Benefits of ITA Membership
ITAs research, test reports, maintenance studies, educational programs
and membership can help you and your organization benefit from the following .
Objective Third-Party Testing
ITAs testing programs provide the end-user with objective third-party
data that can be used to make informed decisions for selecting instrumentation.
ITAs rigorous test protocols are proven to provide objectivity with its
cooperative approach and consensus of industry conformance standards.
Instruments are tested side-by-side in real-time process monitoring conditions
to provide comparative performance data. Maintenance requirements are also
observed as well as instrument design and response when subjected to various
environmental impacts experienced in the field such as loss of power, loss of
sample, and fluctuating process conditions. The results of these tests are used
by the end-user to qualitatively select the most accurate and reliable
instrument for their application, are used by consultants to specify instruments
and are used by manufacturers to improve instrument design.
Improved Efficiency and Cost Savings
Through objective performance evaluations (ITA tests) and investigations
of treatment plant instrumentation practices (ITA research and maintenance
studies) an end-user can gain improved efficiency of plant operations and
realize cost savings by installing the most accurate and reliable instrument and
by efficiently operating and maintaining instruments for their application.
A good example of this was experienced by an ITA member who realized a cost
savings of $0.25 to $0.50 per capita per year in treatment costs just by
changing the way they calibrated, operated and maintained their online dissolved
oxygen analyzers. This resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars in energy
cost savings per year. View a case study that demonstrates how a wastewater
treatment plant evaluated the
Compound Costs of Instrument Inaccuracies.
Some ITA members also realize in-house cost savings by using ITAs test reports
to prove instrument performance capabilities to justify purchases and meet
regulatory permit requirements. Additionally, ITAs third-party objective
testing eliminates the need to procure instruments and perform costly in-house
ITA membership provides a forum of common interest and thus provides the
best platform to harness the expertise and knowledge of industry professionals
to troubleshoot common issues and realize collaborative solutions. Networking
with ITA members (instrumentation and automation professionals) provides an
excellent opportunity to benefit from the experiences of other organizations and
ITA members directly contribute their ideas, needs and issues regarding
instrumentation and automation to assist in the planning and development of ITA
projects. ITA volunteer members make these contributions to the industry by
applying their knowledge and utilizing their expertise for the development of
ITA projects. ITA members who volunteer to participate in the planning and
development of ITA projects have the opportunity to bring their needs to the
forefront and have a direct impact on the planning and development of ITA
projects. Members involved in ITA projects participate by reviewing project
data and research findings and benefit by gaining an inside track of project
results before final project production.
TA publishes a periodic newsletter, the ITA
contains technical and educational case studies, white papers, and general
information about the status of ITA projects. Members benefit by receiving
focused instrumentation and automation articles and learn what other
professionals are practicing in the industry.