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DAY 1

KN1: The Continuous Pursuit of Asset Reliability

Malcolm Osenton, Director - Reliability, The Mosaic Company
Many companies struggle to achieve sustainable reliability improvement. Plan to attend IMVAC 2017 in Australia to listen to Malcolm Osenton describe the reliability journey of The Mosaic Company. His “army” of reliability practitioners have made significant progress towards their vision and Malcolm will share their keys to success.
The journey starts with identifying a compelling need for improvement and developing a clear and long term vision. A comprehensive plan must follow and a commitment to work the plan, course correcting as needed but always staying focused on the long term vision. The journey requires leaders that are persistent and resilient, devoted to closing the gaps that will allow failure. It is crucial to leverage training to build skill, engage people and build an army of like-minded people that are empowered to act. Barriers to progress must be confronted, such as designing controlled pilots to overcome resistance, pivot off success to accelerate towards the long term vision. Along the way you realize the journey doesn’t end, continuous improvement always presents new frontiers to explore.

Malcolm Osenton has more than 30 years of experience in maintenance, reliability & engineering management. He is currently the Director of Reliability for Mosaic’s phosphate business unit, responsible for asset reliability improvements across 10 facilities. In his career, he has held leadership positions while working in the pulp & paper industry for 15 years, consulting engineering for 3 years and the last 14 years in the fertilizer Industry. Malcolm is a graduate of the University of South Alabama with a degree in Civil Engineering. He is a Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional and a Certified Reliability Leader.

WS1: Practical vibration analysis workshop: Interactive and challenging case studies (Full Day)

Scott Dow, Senior Instructor, Mobius Institute

The Practical Vibration Analysis workshop, presented by Scott Dow, will provide an opportunity to sharpen your diagnostic skills and strengthen your depth of knowledge. This is no ordinary conference workshop. You will be challenged. You will be made to think. And you will learn essential skills that all vibration analysts must have to confidently diagnose the trickiest fault conditions (that might otherwise leave you frustrated and even embarrassed). Rather than teaching you how to diagnose faults, you will actually try to diagnose faults yourself. You will either learn from your mistakes or gain confidence from your victories.

During the workshop you will be grouped in a small team of three vibration analysts and given access to a range of information and data. You can ask for additional information, and you can perform additional tests, but everything you do will cost “points”. The aim is for your team to solve each of the diagnostic challenges (while being coached by Scott) and “beat” the other teams.

Scott has years of experience in vibration analysis and training (he is a senior Mobius Institute instructor) and the case studies you will solve have been chosen to include a range of difficulties and applications. So whether you are Category I or Category IV, you will gain a lot from this workshop.

Unfortunately, space is strictly limited and the available places will be taken quickly, so please register soon.

Here are some testimonials from people have been through this experience previously (during our “Vibration Analyst Flight School” courses).

“Experience is the best teacher and this class provides the opportunity to gain experience and learn from mistakes without the pain of having to explain why you made those mistakes to upper management.”
Eugene Begley, Cat I

“There is nothing as valuable as learning from experience. Taking difficult problems, trying to solve them and then having someone walk you through the solution is priceless.”
Sheldon Bayles, Cat II

“This class was one of the best I’ve ever attended due to the practical, hands-on approach.”
Dan Fiscus, Cat III

A mechanical engineer by trade, Scott Dow has been working in the vibration world for over 25 years. During that time, he has worked extensively as a field analyst and as a trainer, teaching formal classes and also mentoring clients individually and in small groups. During the mid-90s, Scott developed an innovative training technique based on recreating interesting and educational case studies he had encountered. Students would receive the actual data to analyze and were free to request any field tests they thought would help them diagnose the problem, which eventually they would have to do in the form of a submitted report that was assessed in light of the actual (known) case fault(s). In practice, this method has proven to be highly successful, allowing students to bridge the divide between theory and successful application of that theory in identifying machinery faults. You can find this case study technique being used as an important part of Mobius’ new class on Time Waveform Analysis (TWA).

Scott currently owns his own business, CBM Consultants, with one of his primary duties being  the Principle Instructor for Mobius Institute North America. When he is not conducting Mobius classes, he continues to mentor both individuals and small groups with either on-site or remote support for database setup, building analysis skills, field testing and more.

AMWS2: Time signal analysis of ultrasound signals workshop

Tom Murphy, Corporate Training Manager, SDT Ultrasound Solutions

In the “old days” of vibration, time signal analysis was what you did – generally on an oscilloscope from a signal recorded on a tape recorder. The modern world of vibration seems to think that time signal analysis is complicated. If you are in this category, you need to attend this workshop. Going from the very simple steps of one and then two sine waves, learn how to understand the wealth of diagnostic information that is in that time signal. The course will focus on ultrasound signals, but if you need some help just for vibration you will find this course useful.

Degree in Acoustics Chartered Engineer Certified Reliability Leader 33 years in vibration measurement, 22 years using IR and 16 years using ultrasound. Tom Murphy has worked in the field of vibration measurement and specifically condition monitoring for most of his professional life. He now assists Companies to develop or re-vitalise their programs with a clear focus on the overlap between the various technologies.

AMWS3: Rolling bearing applications, failure analysis & reliability improvement - missing links

Darren Kenworthy, Engineering Manager, SKF Australia Pty Ltd

The workshop session addresses Life Cycle Management of rotating equipment by exploring some common scenarios involving “failure” or damage of rolling element bearings.

Examples are used to highlight, in a practical way, the connections (or lack thereof) between bearing technology (product selection & specification), original equipment design (bearing system design & application engineering), damage identification (condition monitoring), maintenance (primarily lubrication) and fault diagnosis (reliability engineering).

ISO damage classifications will be used and elaborated.

Some aspects of vibration analysis will be explored from a bearing technology and application engineering perspective.

Darren has in-depth knowledge of rolling bearing technology, selection & application design. He has 29 years’ experience with industrial rotating equipment applications; performance and reliability issues related to rolling bearing arrangements.
• 1988 – 1997 Application Engineer, SKF NZ & SKF Australia
• 1998 – 2000 Application Development Engineer, CARB™ roller bearings, SKF Sweden
• 2001 – 2007 Business Development Manager – Continuous Casting, Asia-Pacific region, SKF Metals Industry Team
• 2004 – 2007 Application Engineering Manager, SKF Australia
• 2007 – 2008 Services Delivery Manager, SKF Australia
• 2009 to date Engineering Manager, SKF Australia

WS1: Practical vibration analysis workshop: Interactive and challenging case studies (Full Day)

Scott Dow, Senior Instructor, Mobius Institute

The Practical Vibration Analysis workshop, presented by Scott Dow, will provide an opportunity to sharpen your diagnostic skills and strengthen your depth of knowledge. This is no ordinary conference workshop. You will be challenged. You will be made to think. And you will learn essential skills that all vibration analysts must have to confidently diagnose the trickiest fault conditions (that might otherwise leave you frustrated and even embarrassed). Rather than teaching you how to diagnose faults, you will actually try to diagnose faults yourself. You will either learn from your mistakes or gain confidence from your victories.

During the workshop you will be grouped in a small team of three vibration analysts and given access to a range of information and data. You can ask for additional information, and you can perform additional tests, but everything you do will cost “points”. The aim is for your team to solve each of the diagnostic challenges (while being coached by Scott) and “beat” the other teams.

Scott has years of experience in vibration analysis and training (he is a senior Mobius Institute instructor) and the case studies you will solve have been chosen to include a range of difficulties and applications. So whether you are Category I or Category IV, you will gain a lot from this workshop.

Unfortunately, space is strictly limited and the available places will be taken quickly, so please register soon.

