ISA Hamilton Section
April 2012 -  Updates & News

AprilIn This Issue:

1 - April Membership Meeting - Join us on April 24th
2 - FDT Technology Workshop - May 15th
3 - Golf Tournament - May 25th
4 -
Dates to Remember & Updates
5 - 2012/2103 Season Executive Board
6 - Privacy Policy


Our Upcoming Membership Meeting

Date: Tuesday - April 24th, 2012
Time: 6:00 PM  -  Networking and Dinner
6:30 PM  -  Membership Meeting & Presentation
RSVP: ISA Hamilton Section cordially invites you to participate in a unique opportunity to network with Industry Experts and your Automation Peers. In addition to an interesting and informative presentation, a complimentary luncheon/meal will be provided. (Don't forget to advise us of any dietary restrictions you might have) 
Please RSVP by Friday - April 20th (or sooner) to allow us sufficient time to organize the meal and any dietary restrictions.
To confirm your attendance,  choose one of the following....
(1) Send an e-mail message to our Program Chairman (Jerry Gelata) at
(2) Submit the Meeting Attendance Confirmation form which you access by clicking on this link: 
++ RSVP by Friday - April 20th or sooner ++
Venue: Toshont Power Products, Head Office
1175 Corporate Drive Unit 2,
Burlington, ON, L7L 5Z5
Link to Google Maps

Adaptive Model-Based Control for
Multiple Pump Applications (Pumping Stations)

  Toshont Power ProductsAdaptive model-based control, when used for controlling multiple pumps or fans, has the ability to realize significant improvements in both application performance and energy efficiency. In this presentation, the model-based control techniques used by Toshiba’s VLP (Virtual Linear Pump) technology will be explored in in terms of how they can be successfully used for multiple pump installations. In particular, the benefits of using a model-based approach to reduce surges when individual pumps are start/stopped within a bank of pumps will be discussed. Rather than relying on the traditional “setpoint minus process variable” error algorithm (commonly used by PID controllers), the VLP’s model-based technology uses an adaptive internal model to control pumps. Model based control is shown as a way to solve the ever-present problem of how to effectively control a pump, with its non-linear “pump curve”, to efficiently match linear changes in process demands.
Speaker: Chris Rowles - Toshont Power Products
  Chris Rowles - Toshont Power ProductsChris Rowles has over 25 years of experience in Industrial Electrical Applications with Westinghouse, Siemens and Canadian Bearings. He is a graduate of the Mohawk College Electrical Control Engineering Technology program. Born and raised in Hamilton, Ontario, Chris is based out of the Burlington office of Toshont Power Products ( as their Senior Account Representative. Outside of work, Chris enjoys sports, music, local history and spending quality time with his wife and two teenagers


FDT Technology Workshop

Date: Tuesday - May 15th, 2012
Time: 11:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Venue: Holiday Inn - Burlington Hotel & Conference Centre
- Halton Meeting Room -
3063 South Service Road
Burlington, Ontario    L7N 3E9
Fee: Complimentary
Hot Lunch is included
Registration: You need to register in order to attend this FDT Technology Workshop
Click here 
>>  Registration Link
For More Information: FDT GroupFor more information...
 - Download the Workshop Information Flyer (PDF)
 - Visit the FDT Group Web Page
 - FDT Frequently Asked Questions
 - ISA/ANSI Standards Flyer
 - White Paper - "Specifying FDT Technology"
If you have further questions, please contact...
 - E-Mail to
 - Call   1-512-428-4979


Golf Tournament

Golf Tournament

Friday - May 25th, 2012

(Highway #6 south to Chippewa Road in Mount Hope)

Shotgun Start at: 12:00 PM
4-Person Team - Scramble Format (Individual or Team entries accepted)

$ 100.00 per person
Includes golf cart, prize, steak dinner including salads & desserts
Note: please specify if a vegetarian meal is required

$495 Corporate Foursome Package*
*Includes Corporate Ad Package below

$145 Corporate Sponsor Ad Package sold separate**
**includes your company logo/name on a sign posted at a designated tee
and a 1-year ad with a link to your company prominently displayed
on our web site.

Cheque payable to: ISA Hamilton Section Inc.
Fees must be paid by: Friday April 27th, 2012

For more information, please visit our
Golf Tournament web page


Additional Dates to Remember & Updates

  • Dates To RememberISA District 13 - Leadership Conference
    Friday, Saturday, Sunday - May 4-5-6, 2012
    Sarnia, Ontario
  • 2012 ISA Water/Wastewater and Automatic Controls Symposium
    Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - August 7-8-9, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.  For more information visit the
    ISA Water/Wastewater Symposium web site
  • COM 2012 - 51st Annual Conference of Metallurgists
    September 30 through October 3, 2012 in Niagara Falls, Ontario
    For more information visit the
    COM 2012 web site
If you and/or your organization have events or information that you would like to share with our community of instrumentation & automation professionals...
Please send it to any one of our ISA Hamilton Section Executive Board members for review and consideration.


2012/2013 Executive Board

Executive BoardAll of our current Directors will continue through the second year of their two-year term. 
  • President  -  Kenneth Hamilton
  • Vice-President  -  Graham Nasby
  • Secretary  -  Bob Popek
  • Treasurer  -  Alice Kelly

In addition, our Committee Chair positions will remain the same for the 2012/2013 season.

Some of our executive members are chairing more than one committee.  We are eager to welcome new and interested individuals from our Hamilton Section membership to more fully develop our executive board slate. If you're interested in becoming more active in the ISA Hamilton Section, please contact anyone of the executive board directors or committee chairs for more information.

We will review the 2012/2013 season's Executive Board positions during our April 24th membership meeting.


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