July 1, 2017 President Message:

Personal Letter from your ‘Section President’ to Arizona ISA Members

Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” – Albert Einstein

 The Central Arizona Section of ISA is proud to bring you a FREE one-day training class on Profinet Technology.   This information will help you bring the reality of IIOT, and Advanced Process Control technologies to your plant.  It can also serve system integrators, automation consultants and device manufacturers provide efficiency and connectivity to their devices.   

 The attached flyer is intended to help broadcast this opportunity to your peers.  Print and put on your bulletin board to share with your automation associates.  We are fully sponsoring this event with no cost to our members.      You also receive 5.5 PDUs for attending.    

…So much for the skill divide between IT and Controls System engineers and technicians!!  

If this event is well attended, and attendees are happy with the venue, we will plan a future event covering Profibus Technologies.   Seating is limited, so please register early, and mark your calendar to attend.  

We also have special gifts for attending.    You can register on-line at https://us.profinet.com/PHX .

Thank you for your support, and I personally hope to see you at this great event. 

Other Central Arizona Section News:

Our section leadership needs your support.  This could be as simple as attending one of our free events.  We are planning a membership drive barbecue later this fall (cooler nights), as well as providing more technical learning evening sessions.  (Pizza and soda provided).

 We had an election for new section officers for 2017-2018. We are always seeking new people to fill our executive board.  It’s a great time to throw your hat in the ring, learn new leadership skills, or simply get involved in the technological journey that ISA has to offer.

Thank you all for your support of ISA.

Sincerely,

Gary Campbell

CENAZ President - Central Arizona Section of ISA

To learn more about CENAZ or ISA, email. GCampbellISA@cox.net

I promise a personal and timely response.

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April 25,2017 President Message:

Personal Letter from your ‘Section President’ to Arizona ISA Members

“No idea is conceived in our mind independent of our five senses” – Albert Einstein

 The Central Arizona Section of ISA is proud to bring you a FREE one-day training class on Profinet Technology.   This information will help you bring the reality of IIOT, and Advanced Process Control technologies to your plant.  It can also serve system integrators, automation consultants and device manufacturers provide efficiency and connectivity to their devices.   

 The attached flyer is intended to help broadcast this opportunity to your peers.  Print and put on your bulletin board to share with your automation associates.  We are fully sponsoring this event with no cost to our members.      You also receive 5.5 PDUs for attending.    

…So much for the skill divide between IT and Controls System engineers and technicians!!  

If this event is well attended, and attendees are happy with the venue, we will plan a future event covering Profibus Technologies.   Seating is limited, so please register early, and mark your calendar to attend.  

We also have special gifts for attending.    You can register on-line at https://us.profinet.com/PHX .

Thank you for your support, and I personally hope to see you at this great event. 

Other Central Arizona Section News:

Our section leadership needs your support.  This could be as simple as attending one of our free events.  We are planning a membership drive barbecue later this fall (cooler nights), as well as providing more technical learning evening sessions.  (Pizza and soda provided).

 We have an election for new section officers next month, and always seeking new people to fill our executive board.  It’s a great time to throw your hat in the ring, learn new leadership skills, or simply get involved in the technological journey that ISA has to offer.

Thank you all for your support of ISA.

Sincerely,

Gary Campbell

CENAZ President - Central Arizona Section of ISA

To learn more about CENAZ or ISA, email. GCampbellISA@cox.net

I promise a personal and timely response.

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June 2016 Presidents Message:

Personal Letter from your ‘Section President’ to all Arizona ISA Members

 
“The microwave oven was invented after a researcher walked by a
radar tube and found a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.”

During a recent job interview I was asked “How would you implement new technology into our system?” My response was the standard conservative (OT) approach:
1. First determine if it is a proven technology, de-bugged and widely supported
2. Analyze the cost benefits and risks of the technology for your system(s)
3. Embrace tools for supporting the technology, eliminating dependencies
4. Work with experts to design and install the technology, documenting every step
5. Use above documentation to begin life-cycle support throughout process changes
6. Monitor metrics of system performance to implement further process improvements.

