The technical program of ISA Automation Week — spanning six educational tracks ― is built on the premise that automation influences operational results in safety, business, people and technology.

For instance, decisions made and actions taken in one area such as migrating to a new technology can sometimes have adverse and unforeseen effects in others. These can range from higher total cost of ownership to concerns over employee training and plant safety. To explore and address these concerns, automation and control experts, can attend ISA Automation Week 2013, which is planned for November 5-7 in Nashville.

The six educational tracks are:

  • Asset lifecycle management and optimization/strategy.
  • The connected enterprise.
  • Creating business value through automation.
  • Industrial automation and control.
  • Industrial network security.
  • Wireless applications.

Within the industrial automation and control educational track, sessions include “Avoiding Process Industry Accidents,” a town-hall-style meeting with open discussion on process safety issues. Led by safety expert Paul Gruhn, the session will include discussion about recent process industry accidents and lessons learned the hard way.

Another planned session is “User Experiences in Cyber Security,” where users can relate their experiences dealing with cyber security issues and threats in digital oilfields, the chemical industry and related applications. Intellectual Property theft and risk is also addressed.

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