USA Science & Engineering Festival

On April 16 – 17, 2016, ACE celebrated science at the USA Science & Engineering Festival in Washington, D.C. The largest and only national science festival, the event featured nationwide contests and school programs all designed to advance STEM education and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers.

Once again, the Baltimore / Washington D.C. ISA Section exhibited. Using ACE’s custom PLC-5 gaming system, members of the section - including ACE’s Dave Erby, Jayesh Jariwala, and Kristen Sheriff - demonstrated how control circuits are wired for lights, switches, and buttons; how the switches use binary math for game selection; how the programs are structured; and how mathematics plays a key role in computer game programming.

Siemens Oil & Gas Innovations Conference 2016

On March 30 – 31, 2016, ACE’s Ian Burns and Mike Lennon attended the 2016 Siemens Oil & Gas Innovations Conference at Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX. Designed to bring together executives, technology leaders, and industry experts, the event gave attendees an in-depth look at how new innovative technologies and applications are solving key challenges facing the oil and gas industry.

As a Siemens Solution Partner, ACE participated in the Technology Showcase and led a Solution Breakout session entitled “Applying ISA101 HMI Concepts to Existing HMI Applications.” The presentation focused on upgrading existing HMI applications to utilize the concepts discussed in ISA101 and offered an implementation strategy for controls engineers with existing systems. Attendees discussed how to present and champion HMI design standards, including Human Factors Engineering (HFE) principles, to system users, system owners, and plant managers. The Siemens PCS 7 Advanced Process Library (APL) and Advanced Process Graphics (APG) objects were used to illustrate these concepts. For more information or to discuss this topic further, please feel free to contact Ian or Mike at 302.738.8800.

ACE Attends PartnerNetwork Conference 2016

On March 21 - 24, 2016, ACE’s Dave Erby and Gary Hida attended Rockwell Automation’s PartnerNetwork Conference. This annual event is designed to help attendees connect with industry peers and discover how to utilize Rockwell Automation and its partners to gain a competitive advantage in the marketplace. As a Rockwell Automation Solution Partner, ACE was invited to participate in open discussions with program managers and company leaders, and attend over 40 sessions focusing on business strategies, industry insights, and go-to-market plans.