Here are some testimonials from people have been through this experience previously (during our “Vibration Analyst Flight School” courses).

“Experience is the best teacher and this class provides the opportunity to gain experience and learn from mistakes without the pain of having to explain why you made those mistakes to upper management.”
Eugene Begley, Cat I

“There is nothing as valuable as learning from experience. Taking difficult problems, trying to solve them and then having someone walk you through the solution is priceless.”
Sheldon Bayles, Cat II

“This class was one of the best I’ve ever attended due to the practical, hands-on approach.”
Dan Fiscus, Cat III

A mechanical engineer by trade, Scott Dow has been working in the vibration world for over 25 years. During that time, he has worked extensively as a field analyst and as a trainer, teaching formal classes and also mentoring clients individually and in small groups. During the mid-90s, Scott developed an innovative training technique based on recreating interesting and educational case studies he had encountered. Students would receive the actual data to analyze and were free to request any field tests they thought would help them diagnose the problem, which eventually they would have to do in the form of a submitted report that was assessed in light of the actual (known) case fault(s). In practice, this method has proven to be highly successful, allowing students to bridge the divide between theory and successful application of that theory in identifying machinery faults. You can find this case study technique being used as an important part of Mobius’ new class on Time Waveform Analysis (TWA).

Scott currently owns his own business, CBM Consultants, with one of his primary duties being  the Principle Instructor for Mobius Institute North America. When he is not conducting Mobius classes, he continues to mentor both individuals and small groups with either on-site or remote support for database setup, building analysis skills, field testing and more.

PMWS2: An animated introduction to fluid-film bearing vibration analysis workshop

Jason Tranter, Founder & CEO, Mobius Institute

Orbit plots, centerline plots, full-spectrum plots, Bode plots and polar plots hold critical information, but how do you interpret them, and where does the data come from? This workshop will answer those questions using the famous Mobius animations and simulators. After explaining the proximity probe and keyphasor measurements (including direct, compensated and filtered data), we will explain each of the plot formats and cover a number of fault conditions: unbalance, preload, looseness, rubs, oil whirl and oil whip. We will also discuss a little about the bearings (spherical, elliptical and tilt-pad) and rotor dynamics (mode shapes, criticals, phase shift). It will be animated and interesting, and a great introduction for Category III and IV training/certification.

Jason Tranter (BE Hons) has been involved with condition monitoring and vibration analysis since 1984. In 1986 Jason formed his Australian company, ARGO, which was heavily involved in vibration monitoring and systems development. In 1990 he sold that company and the “ALERT” product line to DLI Engineering in Seattle (now AzimaDLI). Jason was in charge of product development, and later in charge of vibration products. In 1996 Jason returned to Australia and for the next three years he developed the ExpertALERT (EAV), DCX data collector, and DCX Online products for DLI Engineering. In 1999 Jason formed Mobius and began the development of the iLearnInteractive series of computer-based products for vibration and alignment training and analysis, including iLearnVibration, iLearnAlignment and Interpreter. These products have been used by thousands of people in over 90 countries to learn and become certified. Mobius was awarded the Victorian Regional Exporter of the year and was a finalist in the Australian Export Awards for 2007 and 2008. In 2005 Jason formed the “Mobius Institute” for expanded distance learning and public courses, and courses that comply with ISO and ASNT standards for certification. Mobius has offices in Australia, the United States and Costa Rica, and training centers in over 40 countries. In 2010 Jason formed the Mobius Institute Board of Certification, a not-for-profit organization to make it possible for vibration analysts anywhere in the world to achieve certification per ISO 18436-1. Jason has delivered technical papers around the world, and has had articles published in numerous international magazines and journals.

PMWS3: Improving electrical reliability by implementing a motor diagnostic and testing program

William Kruger , Technical & Training Manager, ALL-TEST Pro, LLC

Motor testing has long been considered a luxury or a waste of time and resources. After all, a motor either runs or it doesn’t. If it doesn’t run, a simple check of the winding continuity and the value of the insulation resistance to ground will determine the condition of the motor.
Performing additional testing requires specialized & expensive testing equipment with highly trained personnel and provide limited success (identifying only approximately 10% of motor faults). These faults will reduce operating efficiency, machine life and increased maintenance costs.
This workshop shows you how to use 2 field proven (MCA™ & ESA), easy to use, standardized techniques to identify all of the identifiable faults within a motor system. MCA™ uses a series of low voltage tests to fully excite the winding insulation systems while the motor or any winding system is de-energized. This makes MCA™ extremely useful in inspecting new and rebuilt motors to identify the 25 – 30% of the issues that are present in “New” motors, MCA™ also provides the only method for early detection of the winding system insulation breakdown.

ESA uses the motors own operating voltage and current to identify existing and developing faults in the entire motor system,. ESA performs a simultaneous data capture of all three phases of voltage and current to create a power quality table that completely evaluates the condition of the motors electrical system. ESA also performs multiple FFT’s on captured voltage and current waveforms to identify mechanical or process faults the motor system.
This workshop focuses on the ease in performing these tests as well as analyzing the results. The workshop will describe the various faults that can be detected using each of these techniques.

William Kruger joined ALL-TEST Pro, LLC as the Technical Manager in 2005. Since joining ATP, Bill has traveled the world teaching the Theory and Application of Motor Diagnostics, helping Fortune 500 Companies implement Predictive Maintenance Programs. In 2010 Bill’s proven instructional techniques earned him the new title of Training Technical Manager. Before joining ALL-TEST Pro, LLC Bill Kruger worked in many different aspects of the Engineering and Maintenance Fields. Bill worked as an Electrician in the US Navy Nuclear Submarine Program. He has completed the Journeyman Electrician Program and started one of the first Predictive Maintenance Programs in the Utility Industry. Bill Kruger holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from San Diego University. With his combined work in the field as well as with ALL-TEST Pro, Bill has over 40 years of proven experience in the practical engineering and predictive maintenance field.

DAY 2

KN2: Keynote Presentation

David Parkin , Champion AFL Coach and Business Leader

David Parkin is one of Australia’s most powerful business/motivational speakers. Transferring his talent from the sporting and academic arenas to the world of business, David inspires audiences with the power to perform with greater effectiveness and to rise to greater heights in their business and personal life. Described as one of the super-coaches of the 70’s, and 80’s, David’s innovative coaching techniques saw him achieve a compelling number of AFL victories. An outstanding all-round achiever, David’s great experience as both an educator and professional football player, coach and administrator, gives him an understanding of what drives motivation, leadership and teamwork.

David’s accomplishments as a football player and coach are outstanding. They include captaining the Hawthorn Football Club to their second premiership in 1971, and then coaching them to a flag in 1978. He later coached Carlton Football Club to successive Premierships in 1981-82, as well as taking them to a record breaking number of victories in 1995, which culminated with them becoming Premiers.

David’s professional experience includes President of the Australian Football Coaches Association (1994-2002); Executive Officer Australian Football Coaches Association (1989-90); Director of Football, Hawthorn Football Club (2001-2002) and President, Australian Football Coaches Association (Victorian Branch). He spent twenty-four years as Senior Coach, Victorian Football League/WAFL/AFL and nine years as Physical Education Adviser to Hawthorn Football Club. He was State Director of Coaching for the Victorian Football Development Foundation from 1989 to 1990 and was State Coach in 1979, 1982-83 and 1989-1990.

As a player, David Parkin played 220 Senior Games for Hawthorn (212) and Subiaco (8) from 1961 to 1974 and was captain for 6 years of Hawthorn Football Club from 1968 to 1973. He was also State Representative in 1965 and 1968.

