Monday 20 May 2013

Analysis forum draws 400 attendees

ISA demonstrates its undoubted strength again in providing stunning seminars allied with top class training built on member experience.

Nearly 400 attendees and more than 60 exhibitors gathered at the International Society of Automation’s (ISA) 58th Analysis Division Symposium, which was held in April 2013 in Galveston (TX USA).
Each year, this long-running symposium, sponsored by the ISA Analysis Division, brings together process and analytical professionals and industry experts from across the world in a dynamic and interactive environment to improve technical knowledge, discuss emerging trends and developments, and share best practices and innovative processes.

More than 60 exhibitors
This year, 12 technical sessions and 35 technical papers covered leading-edge topics in sampling, chromatography, spectroscopy, chemiluminescence and other analytical techniques. The conference program also included: keynote presentations, a Technology Forum and Exhibition showcasing the latest products and services, six hands-on courses for technicians, various committee meetings, award presentations, a banquet, and numerous networking receptions and social activities.

During the awards ceremony, ISA’s Analysis Division presented 10 Gilmer Thomason Fowler Konrad (GTFK) awards. The GTFK awards program recognizes the authors of the best technical papers at the annual Analysis Division symposium. Initiated in 1976, the program was established as a memorial to four of ISA’s past directors: Fred Gilmer, Edward Thomason, Lewis Fowler and Ken Konrad.

This year’s GTFK award winners are:
Chair Don Nettles with Susan Harris
Frank Richerand Jr.
Bailey Brupbacher
Martin Hess
Susan P. Harris
Randy Ridge
Xiang (Sherry) Liu
Greg Lankford
Hsu-Hung Huang
Kuan-Ting Yeh
Charles Bates

In a separate award presentation, Siemens was recognized for developing the Innovative Product of the Year with the introduction of its modular oven, an enhancement to the company’s MAXUM gas chromatograph.

On the opening night of the symposium, attendees and exhibitors witnessed a demonstration of a robot, which was designed and built by a team of students from five high schools in Pasadena, California. The team, called Team 231 High Voltage, recently entered its robot in an international robotics competition (the FIRST® Robotics Competition), which combines the excitement of sport with the rigors of designing and building robots.

A compilation of technical papers presented at ISA’s 58th Annual Analysis Division Symposium will soon be available for order in CD-ROM format.

The 59th ISA Analysis Division Symposium is scheduled for Baton Rouge in Louisiana (USA)

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