Pondering this question further invited thoughts of cyber-security, software updates, and reading articles on IIOT made me realize how many new internet technologies are being quickly implemented into control systems. We have come a long way, baby.

Millions of apps are being distributed daily for cellphones making them almost as powerful as a desktop computer, but speed of delivery may not allow debugging and security issues to be fully vetted. After all it’s just a phone, right? As a controls expert, we should vet new internet technologies critically before embracing them based on only an immediate benefit.


Central Arizona Section Issues and concerns:
Our section leadership needs your support. This could be as simple as attending one of our free events. We are planning a membership drive barbecue later this fall (cooler nights), as well as providing some technical learning sessions (Pizza and soda generally provided).

We have an election for new section officers this next week. It is getting harder and harder to keep our section going, as there are only four of us working to plan events for our almost 300 members (including ACMs). Becoming a section leader develops interpersonal, planning, teamwork, mentoring, and presentation skills. All of which are becoming ‘requirements’ for almost all job descriptions. Please consider becoming involved in our section leadership by contacting me directly, or writing your name in on the nomination/ voting section leader ballot, coming to your inbox in the very near future.

We welcome members to get involved with the CENAZ executive board. If you want to develop your leadership skills, drop me a note. I will personally explain how ISA has helped me both professionally and technically, while enhancing my leadership and communication skills. You can do the same, or better!


Thank you all for your support of ISA.
Sincerely,
Gary Campbell
CENAZ President - Central Arizona Section of ISA
To learn more about CENAZ or ISA, email. GCampbellISA@cox.net
I promise a personal and timely response.


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May 2014 Presidents Message:

Personal Letter from your Section President, to Central Arizona Section ISA members
 
‘Self-discipline is the personal attribute that transforms
interest into expertise.’ –  Gary Campbell
 
Mark your calendar now, and set a reminder in your smart phone for:
“Dinner and Demo” this Monday, May 12, 6:00 pm at the “Pipe” Trades Training Facility, located just north of University on 52nd Avenue.  Address is 125 S. 52nd St. Tempe, AZ.

 
Rosendin is sponsoring the meal, and Ryan Christian (Vic Myers) is bringing Tom Reid from GE Druck for training with demonstrations of the following product lines:

1- Acromag Signal Conditioning and I/O
2- Azbil Pressure(level) HART Transmitters - Competes with Rosemont 3051 but has a better price tag with equal or better specs in all areas.  They also have local inventory on hand.
3- Druck - Pressure Sensors and Instruments (portable calibrators)
4- Flow Technologies - Local Flow Meter supplier - multiple flow solutions and local calibration
5- Hawk - Non-Contact Continuous Level Control Systems
6- Industrial PC - Industrial computing solutions
 
Dinner starts at 6pm, with demonstration and training to follow at 6:45.  Make your plans now to attend.  This event is free.   An RSVP is not required, but would be appreciated.
 
A new local job opportunity has surfaced with for one of our local CENAZ supporters.  Call Steve at (480) 892-7816 for more information, or see the complete job description by following this link to our CENAZ web site:   http://cenaz.org/3/custom_form_3.htm
 
The ISA Summer Leadership Meeting (SLM) is planned for the last week of June.  See the new ISA website www.isa.org for details.  As in the past, the SLM is primarily ISA business meetings with our elected leaders. My duties as DVP have passed on to Rafael Agrazsanchez, our new District 11 Vice President for 2014-2015, with Jeff Blue elected as the incoming DVP-elect.   
 
With the many changes to ISA resulting from the Fall Leader’s Meeting Council of Society Delegates (CSD) last meeting, many traditional ISA roles are being restructured.   The District Board (DVP’s) is now the Geographic Assembly (GA).   As a past DVP, my next role at the society level is working as a member of the nominations committee, and will take place separate from the SLM in Raleigh NC (Research Triangle Park) June 12-15.   Big change this year is that each ISA member will place a ballot to elect from our nominated leaders.  Past society leaders were elected by the CSD.  Watch for your ballot this fall.
 
Many thanks to all our local vendors who supported our local table top show.  They will be highlighted, with their services, in future e-mails for supporting our Central Arizona Section of ISA.
 
