Instrumental to the workplace: Conferences, resources, news


A variety of instrumentation events and information are available to help instrumentation and control professionals stay up-to-date and informed. They include conferences, resources, and support services. Here's a rundown of a few noteworthy items along with links to more information.

  • Next-Generation Manufacturing Forum sponsored by ARC Advisory Group takes place Feb. 20-24, 2006, in Orlando, FL. Among industry leaders sharing experiences for optimizing manufacturing facilities are Greg Daniels, senior vice president, U.S. manufacturing, Nissan; Hans Schuler, senior vice president, technical and engineering services, BASF; and Jack Bolick, president, process solutions, Honeywell. Topics on the program include achieving standards-based interoperability across the enterprise and emerging wireless technologies.

  • Pittcon 2006 runs Mar. 12-17, 2006, in Orlando, FL. Educational conference on laboratory science is presented annually by the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh and the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh. Technical sessions include bio- and nano-electrochemistry; fluorescence: bioanalytical and biomedical applications; mass spectrometry; and biomolecular interactions and imaging.

  • Condensed Handbook of Measurement and Control, 2ndedition , by N.E. (Bill) Battikha, is available from ISA—The Instrumentation, Systems, and Automation Society . Revised text focuses on selecting and implementing measurement and control devices for process automation applications. Book (ISBN: 1-55617-850-6) may be ordered on line; ISA members: $65; non-members: $74.

  • 2006 Annual Book of ASTM (American Society for Testing Materials) Standards contains 12,000+ standards and is available in print and on CD-ROM. 70-volume set may be purchased entirely or in sections from IHS American Technical Publishers. Click here for ordering information and to download a catalog.

  • Meggitt's Vibro-Meter Inc . has secured the services of RoMaDyn to enhance its field support and training capabilities within the U.S. industrial condition-monitoring market. RoMaDyn will provide product servicing, commissioning support, and training for Vibro-Meter equipment in the field.

  • Accutech , a div. of Adaptive Instruments Corp., has received certification from the Canadian Standards Association for its wireless instrumentation. The company delivers wireless instrumentation solutions to process industries and gives industrial users a tool with which to automate measurements. CSA approvals include hazardous location rating as Class I, Div. 1 Group A through Class III, T4 (temperature -40-85 °C) and weather/corrosion types 4 or 4X. Radio module is also IC- (Industry Canada) approved for license-free use.

—Jeanine Katzel, senior editor, Control Engineering,

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