Friday 12 September 2014

How to calibrate pressure instruments!

The International Society of Automation (ISA) and its Premier Strategic Partner for calibration, Beamex, has scheduled a free web seminar on 2 October 2014 that will discuss the fundamentals of pressure instrumentation as well as some of the appropriate methods for calibration.

The web seminar, which will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m., Eastern Standard Time, will feature three instrumentation experts: Roy Tomalino, Calibration Engineer at Beamex; Ned Espy, Technical Director at Beamex; and Hunter Vegas, Project Engineering Manager at Wunderlich-Malec.

In a typical process plant, over 60% of instrument applications involve pressure. Pressure instrumentation maintenance is a critical and daily task, yet proper procedures for managing and calibrating these instruments are often overlooked
or not understood.

This webinar is the first of a two-part series, which will cover the principles of pressure instruments and advanced pressure measurement techniques using best practices.

“It is important for every technician to understand the basics of pressure in order to maintain and calibrate their instrumentation properly. Time and time again, I run into technicians that have learned by the ‘school of hard knocks’ or need a refresher on these concepts. They are doing their best with what they know, but have a hard time figuring out the most effective methods. We hope this webinar will help bridge the gap and connect any missing dots,"
states Espy at Beamex, Inc.

“ISA is proud to co-sponsor this informational web seminar focused on calibration. It’s a hot topic in industry, and one that our members and customers encounter every day,” says Jennifer Infantino, ISA’s Manager of Marketing, Communications, and Corporate Partnerships. “As part of our commitment to our corporate partnerships program, we are pleased to participate in free educational programs featuring resources from our partner companies and other industry leaders.”

Together, the trio of presenters possesses more than 50 years of technical training experience. Tomalino, with more than 15 years of technical training expertise, has worked for Hewlett-Packard as a corporate trainer, and has managed new product introductions and worldwide training activities. Most recently, he served as a trainer, certified developer and technical advisor at Honeywell’s Fort Collins, Colorado office, where he supported the “DocuMint” calibration management software and Honeywell’s 2020 portable calibrator.

Tomalino received a bachelor of science degree in computer information from Regis University in Denver, Colorado, and an associate in applied science (A.A.S.) electronics technology degree from Denver Institute of Technology. Six Sigma Green Belt certified, Tomalino continues to conduct educational training sessions and provide technical support to Beamex customers.

Espy has been promoting calibration management with Beamex for almost 20 years. He has helped develop best practices for calibration, with a focus on pressure, temperature and multivariable instruments. A consistent editorial contributor to leading industry publications, Espy has received significant recognition within the automation industry. Recently, he contributed to the 416-page book, The Engineer’s Guide to Industrial Temperature Measurement. Earlier in 2014, a paper he wrote, titled “Improved Measurement and Control Utilizing Advanced Calibration Strategies,” was presented at ISA’s Power Industry Division (POWID) Symposium in June. Each day, Espy teaches calibration best practices and provides technical support to end users and the Beamex sales team in North America.

Vegas has worked in the automation industry for nearly 20 years and has participated in more than 2,000 automation projects in the nuclear, pulp and paper, and specialty chemistry industries. He is a frequent contributor to several controls magazines and recently co-wrote, with Greg McMillan, his first book, 101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career. Vegas currently works for Wunderlich-Malec as a Project Engineering Manager.

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