Let me know if any of you are interested in attending a membership drive this fall.  This is typically a fun event, we supply all the food and entertainment, and you get networking opportunities with new and existing ISA members.  If enough are interested, we will respond accordingly.  Also look for more local training and ‘Supper Seminars’ in the coming months.
 
We always welcome members to get involved with the CENAZ executive board.  If you want to develop your leadership skills, drop me a note. I will personally explain how ISA has helped me both professionally and technically, while enhancing my leadership and communication skills.  You can do the same, or better!
 
Thank you all for your support of ISA.  See you this Monday!
 
Gary Campbell
CENAZ President - Central Arizona Section of ISA
 
To learn more about CENAZ or ISA, email. GCampbellISA@cox.net
I promise a personal and timely response.



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January 2014 Presidents Message:
 
Letter from your ISA Section President
To:  Central Arizona Section ISA members
 
“To the optimist, the glass is half full. To the pessimist, the glass is half empty.
To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.”       – Author Unknown
 
ISA’s Central Arizona Section (CENAZ) has once again teamed up with ASHRAE and ISPE for a spectacular event.  Plan now to attend the local Phoenix Table-top show, on Thursday, February 20, 2014, from 2-8 pm.  The show includes process instrument and automation displays with many equipment setups, great raffle prizes, technical sessions, and much more.  The show will be held at the El Zaribah Shrine Auditorium with free parking and admission.  Special thanks to the vendors who supported CENAZ by displaying their products and being part of the show last year.  We are looking forward to seeing you again this year.   If you have any questions about the show, contact myself or any member of the CENAZ executive team.
 
See the attached flyer for additional information, or to pass on to others, such as maintenance mechanical and technical personnel, facilities managers, and local  engineering associates. 
 
 Are you interested in being a tabletop vendor?   More information is available online at http://centralaz.ashraechapters.org/TableTopSignUp.html
 
Vendors can also help support ISA and local members by sponsoring a tour or local training event. Automation industry providers often showcase leading-edge technology instrument and control products exclusively for ISA members – leading automation and control professionals.
 
Please also consider getting involved with the CENAZ executive board.  If you want to get involved, or increase your leadership skills, drop me a note.  I will be glad to explain how 20 years of my ISA involvement has helped me professionally and technically, while growing leadership confidence and communication skills.
 
Thank you for your support of ISA.
 
Gary Campbell
CENAZ President - Central Arizona Section of ISA
 
To learn more about CENAZ or ISA, feel free to call or email.
I promise you a personal and timely response.
623 332 7545
 
 
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May 2013 Presidents Message:
 
Letter from your Section President
To:  Central Arizona Section ISA members
 
“Good judgment comes from experience.  Experience comes from poor judgment”
– Unknown Author
 
Thanks to all those who attended our Table-top show, and special thanks to the vendors who supported CENAZ by displaying their products and being part of the show.
 
In the near future you will be receiving nomination and election ballots for CENAZ executive board positions.   This is great opportunity to support CENAZ in organizing events, working on society business, gain exposure to our members, and improve your leadership skills.  We could use your help to accomplish more in the coming year.   Please consider attending our Executive Board meeting, one Saturday morning each month, in helping coordinate events and activities for our members.   We welcome fresh talent to bring in new ideas and concepts that would further support CENAZ.   President, Treasurer and Secretary are the elected positions, but there are many more chair positions available, and more hands at the table are always welcome.  Our next newly elected officers will serve for one year, running from July 2013 through June 2014.
 
We have had an excellent executive team this last year that has successfully worked together for the last year in rebuilding and strengthening our section.  Shawn Masterson, (treasurer) has done an excellent job of automating reports and handling fiscal matters in dependable and timely fashion.  Rob Silver has demonstrated incredible attention to detail in preparing meeting minutes and agendas.  He also keeps each of us updated with a to-do list each month, so things don’t fall between the cracks.   Mark Anderson (Webmaster and Membership Chair) has held our website together, while tracking membership statistics, and taking care of distributing newsletters and CENAZ information to our membership.   Mark also served as our delegate, representing Central Arizona Section in the Council of Society Delegates, voting on issues relevant to ISA at the 2012 Fall Leaders Meeting.  George Barela has been indispensable in helping to carry on student activities and events, as well as jumping in on anything we need to accomplish as a team. George is also handling nominations and voting for our section leaders.
 
