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ISA Los Angeles Section
  Updated Feb 18, 2019
Download 2019 CCST and PE Review Course Schedule & Registration (PDF)
ISA LA Section Board of Directors

Monthly Section Meeting, Lunch and Tour
Thursday, February 28

Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant
City of Los Angeles
Lunch: El Segundo. Tour: Playa Del Rey

Tour of the LA Sanitation Hyperion Wastewater Treatment Plant
Joint event between NSPE-California and ISA Los Angeles!


1. RSVP Required. Reservation deadline for the tour is Friday Feb 22 in compliance with Hyperion security requirements. Walk-ins will not be permitted on the tour without advance reservations.

RSVP by emailing reservations@isala.org . (If you click on the email address and nothing happens, copy the address and paste into the "TO" field of your email program. This appears to be a Chrome, Google or Gmail issue.)

2. SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS. Please see the plant requirements for all tour attendees below....

ABOUT THE TOUR. Join the National Society of Professional Engineers California Chapter (NSPE) and The International Society of Automation Los Angeles Section (ISA) for a tour of L.A.'s oldest and largest wastewater treatment facility. The plant has been operating since 1894 and has undergone several improvements over the years. The tour is an overview of the process at Hyperion by a plant corrosion expert and will last 60-90 minutes.

Hyperion Website

LUNCH. We'll first meet for lunch (included with your registration) at Rock & Brews in El Segundo, then head 1.5 miles away to the Hyperion Water Reclamation Plant for a tour of the facility. Both lunch and the tour are included with your registration.


Date: Thursday, February 28, 11:30 am

Meet: Rock & Brews, 143 Main St., El Segundo, CA 90245

Maximum: 15 from LA ISA Section

Cost: no cost to ISA LA section and student members; Automation Community Subscribers and others, $10

RSVP: reservations@isala.org or ntwong_us@yahoo.com; reservation deadline is Friday the 22nd; however see notes below.


a) Due to Security concerns, there will be NO walk-ons permitted on that day.

b) Reservations will be on a first-come; first-served basis. If we have more than 15 RSVP's the rest will remain on a waiting list if we are allowed more participants or if anyone cancels.

c) Tour members must wear closed-toed shoes (no sandals) and must provide photo identification

d) Cancellations must be made 1 week prior to the event such that there is sufficient time for clearance for the next person(s) on the waiting list. Later cancellations or no-shows (for reasons other than illness) will result in the person(s) being restricted from participating in any ISA LA section based tours for the rest of the year.

Thank you very much

MORE INFO: Contact Nancy Wong , ISA LA Secretary, at ntwong_us@yahoo.com.

Local Professional I&C Training
for Career Advancement

Increase Your Income and Job Security as a Certified Control System Technician® (CCST®) or Licensed Professional Control System Engineer

New Affordable Control System Technician Training Course to be Held on Saturdays
Also, will discuss other local training....

Industry Standards, Process Instrumentation, PE License, Control System Technician, CEMS, Process Analyzers, Cybersecurity, Automation, IIoT, Calibration, Meters and Test Equipment, Safety, Automotive Controls and Instrumentation

Details about how to sign up for the next CCST and PE Exam and Review Courses.

SPECIAL DISCOUNT: All those who attend this meeting or attend the Febraury section meeting at Hyperion in El Segundo will learn how to get a discount off the regular registration fee for the next local CCST and PE Review Courses.

Subsidized by the Los Angeles Section, this course will be held on a series of Saturday mornings. The purpose of offering this training is the severe shortage of instrument and controls technicians in Southern California. Companies can use this training to provide a meaningful benefit to their staff. Individuals will recognize this as an affordable state of the art technical training to prepare them to take the CCST Exam.

Neil Finch CCST III was 2010 ISA Donald P. Eckman Education Award nominee which was given annually for outstanding contributions toward education and training in the science, engineering and technology of instrumentation, systems, and automation.
  Neil is a professional instructor and Certified Control System Technician Level 3. He has taught I&C courses throughout the United States. worked as Instrument Manager and Trainer at the City of Glendale Power Generating Plant and presently works at SCE. He has been teaching the instrumentation technician course at International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union for several years, and has helped hundreds of workers rise from electricians to instrument technicians and beyond. Neil has served as President and Education Chair of the ISA Los Angeles Section and taught I&C topics throughout the US.
  Neil has taught numerous instrumentation courses locally for the Los Angeles Section over the past several years. He talks the language of working technicians and has a large 'fan club' here.
  He regularly supports others learning instrumentation skills by taking them on jobs with him and giving hands-on experience to those who might otherwise not be able to get it and also is active in his church and community.


RSVP: reserervations@isala.org .

Date & Time: Tues, Jan 29, Arrive 4:45-5:30pm for dinner and networking; Program 5:30-7:00 or until all questions are answered.

Location: South Coast Air Quality Management District (www.aqmd.gov)
21865 Copley Dr.
Diamond Bar CA 91765 (near 60 & 57 Fwys)
(909) 396-2000 main number

Cost: ISA, NSPE members & AQMD: $0; Others: $20 (cash or check)


Monthly Section Meeting - Thursday, December 13, 2018

ISALA Holiday Social
At the Mile High Club
Learn About Upcoming PE and CCST Training and Internships
A Joint Event With
National Society of Professional Engineers California Section
Held At
The Mile High Club Room
The Proud Bird Restaurant
and Aerospace Museum

Museum and aircraft yard open all day for families to visit free. No reservation needed. For an organized tour, call ahead.

Please help promote your ISA Section
by forwarding the Flyer for this event
to your cohorts and friends.

Why Should You Spend Your Time at this Event?

For those working in the industry. The economy is heading into uncertain territory again. Don't let your career depend on LinkedIn or a mystery job agency posting an ad on Indeed. The personal local contacts you make within your professional society are insurance to keep you advancing on the career path that you choose.

For Students who want to learn more about locating companies looking for interns.

  At the event, ask any ISALA board member for registration discounts for the new ISALA CCST Training Course scheduled for March and the ongoing ISALA Review Course for the Control System Professional Engineer License Exam.

About The Proud Bird

Excellent Video Tours - Proud Bird 1 - Proud Bird 2

Google Map and Directions

Meeting Details

The Proud Bird
11022 Aviation Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90045
(310) 670-3093

Date/ Time:
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Happy Hour: 4:00-8:00
Event Hours: 5:00-6:30

No cost to attend for members and non-members event, happy hour, museum and outdoor aircraft parking yard.

Light appetizers provided after 5pm. Otherwise, cash food & bar.

Parking & Access: Free Self Parking. Contact restaurant for ADA access info.

Driving Tips: Enter Aviation from Imperial Hwy. Proud Bird is on the right, across from the LAX Air Freight area, just past 111th Street.

