of THUMS White Island
Boat Leaves from Port of Long Beach
Tour is limited to 20, the capacity of the boat. Advance RSVP is required. A discussion and walking tour of the island will be about 1-1/2 hours.
Those not able to go on the tour are invited to join us at 4:30 at the
Congregation Ale House
at the corner of Broadway and Promenade in Long Beach for networking and snacks.
Special tour clothing requirements: Flat closed toed shoes (tennis or walking shoes) and comfortable clothing. Sandals or open toed shoes are not allowed. The group will also be required to wear a hard hat and safety glasses, which the facility will provide at the time of boarding the crew boat.
THUMS TOUR RSVP Required: Tracy Green at
or (949) 378-0372 Date: June 18, 2013. Rain cancels. Time: Arrive at boat dock at 1:30pm. Tour 2:00-3:45pm Location: Port of Long Beach. Directions: will be given when you RSVP.
Directions to Congregation Ale House: 201 E Broadway
at Promenade. Exit 710 at Downtown Long Beach (left
lane). Then exit Broadway (left lane). Restaurant will
be on the left at Promenade. Parking is metered (coins
only) street parking and a $5 flat rate lot at Broadway
and Long Beach Blvd. Rain cancels.
C-House Parking Map
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Choosing the Right Level Technology
Alpine Village Restaurant, Torrance
Anyone who selects, specifies, installs, commissions or maintains level instruments should attend this program held at the Alpine Village in Torrance. After a delicious dinner, Mark Klee of Siemens Industry, Inc., will discuss the five most common level technologies -- ultrasonic, radar, capacitance, pressure and guided wave radar. The pros and cons of each, where they work well, where they don't, installation tips and tricks and selection criteria will be covered.
Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013
Measuring H2S in Gas Processing Plants
Sam Miller of SpectraSensors will discuss this application in H2S plants and the measurement of H2S using Tunable Diode Laser Absorption Spectroscopy (TDLAS). One of the first steps in a typical gas plant is the removal of H2S. The Natural Gas product will typically have maximum allowable H2S concentrations <4ppm. There are a variety of H2S removal systems, utilizing either liquid chemicals such as amine (MEA, MDEA, aMDEA, etc), or solid granular media in large scavenger beds.
Tuesday, Feb 19, 2013
Scientific Predictions of the Future
of Energy Production
Energy Resource Center, Downey
Dr. Scott Tinker, University of Texas petroleum geologist, is not out to advocate for one technology over another or to suggest how the inevitable transition from fossil fuels to other energy sources should happen - but to try to determine how it actually would happen. On Feb 19th, we will present a special screening of this new 90-minute documentary which is the result of 7 years of scientifically-sound investigation and the practical realities of the world of energy. Produced for adults, this has spectacular photography and is also an excellent film for students of all ages to see.
Tuesday, Jan 22, 2013
Fire Suppression Systems
for the 21st Century
This presentation will discuss hybrid nitrogen-water fire protection systems (FPS) for areas that do not have room integrity or expensive replacements of halogenated or inerting gases after a discharge. Frank Broidy, president of Fire & Pump Service Group has over 34 years of fire protection service, installing and maintaining large and small systems throughout the west coast region.
Tuesday, Sept 18, 2012 New West San Fernando Valley Location!
Game-changing measurement technologies for safer and more profitable plants
Non-intrusive and remote measurement technologies are becoming more available to safely measure plant process parameters, i.e. fluid temperature, pressure, flow, liquid level, as well as displacement/vibration of the plant internal elements (pumps, fixtures, tubes, etc.), without requiring any ports or holes in the plant pipes or vessels. They can withstand severe earthquakes without releasing any sensor parts into the fluid systems or causing any leakage/fire. Furthermore, they provide faster, more accurate, extremely repeatable and drift-free measurements, without any "foul-ups", thus reducing the measurement uncertainty, allowing plant operation at higher power levels and with less false shutdowns.
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Basic Techniques of Field Calibration
Speaker Neil Finch is a professional trainer and an IC&E Technician at Southern California Edison's Mountainview Power Plant, a 1,054 megawatt capacity plant which began commercial operation in 2005 and was the first new major Los Angeles Basin power plant to be built in 30 years. Neil is also a former President and Education Chair of ISA Los Angeles Section.
Have you ever wondered about what that ol' instrument guy was doing with all the calibration stuff, well here is a chance to see what it takes to do field calibrations. Using everything from a couple of 9 volt batteries, a 250 ohm resistor and couple pieces of tubing, you might just have all you need for field calibration. It just sounds a bit strange, doesn't it! But if you are able to swing by our monthly meeting and meet Neil Finch, you will get a chance to touch and feel a smorgasbord of calibration gauges, drivers, flukes, transmitters, I/P's, a bucket, rope and whatever else he can find in his garage.