David has been an AFL commentator on ABC Radio, Radio 774 and Fox Sports. He was AFL All Australian Coach in 1995 and is a Member of the Australian Football Hall of Fame (2002) and the Inaugural Member of the Hawthorn Football Club Hall of Fame (2003).

David Parkin’s academic achievements include developing and lecturing in the Sports Coaching Degree course at Deakin University. He has also lectured at Victoria College Burwood Campus, State College of Victoria Burwood Campus and Burwood Teachers College.

A prolific writer, David has written and published more than a dozen books and numerous articles including: His book Winning with Pumped Up People (2001) co-authored with Paul Bourke, focuses on helping employers and employees achieve business success in a changing marketplace. David and Paul also wrote What Makes Teams Work (2004), having interviewed dozens of CEO’s and taken a detail look at successful Australian companies like Flight Centres, Ford Australia (Ford’s only profitable worldwide subsidiary) and Dun & Brad Street, as well as top Australian coaches such as Leigh Matthews, Brian Goorjian and Ric Charlesworth. The book has been described as “The In-Search of Excellence” for Australia – it explores the reasons for and lesson from the highly successful businesses and sporting teams.

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1S1: The future of vibration analysis

Henrico Van Niekerk , Reliability Engineer, Meridian Energy
Most major assets in hydro power industry were designed and built to last decades due to their scale. At Meridian Energy, our hydro stations have a combined age exceeding 300 years. While the stations have gone through various refurbishments, enhancements, and upgrades to keep them up to date, there has been fewer changes to our vibration analysis system in a relatively fast growing computing world.
If you could imagine what vibration analysis would look like in 10 years, what can you see? Do technicians still walk around taking vibration samples of the entire plant to analyse over the coming month, only to do it all over again? Or is there something that will revolutionise the industry? Something that will take better samples, analyse more accurately and combine the results with other condition monitoring methods to determine the condition of the asset?
The truth is that this new technology is already here. We are surrounded by companies and start-ups that are making massive leaps towards a whole new way of thinking, an internet of things, which will drastically impact and disrupt the vibration analysis sphere. This presentation presents the exciting journey from 1) present day analysis techniques, 2) the latest technologies that’ve emerged to change the way we look at VA, 3) the next big thing and 4) right up to the possibilities the future holds. A fresh perspective on “new” and most importantly how this will impact us. What do we need to invest in? What role will VA play in asset integrity? And where do we as the technicians, asset owners and reliability engineers fit in?

Henrico works as a Reliability Engineer in the Strategic Asset Management team at Meridian Energy. He has been with Meridian for 6 years working on both older hydro plant and the latest on-shore wind turbines, where he is responsible for analysing the vibration and condition of 200 wind turbines. He has worked in the reliability and maintenance industry for 10 years on large industrial plants.

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2S1: Used oil analysis as both a condition monitoring & productivity improvement tool

Brenden Tymensen , Sr. Sales Advisor, ExxonMobil
When you consider the lubricant is the life blood of a machine, the management and monitoring of the lubricant is vital to machine performance. Through good lubricant management techniques and the monitoring of lubricant condition via Used Oil Analysis opportunities to enhance plant performance can be many. The use of Used Oil Analysis as a Condition Monitoring technique has been in commercial use for more than 50 years. Used Oil Analysis condition monitoring provides plant and equipment operators information to support the delivery of improvements in plant maintenance, reliability and ultimately productivity while enhancing site safety. While generally seen as providing information on the condition of the lubricant in a machine, Used Oil Analysis supports an understanding of machine components wear rates and provides data for the achievement of maximum lubricant life. Used Oil Analysis is used to deliver other additional data including equipment and lubricant condition, potential problem identification or rectification, and utilized to measure plant performance enhancement opportunities. Used Oil Analysis supports improvements to deliver productivity, sustainability and safety benefits. This presentation will explore how these plants operating benefits are delivered.
Brenden is an Industrial Chemist and has more than 20 years of experience with Mobil. Currently he is Senior Industrial Sales Advisor supporting the Mobil Lubricants Distributor Served Business across Australia, NZ and the Pacific Islands.
Prior to that Brenden worked in Sales and Technical roles for over 7 years supporting a number of industrial customers, from power stations, paper mills, mines, cement plants and OEM’s in Victoria and South Australia. Prior to this Brenden was seconded to PT Freeport Indonesia, a large Mobil customer, to supervise the Used Oil Laboratory on site that supported the Mining Operations of one of the World’s largest Gold Mines.
Brenden started his career at Mobil in the Yarraville Technical Services Laboratory carrying out both Used Oil and Investigative Analysis roles.

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3S1: Bearing failures and remedies

Andreas Pieper , Engineering & Quality Manager, Schaeffler Australia
  • Examples of failed bearings are shown for familiarisation with different types of bearing failures.
  • Root causes are identified and described.
  • Remedies are recommended in order to increase operating life of bearings
In 1984 Andreas started his career with Schaeffler Group as international application engineer, with home base in the German head office. Assignments in Europe, Australia and Asia exposed him to a large variety of bearing applications and their particularities, industrial and automotive. Bearing failure analysis and quality related processes have been continual tasks of Andreas throughout his career with Schaeffler.
In 2006, he relocated to Sydney to assume his present position as Engineering & Sales Manager. Application Engineering, bearing calculation and bearing failure analysis continue to be integral elements of his daily business.

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1S2: Case Study: Modal balancing and over speed testing of large turbo-alternator rotors

Simon Hurricks , Predictive Maintenance Engineer, Genesis Energy Ltd
Huntly Power Station has 4 X 250 MW single reheat turbo-alternators which were commissioned between 1982 and 1985. These machines are at the end of their design life but can be kept in service by carrying out major maintenance such as rewinding the generator rotors as required. The Huntly generator rotors are 10 metres long and weigh 42 tonnes. Over the life of the generator the stop/ start and loading cycling causes thermal expansion and contraction which gradually degrades the quality of the insulation. If left, this can lead to one of two faults;
1. Inter turn fault. Where the insulation breaks down between adjacent winding layers. This causes a higher current in one side of the rotor and therefore the rotor bows from uneven thermal expansion. This is seen as an imbalance which is load related. To some extent this can be compensated for by adding balance weights but ultimately the machine will become un-runnable.
2. Rotor earth fault. This is where the insulation between the winding and the rotor body breaks down which results in severe localised heating and will instantly trip the machine.
The ideal is to plan for a rewind just before either of these two events occurs so that the repair can be managed around other outages and load requirements.In the case of the Huntly unit 4’s generator there were subtle indications from the changing vibration patterns and a known deterioration in the insulation quality that prompted the rotor rewind which was carried out at BWE in Geelong in 2012.In the case of unit 1, the generator was again known to have deteriorating insulation quality and we had de-commissioned unit 3 and so had the unit 3 rotor rewound at Siemens in the UK in 2014 to be fitted into unit 1 during an extended outage in 2015.This paper looks at these two balance facilities and the reasoning behind requiring the high speed balance.
Secondary education: – Marlborough Boy’s College Blenheim New Zealand.
Tertiary education: – CIT Petone and Heretaunga Wellington.
Employer: – Genesis Energy and its predecessors for 46 Years
Position: -Predictive Maintenance Engineer.
Location: -Based at Huntly Power Station for 37 Years.
Qualifications: -NZCE (Mechanical)1974
Specialisation: -Vibration analysis, condition monitoring and balancing for 39 years.
Experience: – Extensive experience modal balancing Huntly generators. Resonance testing at Huntly during commissioning. Meremere Power station HP turbine shaft straightening and balancing.
Vibration and balancing consultancy work for all the other power generators in NZ.
Memberships: -Life member and past treasurer and president of Vibrations Association NZ.
Papers and publications: -Has presented over 26 papers to the annual VANZ conferences. Has had application notes published by both Bently Nevada and BK Vibro Denmark. Has presented papers at a number of overseas conferences including Australia and the USA.
Family: – Married for 41 years. 1 son in NZ Airforce, 1 daughter who is the VANZ secretary and Spectrum magazine editor.
2 grandchildren.
Other interests: – Member of the Salvation Army, Hamilton City Corps, Wood turning, HO Scale Model Railways with DCC Control, Public speaking.