RSVP and Info:
John Prince at 714 478-8816 or RSVP-ISALA-Dec 13@isala.org.


  ISA Los Angeles Section Monthly Meeting - Tuesday, November 13, 2018

World Energy's Plans for Expansion of Biofuel Production at Paramount Facility

 This program will be of great interest to those interested in biofuels, new local refinery projects, opportunities for networking in the process industry field, and control system training for technicians and engineers. The meeting and dinner are open to ISA regular dues-paying members, life members and members of all CLCPE organizations at no cost, to non-members for $20, and students for $10 -- (bring exact cash or check only please). Cost is the same whether you have dinner or not.
 A full house is expected. RSVP is strongly requested. Due to limited seating those who RSVP first will be given priority seating. Contact John Prince to RSVP at 714 478-8816 or RSVP-ISALA-Nov-13@isala.org.
 World Energy's purchase last month of AltAir Paramount Petroleum and other facilities in SoCal and its plans for a large Biogas network is of extreme importance to all of us who work in the process instrumentation and controls field. "This acquisition places us in the heart of the growing California cleaner fuels market by adding to our platform the world's first renewable jet fuel refinery and one of only three US renewable diesel plants," said Gene Gebolys, World Energy's CEO on March 19, 2018..
Process Engineer Ghina Pradina will continue the presentation she began at the April meeting describing aspects of the new renewable fuels process. Ghina graduated with a Chemical Engineering B.S. from Cal State Long Beach. Prior to working at World Energy, Ghina worked at Tesoro Corporation. Ghina has been active in AIChE and served as an officer of the local student section board of directors.
 The presentation will cover:
  - Conversion of a traditional refinery to a renewable facility
  - "Eco-fining" technology process flow
  - Full-range renewable products
  - Expansion and upgrading plans

About World Energy  WORLD ENERGY PRESS RELASE. Boston, MA - March (19), 2018 - Boston Based Advanced Biofuel producer, World Energy, LLC (World Energy) announced today that it has closed on the purchase from Delek US Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: DK)("Delek") of its interests in renewable jet and diesel producer AltAir Paramount, LLC ("AltAir"), its Paramount Petroleum, LLC refinery assets, both collocated in Paramount, CA, as well an adjacent tank farm and most of Delek's California pipeline assets.
 The purchase includes a 63-acre complex consisting of a 45 million gallon per year renewable jet / renewable diesel production facility, 1.7 million barrels of product storage, a truck rack with 28 thousand barrels per day of throughput capacity, rail storage for up to 70 rail cars, and pipelines stretching over 71 miles connecting the facility to major southern California distribution hubs including Long Beach.
 "This acquisition places us in the heart of the growing California cleaner fuels market by adding to our platform the world's first renewable jet refinery and one of only three US renewable diesel plants," said Gene Gebolys, World Energy's CEO. "Our move into California, into renewable jet/diesel technology, and into expanding our downstream distribution capabilities are important next steps in our effort to establish a reliable coast to coast supply presence for growing blended biofuel customers", he continued. "We look forward to being a great corporate citizen in Paramount and to making ever larger contributions to the nation's quest for cleaner renewable fuels."
 "Supported by the frameworks of the national Renewable Fuel Standard and California's Low Carbon Fuels Standard programs, AltAir converted a struggling petroleum refinery to one of the country's most important renewable fuel refineries, while preserving and converting approximately 100 jobs to the green economy," said Bryan Sherbacow, AltAir co-founder. "I am proud to have led the development of AltAir, excited to have facilitated this transaction with World Energy and am thrilled to join the company's executive leadership team to make an even bigger impact in California, North America and beyond."
 World Energy is one of the largest and longest serving advanced biofuel suppliers in North America. Founded in 1998, the company operates biodiesel manufacturing plants in Houston, TX, Natchez, MS, Rome, GA, Harrisburg, PA, and now Paramount, CA. The company also operates distribution hubs throughout the country. World Energy Website

Meeting Details

Date/ Time:
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Dinner: 4:30-6:00; Sponsor Presentation & Business Meeting: 5:15; Program: 5:30

ISA LA Dues-paying and Life Section Members and their Guests are free; others $20; $10 for students

World Energy Paramount Petroleum Facility, 14700 Downey Ave, Paramount

Enter through Downey Ave gate. If arrive after 6pm, please call 714-478-8816 for someone to come out and open the gate for you.

RSVP by Nov 12, however a capacity is limited to the first 30 who RSVP. Contact John Prince at 714 478-8816 or RSVP-ISALA-Nov-13@isala.org.

  ISA Los Angeles Section Monthly Meeting - Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California:
Its Past, Present and Future

Please join us, as Principal Public Affairs Representative, Kevin McLaughlin of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) provides a lively presentation of MWD's history, current status/projects and future. Bring your curiosity about the Southern California's regional water wholesaler.

An excellent Italian All-You-Can-Eat Buffet is included: Six different pastas with different marinades (including meat lasagna, spinach ravioli, Alfredo sauce, mostaccioli), two different pizzas, meatballs, garlic bread, both garden and pasta salads, chocolate mousse and cheese cakes, soft drinks, tea and coffee. Cash bar is available.

ISA members interested in providing services to MWD, learning about employment opportunities at MWD or students interested in internships should attend.

About the MWD The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California is a regional wholesaler that delivers water to 26 member public agencies - 14 cities, 11 municipal water districts, one county water authority - which in turn provides water to 19 million people in Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego and Ventura counties. Metropolitan is governed by a 38-member board of directors who represent their respective member agencies ensuring each member agency is part of the governance of Metropolitan.

To supply the more than 300 cities and unincorporated areas in Southern California with reliable and safe water, Metropolitan owns and operates an extensive water system including: the Colorado River Aqueduct, 16 hydroelectric facilities, nine reservoirs, 819 miles of large-scale pipes and five water treatment plants. Four of these treatment plants are among the 10 largest plants in the world. In fact, Metropolitan is the largest distributor of treated drinking water in the United States. The District imports water from the Feather River in Northern California and the Colorado River to supplement local supplies. It also helps its member agencies develop water recycling, storage and other local resource programs to provide additional supplies and conservation programs to reduce regional demands.

Metropolitan currently delivers an average of 1.5 billion gallons of water per day to a 5,200-square-mile service area.
Source of information: www.mwdh2o.com

Date/ Time:
Tuesday, 16 October 2018, 5:00-6:30 Networking and Refreshments; 6:30 Presentation

ISA LA Section Members and Guests are free; others $20; $10 for students

Frantones Restaurant, 10808 Alondra Blvd., Cerritos, CA 90703 (562) 924-9494. Exit 605 Fwy at Avalon. Head east. Turn right into first shopping center behind In and Out Burger. Frantones is the last business on the right.

