Cleveland International Society of Automation




Wednesday, Feb 5, 2020, 5:30 – 8:00 PM


This technical activity qualifies for 1 PDH



Details on Subject  .

AC and DC drives have become an increasingly important part of the modern control system. They are found in a wide variety of applications from speed control/positioning control to motor generator excitation control, to starting systems.  They are found in wide ranging industries from Petrochemical, Pulp and Paper, Marine, power Generation, steel, and Mining. In this presentation an attempt to demystify this increasingly important technology shall be made. This presentation shall cover the types of drives available, capabilities, applications and requirements, pitfalls and issues with their application, and how they are interfaced and controlled.

 About our Speaker

Don Brown is lifelong resident of northeastern Ohio, and graduated from Fenn College of Engineering of the Cleveland State University BEE class of 85. Don is also a registered engineer (PE) in the state of Ohio. He has worked at Cleveland Machine Controls, and United States Steel Lorain Works prior to working at the NASA Glenn Research Center for the past 31 years in the Facilities Division. He is currently the Electrical System Manager responsible for the Large Electrical Motors, and associated motor control systems, and emergency and backup power supply systems including UPS systems, Generators, and Telephone Power Supply equipment. He is also responsible for managing the Variable Frequency Power system located in the Glenn Research Center Engine Research Building. As a system manager Mr. Brown spearheaded numerous projects to implement various drive and solid state excitation systems, automate the variable frequency power system, monitor and control the Power demand via automatic power factor controls to aid with overall Glenn Research Power demands while supporting the research customers.




Meet:    Crowne Plaza Cleveland Airport Hotel

                7230 Engle Road

                Middleburg Hts., Ohio 44130

Tour:      5:30 PM – 6:00 P.M.  

Dinner:   6:00PM – 7:15 P.M.

Program: 7:15PM – 8:30 P.M.     

Chicken Parmesian- $20

Eggplant Parmesan- $19

Dortmunder Gold Tempura Fish & Chips- $18

Spaghetti Meatballs Marinara- $20

Cost:  Separate Menus   


 $5.00 (for each attendee) to support ISA Cleveland Section seminar;


 Fee Waived for Full time students, spouses, and significant  others.

Note: Plastic is now accepted for any payments directly to ISA Cleveland

Dinner Options  (Individual Checks-Pay Directly to Tavolo 72)

Registration due by Friday, Jan 31, 2020

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© Cleveland-International Society of Automation; 2020


Joe Kaulfersch, Retired from Fox & Dole

President Elect

Debashis Sadukhan, NASA Glenn


Ryan Kassinger, First Energy Corp.


Dale Reed, Rockwell Automation


Scott Kuntz, Middough


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