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2S2: A Most Unusual Hydro Generation Problem - 93m below water

Matthew Fallow , Founder, Asset Quality

An inlet screen failure on a 28MW Hydro facility had caused large amounts of debris to pass through the turbine causing considerable damage. Some quite interesting and unorthodox testing was carried out to learn more about the failure mode conditions using scuba divers, vibration and sound.

Matthews’s first engineering position was ‘Anticipative Maintenance Systems Engineer’ for a large chemical company when the hard drive capacity of PC’s was just 10 megabytes! Since then he has trained many students and companies in the Asia Pacific Rim to be successful reliability focused CM Analysts themselves. Extensive experience with Infra-red Thermography, Oil Analysis, Machine Alignment, Precision Maintenance Philosophy, Failure Analysis and a good knowledge of large electro-mechanical rotating machinery have enabled Matthew to provide a valuable machine problem solving service to all types of industry for many years in the Asia Pacific Rim. Matthew founded two of industries most respected Condition Monitoring companies Asset Reliability Services and Asset Quality.

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3S2: High definition gearbox monitoring

Tim Sundstrom , Manager of Strategic Sales & Application, SPM Instrument AB
Gearbox Condition Monitoring has been regarded as a challenging task. The many signal sources from gear-meshes, bearing signals and other process related signals can be hard to interpret. By applying the recently developed High Definition Algorithms to gearbox vibration monitoring it’s possible to reveal the condition of gears and bearings even in complex gearboxes.
The presentation will cover real world gearbox examples where High Definition Technology is combined with Time Synchronous Averaging, Pseudo Tachometer and HD Order Tracking to produce crisp and clear results. With these tools it’s possible to detect tooth surface damages and cracks also in intermediate shafts in a gearbox. The results are visualized with the so called “circular plot” tools that gives an intuitive view of gear condition.

Tim Sundström, born 1964 in Sweden, has a M.Sc. degree in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering from Linköping University, Sweden. For over twenty years, he has been specializing in electronics development and has held managerial positions in the field since 1992. In 2001, he joined SPM Instrument as head of Research and Development, where he has been deeply involved in SPM HD development and field evaluations.

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2S3: Case Study: The integration of ultrasonic acoustic and vibration techniques to enhance our rotating equipment CM program

David Kauppila , Regional Reliability Manager, Wilmar Sugar, Herbert River Mills
Wilmar Sugar is Australia’s largest raw sugar producer and a key producer of green energy. As with many low margin manufacturers, one of our primary asset management challenges is to deliver an effective condition monitoring program whilst maximising the efficient use of a small pool of technical resources. This case study discusses our approach to combining ultrasound and vibration techniques to significantly enhance the capacity of our vibration technician to cover an increasing asset base in a shorter timeframe without jeopardising our ability to provide quality predictive maintenance outcomes. The session will provide an overview of the business case, the higher-level benefits and potential pitfalls, and the key lessons arising from this two year exercise. The session will also offer a ‘technicians-eye view’ of the benefits and shortcomings of this approach in practical terms.
David is currently the Reliability Manager for Wilmar Sugar, Herbert River Mills located near the town of Ingham in North Queensland. He leads a team of Reliability Engineers and Technicians whose roles primarily involve the development of maintenance expenditure and capital re-investment programs, the development and implementation of reliability improvement programs including hydrocarbon management, maintenance strategy development and machine condition management. David is also involved in a number of business improvement initiatives across the broader Wilmar Sugar business.
Prior to his current role, David has spent the past 15 years working as a reliability engineering and asset management professional for a number of leading Australian and international mining and manufacturing businesses.
His specialties lie in asset management, reliability engineering, project engineering, and business process design & implementation.

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3S3: Taking notice of change

Matt Blanch , Business Development Manager, Noble Engineering Services
Have you ever seen minor changes within your vibration data, thermal imaging and oil analysis results, but then just talked your yourself out of following through with actions?
Well this presentation is a great reminder of how all CM methods can contribute to pointing out something is wrong. This paper on a shaft failure within a large gearbox will change the way you may respond to what your data is telling you. Even when a visual inspection indicates that nothing appears to be wrong, trust the data and recognize that a change in the data is telling you something! Let’s look at how these minor changes in data turned out to indicate a major problem was occurring and how we need to “trust” the information our data is telling us.

Matt has been involved within industrial machine maintenance for approximately 28 years. He started out his career with a trade skill set as an Electrical Fitter/Mechanic, then later completed an Associate Diploma in Electrical Engineering in the Newcastle Region.
His first exposure to machine maintenance techniques was within an Aluminium Smelter for 4 years, then moving on to an Electrical motor overhaul and installation service provider for approximately 3 years. After that he then moved to a Turbo Machinery maintenance role (sub-contracting) at a petrochemical plant in Newcastle for the following 2 years.
Then Matt changed paths slightly in the mid-1990’s and headed into a specialised Condition Monitoring company as this suite of disciplines intrigued him, especially when he saw how they could be applied to assist with maintenance management. This then gave him the opportunity to develop skills within NDT applications, Mechanical Testing, Metallurgical Failure Analysis and traditional Condition Monitoring techniques. This interest and experience then grew to the point where he decided to start his own consulting service around “Reliability Engineering” where he could apply all these experiences and exposure of these different but complementing disciplines.
Matt’s industry “aim and interest” was then, and still is today; to assist maintenance management using these disciplines along with assistance to Engineering design. The business (Noble Engineering Services Pty Ltd) has grown to approximately 35 employees with his main focus now being around Business Development and pushing the “industry” to appreciate the value of all Condition Monitoring applications beyond even the traditional. He sees his charter in this industry area is to continually raise the profile, standards and acceptance of Condition Monitoring techniques and personal.

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1S4: Case Study: Gearbox failure

Wendy Kera, Principal Defect Elimination - Condition Monitoring, BHP Billiton

 

 

Wendy believes she had been very lucky to have worked in culturally diverse companies in different countries, where differences are valued and respected.

Her experience includes residential mining roles, fly in fly out, and global corporate roles. Wendy brings extensive mining experience and working knowledge of rotating equipment, pumps, gearboxes, motors, ball mills, crusher, feeders and conveyor systems. Using ConMon best practice when developing holistic maintenance strategies has produced incredible results in all organizations.

In her current role, she is accountable for the development, implementation and optimization of a sustainable ConMon improvement programs that positions BHP as a best practice globally competitive business.

Education: BEng, Certified vibration level III analyst, Certified level 1 UT technician, Level 1&2 trained Noria oil lubrication certification

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2S4: Smart Reliability CBM & Fourth Industrial Revolution

Sven Fleischer , Area Sales Manager, PRUFTECHNIK S.E.A. PTE LTD

Mr. Sven Fleischer has extensive experience in the condition monitoring fileld.
He has been with PRUFTECHNIK for more than 21 years and while he has accumulated diagnostic skills and experience in condition monitoring vibration analysis and as a specialist as machinery analyst pertaining to field balancing and
commissioning of online system. His previous vocation in PRUFTECHNIK Germany was as an instructor and trainer for condition monitoring

Highly motivated and with over 21 year experience, he enjoys to support partner and clients.
Born in Germany and now based in Singapore, he is helping to implement Predictive and Preventative Maintenance Strategies. Looking always forward to gain on new experiences and knowledge.
With passion responsible to create a Sales/Service network for existing and new markets in South East Asia and Oceania.