Please RSVP by Monday, October 15 to Section Secretary Nancy Wong: nwatanabe@mwdh2o.com or ntwong_us@yahoo.com.


ISA Los Angeles Section Monthly Meeting -- Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Join Field Calibration Experts
For Happy Hour Networking!

Following the Beamex Annual Calibration Exchange Conference on Wednesday, Sept 19, there will be a Happy Hour with Plenty of Delicious Free Appetizers and a Cash Bar from 3:30-7:00pm. All ISA members and non-members are invited to attend.

Those interested in the 2-day Calibration Semimar ($300) can still sign up in advance or on site. For more info about the seminar itself, please contact Beamex directly at the link below or you can register at the door.

Kellogg West Conference Center & Hotel
Horse Hill Drive at University Dr, Bldg 76
(Don't enter the official Temple Ave address in your GPS or you will end up at the wrong location.)
Pomona, CA 91768
800-593-7876 - Hotel
909-869-4146 - Conference & Expo

Parking. Parking is free but you must first pick up a permit for your dashboard at the Kellogg Event Center front desk. Tell them you are there for the Beamex Annual Calibration Conference. Ask them to give you directions to the parking lot, which is across the street.

ACE 2018
BEAMEX - Annual Calibration Exchange

Best Calibration Practices for safety, efficiency, reliability and quality

- Day 1 - Managing a calibration program
- Day 2 - Performing calibrations

ISA Los Angeles Section will be holding it's monthly meeting and Happy Hour after the ACE conference from 3-7pm. Join us for refreshments, networking and Q&A with calibration experts from the ACE Conference.

Thanks to the following sponsoring and exhibiting companies:

- ESL Power Systems, Inc.
- iComTech Inc
- Measurement Science Conference
- RealTech Controls
- WestMark Sales, Inc.
- Wilmington Instrument Company
- Wolseley Industrial Group

At this point, only 8 tables are left. If any companies are still interested in exhibiting, please call John at (714) 478-8816. Special Discounts available for those who have exhibited at past events.

Conference and Exhibits attendance is expected to be 50-80 instrument technicians, engineers and managers from all of the process industries within the LA basin.

Exhibit area, happy hour are free to those who pre-register. To RSVP or for more info contact Nancy Wong at ntwong_us@yahoo.com.

The 2-day calibration conference is $300 for 2-days. For more about the ACE Conference itself, click on this link....

Fugitive emissions, new API 624 requirements and new valve and automation technologies

Date: Tuesday, August 21, 2018
Time: Arrive & Refreshments: 5:00-5:45; Program: 5:45-6:30
Location: Wolseley Industrial Group, 2902 E 29th St, Long Beach, CA 90806, (562) 989-1404
Cost: No cost to ISA Regular, Student and Life Members and their guests. $20 for all others. RSVP: Reply to valves-and-actuator-program@isala.org

Program. Valves & Automation continues to evolve with new products and technologies. One example is the new API 624 specification that was written to reduce fugitive emissions for gate valves and globe valves. Some emission studies at plants have shown valves to be the primary source for fugitive emissions. According to these studies, 80 percent of valve emissions result from valve packing chambers. API 624 will require cast steel and forged steel valve manufacturers to utilize new graphite packing technologies to reduce those emissions. Manufacturers will need to comply and meet new testing standards. Oil refineries and chemical plants will require compliance to API 624 in the very near future. Wolseley Industrial Group will convert our inventory to meet this new API 624 standard as product becomes available in 2015 from our manufacturers.

Malfunctioning valves can cause a host of issues for a plant, from an unscheduled facility shut-down to fires or workplace accidents. Plants can face lawsuits, fines and public perception issues when a malfunction or operational error occurs, so quality assurance (QA) is extremely important to our company and customers.
Info courtesy of Jim Sullivan, Wolseley Industrial Group Director of PVF Development. Photo courtesy of Wolseley Industry Group website.

Wolseley Industrial Group is the industrial division of Ferguson Enterprises, Inc., specializing in delivering Automation, Instrumentation, Engineered Products, and Turn Key Solutions for utility plants, industrial, mechanical and commercial facilities. Ferguson is also the largest North American supplier of industrial pipe, valves, fittings, and maintenance, repair and operations (MRO) products and services.

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Disneyland, April 2018

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or jvan@blairmartin.com
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Tuesday, July 3, 2018
ISA: Mary Ramsey to Lead ISA as Interim Executive Director

For more info, please contact ISA at (919) 549-8411, or search ISA Press Releases

Monday, August 21, 2017
ISA: Dr. Peggie Koon to Lead ISA as Interim Executive Director

Below are excerpts from the ISA Press Release edited for space requirements

International Society of Automation plans for new leadership of professional staff

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina (Aug 21, 2017) - ISA announced today that Peggie W. Koon, Ph.D., CEO & Founder of Leading Change, LLC, will serve as Interim Executive Director of ISA as a Search Committee works to identify a successor to Executive Director Patrick Gouhin. The selection and announcement of a new Executive Director are expected to occur in the months ahead.

  Interim Executive Director Dr. Koon's experience and expertise lies in strategy development and execution, leadership coaching, and change management. Dr. Koon is the former Vice President of Audience for the Augusta Chronicle/TAC Media, Morris Communications, LLC. She has over 25 years of experience in IT, process control, and process automation for both discrete and continuous process industries. She was a General Motors Scholar, earning a B.A. degree in Mathematics from Smith College. She also completed 2 years of graduate studies in Industrial and Systems Engineering as a General Motors Graduate Fellow at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and she has a Ph.D. in Management Information Systems from Kennedy Western University.

  In addition to her experience managing strategic change, Dr. Koon has also been a member and leader at ISA for more than 20 years. She has held a variety of prominent roles in the Society, including Society President (2014), Chair of the Automation Federation (2015), member of the ISA Executive Board (2016), and Chair of Workforce Development for the Automation Federation (2016).

  Original article Copyright (C) 2017 ISA. Photo Copyright (C) 2015 Leading Change, LLC. All rights reserved.

Thursday, April 27, 2017 - Pasadena
Why You Should Become a Licensed Professional Control System Engineer

  Our speaker Kathryn Mcchesney, P.E., received her California Professional Engineer license after passing the State exam in October 2016. Kathryn has the type of job engineers throughout Southern California dream about as Imagineer on the Ride Control Software team at Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale. She is currently working on the new Star Wars Land expansion
  Prior to working for Disney, Kathryn worked for Solar Turbines in San Diego as a Control Systems Engineer. She holds both a B.S. and an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley, and lives in Glendale with her fiancÚ, Taylor, and dog, Sophie.

