March 2011

Contents

IICA & RMIT Collaborate in Aerospace Maintenance Training Scheme

Mr Dirk Kuiper, President of the Institute of Instrumentation, Control and Automation (IICA) announced that a joint Working Party has been formed with RMIT Uni.

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IICA Introduce NEW Titles for Events & Training in 2011

The very popular and successful IICA Table Tops will now be known as Technology Expos to better define the purpose of these Events.

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Announcing IICA President's Testimonial Dinner May 2011

The IICA Federal Council has recognised that there are a number of eminent members who have contributed in a significant way to the affairs of the IICA.

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IICA Perth Instrumentation Education Presentation & Forum

Information on instrumentation process control, further education and where to get it from was the idea behind this event.

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Branch News

IICA Adelaide Branch - Calendar of Events for 2011

Brisbane Branch News

IICA Gladstone Branch - Calendar of Events 2011

Melbourne Branch Hosts 1st IICA National Safety Seminar

IICA Murray Region Branch

IICA Newcastle Branch - Calendar of Events 2011

IICA Perth Instrumentation Education Presentation & Forum

Measurement Uncertainty Expert Talks up the ISA at IICA Sydney Meeting

IICA Tasmania Branch - Calendar of Events 2011

 

IICA & RMIT Collaborate in Aerospace Maintenance Training Scheme

Mr Dirk Kuiper, President of the Institute of Instrumentation, Control and Automation (IICA) announced that a joint Working Party has been formed with RMIT Uni. to address concerns by manufacturers about non-compliance and lack of proper understanding of a number of mandatory International Standards and other regulatory requirements, in areas of instrumentation and calibration in sections of the aerospace industry. This non-compliance is particularly prevalent among external contractors and sub contractors who form part of the supply chain of fabricators, suppliers of instrumentation (eg temperature controllers and thermo couples), calibration service providers, end users and others in the maintenance of airworthiness of commercial and defence aircraft.

It is this awareness that has been the impetus for the IICA and its RMIT collaborators to commence a 2-tiered strategy to assist those contractors and subcontractors to become compliant with their mandatory regulatory requirements.

The strategy comprises designing and developing tailored training courses to address the specific areas that are currently not understood properly. A sample of these includes lack of understanding of mandatory International Standards like AMS275OD or the airline equivalent parallel Codes as used by the large carriers such as Boeing, Airbus, Embraer and components like Rolls Royce and GE engines, including the interrelationships between them all.

The Courses will be designed within the competency framework of Training Packages that RMIT-with input from industry experts, like Furnace Engineering for example. An additional critical objective will be to ensure they conform to CASA’s New Maintenance Regulations as well as to their Defence equivalents.

The second tier of the outcomes oriented strategy will be the initiation of a Registration System which the IICA will develop and maintain via its website. This System will list and maintain those companies and individuals who satisfactorily complete the Training Courses, or who can demonstrate equivalent competencies.

The 2-tiered approach is geared to address the current gap in this area of aerospace maintenance and will provide a Risk Minimisation assurance for both commercial and Defence aircraft. The Registration System will allow for further Quality Assurance to end users who will, by clicking on to the IICA Registration website access suppliers and service providers with greater assurance than is the case today. Likewise, Auditors will of course have access to the System as well, and will use it to assist in facilitating their scheduled audits, by seeing which companies have been deemed to be Compliant.

The 2 tiered outcomes oriented approach is unique in Australia and will close a gap that, if unaddressed, will culminate in a Risk taking culture that can potentially affect the aerospace industry in an adverse way.

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IICA Introduce NEW Titles for Events & Training in 2011

The very popular and successful IICA Table Tops will now be known as Technology Expos to better define the purpose of these Events. Technology Expos are run Australia-wide in capital cities and regional areas providing a one-stop shop for companies involved in the Instrumentation, Control & Automation areas to showcase their products to a range of visitors to the Expo. Technology Expos are an economical way to access prospective customers in a friendly, relaxed environment over a drink or nibbly. Visitor entry is free and an opportune way to keep up with the latest in technology and services. There is something for everyone, from apprentices all the way up to management level.