♦ Direct Sales and Service
♦ Vibration Analyst Cat III – ISO 18436-2
♦ MOBIUS authorized ISO Cat I-III Vibration Analysis Instructor
♦ Partner Network in SEA and OCEANIA
♦ Marketing and Business Activities
♦ Reliability Solution – Condition Monitoring CBM
♦ Vibration Analysis and Troubleshooting
♦ Geometrical Laser Alignment
♦ CRM Systems
♦ Dynamic Field Balancing
♦ Stress Analysis at Machines
♦ Tele- and Remote Monitoring Solutions
♦ Training and Consulting
♦ After Sales Service and technical Support.

Sven works more than 20 years in Machinery-Reliability Business. Starting with PRUFTECHNIK Group in Germany as engineer, he builds his experience with field services and vibration troubleshooting analysis. The recent years he consults customer and supports sales channel in Asia-Pacific region through Singapore. As one of the technology leader for intelligent measurement systems, PRUFTECHNIK help to optimize production and increase machine availability. Sven is authorized Instructor for ISO Vibration Analysis courses in Singapore.

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3S4: (90 min.) A quick introduction to the other condition monitoring technologies

Jason Tranter , Founder & CEO, Mobius Institute

Vibration analysis is powerful, but so are ultrasound, motor current/circuit testing, oil analysis, wear particle testing and infrared analysis. Have you ever wondered how those technologies work? Have you wondered how they can contribute key diagnostic information that supports vibration analysis? Have you wondered what else can be learned from those technologies that can’t be learned from vibration analysis? Well, in this 90 minute double-session we will use the famous Mobius animations and you will learn all that and more.

Jason Tranter (BE Hons) has been involved with condition monitoring and vibration analysis since 1984. In 1986 Jason formed his Australian company, ARGO, which was heavily involved in vibration monitoring and systems development. In 1990 he sold that company and the “ALERT” product line to DLI Engineering in Seattle (now AzimaDLI). Jason was in charge of product development, and later in charge of vibration products. In 1996 Jason returned to Australia and for the next three years he developed the ExpertALERT (EAV), DCX data collector, and DCX Online products for DLI Engineering. In 1999 Jason formed Mobius and began the development of the iLearnInteractive series of computer-based products for vibration and alignment training and analysis, including iLearnVibration, iLearnAlignment and Interpreter. These products have been used by thousands of people in over 90 countries to learn and become certified. Mobius was awarded the Victorian Regional Exporter of the year and was a finalist in the Australian Export Awards for 2007 and 2008. In 2005 Jason formed the “Mobius Institute” for expanded distance learning and public courses, and courses that comply with ISO and ASNT standards for certification. Mobius has offices in Australia, the United States and Costa Rica, and training centers in over 40 countries. In 2010 Jason formed the Mobius Institute Board of Certification, a not-for-profit organization to make it possible for vibration analysts anywhere in the world to achieve certification per ISO 18436-1. Jason has delivered technical papers around the world, and has had articles published in numerous international magazines and journals.

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1S5: Do we really have to take averages or are we just wasting our time?

Clyde Volpe, Owner, Vibration Institute of Australia

This talk will discuss the common method of averaging and is this still a requirement in the way we do vibration readings today. A better method which will save you a lot of time and give you better quality data is explored and explained through use of measurements on real machines. A short mathematical explanation is also given to show the backing of the argument.

Clyde started his career in a paper mill and qualified as an electrical technician. He soon realised his passion was teaching though so in 1990 Clyde started the Vibration Institute of South Africa, this Institute soon became a leading training company there. In 2000 he moved to Australia and in 2003 started The Vibration Institute of Australia, he now runs courses throughout the world and is the Mobius agent for Australia and New Zealand. Further he has also done work in many industries helping set up their databases. Clyde has trained over 10000 people during his life, his focus is to change the ways companies think about Condition Monitoring, guiding them towards a more holistic idea of Reliability Maintenance. He has also given talks around the world.

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2S5: Case Study: Connecting Asset Health to Asset Strategies in real time

Graham Forrester , Managing Director, NVMS Solutions

For many years we have seen that companies often run a condition monitoring program as additional insurance within their scheduled maintenance strategy. Condition monitoring has provided a “watch dog” approach and has been very successful in detecting developing faults (particularly in rotating equipment) that fall between maintenance schedules and planned outages. This strategy works well in an environment of high profits and margins. In today’s market conditions the challenge is moving this overhead into an effective strategy that drives change, eliminates failures, increases availability and controls cost whilst not affecting risk. Asset Performance Management (APM), the final destination in our Asset Health Solutions journey, is about understanding and quantifying asset health. A question we ask our clients is “if you knew the health of your equipment and you had confidence that it will reliably operate would you carry out the scheduled maintenance on that asset?” In other words they want to operate their business as best-in-class, leveraging technology to deliver outcomes that reduce risk whilst increase business margins. Our process is focused around Education, Discovery, Partnering, and Solution Design to deliver an outcome based solution that forms a fully costed business case, detailing full prioritised solutions and return on investment analysis. This NVMS presentation documents the journey one client is taking, showing their wins and some lessons learnt along the way.

Managing Director and Solution Specialist with NVMS for the past 24 years and in parallel more than 25 years with SVT Engineering Consultants.
Experience includes:
• Business Leader for Rotating Equipment and Reliability Services
• Turnkey implementation of Condition Based Monitoring and Maintenance Programs
• Training in Reliability and Predictive Monitoring Techniques
• Integration Leader in NVMS for the GE Asset Performance Management (APM) programs supporting Maintenance Optimisation

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3S4: (90 min.) A quick introduction to the other condition monitoring technologies

Jason Tranter , Founder & CEO, Mobius Institute

Vibration analysis is powerful, but so are ultrasound, motor current/circuit testing, oil analysis, wear particle testing and infrared analysis. Have you ever wondered how those technologies work? Have you wondered how they can contribute key diagnostic information that supports vibration analysis? Have you wondered what else can be learned from those technologies that can’t be learned from vibration analysis? Well, in this 90 minute double-session we will use the famous Mobius animations and you will learn all that and more.

Jason Tranter (BE Hons) has been involved with condition monitoring and vibration analysis since 1984. In 1986 Jason formed his Australian company, ARGO, which was heavily involved in vibration monitoring and systems development. In 1990 he sold that company and the “ALERT” product line to DLI Engineering in Seattle (now AzimaDLI). Jason was in charge of product development, and later in charge of vibration products. In 1996 Jason returned to Australia and for the next three years he developed the ExpertALERT (EAV), DCX data collector, and DCX Online products for DLI Engineering. In 1999 Jason formed Mobius and began the development of the iLearnInteractive series of computer-based products for vibration and alignment training and analysis, including iLearnVibration, iLearnAlignment and Interpreter. These products have been used by thousands of people in over 90 countries to learn and become certified. Mobius was awarded the Victorian Regional Exporter of the year and was a finalist in the Australian Export Awards for 2007 and 2008. In 2005 Jason formed the “Mobius Institute” for expanded distance learning and public courses, and courses that comply with ISO and ASNT standards for certification. Mobius has offices in Australia, the United States and Costa Rica, and training centers in over 40 countries. In 2010 Jason formed the Mobius Institute Board of Certification, a not-for-profit organization to make it possible for vibration analysts anywhere in the world to achieve certification per ISO 18436-1. Jason has delivered technical papers around the world, and has had articles published in numerous international magazines and journals.

