Automation 101

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Date(s) - 02/23/2015
5:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Northeast Controls


Introduction to Automation presented by Thomas Gilmartin

Are you new to the automation world? Have you been absent for a while?  Get back up to speed in these 1.5 hours with Tom.

Tom will explain the basics of automation including reading P&ID’s, ISA symbols, PLC and SCADA fundamentals.

BASIC Automation:

Tom will touch on basic subjects of automation, such as P&ID’s, ISA Tagging Schemes, Instrument Types & Selection, and Controllers. This topic will also involve some more detailed discussion on switches and transmitters, as well as common transmitter output options.

Programmable logic Contollers (PLC’s):

On hardware, there will be conversation on Power Supplies, CPU, I/O Cards, and Wiring. While on software, there will be more focused discussion of Connecting to the PLC, and the Types of PLC Code (ladder logic, function blocks, sequential function charts, and other languages).

SCADA / HMI Systems:

This section will cover Connecting to the PLC, Points and Tags, Scripting, and Real Time & Historical Data.


Automation 201 will be presented by Tom Gilmartin during the Morning of Education at the Tech Expo.


About our speaker: Thomas R. Gilmartin, P.E.

Tom Gilmartin P.E.Tom started his career in robotics, designing CNC machine controls in Arcade, NY for Koike-Aronson, an OEM manufacturer of steel cutting machinery.  After leaving Koike-Aronson, Tom moved to GE-Fanuc in Virginia, designing control panels in a high-volume manufacturing line for Husky injection molding machines.  In order to get back to snow country, Tom then moved to Vermont and spent many years working for the mineral processing company Omya where he worked extensively with Power, PLC and SCADA systems for very large ($500M+) mineral processing plants. For the last several years Tom has worked as a consulting engineer in the power & controls industry for ATSI.  He’s currently employed by RJR Engineering in Springville, NY.

Tom is an avid cyclist and swimmer, and is active in Project Management Institute as the Director Finance for the Buffalo chapter.





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