IICA Symposia will now be known as Seminars and the topic for 2011 is Safety. Presentations will include:

  • New National OH&S Legislation & Your Legal Obligations
  • Global Standard IEC61508 - Impact of Recent Changes
  • The Changing World of Machine Safety Standards
  • Alarm Systems & Safety An optional Workshop will be conducted on Risk Assessment Methods.

These Presentations and the Workshop will be conducted by Industry leaders in these fields. Look out for registration details in your inbox or register your interest by emailing Caroline Kuiper events@iica.org.au. The Seminars will be held in most capital cities plus Gladstone and Newcastle. IICA / ISA Training is now known as IICA / ISA Professional Development and several new courses and instructors have been added for 2011. Whether an experienced engineer, practicing technician, or newcomer to the industry, you can hone your skills with the 1 day ISA Professional Development Courses. These are internationally recognised courses that are updated to Australian standards. Instructors are IICA and ISA approved, with relevant Industry non-biased experience. Courses are held in capital cities and regional locations. Registrations start at $570 for IICA Members.

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Announcing IICA President's Testimonial Dinner May 2011

Announcement & Invitation FRIDAY 27th May 2011 - Following the AGM
*Sponsorship Opportunities Available For This Event

The IICA Federal Council has recognised that there are a number of eminent members who have contributed in a significant way to the affairs of the IICA.

We are pleased to invite all IICA Members to the IICA President's Testimonial Dinner Awards

The Award is for any current IICA member who has shown outstanding contributions to our organisation, or the industry in general, over a number of years and is recognised by his peers for their efforts.

There will be three IICA members receiving this prestigious award and they will be announced nationally shortly by email.

Following are the event details. If you require further information, please contact Cathie Tynan admin@iica.org.au 1300 781 715 OR (03) 9772 0944

Date: Friday 27th May 2011
Venue: Rendezvous Hotel Ballroom B 328 Flinders St Melbourne VIC 3000
Time: 7pm for dinner 7.30pm
Price: $70pp (incl GST) includes 2 course meal and beverages (excl. Spirits) Corporate Tables available for 8 persons: $480 (incl GST)
Dress: Lounge Suit
RSVP: Friday 20 May 2011 admin@iica.org.au ph 1300 781 715 or 03 9772 0944 OR write to IICA PO Box 681 Patterson Lakes VIC 3197

*Sponsorship Opportunities Available: There are sponsorship opportunities available for this event from $500 ex gst.
Please contact Cathie Tynan admin@iica.org.au 1300 781 715 for further information.

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IICA Perth Instrumentation Education Presentation & Forum

Information on instrumentation process control, further education and where to get it from was the idea behind this event.

The IICA WA invited 4 speakers from different areas on the educational community to speak on this subject.

Mel Oliveri, Training Officer, Southern Cross Electrical, spoke about apprenticeships training. Allen Tighe from Edith Cowan University spoke about instrumentation and automation education modules that are available at ECU. Graham Moss, IICA Training Manager, spoke about ISA training modules and finally Greg Guppy, a Training Administrator at Challenger Institute, gave a great presentation on the Cert IV in Instrumentation and how it is recognised on a national basis.

Over 25 people registered for this event and a number of committee members attended. Numbers were down a bit based on a clash with the very large Oil & Gas Show here in Perth, so our branch may look at holding a similar event later in the year.

24th February 2011 by Kevin Barnes
wa@iica.org.au

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IICA Sets Ambitious Training Program for 2011

The IICA Training Program for 2011 has commenced. Three courses in Brisbane and Melbourne proceeded with excellent feedback from attendees.

The training program for 2011 is ambitious with over 40 courses scheduled in 13 locations. If more than half of the courses are able to attract enough interest to proceed, the 2011 program will provide a good foundation for future years.

In coming months, we have training scheduled in Adelaide, Brisbane, Wollongong and Melbourne. For more information, please refer to the Education section of the web site.

We have recently had discussions to promote a two day course on Foundation Fieldbus presented by the Fieldbus Centre of Edith Cowen University. This course is a well developed practical course and the Fieldbus Centre is offering the first course in Perth in April to be followed up in other states later this year.

