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The Central IL Section is made up members that are spread out quite a bit geographically.    The majority of our members are located south of I-80, but north of Southern IL, with many members located in the greater Peoria, Decatur, Champaign and Danville areas.  We also have some members from Iowa and Indiana.

As a section with some new leaders, we hope to provide a few in person meetings a year in a couple of different locations, with the thought that everyone can make a meeting without traveling to far.

We are open to suggestions and inquiries, so if you have ideas or request, please reach out.


  • Will Dupage Meeting 10/19

    Information on the Will Dupage Meeting is below.

    October 2021 Technical Meeting

    October 19 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm $5 – $15

    Increasing Signal Integrity, Availability, and Resiliency

    Join us on October 19th as we learn from Jason Rudden - Phoenix Contact about how to protect instrument and data signals and surge protection basics.

    Surge protection is often an afterthought, usually after electronics have failed causing either a loss of critical data or a complete plant shutdown. Proper protection can mitigate these issues, reducing downtime as well as environmental and safety occurrences. Come learn about surge protection basics and how to implement and monitor surge protection systems.

    Jason is a Project Sales Engineer within Phoenix Contact’s Process Automation group. His role is a field technical support role working with end users, system integrators and engineering firms in Food and Beverage, Oil and Gas, Water/Waste Water and other process related industries. As a former petrochemical E&I engineer, he has a good understanding of the process industry and its applications.

    Happy Hour Sponsored by TBD

    In Person and Virtual Event!

    We are excited to welcome attendees back to our meetings in person! All local requirements for safe in person indoor gatherings will be followed at the event. We are also working to make available a Virtual component to the presentation to make this available to even more people! More details will be available soon.

    Register Now [isawilldupage.us6.list-manage.com]

  • St. Louis October Meeting 10/27

    The Link for the meeting is below and the meeting description is below as well.

    International Society of Automation - St. Louis - Meeting/Event Information (isastl.org) [isastl.org]

    With increased globalization, cost pressures and workforce challenges, companies are trying to leverage digital transformation, digital thread and digital twin solutions to innovate, optimize grow in their market share.  This presentation provides an high level overview on various use cases that end users, original equipment manufacturers and system integrators can leverage to achieve their goals.  This presentation will also show how Rockwell Automation has leveraged these methodologies to implement digital transformation in their manufacturing facility. 


    Our Speaker for the evening: Udaya Kumar, CMfgE, GICSP, P.E. is a Senior Solution Consultant at Rockwell Automation responsible to help customers meet their business objectives by leveraging Rockwell Automation’s scalable offerings.  He assists customers to define their smart manufacturing /smart machine /digital transformation journey.  He has over 30 years of industrial automation experience in technical consulting, technical sales, design, development, management of automation systems for a broad variety of industries.  He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Mysore University and MS in Manufacturing Systems Engineering from Oklahoma State University.  He is also a Certified Manufacturing Systems Engineer, Professional Engineer in Control Systems and a Global Industrial Cyber Security Professional.

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