Program Outline
  - Imagineering Overview
  - Why I Pursued a PE
  - What Experience I Found Most Useful For the Exam
  - Safety Systems and the Theme Park Industry

  In addition to giving us an insider's look at Disney, Kathryn will talk about the CSE PE license with special information for those of us who are working as engineers and engineering students who are considering applying to take the PE exam this fall. This is timely because the application deadline for new applicants is May 1st.

Who Should Attend
  End users who hire both PEs and non PEs should also attend this meeting which will discuss the following:
- What having a PE license means to an engineer.
- When an employer should consider a PE instead of a non-PE.
- Types of work typical for PEs vs non-PE's.
- Minimum experience & education needed to take the exam.
- Additional knowledge and experience that would be helpful.
- Topics likely to be on the exam


RSVP: pe2017@isala.org .

Parking questions on April 27?
Call Jerry's cell phone (909) 519-0503
College main number (626) 585-7123, select option for security to talk to a real person

Date & Time: Thurs, April 27, Arrive 5:15-6:00pm for dinner and networking; Program 6:00.

Pasadena City College
IT Bldg, 2nd Floor, Room IT-227
1570 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena
** Be sure to ask for parking pass when you RSVP.

Directions: Exit 210 Freeway at Hill Ave. See Freeway Map and Campus Building and Parking Map .

Parking Instructions: Park in Lots 10 or 11 (Off Green between Holliston and Hill) or Parking Structure A (Off Del Mar between Hill and Bonnie). Bring $2 cash or debit card and purchase parking ticket from dispenser in the lots.

Cost: No cost to ISA members, Disney employees and their guests. Others $10.

Thursday, March 16, 2017 - San Pedro (LA Harbor Area)
Local I&C Training for Career Advancement

Increase Your Income and Job Security as a Certified Control System Technician® (CCST®)or Licensed Professional Control System Engineer

New Affordable Control System Technician Training Course and PE License Review Courses to be Held on Saturdays

Details about how to sign up for the next CCST Exam and Review Course.

SPECIAL DISCOUNT: All those who attend this meeting on March 16 or attend the meeting at the Instrumentation Expo is a new event supported by ISA Los Angeles Section as a fundraiser for scholarships and other member benefits on March 28 will learn how to get 50% off the regular registration fee for the next local CCST Course.

Subsidized by the Los Angeles Section, this course will be held on a series of Saturday mornings starting in April. The purpose of offering this training is the severe shortage of instrument and controls technicians in Southern California. Companies can use this training to provide a meaningful benefit to their staff. Individuals will recognize this as an affordable state of the art technical training to prepare them to take the CCST Exam.

If you are unable to attend on March 16, a follow-up meeting will be held March 28 at the Expo at this same location, Brouwerij Craft Brewery.

Neil Finch CCST III was 2010 ISA Donald P. Eckman Education Award nominee which was given annually for outstanding contributions toward education and training in the science, engineering and technology of instrumentation, systems, and automation.
  Neil is a professional instructor and Certified Control System Technician Level 3. He has taught I&C courses throughout the United States. worked as Instrument Manager and Trainer at the City of Glendale Power Generating Plant and presently works at SCE. He has been teaching the instrumentation technician course at International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Union for several years, and has helped hundreds of workers rise from electricians to instrument technicians and beyond. Neil has served as President and Education Chair of the ISA Los Angeles Section and taught I&C topics throughout the US.
  Neil has taught numerous instrumentation courses locally for the Los Angeles Section over the past several years. He talks the language of working technicians and has a large 'fan club' here.
  He regularly supports others learning instrumentation skills by taking them on jobs with him and giving hands-on experience to those who might otherwise not be able to get it and also is active in his church and community.


RSVP: ccst@isala.org .

Date & Time: Thurs, Mar 16, Arrive 5-6pm for dinner and networking; Program 6:00 until all questions are answered. Facility closes at 9:00.

Location: Brouwerij WestProduction Craft Brewery
(Location of Instrumentation Expo
110 E. 22nd St, NW corner at Harbor Blvd
Warehouse No. 9
San Pedro, CA 90731
(310) 833-9330
Take Harbor Fwy south, exit oh Harbor Blvd, right on 22nd Street.
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Cost: Dinner, one drink from the tasting room, and program free to everyone. BYOB = BUY your own drink.

Thursday, Feb 9, 2017
Integrating advanced simulation with Process Automation Control Systems
Newhall (Santa Clarita)

  Modeling and simulation are especially valuable for testing conditions that might be difficult to reproduce with hardware prototypes alone, especially in the early phase of the design process when hardware may not be available or the control system is not yet commissioned. Iterating between modeling and simulation can improve the quality of the system design early, thereby reducing the number of errors found later in the design process. This topic presents integration of an advance simulation model with process automation control system. The analysis technique used in advanced simulation can be connected to real control and operations management products and services based on available communication protocol. Compliance with OPC (OLE for process control) simplifies integration with such applications. The simulation algorithm can be connected to distributed control systems, supervisory control and data acquisition systems via OPC or compatible protocol. The result of verification of simulation algorithm with the Process control system will save huge amount of commissioning time and testing effort.
Speaker: Kash Behdinan PhD PMP is a Professor at Cal State Northridge and president of Pointfar Automation involved with design and development of automation standards and best practices for operation and upgrading control systems. Kash has completed over 100 automation projects, with experiences in design, analysis, system integration, testing and software development. He developed SCADA system standards for Chevron San Joaquin Valley and for California solar power plant. Kash is director-elect for the ISA Process Measurement and Control Division, conference chair for 61st ISA Instrumentation Symposium and program chair for 2014-16 Process Control & Safety Symposa. He has a PhD in Industrial and System Engineering from USC.


RSVP: rsvp@isala.org .

Date & Time: Thurs, Feb 9, Dinner and Networking at 5pm; Program 5:45-7:00.

Location: Pointfar Automation, 24303 Walnut St. ,Suite C, Newhall (Santa Clarita), (661) 330-4918, www.pointfar.com.
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Cost: Free to ISA members and non-members.

Wednesday, Nov 16, 2016 (NEW NIGHT)
Roundtable discussion
Advanced Transportation Technology Developments and Careers in SoCal
Cerrito College Advanced Transportation Center

Cerritos College Parking Pass
Campus map showing building and parking location --- Google Maps

  Where is the automotive industry heading with more integrated computer control of engines? What is in store locally for autonomous vehicles, cybersecurity and the latest mechanical and electrical devices? Where will the jobs be in the automated auto age?
  This meeting will be held at the Southland Cerritos Center For Transportation Technologies. Training and career information will be provided to all who attend.
  This is a unique opportunity for those interested in learning more about breakthroughs and career opportunities in the transportation field to talk with industry representatives, instructors, technical career specialists about advanced transportation technologies, local training and local career opportunities. Bring your individual questions related to the automotive and other transportation industries to be answered by the leading experts in the field.