Graham Moss IICA Training Manager admin@iica.org.au

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IICA Adelaide Branch - Calendar of Events for 2011

IICA / ISA Professional Development Course: (EC50C) Safety Instrumented Systems - The Must Know for Implementation - Adelaide
Thursday 7 April 2011
Email events@iica.org.au for more details

IICA / ISA Professional Development Course: (FG15C) Instrumentation Diagrams & Symbols - Adelaide
Friday 8 April 2011
Email events@iica.org.au for more details

Adelaide Safety Seminar 2011
Wednesday 8 June
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Adelaide Technology Expo 2011
Wednesday 7 September
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IICA / ISA Professional Development Course: (FG30C) Picking the Right Bus - A Comparison of Field & Device Networks Adelaide
Wednesday 7 September 2011
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Machine Safety By Design - AS 4024 Safety of Machinery Workshop - Adelaide
Wednesday 7 September 2011
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IICA / ISA Professional Development Course: (TI21C) Grounding & Noise Reduction for Control Equipment - Adelaide
Thursday 8 September 2011
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Brisbane Branch News

IICA ISA Professional Development Course: (EC50C) Safety Instrumented Systems - The Must Know for Implementation - Brisbane
On Wedneday 13th April at the Greek Club at South Brisbane, IICA will host the above ISA Professional Development Course. Debate continues as to how to make choices in safety instrumented systems (past experience, qualitative judgment, quantitative analysis, etc.). This seminar will cover the basics of what needs to be done in the design and selection of safety systems.
To register for this event, please contact: Caroline Kuiper or Cathie Tynan
Email: events@iica.org.au Web: www.iica.org.au Phone: 0425 824 508 or 03 9772 0944

IICA ISA Professional Development Course: (TI21C) Grounding & Noise Reduction for Control Equipment - Brisbane
On Wednesday 24th August, IICA will host the above ISA Professional Development Course. Providing an understanding of grounding from an electrical systems relationship and a instrument loops relationship. The purpose of grounding and methods used to reduce noise will be covered.
To register for this event, please contact: Caroline Kuiper or Cathie Tynan
Email: events@iica.org.au Web: www.iica.org.au Phone: 0425 824 508 or 03 9772 0944

IICA ISA Professional Development Course: (IC85C) Industrial Wireless Systems
On Thursday 25th August, IICA will host the above ISA Professional Development Course. This course will cover the most relevant details associated with industrial wireless systems with an emphasis towards how the various technological choices coexist, interoperate and interact with each other.
To register for this event, please contact: Caroline Kuiper or Cathie Tynan
Email: events@iica.org.au Web: www.iica.org.au Phone: 0425 824 508 or 03 9772 0944

BRISBANE Technology Expo 2011
The IICA Brisbane Technology Expo will be held on Wednesday 31st August 2011. If you would like to exhibit at this Expo, please contact admin@iica.org.au or call 1300 781 715.
Machine Safety By Design will also be holding a seminar on AS 4024 Safety of Machinery Workshop at the same venue on the same day. If you would like to know more about this workshop, please contact admin@iica.org.au or call 1300 781 715.

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IICA Gladstone Branch - Calendar of Events 2011

IICA / ISA Professional Development Course: (IC30C1) - Introduction to SCADA Systems Integration - Gladstone
Wednesday 27 July 2011
Email events@iica.org.au for more details

Gladstone Technology Expo 2011
Wednesday 27 July 2011
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Machine Safety By Design: AS 4024 Safety of Machinery workshop - Gladstone
Wednesday 27 July 2011
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IICA / ISA Professional Development Course: (EI10C) Industrial Flow Measurement Overview - Gladstone
Thursday 28 July 2011
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Mackay Area Technology Expo 2011
Wednesday 3 August 2011
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Machine Safety By Design: AS 4024 Safety of Machinery workshop - Mackay Area
Wednesday 3 August 2011
Email events@iica.org.au for more details

Gladstone Safety Seminar 2011
Wednesday 24 August
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Melbourne Branch Hosts First IICA National Safety Seminar

6th April, 2011 - REGISTER NOW

Melbourne Branch will hold the first IICA NATIONAL Safety Seminar on 6th April at Rydges on Swanston , 701 Swanston Street, Carlton.

