In my last article, I mentioned the International Day of Automation Professionals. Today I’m going to talk about one of the things that all automation professionals love to do: attending in-person events and networking with other automation professionals.
During the pandemic, ISA has had to migrate from our traditional in-person events to the world of virtual events. Most of our members and automation professionals have missed the opportunity to network at our in-person events, which is one of our most valuable ISA benefits. This type of crisis presented great challenges for us, but at the same time, brought great opportunities. ISA has successfully transitioned from in-person to virtual events, and now to hybrid events (combination of in-person and virtual events). These new models have increased our audience and made it possible for members from all over the world to attend.
Additionally, ISA officers could not travel to visit sections, districts, and attend conferences or performances during this time. This year we are finally back to the new normal, and I have already attended two major conferences. I also plan to meet and host our members in the United States, Brazil, India and Europe.
ISA Conference on Automation and Leadership
7–9 November 2022 | Galveston, Texas, United States
This is a new event that combines ISA’s leadership conference with two days of technical presentations on hot industry topics including digital transformation, cybersecurity, Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), smart manufacturing and process automation. By attending this conference, you will have the best of both worlds combined in one event:
- A technical conference on automation
- An ISA Leadership Conference
You will have the opportunity to network with ISA leaders and automation professionals from around the world, including managers, engineers, technicians, and subject matter experts. You can also:
- Attend company meetings and leadership presentations
- Attend essential technical sessions and access a range of technical experts (SMEs) from the United States, the Middle East, Brazil, Malaysia, Spain and India
- Interact with other conference participants, in person or virtually
- Visit exhibitor booths for insight and information on the latest industry products and technologies
- Attend the ISA Honors and Awards Gala
As part of our strategic goal to grow our international audience, we are expanding our participation in U.S. and international events, both virtual and in-person. Below are two conferences I have attended so far.
World IoT Solutions Congress and Cybersecurity Conference
IOT Solutions World Congress (IOTSWC), the leading international event dedicated to transforming the industry through disruptive technologies, closed its sixth edition after three days of debates and knowledge sharing with the aim of defining a roadmap towards the digitization of all industries. The show brought together 330 exhibitors, 95 conferences and round tables, more than 270 speakers and was organized jointly with the Barcelona Cybersecurity Congress and Integrated Systems Europe (ISE), the leading professional exhibition for audiovisual and systems integration in the world.
The third edition of the Barcelona Cybersecurity Congress (BCC), organized by the Fira de Barcelona and the Agència de Ciberseguretat de Catalunya, highlighted the importance of cybersecurity as one of the most critical challenges facing an increasingly digitized faces. Sessions held in the Cybersecurity Auditorium saw strong attendance throughout the event and covered topics such as hardware protection, tracking hacking patterns, industrial network monitoring, layers of protection for self-driving cars and zero-trust architecture. The IOT Solutions World Congress will return in 2023 for its seventh edition, scheduled from January 31 to February 2.
ISA was responsible for the congressional technical program on cybersecurity. We partnered with the cybersecurity group of the Spanish section of the ISA who worked to identify the speakers and set up the program. The program was chaired by one of the SMEs in the Spain section, Agustin Valencia. During the event, we had the opportunity to meet the leadership and members of ISA Spain and talk about ISA’s strategy and ways to better collaborate with our locals.
26th Annual ARC Forum
The theme of this year’s ARC Forum was “accelerating industrial digital transformation and sustainability”. As we return to a new normal, industrial innovation is accelerating. A renewed focus on sustainability, circular economy and climate change drives innovation and fuels transformational and technological change across the industry sector. Resilience has been prioritized in the supply chain and throughout production operations.
Digital leaders have now validated their strategies in the face of real-world challenges brought on by the pandemic. Many companies supported “connected” remote and frontline workers much earlier than they anticipated and will now do more. After seeing the power of disruptive technologies to transform business operations and competitive strategies, improve resilience, reduce costs and better serve customers, she is moving full speed ahead.
Technologies such as cloud, machine learning, edge computing, Internet of Things (IoT), cybersecurity, additive manufacturing, augmented reality, etc. enable new business processes and obscure traditional functional boundaries. Operational Technology (OT), Information Technology (IT), and Engineering Technology (ET) teams develop their skills and capabilities and transform operations in real time.
Governance and compliance, workforce and skills, customer focus, competitive excellence, and change management all require management attention. Seeking to be among the winners of the new normal, leaders charged with driving this transformation are seizing this moment to innovate and create real value. Call it digital transformation, smart manufacturing, smart cities or industry 4.0, there is a rush to innovate, transform and accelerate the future.
The main discussion topics of the forum were:
- cyber security
- Digital transformation
- Open Process Automation (OPA)
During the forum, I had the opportunity to meet with various ISA members, Automation.com staff, and industry leaders to listen to their requests and promote ISA’s mission. It is very important for us to attend these types of events in order to validate our perception of market needs and adjust our strategies as needed.
ISA’s Andre Ristaino presented the work developed by our consortia, including the ISA Global Cybersecurity Alliance (ISAGCA), ISA Secure and LOGIIC. He also presented the ISA100 Wireless Excellence in Automation Award from the ISA100 Wireless Compliance Institute. This award is presented annually to an end-user company that has demonstrated outstanding leadership and innovation in the use of ISA100 wireless technology. The award is intended to highlight the use of technology rather than a specific vendor.
The 2021 award was presented to EnQuest at their Sullom Voe terminal in Scotland for their novel application of ISA100 wireless technology in new approaches to gas detection, achieving a safe and secure large scale gas detection system upgrade. ladder. Cybersecurity and reliability were key considerations in upgrading the gas detection system.
The Sullom Voe Terminal is operated by EnQuest and handles production from numerous oil fields in the East and West Shetland Basin in the North Sea. Fourteen different companies hold stakes in the terminal, which receives production through the Brent and Ninian 36-inch pipeline systems.
Previous winners include Fuji Oil Company (2020), ILBOC (2019), BACPO (2018), ALCOA (2017), Phillips 66 (2016), Petronas (2015), Nippon Steel (2014) and RasGas (2013). The first prize was awarded in 2013.
I was very pleased to see many mentions of ISA standards such as the ISA/IEC 62443 series of cybersecurity standards. Various examples of ISA standards adoption included ISA 18.2 (Alarm Management), ISA 84 (Batch), ISA 95 (Integration) and ISA101 (HMI), mentioned during presentations or presented to the various software vendors present in the exhibition hall.
When updating the Open Process Automation Standard (OPAS), it was mentioned that ISA/IEC 62443 is the standard of standards. Some of the standards adopted by OPAS include ISA 95 (IEC 62264) for technical architecture, ISA/IEC 62243 for cybersecurity, and ISA-18.2/IEC 62682 for alarm management (implemented with the standard of alarms and OPC UA conditions to obtain uniform alarms and conditions). event messaging throughout the system).
I also attended the first in-person ISA 95 committee meeting that was held during the forum, after some time of virtual meetings!
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