Lately Neil has been a busy guy the last few years, between supporting Edison Power Production as an ICE Tech and running Pathfinder Instrument Inc. there is never a dull moment. He has provided training with ISA and nationally with other training groups. He says he is still very much in the learning curve because of our ever-changing industry, but the basics still remain the same. So if you get a chance to break away for an evening and maybe pick up some tips on calibration techniques, come by and join us.
Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Time: 5:30 social hour, 6:00 dinner, 6:45 - 8:00 presentation
RSVP: Paul Franklin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost: Meeting and all you can eat buffet are free for members, $10 for non-members and guests.
Location: Sizzler Steakhouse, 10315 Lakewood Blvd, Downey,(562) 861-8612;
Online Map & Directions
Cost: All you can eat buffet & meeting free for members, $10 for non-members and guests. Free to new members who join ISA at or before the meeting.
Tuesday, Apr 17, 2012
Instrumentation Tubing and Tube Fittings
This program will concentrate on instrumentation tubing and tube fittings. Tube selection, compression fitting function and operation, and safety aspects related to both will be discussed at length. Also included is a hands-on portion that includes tube bending techniques, tube end preparation, and compression fitting make-up and re-make. The tools required will be supplied by Trenton. Just bring an open mind and an empty belly.
Trenton Davis is the Parker Hannifin Instrumentation Territory Manager responsible for California and Arizona. Previously, he worked for Danaher Industrial Controls in Chicago, Illinois as a Key Account Manager for the West, Midwest and Canada. Trenton holds a Bachelor of Science Degree of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University in Atlanta, Georgia. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California. In his free time, Trenton does stand-up comedy all over the US.
Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2012
Time: 5:30 social hour, 6:00 dinner, 6:45 - 8:00 presentation
Saturday, Apr 7, 2012
ISALA Family Day at the Races
ISALA Picnic and BBQ at Santa Anita Racetrack! The infield of the racetrack provides a perfect setting to mingle with members, friends, and family while enjoying the excitement of live horse racing. For more info,
This program will be of particular interest to plant engineers, facility engineers, process engineers, plant managers and energy managers. Limit 35 attendees for this meeting. Please RSVP early at
Case studies on implementations of "Automated Demand Response" in large industrial and process plants will be presented. Jack Rosenthal, PE, CEM, LEED AP, Technical Auditor and Technical Coordinator (left) and Michael Richardson, Technical Coordinator & Product Development Automated Demand Response both from Honeywell Smart Grid Solutions will share case studies of how Automated Demand Response can save money, provide systems expandable in the future and explain the Open Architecture.
Other topics: Update on the latest bill introduced in Sacramento to convert the Control System Engineering PE license from "title" to "practice," along with information about the March 23 Golf Tournament and April 7th Family Day at the Races at Santa Anita.
Tuesday, Jan 17, 2012
Vibration Monitoring - De-Mystified
Winston Mizelle of SEC of America has been in the vibration monitoring industry for 13 years as a Field Service Engineer, Technical Trainer, Applications Engineer and Corporate Reliability Manager and will present the basics of the Time Waveform, Frequency and Spectral analysis and how this data can become valuable information for operational, maintenance and productivity decision making.
Tues, Nov 8, 2011
Special Joint Meeting With
Leo Staples, ISA Society President The Value of Active ISA Membership
to Members and Their Employers
Location: Fluor Irvine's Spectrum facility
Members of all Southern California Sections are invited to attend this program coordinated by ISA Orange County Section. Mr. Staples will give a presentation on the benefits of ISA membership and the current and future state of the society. A delicious BBQ dinner will be served at no cost to all who attend.
More info and RSVP.
ADMITTANCE TO EXHIBIT HALL REQUIRES $395 CONFERENCE PASS
MOTION SUBMITTED TO RESTORE ISA EXPO NOT ALLOWED TO BE DEBATED AT COUNCIL OF DELEGATES
A motion submitted to restore open and low cost access to the annual ISA exhibition sponsored by ISA members and the process industry was blocked on Saturday by the ISA leadership and was not allowed to be presented for a vote or discussed in the Council of Delegates held on Sunday, October 3, 2010.
The motion, which was sponsored all 17 active sections in districts 9 and 11, represented over 13% of ISA society membership.
The key points of the motion included:
(1) Restoring the annual ISA Exhibition to the large international event with 300-600 exhibitors held each year prior to 2010, and eliminating the requirement that exhibit hall attendees purchase a conference pass of $395 or more;
(2) Requiring that the exhibition be rotated each year among four major metropolitan areas in the US, near multiple large companies in several process industries, served by an international airport as in years prior to 2010; and
(3) Mandating that the exhibition be retained by ISA and not sold or transferred outside of ISA, the name of the exhibition (ISA Expo) be trademarked, its renewal be kept current and not sold or transferred.
