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Live Webinar: The shortest path to control system modernization

Live Webinar: The shortest path to control system modernization

Date: Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Time: 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time

Duration: 1 hour




How do you know if your plant systems are delivering all the value they can? Do they have what it takes to meet future needs safely and securely?

While your process automation and safety assets may be getting the job done today, how do you know whether your plant is producing at its full potential, and that it can continue to do so in the future?

How exposed is your business to unplanned downtime, unnecessary costs, or other issues? 

Systems running in your plant and considered cutting edge 10-20 years ago, may not be today. In order to stay competitive, you not only have to maintain your automation and safety assets, but improve their performance and contribution.

Can your control systems adapt to new requirements around the IIoT, cybersecurity and energy management?

We will provide a clear, manageable and cost-justified modernization path, encompassing updates of older systems to leading edge standards, as well as the related processes and best practices. Our experts will discuss how companies can minimize the risks inherent in obsolete technologies and maximize asset performance with examples where companies have tackled modernization projects.

Can't join a live session? Register for either session and we will send you a link to the on-demand webinar after the live event.

You will learn how other companies are tackling this challenge today, and what steps you can take to minimize your risks while maximizing profit potential.

Darren Hemsing
President & Senior Control Systems Technologist
Hi-Def Controls

Darren has over 16 years of experience in the midstream Oil & Gas Industry, with a focus on process control and industrial control systems. Darren credits his experience working on every aspect of industrial control system projects, from conceptual design and engineering to construction and commissioning as a valuable tool that has helped him fully understand the needs of his clientele.

Darren and the team at Hi-Def Controls continue to deliver automation projects for repeat clients, who can appreciate a high-level standard set for quality, consistency and attention to detail. As a large portion of the industry in Alberta still operates with legacy communications systems, there is momentum to move forward into IIoT from a corporate level. Through the design and implementation of control systems migration strategies, Hi-Def Controls is assisting clients with just that. Hi-Def Controls is a forward-thinking Automation & Control Systems organization that strives to improve the industry and protect the safety and integrity of their client’s data while negotiating the delicate balance between security, cost and value.

Darren holds a diploma in Industrial Instrumentation Technology from the Southern Albert Institute of Technology, and is a Journeyman Instrument Technician.

Marco Varela

Marco Varela, based in Charlotte, North Carolina, is the President of CITI-LLC, a Systems Integration company he formed in 1995. CITI is dedicated to the engineering and manufacture of custom control and data acquisition systems. The company has deep experience in the implementation of programmable logic control systems, the application of advance control technologies, discrete manufacturing automation, radio and telemetry systems, power monitoring/management software systems and prevention maintenance systems. Marco has led the company in evolving to deliver high quality solutions across several industries including Water/Wastewater, Food Processing, Chemicals, and others.

Frank Prendergast
System Architect,
Schneider Electric

Frank has close to 30 years of experience in Controls Engineering with a background as a Chemical Engineer. He has extensive experience in the chemical and water/wastewater industries in addition to many other industries while focused on control systems.

For over 15 years Frank has focused on helping Schneider Electric’s customers modernize their equipment and has created software and hardware tools to enable this. Now, as a System Architect, he supports customers in finding the easiest way to modernize and how to apply Schneider’s newest technology to increase their efficiencies both in their process and in their energy usage.

Brian Courchesne
Global Director, Industry Services Marketing
Schneider Electric

Brian Courchesne provides marketing support for Industrial process automation services that provide value across the plant lifecycle, from consulting and planning through performance services to maintenance and support. He has been with Schneider Electric for 10 years and has more than 30 years’ experience supporting consulting services, sales support, marketing, management, and product development.


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