eNews March 26, 2018

  • ISA Hamilton Expo Tradeshow: Tues, March 27, 2018 - NEW FORMAT & VENUE
  • ISA Hamilton Expo - Keynote: Is your Factory IIotT Ready?
  • Save the Date: ISA Hamilton Golf Tournament: Fri, May 25, 2018
ISA Hamilton Expo Tradeshow - Tues, Mar 27, 2018
New Format & Venue!  1pm-5pm
Based on feedback from vendors, attendees, and the membership, ISA Hamilton is pleased to announce a new format for our 2018 ISA Hamilton Expo.
Our 2018 ISA Hamilton Expo will be held on Tues March 27 from 1pm-5pm at the Sandman Hotel
Sandman Hotel & Conference Centre - Abbey Room
3451 South Service Road West,
Oakville, Ontario, L6L 0C3
(QEW and Burloak Dr.),
Note: The 2018 ISA Hamilton Expo will not be held at the RBG Centre (650 Plains Road West, Burlington)
Date: Tues, March 27, 2018 from 1pm-5pm
Purpose:  Provide a community event for the local Automation Community to learn and network together.
Theme:  For 2018 the event will focus on the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)
  1. Sustain strong relationships with our member and vendor community and supporters. Sustain and grow a Hamilton/Halton/Niagara Automation Community of Practice.
  2. Provide a strong connection to the incoming generation of automation professionals through the McMaster 4th year design project presentations.
  3. Learn about IIOT and how the local Automation Professionals can become more valuable to their careers and companies.
Opening Presentation at 1:15 p.m.:         Is your Factory IIOT Ready? – How to Assess your Plant
Rod Scotland – President and CEO of Completely Managed Inc.
Gary McKenzie – Technical Solutions Manager of the Automation Group at Gerrie Electric
McMaster University 4th Year Poster Presentation Evaluation at 3 to 5 p.m.:  Community is invited to meet with Students to review their plans for their capstone project and leverage their talent for the future.
Come and learn about the products and services from local automation suppliers. Show includes a instructional program with technical presentations on a variety of automation topics.
ISA Hamilton Expo - Keynote Speakers
Is your Factory IIoT Ready?- How to Assess your Plant
Rod Scotland – President and CEO of Completely Managed Inc.
Gary McKenzie – Technical Solutions Manager of the Automation Group at Gerrie Electric
At its core the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is about connecting smart devices for the purposes of control and presenting information to people.  With control systems this has been going on for decades. So what is so new and exciting about IIoT? 
An IIoT vision of the Connected Enterprise or “Smart Factory” not only connects smart devices for the purpose of control and analytics, it greatly reduces the workflow required to receive analytical information. The definition of a smart device was once a device that had network connectivity. Moving forward in the IIoT world a smart device is connecting into a controller that is “system ready”, meaning the control system can be aware of what this device is and how it should be used within the overall enterprise.  
The biggest question for manufacturers with a desire to digitize their facilities is, how do I get started?
Assessing where you are and what you have is the first step in defining how you will get to you final goal.
The Value of an Assessment will absolutely provide you with this baseline and when complete, provide you with a validation and strategy to create a comfortable “normal”  baseline design of best practices throughout your network environment. It will also prescribe a change adoption process to properly enable new features, functionality in both hardware and software.  This session will help you understand why an initial assessment is required and is not something that should be overlooked. Post this session, the audience will come away with understanding the objectives of an assessment and equally, how to approach attaining the comfortable  baseline of “ normal”  
About Rod Scotland
As the President and CEO of Completely Managed Inc, Rod has instilled the organization with a unique  ecosystem partnering strategy and approach. Completely Managed is unique in that its very purpose is to bring extensive networking expertise to both IT and Industrial Automation partners and customers alike. Rod has built the services and skills to help with the evolutionand trends of current customer demands while bridging the skills gap between IT and OT effectively delivering the promise of IOT. Prior to building Completely Managed Inc. Rod spent near two decades with Cisco Systems, as the lead Engineer owning National Architectures & Strategy. Rod Scotland was responsible for leading the technology alignment and national technology cross-architectures strategy for Cisco Canadian operations
About Gary McKenzie
Gary McKenzie is the Technical Solutions Manager for the Automation Group at Gerrie Electric, a Rockwell Automation
Distributor. Gary is responsible for a team of technical specialists dedicated to designing and deploying automated control systems using Rockwell Automation technologies. In his 25 years at Gerrie he has worked with process systems across many industries including Steel, Food and Beverage, Pharmaceutical and Water/Waste Water Treatment. As the Technical Solutions Manager, Gary is responsible for managing the IIoT strategy at Gerrie and developing the services offering required to support modern network designs for industrial applications.
Save the Date: ISA Hamilton Golf Tournament
Our 2018 ISA Hamilton Golf Tournament will be taking place on Friday, May 25, 2018.  Tee-off is 12:00 noon.
Our golf tournament will be taking place at Chippewa Creek Golf Club, which is about a 15 minute drive from Hamilton (via Hwy 6 south or Upper James Street).  The tournament is played in foursomes with “best ball” in the Scramble Format, plus a few interesting house rules for fun.
Chippewa Creek Golf Club
3696 Chippewa Road
Mount Hope, Ontario
More information can be found on our 2018 Golf Tournament webpage.
We now have a new and easier to use online registration/payment system for the Golf Tournament.  Payment can be made by VISA, Mastercard, AMEX and PayPal at www.isahamilton.com .  We can also accept payment by cheque - see website for details.
Thanks for reading,
ISA Hamilton
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