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1S6: Case Study Challenge: Test your analysis skills in a case study presentation that asks you, the audience, to decide what to do next

Scott Dow , Senior Instructor, Mobius Institute

Vibration is nothing more than a tool – an information tool – and there is a step by step approach to diagnosing machinery problems. Know your forcing frequencies, identify patterns of harmonics and/or sidebands, conduct appropriate field tests and so on. In this entertaining presentation, Scott Dow leads the audience through the process of solving a case study with a twist: through the use of polling devices, the audience will decide what the next step will be. Scott will present the actual question, take questions on the equipment and, eventually, poll the audience on the next step. Check for looseness? Soft foot? Collect higher resolution data? YOU, the audience, decides. Join the fun and see how well you do!

A mechanical engineer by trade, Scott Dow has been working in the vibration world for over 25 years. During that time, he has worked extensively as a field analyst and as a trainer, teaching formal classes and also mentoring clients individually and in small groups. During the mid-90s, Scott developed an innovative training technique based on recreating interesting and educational case studies he had encountered. Students would receive the actual data to analyze and were free to request any field tests they thought would help them diagnose the problem, which eventually they would have to do in the form of a submitted report that was assessed in light of the actual (known) case fault(s). In practice, this method has proven to be highly successful, allowing students to bridge the divide between theory and successful application of that theory in identifying machinery faults. You can find this case study technique being used as an important part of Mobius’ new class on Time Waveform Analysis (TWA).

Scott currently owns his own business, CBM Consultants, with one of his primary duties being  the Principle Instructor for Mobius Institute North America. When he is not conducting Mobius classes, he continues to mentor both individuals and small groups with either on-site or remote support for database setup, building analysis skills, field testing and more.

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2S6: Oil condition monitoring and varnish mitigation for steam/gas turbines and compressors

Pierre Vanderkelen, VP Intl Sales, Fluitec Wayne Buckland, Owner, CTG Lubrication Services

SteamGas Turbines and Compressors provide a stressful environment for lubes to survive in. As equipment duty cycles are increasingly demanding on oil, the oil formulations are evolving to deal with these changing conditions. These new oil formulations are more advanced, but require more care to ensure maximum performance and oil life. Oil Condition Monitoring (OCM) provides the most advanced and up-to-date knowledge available to assist asset owners and operators to get the most from their new longer lasting & higher performing lubes.

Pierre is based in Singapore. He held various roles with Engie (ex. GDF-SUEZ) in the utility sector before joining Fluitec and starting up the APAC business unit.

Wayne is based in Melbourne. He has direct involvement with 50+ varnish mitigation cases in Australia across many of nation’s largest companies – BHP, Woodside, Energy Australia, Origin Energy, Esso and more.

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3S5: Case Study: Low Speed Bearing Lubrication, Monitoring & Reliability

Peter Todd , Reliability Engineer, ARIA

Spherical roller bearings in plummer blocks are used widely in larger slow speed applications such as conveyor main pulleys bearings and slow speed drive shafts. Usually when you look at the loads on these bearings and their L10 life specification, it is easy to make the conclusion that they should achieve very high levels of reliability but this is often not the case. If you go to one plant, site people often have trouble remembering the last slow speed bearing failure and then you can go to another site with similar equipment, product and environmental conditions and slow speed bearing failures are a painful ongoing regular occurrence. This presentation will give the reasons for tise difference in reliability performance and discuss the options for condition monitoring and elimination of the dominant failure modes.

Peter is a Mechanical Engineer with an extensive background Asset Management and Reliability Engineering. He worked for the Steelworks in Wollongong for over 27 years, for Shell Services for 3 year, for SIRF Roundtables for 12 years as the NSW Industrial Maintenance Roundtable Facilitator and now works freelance. His experience includes maintenance management, reliability engineering, maintenance strategy, machine condition monitoring and RCA failure investigations. He has experience in a wide range of equipment and processes from raw materials handling to turbo machinery, with bearings as a specialty. Peter’s specialist areas are in Condition Monitoring, Failure Analysis and Reliability Engineering.

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KN3: Making Vibration Analysis Count

Jason Tranter, Founder & CEO, Mobius Institute

Every vibration analyst knows how important our craft is. There is no doubt that every company with rotating machinery needs vibration analysts. But actually, in some people’s minds, there is a doubt. Some see us only as bearers of bad news. Some see us as a source of confusing data and inconclusive reports. Some don’t believe in the philosophy of condition-based maintenance. And too many totally ignore our repair and improvement recommendations. So what should we do? Keep working in the knowledge that we know we are doing a good job and ignore the issue? Or can we go further? Can we be more proactive? This presentation will discuss these issues and make it clear why our services can be misunderstood and undervalued, but then propose some changes we can make so that we deliver greater value and we are recognized for the critical service we provide.

Jason Tranter (BE Hons) has been involved with condition monitoring and vibration analysis since 1984. In 1986 Jason formed his Australian company, ARGO, which was heavily involved in vibration monitoring and systems development. In 1990 he sold that company and the “ALERT” product line to DLI Engineering in Seattle (now AzimaDLI). Jason was in charge of product development, and later in charge of vibration products. In 1996 Jason returned to Australia and for the next three years he developed the ExpertALERT (EAV), DCX data collector, and DCX Online products for DLI Engineering. In 1999 Jason formed Mobius and began the development of the iLearnInteractive series of computer-based products for vibration and alignment training and analysis, including iLearnVibration, iLearnAlignment and Interpreter. These products have been used by thousands of people in over 90 countries to learn and become certified. Mobius was awarded the Victorian Regional Exporter of the year and was a finalist in the Australian Export Awards for 2007 and 2008. In 2005 Jason formed the “Mobius Institute” for expanded distance learning and public courses, and courses that comply with ISO and ASNT standards for certification. Mobius has offices in Australia, the United States and Costa Rica, and training centers in over 40 countries. In 2010 Jason formed the Mobius Institute Board of Certification, a not-for-profit organization to make it possible for vibration analysts anywhere in the world to achieve certification per ISO 18436-1. Jason has delivered technical papers around the world, and has had articles published in numerous international magazines and journals.

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1S7: Rolling element bearings - Why the harmonics, why the side bands

Clyde Volpe, Owner, Vibration Institute of Australia

This paper will discuss through the use of case histories why we see harmonics of the bearing frequencies and why they are surrounded by sidebands. Real case histories and the use of simulators will aid the explanation of this phenomenon and offer deeper and better understand of why this occurs. This method can be extended to other area of diagnosis like gears, certain motor defects and many other defects which will be elaborated in this talk.

Clyde started his career in a paper mill and qualified as an electrical technician. He soon realised his passion was teaching though so in 1990 Clyde started the Vibration Institute of South Africa, this Institute soon became a leading training company there. In 2000 he moved to Australia and in 2003 started The Vibration Institute of Australia, he now runs courses throughout the world and is the Mobius agent for Australia and New Zealand. Further he has also done work in many industries helping set up their databases. Clyde has trained over 10000 people during his life, his focus is to change the ways companies think about Condition Monitoring, guiding them towards a more holistic idea of Reliability Maintenance. He has also given talks around the world.

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2S7: CM Program KPIs- Key to survival and growth of CM programs

Tarun Motwani , Sr. Engineer- CM & Lubrication, Visy Paper

In today’s competitive business marketplace, there is high competition within sections/ departments of a business for justifying resource and investment requirements. Even good CM programs without Proactive and Business focused KPIs, are unable to emphasise high returns they generate for the business. Hence they struggles to get the attention and investment required to expand move forward to higher levels. This leads to demotivation and stagnation in CM programs, in some situations even in staff retrenchments as they are perceived to be non-essential to business plan.

