The 58th Analysis Division Symposium in Galveston


58th Annual Analysis Division Symposium 

April 14 - 18, 2013

Hilton Galveston Island

Galveston, Texas 


Supporting Vendors

Join us in Galveston for the opportunity to learn, network, and enjoy at the 58th Analysis Division Symposium in Galveston, Texas. This long-running spring symposium, sponsored by the ISA Analysis Division, continues to offer an outstanding forum for the discussion of new and innovative processes and other analytical techniques, developments, and applications. A full program will include expert-led training, technical presentations, social functions, and more at a stunning Gulf Coast location..

Gary Brewer Speaking


Join 250+ of your peers to hear the latest in applications, developments, and solutions with analytical technologies. Hear experts in the fields of sampling, chromatography, spectroscopy, chemiluminescence, and other analytical techniques.



Social Atmosphere

This is your opportunity to network and enjoy the relaxed, social atmosphere presented by AD 2013. Exhibits of current analytical instrumentation will be available during morning and afternoon breaks, at lunch time, and after the technical presentations on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday evenings.

This is the 58th Annual ISA Analysis Division Spring Symposium. Each year, this conference grows in attendance, quality of paper presentations and technical content.  For additional information,  contact Cindy Cauthen. or refer to our Contact Us page.

AD 2013 Events and Shedule

Fundamentals of Process Analysis

Sunday April 14th

Roy Muston Training


This event is held every year on the Sunday before the Symposium. Organized by the Education Chair, this 1 day short course is presented by the top professionals in the industry who generously contribute their time to give a primer on process analytic fundamentals. The course content is modified and updated each year, and in this past year included Gas Chromatography, Spectroscopy, Discrete Gas Analyzers, System Design, Sample Conditioning Systems and Communication Networking.




Advanced Courses

Increasing Sample System Reliability by Better Design

One of the courses will focus on selected engineering methods of sample system design. The course assumes prior experience in engineering or maintaining process analyzer sampling systems, but those new to the art will also learn some useful skills. The objective is to improve process analyzer reliability by better sample system design.

The course is presented by Tony Waters. He brings to this course 45 yrs of experience with process analyzers and their sampling system. He has worked in engineering and marketing roles for an analyzer manufacturer, an end-user, and a systems integrator. He founded three companies to provide specialized analyzer services to the process industries, and is an expert in the application of process analyzers in chemical plants and refineries. His courses are always popular, and have equal appeal to engineers and maintenance technicians.

Statistical Quality Assurance Fundamentals for laboratory test methods and process analyzers

The second advanced course will run in parallel and focuses on Statistical Quality Assurance Fundamentals for laboratory test methods and process analyzers, and is presented by Alex Lau. This course will provide an overview of an inter-connected suite of ASTM Standard Practices designed to provide statistical methodologies and work processes for quantifying test result uncertainties and ensure measurement process statistical process quality control.

In the current quality conscious and cost competitive environment., the ability to demonstrate "statistical control" of measurement processes for product manufacturing and release is a key mutual expectation between suppliers and customers. Being "in statistical control' implies the measurement process is operated in a manner that is stable, with quantifiable precision, and is in reasonable agreement with other processes that provide similar measurements when compared using industry standard protocols such as ASTM Standard practices.

This seminar will present the core statistical thinking principles, concepts, and tools related to precision and bias performance of measurement processes,  Industry standard metrics such as repeatability, reproducibility, intermediate precision, bias and applications will be discussed.



Symposium Technical Program

Monday April 15th - Wednesday April 17th

The core event of the symposia is a three day program of 25-30 technical papers organized in 10-12 consecutive sessions. All papers submitted for the Analysis Division Symposia are peer-reviewed and edited by a panel of industry subject matter experts.  The panel includes division Past Directors, ISA fellows, Ph.D.s, with a combined experience of over 120 years in the industry.  The feedback offered is invaluable.  All papers are formatted and published in the symposium proceedings which is given to all attendees as part of the registration.  The non-commercial requirements of the written paper and the symposium presentation ensure a high quality technical meeting.

