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Webinar Recording: Straight Talk on DCS Migration


This post was written in conjunction with an ISA co-hosted webinar on DCS migration presented by Nicholas P. Sands, CAP, P.E., ISA fellow, ISA vice president of standards and practices, and co-author of the ISA book, A Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge, along with John Boyd, Chad Harper and Matt Sigmon, of MAVERICK Technologies, a Rockwell Automation company.


Every day manufacturers struggle with questions about their DCS migration. The risks involved. The business case. How to get started. What’s at stake for your organization—and your career? To help you get the information you need, watch the ISA co-hosted  webinar with MAVERICK Technologies.

Four top DCS migration experts discuss topics and trends surrounding DCS migration—using examples of multiple platforms from across the field. This webinar delivers more than 87 years of experience. These are real engineers, and they discuss real migration and real results. The information and insights can help you avoid the migration mistakes others have already made.

The webinar recording covers the following topics:

  • A preview of trends across industries
  • Five pitfalls to avoid
  • The principles of DCS migration, including front-end planning
  • A case study on a recent legacy platform migration

About the Presenter
Nicholas P. Sands, P.E., CAP, serves as senior manufacturing technology fellow at DuPont, where he applies his expertise in automation and process control for the DuPont Safety and Construction business (Kevlar, Nomex, and Tyvek). During his career at DuPont, Sands has worked on or led the development of several corporate standards and best practices in the areas of automation competency, safety instrumented systems, alarm management, and process safety. Nick is: an ISA Fellow; co-chair of the ISA18 committee on alarm management; a director of the ISA101 committee on human machine interface; a director of the ISA84 committee on safety instrumented systems; and secretary of the IEC (International Electrotechnical Commission) committee that published the alarm management standard IEC62682. He is a former ISA Vice President of Standards and Practices and former ISA Vice President of Professional Development, and was a significant contributor to the development of ISA’s Certified Automation Professional program. Nick is the co-author of the ISA book A Guide to the Automation Body of Knowledge, and has written more than 40 articles and papers on alarm management, safety instrumented systems, and professional development. Nick is a licensed engineer in the state of Delaware. He earned a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering at Virginia Tech.


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About the Presenter
John Boyd serves as MAVERICK Technologies’ technology leader for Rockwell Automation. In this role, he leads the technical direction of the Rockwell platform and guides project teams on technological issues.


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About the Presenter
Chad Harper works as director of technology at MAVERICK Technologies. He leads the group of subject matter experts who provide content for training programs, reuse strategies and ensure project quality.


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About the Presenter
Matt Sigmon works as director of DCSNext®, MAVERICK Technologies’ innovative approach to DCS migration. He manages operations and client relationships to ensure that MAVERICK considers a range of opportunities for significant advancement through DCS migration.


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