This paper addresses core issues related to setting up KPIs, truly reflecting the positive impact of CM program achievements, on the efficiency and competitiveness of the business. The role of various stakeholders (higher management, Engineering, Maintenance, Production, Quality, HS&E etc…) in setting up high performing KPI will be discussed, in different scenarios of type of business/ markets.

The range of high performance KPIs will be presented in segregated categories for different businesses stakeholders and discussed in details about their impact on overall business performance. Management reporting system modelling will also be discussed, which is focused on performance indicators that are relevant to various stakeholders and the generated reports are customised to stakeholder’s preferences and competencies.

Tarun Motwani holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, MBA-Finance, VA Cat IV certificate, with 26 years of industrial experience. He is working as Senior Engineer- condition Monitoring in Visy paper, and has worked in in various type of industries, including petrochemicals, mining, steelmaking, pulp & Paper, food processing building products etc. His skill set includes vibration analysis, IR Thermography, Oil Analysis, Airborne Ultrasonics, Motor testing and Root Cause Failure Analysis, and technical delivery in these technologies. His past certifications include ASNT Level III in IR, Level II certification in oil analysis, Level I certification in UT. He is currently involved in automated integration of different condition monitoring technologies, to optimize their usage in ever expanding online systems and by even moderately skilled personnel in all these technologies.

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3S6: Accurate condition monitoring of ultra-low and low speed machines

Tim Sundstrom , Manager of Strategic Sales & Application, SPM Instrument AB
Vibration Enveloping has been a valuable tool for the vibration analyst for decades, it provides an earlier fore-warning time compared to the traditional overall velocity measurements. By using state of the art digital signal processors and innovative algorithms it’s possible to produce results that takes the vibration envelope method to new levels.
Many of the mission critical machines found in the industry today are running with low or ultra-low speeds. It has been seen as very challenging or even impossible to accurately monitor the condition of such machines using vibration based methods.
HD Technology is the perfect choice for condition monitoring of these machines but also to increase the pre-warning times for machines running at more “normal” speeds. The presentation will cover the fundamentals of bearing damage processes and explain the new technology including plenty of real world examples.

Tim Sundström, born 1964 in Sweden, has a M.Sc. degree in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering from Linköping University, Sweden. For over twenty years, he has been specializing in electronics development and has held managerial positions in the field since 1992. In 2001, he joined SPM Instrument as head of Research and Development, where he has been deeply involved in SPM HD development and field evaluations.

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1S8: Acoustic vibration monitoring

Tom Murphy , Corporate Training Manager, SDT Ultrasound Solutions

Ultrasound is gaining increasing acceptance in the world of rotating machinery condition monitoring either because of its capability, versatility, simplicity or a combination of all three. There is no doubt that considering ultrasound as the advancement of the screwdriver in the ear appeals to many engineer and technician alike.In this presentation the operation of a modern-day ultrasound system is explained along with how that instrument can record a signal which can be used for analysis and diagnostics.

Ultrasound detects friction, impacting and turbulence. These three characteristics exhibit themselves in many of the traditional defects we try to locate using vibration analysis. Ultrasound is therefore an ideal assistant in that process of detection and identification.

There are two operating modes for ultrasound: airborne and structure borne. Airborne ultrasound is frequently labelled as the tool for air leaks, steam leaks and electrical inspections. However, ultrasound has many applications in the rotating machinery world in this airborne mode. In this presentation you will hear mechanical looseness, coupling misalignment and defective bearings all of which have been identified using airborne ultrasound.

Contact ultrasound appears on many vibration wallcharts as one of the ways to detect Stage 1 bearing failures – and rightly so. Friction and high frequency intermittent clicks and pops are the key characteristics of these early failures which are easily detected using ultrasound. In this presentation you will hear bearing defects and see how those defects can be diagnosed using standard vibration analysis methods.

Degree in Acoustics Chartered Engineer Certified Reliability Leader 33 years in vibration measurement, 22 years using IR and 16 years using ultrasound. Tom Murphy has worked in the field of vibration measurement and specifically condition monitoring for most of his professional life. He now assists Companies to develop or re-vitalise their programs with a clear focus on the overlap between the various technologies.

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2S8: Case Study: Eli Lilly’s Lubrication-driven Global Reliability

Suzy Hitchcock, Executive Director, Global Strategy & Advocacy, ICML

When reliability and predictive maintenance in general were not improving as quickly as desired, Eli Lilly’s management realized that some areas were better than others in the reliability space and as a result started to integrate these improvements into their business plans. Lilly’s vice president of corporate engineering has become a major supporter of reliability and has made this a priority for the overall corporate agenda.

Since winning the 2008 John R. Battle award for excellence in machinery lubrication, Eli Lilly and Co. has continued to develop its lubrication program not only in the United States but around the world. The company operates more than 20 manufacturing sites internationally, with each having its own goals, objectives, culture, challenges and reliability journey.  In 2009, Rendela Wenzel took the reins of Eli Lilly’s corporate lubrication technical team. She has continued to grow the lubrication program and has recently taken on a new role to further drive reliability globally.

This paper will outline Eli Lilly’s journey into a lubrication-driven global reliability organization. The presentation will highlight strategies applied by Wenzel for Lilly’s policies and direction for reliability and predictive maintenance (PdM) and discuss the results achieved from the program.

Suzy Hitchcock is the Executive Director, Global Strategy & Advocacy; of the International Council for Machinery Lubrication. She has a Bachelor’s in Social Communication with a major in Marketing and has been involved in industry for over twenty years, in both for-profit and not-for-profit organizations. Suzy is a delegate for Australia to ISO, where she is project leader at both national and international level, for ISO standards on the qualification and assessment of lubrication and oil analysis personnel. She is a longtime collaborator of SMRP’s Certifying Organization, where she has served as volunteer proctor, globalization and translation consultant and as part of the Professional Development Team. Suzy is internationally published and a sought after presenter. Speaking regularly in conferences around the globe, she advocates for more respect and support to lubrication practitioners on a global scale.

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3S7: Online Condition Monitoring utilising Acoustic Emission on a very slow speed application

Mark Ciechanowicz , Industrial Services Manager, Schaeffler Australia Pty Ltd
  • Melbourne Star is a large observation wheel that rotates @ 0.029 RPM.
  • Schaeffler have installed Acoustic Emission [AE] technology on the hub bearings to continuously monitor condition.
  • This data is remotely analysed by Schaeffler Engineer’s via the internet.
  • Routine grease samples are collected and analysed and the results are correlated with the AE data.

Mark has an Electrical Engineering background, with 20+ years in the field of reliability covering disciplines ranging from vibration analysis, infra-red thermography, electric motor testing through to tribology. He has worked in various industrial sectors including aluminium, chemical, paper, steel, sugar, waste water and treatment plants, renewable energy and mining.
Currently he is working for Schaeffler Australia as the Industrial Services Manager looking after offline and online condition-monitoring systems and maintenance products.

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1S9: Motion Amplification - Moving vibration analysis to the visual spectrum

Andrew Gale , Technical Director, Optical Motion Technologies

Motion Amplification is a proprietary video-processing product and software package that detects subtle motion and amplifies that motion to a level visible with the naked eye. Every pixel becomes a sensor creating millions of data points in an instant. For large assets outfitting them with contact sensors is costly and difficult because of the sheer number of sensors required to measure the entire asset. The way to combat the limitations of traditional vibration technologies is by shifting the sensor from the digital world to the visual spectrum. Videos created through Motion Amplification enhance the understanding of the components and interrelationships creating the motion. This makes it a great troubleshooting tool, quick and effective alternative to traditional ODS, and effective communication tool between technical and non-technical resources. The software is easy to use and provides instant results. In this presentation, the technology will be explained and a number of practical case examples will be presented.