Professional Development

Thursday April 18th

Vendor Training

Company: ABB Analytical
Class: PGC5000 (Gas Chromatograph) - Basics of Operation
Duration: 8 hours

 Although not a substitute for a full, factory certified, training course, the PGC5000 - Basics of Operation class intends to get those that are, or may be technically involved with the ABB Process Gas Chromatograph familiar with the hardware, configuration and operation, including local touch screen and remote interface options

Company: Siemens Industry, Inc.
Class: Maxum edition II (Gas Chromatograph)
Duration: 8 hours

The class will very briefly review principles of gas chromatography and then cover specific operation and maintenance of Maxum. Topics covered will be applications parallel chromatography, use of Maxum user interface software and networking issues. Questions and free form discussion will be encouraged

Company: Yokogawa
Class: GC8000 (Gas Chromatograph)
Duration: 8 hours

Class will start with brief overview of Chromatography basics to establish a common footing for all present. Primary component service procedures and recommendations will then be covered, for such items as Oven Valves, Liquid Sample Valves, and key parts. Programming and program modification will be next topic as done both on the unit and remotely accessed. This will cover standard chromatography, concurrent chromatography, and parallel chromatography as done on the GC8000 platform. The attendees will have the opportunity to actually perform these normal operations (change gate times, valve timing, standard area, cal factor etc.) and as well as the re-integration function on training units present. As time allows discussion of He Shortage, its effect on chromatography and how to work around will be done. Also will have an open Q&A period for application questions.

Company: AMETEK Process Instruments
Class: WDG Series of (Zirconia) Combustion Analyzers
Duration: 4 hours

Oxygen & Combustible measurement in a fired heat process is crucial to proper process control and process safety. A combustion analyzer must be periodically validated to insure correct process measurements as well as properly maintained to reduce process downtimes due to failure, nuisance process trips and prevent catastrophic combustion events. The measurement principles of oxygen, combustibles, and methane will be reviewed and information provided on how to correctly validate, diagnose and repair improper measurements and failures. Extractive and Insitu sample system "Best Practices" as well as a recommended preventive maintenance routine will also be reviewed

Company: Servomex
Class: SERVOTOUGH Oxy (Paramagnetic) O2 Analyzer
Duration: 4h

Servomex will be providing technical training on Paramagnetic technology and a maintenance course on the new SERVOTOUGH Oxy analyzer. The SERVOTOUGH Oxy is the newest addition to the Servomex line of safety critical hazardous area oxygen analyzers and the course will include: Paramagnetic technology fundamentals, Analyzer operation, Maintenance and Repair, Validation/Calibration, Digital communication with Ethernet Modbus, and Remote operation

Company: Thermo Scientific
Class: Sola II On line Sulfur Analyzer
Duration: 6 hours

The presentation will include an overview of the SOLA II’s operation and it’s typical applications. Also included will be Troubleshooting Tips and Tricks to aid in identifying problem areas. There will be a session covering routine maintenance and recommended maintenance practices and schedules. Areas covered will include the Pyrolyzer, Valco valves, leak checks, etc. We will also discuss values/readings to watch and trend to prevent failures before they happen.

Vendor Displays and Hospitality Suites

Sunday April 14thth - Tuesday April 16th

The top names in process analyzer manufacturing and services gather at the annual Symposia. The vendor companies make their top people available for discussion on applications, technology, and new products. The latest symposium had 36 vendors that covered every conceivable detection principle as well as systems integration and sample handling hardware. The most concentrated forum for process analyzer hardware in one location, more than any other trade show, is coincident with every AD Symposium.  Also, the vendor suites provide a great opportunity to unwind, socialize and network after the days events.

Announce vendor registration

Vendor Registration is now open. The vendor registration form and information is now available  HERE.

Analysis Division Banquet and Keynote Speech

Tuesday April 18th

The Analysis Division Banquet is held each year and provides yet another opportunity to network with new colleagues from around the world. This evening event features a fantastic meal, a bar graciously by several of the vendors, and a fascinating after-dinner speech by a new keynote speaker each year.

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