Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Automation webinar for the System Integrator!


The International Society of Automation (ISA) and MAVERICK Technologies, ISA’s Premier Strategic Partner for Systems Integration, will present “Front-End Loading (FEL) for Control System Migration,” a free, non-commercial, non-product-oriented, 90-minute webinar on 29 May 2014 from 12:00 p.m. until 1:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.

Three experts will discuss the challenges, problems and common mistakes involved in a process control system migration, and explain how using front-end loading (FEL) practices help smooth the migration process.

Speakers include Nick Sands, manufacturing technology fellow at DuPont Protection Technologies; Matt Sigmon, director of DCSNext at MAVERICK Technologies; and Charles Skeen, program manager, chemicals, at MAVERICK Technologies. To register, visit ISA/MAVERICK FEL webinar.

FEL is the process of conceptual development for projects in the process industries and other applications. It includes robust planning and design early in a project's lifecycle at a time when the ability to influence changes in design is relatively high and the cost to make those changes is relatively low. Though FEL often adds a small amount of time and cost to the early portion of a project, these are minor compared to the alternative of making changes at later stages.

The webinar will consist of a two-part presentation, followed by an extended question-and-answer session. Attendees will be able to enter questions on the WebEx window on their PC screens.

Part 1 of the webinar will cover common mistakes in migrating from one control system to another, including incomplete or inadequate attention to safety instrumented systems, batch control, I/O interfacing, communications, cybersecurity and control system requirements. Part 1 also covers the consequences of these mistakes such as escalating costs, delayed schedules and staffing issues.

Part 2 of the webinar describes FEL procedures, how to use them in a control system migration project, and how proper FEL practices improve and aid project scope, scheduling, budgeting, and resource planning and execution.

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