Frank Vega, Department Chair of Cerritos College Automotive Technology Department has been with Cerritos College for 15 years. He has a BA Degree University of La Verne, an AA Degree with honors from Cerritos College and his special certifications include Chrysler Factory Certified, ASE Certified, Automotive Manufacturer Specialty Certificate. Mr. Vega teaches certificate programs include Electrical & Alternative Fuels Technician, Engine Technology, Automotive Management. Mr. Vega also teaches Auto 100, Chrysler CAP, Import Technician Training Program and Electronic Engine Management Systems.
Fred Gruner, Principal Engineer at nVidia Corporation, where the GPU was invented, and is now the premier leader in autonomous vehicle computers, based in Santa Clara. Among other responsibilities at nVidia Fred is Automotive Safety Architect for CPUs. Besides CPU/GPU applications in autonomous vehicles and safety engineering, he is involved with ISO 26262 (the automotive functional safety standard) and neural networks. His previous experience includes Intel where he was Senior x86 Pipeline architect for the Itanium Project (1994-99). Fred is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

About Cerritos Center for Transportation Technologies
  For 30 years, Cerritos College has had one of the most successful Automotive Training Programs in the region. Today, we are one of the most comprehensive Automotive Training Centers in the country. Cerritos College offers certificates, degrees and special programs in automotive repair, collision repair, alternative fuels, smog training, advanced transportation technology and automotive management. Programs include the nationally authorized technician programs for General Motors, The Ford Motor Company, Chrysler and various import manufacturers. The programs prepare students for the workforce by providing classroom and hands-on instruction as well paid on-the-job training. For more info see Advanced Transportation Technology and Energy program (ATTE) at http://cms.cerritos.edu/atte/about-atte.htm

About nVidia
  NVIDIA is at the center of the most consequential mega-trends in technology including self-driving cars, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence. The pioneer of GPU-accelerated computing, NVIDIA specializes in products and platforms for the automotive and other large, growing markets such as gaming and professional visualization.
  The company's DRIVE PX is the most advanced autonomous car computer which is bringing AI to the revolution in transportation. Its Tesla GPUs power the fastest supercomputers in the U.S., Europe and Japan, and were selected by the U.S. Dept. of Energy for two next-generation supercomputers. Its GPU GeForce is the largest gaming platform in the world with over 200 million users.
  NVIDIA was ranked as one of the "Top 50 Best Places to Work" by Glassdoor and one of the "50 Smartest Companies" by MIT Tech Review. NVIDIA also was named to Fortune's "World's Most Admired Companies" list and Forbes' "America's Best Employers" list.

Source of info: cms.cerritos.edu/atte/about-atte.htm, www.nVidia.com/object/about-nVidia.html, and linkedin.


RSVP: maria.lemone@isala.org .

Campus map showing building and parking location

Cerritos College Parking Pass

Date & Time: Wed, Nov 16, Pizza and Networking at 5pm; Roundtable at 5:45-7:00.

Location: Southland Cerritos Center For Transportation Technologies, Advanced Transportation, Technology and Energy, Cerritos College, 11111 New Falcon Way, Cerritos, CA 90703, www.cerritos.edu
Google Maps

Parking: Ask for the parking pass & map when you RSVP if you can't download it. Must put pass on dashboard to avoid ticket.

Cost: Free to Regular, Life and Student members of ISA Los Angeles Section. $20 for members of other sections and public. Free to those who join ISALA at the meeting.

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
Digital Multi-meter Hands-On Course
Wilmington Instrument Company, Wilmington

  This Digital Multiimeter Hands-On course drew over 30 attendees when it was held March 15 at Instrumentation 2016 in Carson. The course instructs attendees on practical hands-on DMM measurements using test boards. New users of DMM's as well as experienced users will find the course valuable.

  Instructor John Bowman of the Wilmington Instrument Company has been in the test and measurement field since 1973 including 34 plus years of service with the Fluke Corporation. John is a Board member and past President of the Measurement Science Conference. He has presented numerous classes for ISA, NCSli, IAEI and many other organizations during his career. John is certified in Thermal Imaging and Vibration Analysis. For more info about the course contact John Bowman at 714-235-1964.

Meeting Details

Date:: Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Time: 5:00 Dinner & Networking; 5:30 Business Meeting; 6:00-7:30 Training Course

Location: Wilmington Instruments, 332 North Fries Ave., Wilmington CA 90744. Google Map

Dinner: Included. Pizza and sandwiches from Big Nick's Pizza

Cost: ISA Regular, Student Members and those who join at the door, no cost. All others $40 cash, check or credit card.

RSVP: RSVP-May-17-2016@isala.org .

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
Introduction to Temperature Measurement and Calibration
Frantones Italian Restaurant, Cerritos

  Marty Conway of Fluke Calibration has been in the calibration and instrumentation field for over 30 years. He has been responsible for temperature, pressure, flow, electric and calibration software and has been with Fluke Calibration for 6 years, presently as West Regional Sales Manager at Arroyo Grande. Prior to his current role he has been Product Manager for temperature calibration and pressure calibration products. Prior to Fluke, he was pressure product manager for General Electric supporting the pressure transducer line in addition to primary & secondary pressure calibration instruments. Marty lives in San Luis Obispo where he graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

Meeting Details

Date:: Tuesday April 19, 2016
Time: 5:30 Networking; 6:00 Dinner and Program
Location: Frantones Restaurant, 10808 Alondra Blvd, Cerritos, (562) 924-9494.
NOTE: Dinner is all you can eat hot Italian buffet with dessert. No one ever goes home hungry!
Directions: Exit 605 Freeway at Alondra. Head east. Turn right into first shopping center drive. Drive straight toward the shops. Frantones is the last one on the right. See Map
Cost: $10 for Regular, Life and Student ISA Members. No cost for those who join ISA or renew regular or student membership at the door. All others $30, cash, check or credit card.
RSVP: RSVP-Apr-19-2016@isala.org .

Tuesday, Feb 16, 2016
Using Modbus Touch Screen PLCs with Remote I/O Modules
Pasadena City College, College Center

  In this training session Maria Lemone will go over Modbus, control and SCADA technologies. She will go over how to configure and use Modbus I/O modules with a web server, how to program and use touch screen PLCs with Ladder Logic in C Language and Ladder Logic, how to design HMI screens, and how to use Modbus equipment with SCADA software. She will also provide a live demonstration of I/O, Touch Screen Controllers and SCADA software working together.
  Maria Lemone is Sales Manager at ICP DAS USA, an industrial control, data acquisition, data communication, wireless equipment and SCADA software provider in Southern California. She has been with the company about 10 years and has also held positions of Web Developer, Application Engineer and Technical Sales Engineer.