Plans are already being made to re-submit the motion as soon as sections representing 2/3 of the ISA members agree to sponsor the resolution. As of October 4, nineteen ISA Sections from San Diego to Seattle to New Jersey and Mobile, representing over 15% of all ISA members are in favor of restoring the annual ISA Exposition as the low cost event open to all ISA members and those in the process industries.
The coalition of ISA sections grew from 7 to 19 sections in the four days preceding the Council of Delegates meeting of October 3, 2010.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Pressure Relief Valve Seminar
Mike Rainguet of Tyco Flow Control will present a shortened version of his two hour seminar. Items retained would be ASME and API definitions and requirements, technology differences, i.e. conventional vs. pilot operated PRV's, liquid trim, and inlet loss and back pressure effects on PRV operating characteristics.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
A Warped View of Embedded Software
Legal, Social, Scientific and Mythic Perceptions of Breath Alcohol Testers
John Wisniewski, President of Winc Research, will discuss the technology behind common alcohol breathalyzers which information he has researched to provide technical consultation as an expert witness for two upcoming state supreme case hearings. Winc Research provides services that include product development, marketing, project management, reverse engineering, troubleshooting, and software design, development and testing relating to embedded software.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Data Communication Update and
Hands-On PLC Training Workshop
Charlie Black, PLC & HMI programming and data communications instructor, will give a short presentation on the latest developments in data communications technologies and conduct hands-on self-paced training. Training stations will be available for up to 18 students maximum. RSVP is required to have a seat at a training station.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Introduction to Virtual Instrumentation and LabVIEW®
Dr. Norali Pernalete, Associate Professor in Electronics and Computer Engineering Technology at Cal Poly Pomona, will present an overview of the basic applications, common functions, graphical programming techniques and subroutines of LabVIEW® and the basics of data acquisition. A door prize will be awarded.
LabVIEW® is a registered trademark of National Instruments
Thursday, Feb 18 2010
Expo - Training - Career Fair
ISA Los Angeles Section's annual exhibition is being held at the Carson Center once again. For all information, including how to pre-register, LACSD tour sign-up, exhibitor & sponsor info, training classes and workshops please visit
Instrumentation2010.com. As of February 13, there were 65 exhibitors, 32 training classes, 2 workshops and 3 self-paced all-day labs for training on PLC's, HMI, SCADEA, WebServer & Programmable Automation Controllers.
Tuesday, Jan 19 2010
Roundtable: Status of the PE License in California
The Jan 11th hearing in Sacramento on Senate Bill SB275 which would convert the "title acts" to "practice" will be discussed. The hearing transcript will be read, and the previous hearing recording will be played.(The program on Virtual Instrumentation & LabVIEW® is being rescheduled.) Backlinks to this website
FOX TO AIR BATTLEBOT COMPETITION
FEATURING CAL STATE LONG BEACH'S
"SHARKTOOTH" SPONSORED BY
ISA LOS ANGELES SECTION
Above, about a month ago Walter Martinez of California State University Long Beach was asked to film a short video clip showing a teacher teaching a student how to build a robot. This video was produced for a show called To The Max and will also be posted to over 200 different popular websites also.
Walter also organized a group of students to build a robot for the TV show Battlebots and took the team to a competition this in May 2009. The competition was video recorded with the intent that it be televised on CBS College Sports Network or FOX Network. New info will be posted as it becomes available.
"ISA should get lots of hours of publicity," writes Walter. "It should be fun - watch and support the Cal State University, Long Beach Team!"
ISALA/OC Christmas Party
Knotts Berry Farm Hotel
December 20, 2014
Linda Meyers for more info.
Cal Poly Pomona Student Night
Wed, June 4, 2014, 5:00-8:00PM
This is the one time each year where employers have the opportunity to meet some of the best prospective employees in an enjoyable and informative atmosphere. Each year Cal Poly Pomona Electrical and Computer Engineering graduates present their advanced projects. Photos and videos from past Student Night events can be seen at
For more information and to RSVP, please contact Justin Hong, 2013-2014 ISA Cal Poly Student Section President at (562) 405-4569 or
Each year the Expo features self-paced all-day labs for training on devices such as PLC's, HMI, SCADA, WebServer & Programmable Automation Controllers, and 30+ free technical classes on all I&C topics. The 2013 version of ISA Los Angeles Section's annual exhibition is already in the planning stages and a link will be posted here soon.