The IICA 2011 Safety Seminar series brings together experts in their field to present their experience and knowledge of updates to the law, standards and alarms with respect to automation. This will be followed by an in-depth workshop on Risk Assessment, with expert practitioners facilitating and de-mystifying this often misunderstood, but vital tool for anyone involved in safety.

Program
Morning Seminar 8.30am - 12.30pm

  • New National OH&S Legislation & Your Legal Obligations
  • Global Standard IEC61508 - Impact of Recent Changes
  • The Changing World of Machine Safety Standards
  • Alarm Systems & Safety

Afternoon Workshop 1.30pm - 5.00pm
Risk Assessment Methods Workshop

Thank you to our sponsors for this event: NORGREN, EMERSON PROCESS MANAGEMENT & ROCKWELL AUSTRALIA - also to IndustrySearch for supporting this event.

If you would like to attend this event, please contact Caroline Kuiper events@iica.org.au or call 1300 781 715.

Other events Melbourne Branch has held so far this year have been two Technical Evenings. In February, Andrew Kelley from Observant presented his presentation on 'The Challenges of Remote, Rural Telemetry Systems'. Observant is an Australian-owned company that designs, manufactures and distributes products and services for agricultural, urban and environmental water monitoring and management applications. This presentation discussed the solutions and economics of commercial systems along with design, installation and support of reliable, remote monitoring and control systems for the pastoral, irrigation and environmental industries unique challenges. Our Branch was also lucky enough to have Ron Dieck, former ISA President, present on the past, present and future of the International Society for Automation (ISA).

vic@iica.org.au

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IICA Murray Region Branch - Calendar of Events 2011

Albury Technology Expo 2011
Thursday 15 September 2011
Email events@iica.org.au for more details

Machine Safety By Design - AS 4024 Safety of Machinery Workshop - Albury
Thursday, 15 September 2011
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IICA Newcastle Branch - Calendar of Events 2011

Newcastle Safety Seminar 2011
Wednesday 11 May 2011 Wests Mayfield, 32 Industrial Drive, Mayfield NSW (Cnr William St)
REGISTER HERE

Newcastle Branch Annual General Meeting 2011
Wednesday 18 May
Email events@iica.org.au for more details

Newcastle Branch Committee Meeting
Wednesday 13 July
Email events@iica.org.au for more details

Newcastle Technology Expo 2011
Wednesday 17 August
Wests Leagues, 88 Hobart Rd, New Lambton, NSW
Email events@iica.org.au for more details

IICA / ISA Professional Development Course: (TI21C) Grounding & Noise Reduction for Control Equipment - Newcastle
Wednesday 17 August 2011
West Leagues, 88 Hobart Rd, New Lambton NSW
Email events@iica.org.au for more details

Machine Safety By Design - AS 4024 Safety of Machinery Workshop - Newcastle
Wednesday 17 August 2011
Email events@iica.org.au for more details

IICA / ISA Professional Development Course: (EI10C) Industrial Flow Measurement Overview - Newcastle
Thursday 18 August 2011
West Leagues, 88 Hobart Rd, New Lambton NSW
Email events@iica.org.au for more details

Newcastle Branch Committee Meeting
Wednesday 12 October
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Newcastle Branch Christmas Function
Thursday 8 December
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IICA Perth Instrumentation Education Presentation & Forum

24 February 2011

Information on instrumentation process control, further education and where to get it from was the idea behind this event.

The IICA WA invited 4 speakers from different areas on the educational community to speak on this subject.

Mel Oliveri, Training Officer, Southern Cross Electrical, spoke about apprenticeships training. Allen Tighe from Edith Cowan University spoke about instrumentation and automation education modules that are available at ECU. Graham Moss, IICA Training Manager, spoke about ISA training modules and finally Greg Guppy, a Training Administrator at Challenger Institute, gave a great presentation on the Cert IV in Instrumentation and how it is recognised on a national basis.

Over 25 people registered for this event and a number of committee members attended. Numbers were down a bit based on a clash with the very large Oil & Gas Show here in Perth, so our branch may look at holding a similar event later in the year.

By Kevin Barnes
wa@iica.org.au

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Measurement Uncertainty Expert Talks up the ISA at IICA Sydney Meeting

The IICA Sdyney Branch held a special presentation on Tuesday Feb 22nd at Strathfield Golf Club. The topic was "10 Biggest Disasters and 5 Greatest Successes & Proudest Moments of the ISA" and was presented by Ron Dieck, ex ISA President from the USA.



