Keynote Speakers

Dr. Firas Balasmeh
Affiliation : F B Group
Title : Comparing the PAC technology and characteristics with other automation technologies
Lecture : General Manager

Over 18 years of diversified professional experience in the field of of power & energy solutions, building Services and Facility Management systems for commercial, industrial and institutional construction as well as automation & control, hydrometric & environmental, process & instrumentation and Education & Training Systems. 


An entrepreneurial spirit well versed in local and regional market. Through positions of increasing responsibility I have gained invaluable strengths to quality performance, I have built a firm foundation in a broad range of business and technical areas. Personnel supervision and motivation, Conceptual design of solutions, strategic Projects planning for successful execution.


Programmable automation controllers—PACs. You've been hearing a lot about them lately. But what are they really, how do they differ from the hardware you're using now, and why should you be interested?

The answer lies in the demands of today's industrial applications, where interfacing with signals from sensors and actuators is now just the starting point. Advanced control features, network connectivity, integration of remote and distributed subsystems, device interoperability, and enterprise-wide data integration are all requirements you may be called upon to meet.

If there's a simpler way to meet these requirements, you'd probably like to know about it. And today, PACs seem to be emerging as that simpler way.

PACs differ from the hardware you're probably using now in several ways. In effect, PACs expand the capabilities of hardware you're using now by merging features of more traditional PLC , DCS, and RTU systems, plus adding some capabilities from PCs.

PLC. Traditional PLC (programmable logic controller) systems provided discrete-logic-based control of input/output (I/O) signals, using ladder logic programming.

DCS. DCS (Distributed control system) technology traditionally provided process control—batch control where product variations are made according to recipes, or continuous process control.

RTU. The traditional remote terminal unit (RTU—also called a remote telemetry unit) provided multiple communication options for monitoring remote assets, such as radio towers or pipelines.