Please consider helping ISA by sponsoring a tour or local training event.  The automation industry has remained busy successful in spite of recent economic woes.  Please consider getting involved at the CENAZ executive board level.  The Central Arizona Executive Board (CENAZ) is accepting nominations for next year’s leadership.  If you want to get involved, or increase your leadership skills, drop me a note.
 
Thank you for your support of ISA.
 
Gary Campbell
CENAZ President
Central AZ Section of ISA
To learn more about CENAZ or ISA, feel free to call or email.  I promise a personal and timely response.
 
 
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February 2013 Presidents Message:
 
Letter from your Section President
To:  All Central Arizona Section members
 
“I fear the day technology will surpass our [need for] human interaction. The world will have a generation of idiots.”  - Albert Einstein
 
Only two weeks until our Tabletop show.  Get more human interaction, this time combined with ASHRAE and ASPE you will see increased attendee and networking opportunities.  I am looking forward to seeing you there.
 
The date is Thursday March 7, and runs from 2 to 8 pm.   Invite your facilities manager or mechanical engineer with you to see the newest and innovative solutions and products for automation.  Hang up a flyer in your workplace, and ask your favorite vendors if they are planning to attend.   If you are a vendor, and want to participate, spaces are still available. This show had over 600 attending last year, and is shaping up to be the best Tabletop Show in Phoenix this year.
 
To access the event flyer for location and map, click on CENAZ link:
For vendor sign up, click on CENAZ link for your space today:
 
One of the local student activities we participate in each year is the Science Olympiad at Glendale College on March 2.  George Barela and I will be judging the WindWatts competition where student teams from schools all over the state design and build a wind generation concept to compete in our wind tunnel to see who can generate the most power.   Some of the ideas are very innovative and it is a blast to watch how our future technicians, scientists and engineers build devices that make energy from wind power.   There are over 25 different competitions through the day, some mechanical, such as bridges and levers, math and science projects, fighting robots, solar technology, and more.  The winning school goes on to compete nationally.
 
The Central Arizona Executive Board (CENAZ) is also accepting nominations for next year’s leadership.  If you want to get involved, or increase your leadership skills, drop me a note.
 
Thank you for your support of ISA.
 
Gary Campbell
CENAZ President – Central AZ Section of ISA
 
To learn more about CENAZ or ISA, feel free to call or email.
I promise a personal and timely response.
 
 
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 October 2012 Presidents Message:
 

To:          All CENAZ members

From:    Section President - Gary Campbell (President@CENAZ.org)

 

"Uncertainty and mystery are energies of life.   Don't let them scare you unduly, for they keep boredom at bay and spark creativity."   - R. I. Fitzbenry

        Our new CENAZ team has Shawn, Mark, and Rob as volunteer leaders to support you.   They have been busy getting finances, websites, distribution lists, and member event planning underway.   All of these guys have extensive experience and are doing a great job in keeping our section going the right direction.   Even during these times of “uncertainty and mystery”, we are looking forward to a membership drive barbecue later this year.   Details are also starting to come together for our joint Tabletop show with ASHRAE scheduled for early March 2013.  Flyers are forthcoming.  We plan to fill 10-15 tables.   It appears the HVAC guys are interested in our automation technology and products.

Mark and I attended the Fall Leaders Meeting in Orlando last month, with Mark representing CENAZ as Delegate for the Council of Society Delegates Annual meeting, while I was caught up with District 11 and Society business.   Some highlights from the FLM:

·         SOC Annual Members Meeting and Council of Society Delegates Meeting – The vote for the dues increase passed, so you will see a $10 increase in membership renewal, taking professional member annual dues to $110.  Image and Membership provided rationale and comparison studies for delegate consideration.   Terry Ives will serve as ISA president for 2013.

·         {C}NEW ISA Web Site – ( WWW.ISA.ORG ) Scheduled for roll-out in 2013. …Looking forward to this.