Founded in 1945, the Instrumentation, Systems and Automation Society (ISA) develops standards; certifies industry professionals; provides education and training; publishes books and technical articles; and hosts conferences and exhibitions for automation professionals. The so called disasters weren't exploding pipes spewing vile fluids or automation systems gone berserk; rather a gentle look at some of ISA's strategies that did not go to plan. For instance, ISA initially gave away the standards free and this reduced their desirability. Currently, there's a fee attached although members can view them for free online. A "disaster"? Hmmm

Perhaps, one real disaster is the impact of the industry's elimination, ten years back, of the term 'instrumentation engineering' to brand its professionals and divisions. This caused ISA membership to plummet to the current 23,000 from a high of 40,000 in 1999.

The ISA has a reciprocal membership arrangement with the IICA. In Australia, the IICA has offered ISA Training courses in Flow Measurement, Instrumentation Diagrams & Symbols, Industrial Process Measurement & Control and Safety Instrumented Systems.

Dieck is an acknowledged expert in the area of measurement uncertainty and the audience did get into an animated discussion with him on this subject. Dieck believes that no test data should be considered without knowing their uncertainty. His book Measurement Uncertainty is now in its fourth edition and is said to be one of the most authoritative texts in its field.

Although it is a critical aspect of process control set up, measurement uncertainty is a difficult concept to grasp. One of the IICA members mentioned that he has read Dieck's book several times and over several years but is yet to get his head around the practical application of measurement uncertainty in his operation. It's no reflection on the author but an indication of the topic's complexity.

Dieck served as President of the Instrumentation Systems and Automation Society in 1999 and conducts a three-day course covering the concepts and applications of Measurement Uncertainty. As he explains: "Every measurement includes error. This course provides an objective methodology for determining how much in error a measurement might be."

nsw@iica.org.au

www.iica.org.au

www.isa.org

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IICA Tasmania Branch - Calendar of Events 2011

Hobart Technology Expo 2011
Wednesday 29 June 2011
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ABB Australia
Action Instrumentation & Control
Adept Electronic Solutions
AMS Instrumentation & Calibration
APCS
Austral-Powerflo Solutions
Belden Australia
BJH Controls
Burkert Fluid Control Systems
Challenger TAFE WA
Control Components
Corke Instrument Engineering (Aust)
CRS Executive Search & Selection
Daesim Technologies
Dart Instruments
Delta Automation
Dwyer Instruments
EDAC Electronics
Elpro Technologies
Emerson Process Management
Endress + Hauser Australia
Fluke Australia
Fox All Fidera Group
Haldatec
HIMA Australia
I & E Systems
IFM Efector
IndustrySearch.com.au
Instrotech Australia


Invensys Triconex
IOpen
I S Systems
Itech Corporation
Krohne Australia
Macquarie University - Dept Electronic Engineering
Macquarie Valley Control
Madison Technologies
Matrikon
Micromax Sensors & Automation
Moore Industries
Mount Druitt College of TAFE
MTL Instruments
National Instruments Australia
Network Automation
Norgren
Norton Consultants
Novaris
Oceanic Controls
OEM Technology Solutions
Omron Electronics
P B Automation
PACE Engineers
PDC Group (Aust)
Pentair Technical Products
Pepperl + Fuchs (Aust)
Phoenix Contact
Pricam Automation
Process Control Services

Prochem Pipeline Products
Pyrosales
Ramelec
RMIT University
Rockwell Automation
Rotork Australia
Samson Controls
Schneider Electric (Australia)
Sick
Siemens Ltd
Supplied Solutions
Sustainergy
Swagelok WA, SA, NT
TAFE NSW - Sydney Institute - Petersham College
Teksal Controls
Temperature Controls
Territory Instruments
TEW Engineering (Australasia)
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Thermon Australia
TR Corporation
Transtech Electronic Controls
Transtek
TUNRA Clean Coal
VEGA Australia
Weidmuller
Western Process Controls
WIKA Australia
Yokogawa Australia
Zedflo Australia