Meeting Details

Date:: Tuesday February 16, 2016

Time: 5:30 Networking; 6:00 Dinner and Program

Location: Pasadena City College, College Center Bldg "CC", Circadian Room, 1570 E Colorado Blvd, Pasadena

Directions: Exit 210 Freeway at Hill Ave. See Freeway Map and Campus Parking Map .

Parking Instructions: Park in Lots 10 or 11 (Off Green between Holliston and Hill) or Parking Structure A (Off Del Mar between Hill and Bonnie). Bring $2 cash or debit card and purchase parking ticket from dispenser in the lots. Campus Parking Map .

Cost: $10 for Regular, Life and Student ISA Members. No cost for those who join ISA or renew regular or student membership at the door. All others $30, cash, check or credit card.

RSVP: Gerald Herder at gkherder@cpp.edu or (909) 869-2491 or respond to this email. Gerald Herder at gkherder@cpp.edu.

Tuesday, Jan 19, 2016
Understanding PLC security and safety integrated systems
Frantones Italian Restaurant, Cerritos

  John Hunt from Siemens will discuss how machine safety can lower initial operating costs, reduce system complexity and downtime, while increasing productivity. PLC safety, PLC safety integrated systems and solutions for safety will be covered.
  On a human level, accident-free environments correlate with greater worker productivity and morale. In production, they save costly shutdowns and commitment delays. Financially, they keep the potential of steep regulatory fines and expensive litigation at bay.
  Understanding safety is a major concern among End Users and OEMs. Concerns include the following:
  (1) What are the basic safety requirements when designing a safety circuit or application?
  (2) How is machine safety different from standard automation?
  (3) Can you have a compliant automation system that seamlessly integrates safety?
 Equipment will be demonstrated. This discussion will be on both the factory and manufacturing side and will including automation standards and safety.

Meeting Details

Date: Tuesday January 19, 2016

Time: 5:30 Networking; 6pm Dinner & Program. Dinner is full hot all-you-can-eat buffet with all the traditional Italian entrees, soft drinks/tea, plus choice of desserts. Cash bar available.

Location: Frantones Italian Restaurant, 10808 Alondra Blvd, Cerritos, (562) 924-9494; Exit 710 Freeway at Alondra and head east. Frantones is in the first shopping center on the right.

Cost: $10 for Regular and Student ISA Members; others $40. No cost for those who join ISA or renew regular or student membership at the door.

RSVP: jprince@isala.org .

Tuesday, Nov 17, 2015
Control Valves and Safety Relief Valve Demonstrations and Facility Tour
Blair-Martin Co, Signal Hill

  This is a one-of-a-kind chance to see one of the most active control valve facilities. The facility will be in full production during the tour.
  Join your fellow members for a tour of the Blair-Martin valve facilities, plus technical presentations, hardware demonstrations, free dinner and refreshments.
  Those who work with control and pressure relief valves, flow, pressure and level controls and indicators should attend this event. Students are especially welcome, as well as others interested in control valves and their applications in the process industry.

Download the Tour Flyer (200K PDF)

Demonstrations Include:

  Performance & Calibration
  Pilot Op Vs. Direct Spring Selection
  Repair & Testing Procedure Asset Tracking & Database
  Applications & Solutions

Meeting Details

Date: Tuesday November 17, 2015

Time: Arrive 5:00-5:15; Dinner and socializing until enough for the first tour

Location: Blair-Martin Co, 1500 E. Burnett St, Signal Hill, (562) 595-8773, www.blairmartin.com - Map

Cost: Free for students and all those interested in the process control valves and safety relief valve and the benefits of regular ISA membership.

RSVP: jprince@isala.org .

Wednesday, Oct 14, 2015
UVT-LED: Smarter UV Transmittance Monitoring
Gas Company Energy Resource Center, Downey

  UV transmittance is a critical measurement for effective UV disinfection. Traditional measurement techniques involve the use of sensing technology using mercury based lamps. This world's first patented technology available from Sensorex, is the first to use UVC- led's to measure real time UV transmittance. It also eliminates ROHS related concerns of mercury based lamps.
  Learn what UV transmittance is, how this new technology works, and why it is a critical measurement in the UV disinfection process.
  Speaker Mike Ross (pictured), VP of Sales and Marketing currently with Sensorex Corp, has been with the company for 28 years. Sensorex is a global supplier of water quality sensors based in Orange County, CA.

Meeting Details

Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Time: 4:00 Networking and Pizza; 5:00 Program

Location: Gas Company Energy Resource Center, Climate Control Room, 9240 Firestone Blvd, Downey between Lakewood and Woodruff. Directions - Aerial Photo

Cost: Free for students and all those in the industry.

RSVP: jprince@isala.org .

Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Securing highways, bridges and tunnels with rugged and redundant networks and HD video
Gas Company Energy Resource Center, Downey

      In the wake of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, there has been an urgent and important need to identify and secure our most critical infrastructure components. Some of the most vital areas needing continual video monitoring are our highways, bridges and tunnels being traversed by millions of people each day.
      In this presentation, you will learn about the design and implementation of a highly resilient and highly available industrial Ethernet network and the transportation video surveillance system implemented at Caltrans District 4, which spans nine counties within the San Francisco Bay area.
Topics to be covered will include:
- The Design and Components: Redundant and Rugged ethernet switches, routers, network security devices, IP68 weather rated HD security video cameras with intelligent video analytics and video management systems.
- The Terrain: Greater San Francisco Bay Area including over 1000 square miles of roads, 6 bridges, and 4 tunnels.
- A Transportation Security Benchmark: The implementation of this project has remarkably improved the districts' network availability (over 98% uptime), IP security, and video management capabilities , while simultaneously reducing maintenance costs. These system improvements have recently been noted by Caltrans Management, making District 4 the model for efficiency and security within California's transportation industry.

      Lisa Hackett is the Western Region Sales Engineer at Industrial Enet. She has over 17 years of experience in the automation and controls industry as an Application Engineer, Project Engineer and Regional Sales Manager, at Phoenix Contact and Hirschmann Automation. Lisa has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
      Scott Glidden is a Field Systems Specialist with Bosch Security Systems. He has over 20 years of experience working as a Systems Engineer, Product Manager, and Field Engineering Manager at Cisco, Sypixx Networks, and Verint Video Solutions, respectively. He has extensive expertise in networking and systems for security management having done system design, implementation and support for networked communications, video and security technologies including: video surveillance, access control, intrusion, incident response and forensics.
      Steve Ginther is the Director of Sales and Marketing at Industrial Enet. He previously worked at Bisco Industries in the electrical distribution industry, where he quickly rose from Sales Associate to Sales Manager, then Area Sales Manager. Steve has a Marketing degree from Cal State Fullerton.
      Industrial Enet is a project-based distributor of Bosch, Hirschmann, and Phoenix Contact. It was founded in 1999 by engineers Tom Halpin and Jon Amack.

