DATE: Tuesday February 28th, 2012
TIME: 6:00 PM Officer / Directors’ Meeting
6:30 PM Section Meeting
7:00 PM Social Hour (Bring your business cards) and dinner
8:00 PM One technical hour presentation
PLACE: Two Guys From Italy Restaurant
(West side of Webb Chapel Rd, South of Forest Lane)
11637 Webb Chapel Rd.
Dallas, TX 75229
COST: Cost of your meal (typically $8-15) The restaurant will bill you individually, including the tip in their charge slip.
TOPIC: Plant Uptime Improvements Are Possible Via Advanced Diagnostics Instruments, by Frank Prokop – 1 PDH (0.1 CEUs)
TALK: Mr. Prokop will be presenting the newest evolution of “smart” valves and transmitters and how they can diagnose developing instrument and operating issues. Such instruments can play a key role all the way up the chain to the Enterprise level where device functionality directly impacts Operations’ bottom line. If operations are not running, you are not making money. This talk should further your appreciation of these new instruments capabilities and let you make the decisions as to whether you'd be better off implementing this newest technology. Performance improvement case study examples will be presented.
RSVP: By email write to Jrodriguezperazz@aol.com. If by phone, please call J. R. Rodriguez at 940-725-0493. We will be raffling a $40.00 Pappadeaux Gift Card among those that reserve beforehand.
What’s in it for me?
Here’s part of the answer:
• I will familiarize myself with the newest instrumentation trends in the industry.
• I should see possible ways in which I can help improve the bottom line of my company or that of my clients while working as a consultant.
• I will be exposed to ways in which this technology could change the way other companies would compete with my company’s products.
• I should see some areas where my responsibilities as an engineer relate to those that depend upon my decisions for their welfare.
• I will have the opportunity to network with leaders in the Chemical Engineering field.
At this meeting you may also volunteer to offer a talk on your favorite engineering or management subject, making yourself known to your peers and seniors attending the meeting or even receiving the meeting invitation. Do not miss the meeting!
Mr. Prokop is semi-retired, but performs work as a Controls & Instrumentation Specialist for the Dallas based engineering firm Lexington Group International. Frank retired from a main line Vision Supply Instrumentation career with 33 years of outside engineering sales and special projects out of the Odessa and Dallas offices. In one of the most important projects during his career he prepared instruments and control logic that optimized the performance an Olefin unit. In the early 60’s Frank majored in Chemical Engineering for 2 years at LaSalle College of Philadelphia before his acceptance into West Point. After graduation Frank changed services, joining the Air Force where he flew F-4 jet fighters and was a functional test pilot before beginning his Instrumentation oriented career in 1970. In his semi-retired hours Frank builds a fast 4-seater composite fiberglass airplane, which will naturally be loaded with the latest aviation instrumentation.