·         The GSTF Governance Structure Task Force – Distribution of their final report revealed multiple recommendations to improve society governance, including more Division involvement.

·         PDD Professional Development Department – ISA is looking at the possibility of ISA Diplomas for automation and/or instrumentation university degree programs, much like Phoenix University does with their online degree programs as a potential revenue source.

·         SOC Board of District Vice Presidents – A lot of discussion on the budget for ISA and the significant deficit in the ISA budget for 2013.  In effort to cut costs, the finance committee eliminated funding for the SLM bringing the number of leader meetings down to one.    A motion was made to revise the budget to include the SLM, but with an additional motion carried to reduce costs by eliminating ISA staff travel by having the event at RTP.

Thanks to all who kindly responded to my last President’s message, it was encouraging to know there are those who take the time to read their Section President’s news letter.   Feel free to respond with questions, more introductions and notes of thanks, or any comments you feel may benefit our cause.    The CENAZ board is listening; please contact myself or any other CENAZ board member if you have a tour or member event suggestion.   If you are a local instrument or automation vendor, give me a call to see how we can put you in the CENAZ spotlight.

Sincerely,

Gary Campbell - CENAZ President - (President@CENAZ.org)

Central Arizona Section of ISA - (WWW.CENAZ.ORG)


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ISA, Central Arizona Section   Website:  (WWW.CENAZ.ORG)

Date:  August 2012

To:          All CENAZ members

From:    Section President - Gary Campbell (President@CENAZ.org)

 

I am back in the saddle again...  Some may recall my role as CENAZ President (2000 - 2003). My approach was to grab your attention with an “Insightful quote”, then inform you of local event planning, and follow with member and vendor opportunities to network with local ISA members.  So in tradition of my prior presidential style, here you go:

 “Trials keep You Strong,

 Sorrows keep You Human,

 Failures keep You Humble,

 Success keeps You Glowing”    – Author Unknown.

 

       It is an honor and privilege to work with our new CENAZ team – Our CENAZ Executive Board.   Shawn Masterson brings in experience as treasurer among other elected and volunteer positions.   Shawn is also an esteemed member of ASHRAE and a great event planner.     Mark Anderson brings in years of experience volunteering for multiple ISA leadership roles.   Mark will be taking care of our Web Site content, attend to membership communications, e-mails, and represent CENAZ as our Delegate for the ISA - Council of Society Delegates meeting in Orlando.  Rob Silver continues to support CENAZ as our Secretary with clear and concise record keeping skills.  My jobs for ISA presently include, President of Central Arizona Section of ISA, District 11 Vice President, and DVP rep on the Society Executive Board.   We are all here as volunteer leaders to support you.

Some goals are CENAZ this year include:

1.       Establish communication based on face-to-face meetings, e-mail, and local networking.

2.       Promote sponsored sensor or automation technical presentations dinner or meeting event.

3.       Increase CENAZ event attendance to 20%.

We have a membership drive barbecue planned for late this year and planning a Tabletop show in conjunction with ASHRAE to provide a broad venue and provide ISA insight into automation technology.  We will end the year with our annual membership award dinner meeting.  We also hope to include a some great plant or facility automation tours as opportunities arise into next year.

Please take a minute to reply to this message.  (President@CENAZ.org)  We need to know who our audience is.   Just a simple “received” reply would be good.  Your name, company, and phone contact would be great (I promise not to share this information).   It is vital to me to know who receives this letter:   Members and Local Vendors?  We currently have just over 180 members in CENAZ, and your feedback is key in planning successful events.   Successful events are measured in benefit to our members.  That’s you.

The CENAZ board is listening; please send questions/concerns/comments/suggestions to me or any other CENAZ board member.   If you have a tour idea or member event suggestion, send it to us.   We’ll follow-up and do the grunt work to make your idea into a great CENAZ event.

Your feedback may also bring recognition to your company, for your recent successful automation project, new technology or measurement device.     If you are a local instrument or automation vendor, give me a call to see how we can get you in the CENAZ spotlight.

Sincerely,

Gary Campbell    (President@CENAZ.org)

ISA – CENAZ President 

Cell  623 332 7545
 
 
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