Meeting Details
Date: Tues, May 19, 2015
Time: 5:00 Networking & Dinner; 5:30 Business Meeting; 5:45 Program
Place: Gas Company Energy Resource Center, Downey, Climate Control Room
Map: Map and directions

Membership Application (PDF)

RSVP: RSVP1504@isala.org .

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.
Meeting Details

Date: 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.

Cost:   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).

RSVP: RSVP1504@isala.org .

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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 www.fdtgroup.org.

Meeting Details

Date: 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, www.frantones.com.
From 605 Fwy, take the Alondra Blvd exit and head east. First shopping center on the right, last store on the right. www.frantones.com.

Dinner: Gourmet Italian Buffet, Soft Drinks & Dessert Included

Cost:   $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).

RSVP: RSVP-Feb-24-2015@isala.org .

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: Wikipedia.
      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.

Meeting Details

Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Time: Dinner 5:00; Business 5:30; Program 5:45
  The Gas Company Energy Resource Center
  9240 Firestone Blvd (Map)
  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: RSVP-Feb-24-2015@isala.org .

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 2016 I&C Expo (San Diego), Automation OC (Orange County). He is presently senior account manager at EandM based in San Diego.

Meeting Details

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.

RSVP: rsvp@isala.org or John at (714) 478-8816 cell
Aerial Photo Map

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.

Meeting Details

Date: Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Time: 5:00 Dinner and networking; 5:45 Program

Location: Alpine Village Restaurant, Emerald Room, 833 West Torrance Blvd, Torrance CA 90502, (310) 327-4384, Torrance Blvd Exit from 110 Fwy, www.alpinevillagecenter.com - Freeway Map - Aerial Photo

Cost: $10 for ISA regular and student members. $30 all others, or free to those who join or renew before or at the meeting.

RSVP: rsvp@isala.org .

Contact Abe Munoz
for more information at (805) 407-0677.

Tuesday, Sept 16, 2014
Impact of failed steam traps on process plants
Cerritos College

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.

Meeting Details

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.

**** Click here for the parking permit and map

Cost: Free to ISA regular and student members. Others must join ISA before or at the meeting.

RSVP: rsvp@isala.org

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.

Workshop Details

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 jprince@isala.org (preferred) or (714) 478-8816.

Date: Tuesday, May 20, 2014
      Workshop: 2:00-5:00pm
      Dinner and Networking: 5:00-5:30pm
      Lecture: 5:30-7:00pm
      Attend one or both sessions.

      The Gas Company - Energy Resource Center
      9240 Firestone Blvd, Downey, CA 90241
      (526) 803-7500

Friday, June 6, 2014
Cybersecurity Framework for Protecting Our Nation's Critical Infrastructure
Cerritos College, Norwalk

Click on this PDF LINK 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.

      The presentation will incorporate the FDT Group report Bottom Line Benefits of Intelligent Device Information Integration .

Meeting Details

Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Dinner 5:00. Meeting: 6:00
Alpine Inn Restaurant, Alpine Inn Restaurant , 833 West Torrance Blvd, Torrance, (310) 327-4384

RSVP: 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.

Meeting Details

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 Tracy Green

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014
Industrial Networking:
How hard can it be anyway?

(Location Change)
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.

Meeting Details

Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Dinner 5:00-5:45; Program 5:45-7:00.

New Location: Sizzler Steakhouse, 10315 Lakewood Blvd, Downey, (562) 861-8612. Between Firestone and Florence.

RSVP and Info: Tracy Green at (949) 378-0372 or Tracy Green

Past Events

Saturday, Dec 7, 2013
Los Angeles & Orange County
Annual Christmas Party,
Award Ceremony and
Casino Night!
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 Linda Meyers 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!

Event Schedule

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

RSVP: John Prince or (714) 968-5501.

Location: Moore Industries International, 16650 Schoenborn St., North Hills

More info

Dinner Menu
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
ERC, Downey

Includes dinner. Instructor: John Bowman, Wilmington Instruments. ISA Members Free; Non-Members can join ISA at the class. Meters provided. RSVP and Info: John Bowman or (714) 235-1964.

Tuesday, Oct 15, 2013
Anheuser-Busch Brewery Tour
Van Nuys

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.

Meeting Details

Date: Tuesday, Sept 17, 2013
Time: 5:00-5:30 Networking and Dinner (ordered off the menu); 5:30 Section Business; 5:45 Program
Location: "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: Tracy Green or (949) 378-0372

Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Tour of THUMS White Island
Boat Leaves from Port of Long Beach

THUMS is an acronym for Texaco Oil, Humble Oil, Union Oil, Mobil Oil, and Shell Oil. More information about THUMS see the Oxy video tour or a California's Gold video tour .

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.

Meeting Details

RSVP Required: Tracy Green at tracy.agreen@yahoo.com 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

For both, pls RSVP to Tracy Green at tracy.agreen@yahoo.com

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.

Pls RSVP to Tracy Green at tracy.agreen@yahoo.com

For more details, location, etc., Click Here

Tuesday, Apr 16, 2013
Measuring H2S in Gas Processing Plants
Sizzler, Downey

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.
For more details, location and RSVP
Click Here

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.

Click here to view trailer and to RSVP.

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.

Click here for more info & to RSVP.

Tuesday, Nov 20, 2012
Queen Mary Engine Room Tour

The engine room includes the huge steam boilers that propelled the ship to speed records for transatlantic crossings held for 14 years. We will visit the ship's bridge, propeller box and more.

Click here for more info & to RSVP.

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.

To RSVP and for details Click here

Saturday, June 30, 2012
Annual Meeting of the Section
Scholarship Presentations
Installation Ceremony

All Section Members Welcome
Shanghai Reds, Marina Del Rey

Request Info

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Basic Techniques of Field Calibration

Neil Finch of SCE conducts review class on calibration of field instrumentation

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.

Neil Finch of SCE conducts standing-room only training class on calibration of field instrumentation

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.

Meeting Details:

Date: Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Time: 5:30 social hour, 6:00 dinner, 6:45 - 8:00 presentation
RSVP: Paul Franklin at paul.franklin@isala.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.

To RSVP or for more info, please contact Paul Franklin at paul.franklin@isala.org.

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.

Meeting Details

Date: Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Time: 5:30 social hour, 6:00 dinner, 6:45 - 8:00 presentation

Location: Tony P's Dockside Grill, 4445 Admiralty Way, Marina Del Rey, CA 90292, (310) 823-4534, www.tonyps.com . Online Map & Directions

Cost: $10 for members, $30 for non-members and guests. Free to new members who join ISA at or before the meeting.

To RSVP or for more info, please contact Paul Franklin at paul.franklin@isala.org.

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, click here.

How can I sponsor this meeting? Contact sponsor@isala.org

Tuesday, Mar 20, 2012
Automated Demand Response

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 RSVP@isala.org .

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.

How can I sponsor this meeting? sponsor@isala.org

Dinner and Networking 5:00-5:30; Section Business 5:30-5:40; Sponsor presentation: 5:40-5:45; Program 5:45-6:45. Meeting closed 7:15.

Location: Paramount Petroleum, 14700 Downey Ave, Paramount
Map & Directions: http://tinyurl.com/PrmtPetro

Reservations: RSVP@isala.org

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.

Tony P's Dockside Grill
Marina Del Rey

Special for New Members!

For more details, location and RSVP
Click Here

Sat, Dec 3, 2011
Photos from Christmas Party
Knotts Berry Farm Hotel
Christmas Party Flier


Tues, Nov 15, 2011
Changes per the 2012 NFPA 70E Code
Electrical Safety in the Workplace

An overview of NFPA 70E Electrical Safety in the Workplace will be presented with special attention given to the changes in the just-released 2012 edition. Location: Sizzler, Downey. More info and RSVP.

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.

Next JPL tour Nov 7. Info below.

Mon, Nov 7, 2011
2nd Tour of Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena
The first tour filled up with 80 people within three days of announcing it, so sign up early!
RSVP or request more info at

Fri, Nov 4, 2011
Tour of Orange County Sanitation District
Plant No. 1

To RSVP or more info contact Bob Burnell

Tues, Oct 18, 2011
Central Plant Tour at Cal State Long Beach
Thanks to Tyco Flow Controls for sponsoring the refreshments afterwards.

Thurs, Oct 13, 2011
ISA Cal Poly Pomona Student Section
Join ISA and Jump Start Your Career
Location: Cal Poly Campus
For info and to RSVP, contact
Bob Burnell, GE Energy Services

Wed, Sept 28, 2011
Tour of Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena
This tour filled up with 80 people within three days of announcing it. A second tour is being planned.
RSVP or request more info at

Aug 20 - Oct 22, 2011
Review Course for
California Professional
Engineer License Exam
Huntington Beach Library
For Info & Registration

June 24-28, 2011
ISA 2011 Summer Leaders Meeting
Chase Park Plaza Hotel
St. Louis, MO USA

Opening & Closing
General Session Agendas (RTF)
Meeting Schedule (PDF)
Meeting Schedule (XLS)

Wed, June 1, 2011
ISA Cal Poly Section
Student Night
RSVP for Free Dinner and Parking

Tues, May 17, 2011
Sharpening Your
Communication Skills
For a NEW Economy

At Oggi's in Santa Clarita
Free Dinner and Drinks
Courtesy of Meeting Sponsor
Why Not Engineering

Tues, Apr 19, 2011
Basics of
Building Automation
Sizzler, Downey
All You Can Eat Dinner Included!

Sunday, Apr 3, 2011
A Day at the Races!
BBQ & Social
Santa Anita Racetrack
All You Can Eat Dinner Included!

Tues, Feb 15, 2011
Arc Flash Transfer and
Mitigation Demonstration
Sizzler Steakhouse
All You Can Eat Dinner Included!

Tues, Jan 18, 2011
Special Program
Cal State Long Beach
Robotics Demonstrations
All You Can Eat Buffet

Sat, Dec 4, 2010
Christmas Party Photos
Knott's Berry Farm Hotel

Tues, Nov 16, 2010
Arc Flash Hazards and Analysis
Meeting Photos

Sizzler Steakhouse
All You Can Eat Dinner Included!




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.

Read the Original Motion as Submitted Oct 2, 2010

To learn how you can support the motion to restore the ISA Expo, click here jprince@isala.org.

Tues, Sept 21, 2010
Motor Control PowerPoint Presentation
Tues, Sept 21, 2010
2010 Scholarship Honorees
Tues, Sept 28, 2010
CCST Review Course (3 days)
Wed, Sept 29, 2010
Multimeter Operation & Safety (2 days)
Sat, Oct 16, 2010
CAP Review Session


More information

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.

For details, see
June 22 on Calendar

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.

For details, see
May 18, 2010 on Calendar

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.

For details, see
Apr 20, 2010 on Calendar

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.

For details, see
Mar 15, 2010 on Calendar

LabVIEW® is a registered trademark of National Instruments

Thursday, Feb 18 2010
Exhibits - Training - Career Fair

ISA Los Angeles Section's annual exhibition is being held once again. This year will feature a LACSD tour, exhibitor & sponsor info, training classes. 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

For details, see
Jan 19 on Calendar


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!"

Sat Dec 12, 2009

For information, see
Dec 12 on Calendar

Tuesday, Nov 17, 2009

Thanks to George Wolkowisky of Alpha Wireless ATG who explained how field devices can be adapted to transmit data and video over the WEB.

For information, see
Nov 17 on Calendar

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2009

Bill Lyons, of Caltrol, addressed the new developments in this technology including having the ability to wirelessly communicate to a PLC or DCS operating system.

For information, see
Oct 20 on Calendar

Wednesdays, Sept 23 & 30, 2009
Multimeter Safety and
Basic Operating Principles

The course was another great success, due to the professionlism of instructor Paul Franklin, CCST.

For information, see
Sept 23 or 30 on Calendar


Thanks to Tom Barker, SCE for Coordinating this Great Tour! Over 40 people signed up. Special thanks to Horiba Instruments for sponsoring the dinner for everyone on the tour afterwards!

For info about the tour see
Sept 15, 2009 on Calendar


Dai Nguyen, ISALA Student Member and Applied Math Major at California State University Fullerton is presented with a Certificate and $500 Scholarship.

About the ISALA scholarship


For study help click here.

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Upcoming Events....

For Info: FieldComm2017@isala.org

Spring 2018 TBA

Instrumentation Expo
At Brouwerij West Brewery
Warehouse 9, San Pedro
Training - Exhibits - Fun. For info....

ISALA/OC Christmas Holiday Scholarship Fund Raiser and Award Ceremony
Location and date to be announced.
Contact chrs2016@isala.org 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 www.StudentNight.org.

For more information and to RSVP, please contact Justin Hong, 2013-2014 ISA Cal Poly Student Section President at (562) 405-4569 or by email.

Instrumentation 2013 Another Success!
Over 700 Participants!

Instrumentation 2012 A Huge Success!
Over 600 Participants!

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.


2010 NCAA Div II
Championship Highlights
Cal Poly Pomona 65
Indiana (PA) 53

Thursday, Feb 18, 2010

Deadline June 8, 2010

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