Andrew is a professional consultant and manager with over 30 years’ experience in the provision of Predictive Maintenance (PdM) Technologies and Services to the Industrial Maintenance sector. Industry exposure includes: Mining, Food & Beverage, Steel & Aluminium, Petrochemical, Oil & Gas, Power Generation, Pulp & Paper, Automotive, Transportation, Cementation, Building Service and General Manufacturing. Andrew’s qualifications and vocational experience include; Certificate of Technology (Mechanical), Diploma of Business, and Vibration Analyst VCATIII.

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2S9: Using Ultrasound for Super Slow Speed Applications

Gwyn Garland, Rio Tinto Iron Ore Ian Ware, Managing Director, Ultra-Tek Pty Ltd

Ultrasound has long been accepted as a correlation condition monitoring technology for thermography, one sees what you can’t see and the other hears what you can’t hear. They are both intuitive and enhance key human senses and have been utilised by all industry sectors as essential front line tools.

However, with significant advances in both onboard instrument capabilities and software diagnostics, the applications for ultrasound now compliment the limitations of vibration analysis and oil/grease analysis especially in the realms of slow/low speed, variable speed, load and reversing direction assets.

Come and learn how Rio Tinto have utilised this technology on their capital-intensive assets with great results.

Ian’s primary areas of expertise are in the key facets of asset management, reliability and maintenance Engineering. Special interests are the development of condition based maintenance strategies with a passion for Ultrasonics. With over 25 years’ experience across mining, oil & gas, petrochemical, power generation, food and beverage, metals processing, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and defence industry verticals, he brings a diverse and practical approach to his clients. He secured the world leading UE Systems product line under his own company, Ultra-Tek, in 2010 as their master distributer and offers sales, service, calibration and technical support for UE Systems customers with a heavy emphasis on training.

With an enthusiastic presentation style, he creates a great learning environment and now has a loyal client base of some 200 customers.

Ian has a Bachelor of Engineering in Production Engineering, is a certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional, a certified Change Management facilitator and a Level II Certified Ultrasound Instructor. Ian is also active with Standards Australia on ME087 as an industry expert on the adoption and implementation of ISO 18436 (Parts 6 & 8) Ultrasound Standards. His professional experience spans 27 years. During this period, he has worked for IRD Mechanalysis, Entek, Shell, PALL Corporation and GPAllied before starting Ultra-Tek in early 2010. Ian is based out of the Gold Coast of Australia.

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3S8: Understanding Machinery Malfunctions for Automated Detection, Trending and Alarming

John Morey , Engineer, Tensor Systems Pty Ltd

Clear examples of bearings and bearing/gear combination faults will be presented, some with mode shapes, as part of understanding what we are dealing with.

John is the owner of Tensor Systems which designs, manufactures, installs and offers Total Customer Support for its Online Permanent Monitoring Systems incorporating Vibration, Electrical and Oil analysis. He is a Mechanical Engineer and widely respected for his focus on the technical excellence of his systems and the service he provides. John has been involved with R&D on bearing, motor and gearbox analysis systems since 1987 and has developed an automated process for separating gear and bearing faults and trending them under different alarm limits. Automation is essential to check the vast amounts of data an Online Condition Monitoring Systems produces. He holds some important patents around these technologies.

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1S10: Nefarious methods of reducing vibration caused by resonance in large turbo machinery

Simon Hurricks , Predictive Maintenance Engineer, Genesis Energy Ltd

Huntly Power station, which was commssioned in 1982, consists of four 250 MW, single reheat steam turbo-alternators. New Zealand, being an active earthquake region, caused the designers to come up with a unique way of protecting the machines from these possible earthquakes; they mounted all the main machinery on low tuned, all steel foundation structures, (as opposed to the normal stiff concrete foundations).  The effect of these foundations was to introduced a raft of resonance problems which included lowering the generator 2nd critical into the running range, bearing resonances on the generator and major resonances in the steam turbine driven main boiler feed pump. This paper looks at how these resonances were analysed and the temporary work around to allow the machines to be commissioned until permanent solutions could be engineered.  The paper also looks at the long term consequence of these resonances and how they have been allowed for by alarm profiling the vibration during the machine run up.

Simon Hurricks was born in the UK and Immigrated to New Zealand in 1957. Simon gained a NZ Certificate in mechanical engineering in 1974 and has been employed by Genesis Energy Ltd and its predecessors for 46 years and has been stationed at Huntly power station for 37 years as Predictive Maintenance engineer. Simon has specialised in vibration analysis and balancing for 40 years and has extensive experience in solving resonance issues and modal balancing of flexible shafts. Simon was treasurer and past president of the Vibrations Association of NZ and has presented papers at all of their 28 annual conferences. Simon has had articles published by both Bently Nevada and BK Vibro.

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2S10: Case Study: Maximising Cost Effectiveness of Machine Condition Monitoring Frequencies

Peter Todd , Reliability Engineer, ARIA

It is easy to justify frequent condition monitoring for high criticality machines, even when high reliability is being achieved. When high reliability is achieved for medium and lower criticality machines, it becomes harder to justify frequent monitoring. It is not uncommon for managers without a good understanding of condition monitoring to want to eliminate condition monitoring costs from their budgets, so you need a way to justify the amount of monitoring you are carrying out. This presentation will give a method for finding the optimum condition monitoring frequencies to minimise overall business costs. If you do decide to monitor less often then there is an increased risk that a failure will sneak through undetected. A method is given to protect condition monitoring personnel from blame for failures due to monitoring frequencies being reduced to minimise overall business costs.

Peter is a Mechanical Engineer with an extensive background Asset Management and Reliability Engineering. He worked for the Steelworks in Wollongong for over 27 years, for Shell Services for 3 year, for SIRF Roundtables for 12 years as the NSW Industrial Maintenance Roundtable Facilitator and now works freelance. His experience includes maintenance management, reliability engineering, maintenance strategy, machine condition monitoring and RCA failure investigations. He has experience in a wide range of equipment and processes from raw materials handling to turbo machinery, with bearings as a specialty. Peter’s specialist areas are in Condition Monitoring, Failure Analysis and Reliability Engineering.

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3S9: (90 min.) Case Study: Vibration in the real world – examples from the field

John van Bynen , Director, Commotion Systems Pty Ltd
Big call! Yankee Dryer bearing
Vibration analysis is not always clear cut. False positives and negatives can happen. If you are in-house you might get away with quite a few of these, but as a contractor clients might not be so forgiving – particularly on large, expensive machines with enormous down time / cost implications. A Yankee Dryer bearing is one of these. When this fault was first detected, careful discussion was held with site to ensure they were not too alarmed, but concerned enough to put an engineering team together to plan the replacement. The spare bearings were checked by the manufacturer, how do you suspend a 40-ton monster? Organising the bearing replacement team and other matters. This luckily also allows time for further monitoring which revealed further bearing deterioration, as initially expected. How can you be certain? How do you judge severity? How can you be confident the bearing will last? Although bearing faults can be obvious, the management of replacement is often of paramount importance. This presentation will shine a light on how this was successfully done.

Things are not always as they seem. The mysterious bearing fault
An incumbent service provider had ordered a bearing replacement. Unfortunately, no damage was found and the frequencies of concern remained in the new bearing. A team of analysts looked deeper. Lots of theories, no conclusive answers. Commotion was contacted to investigate. Initial thoughts…What could it be if so many analysts have not worked it out? Never shy away from a challenge. There is always something to learn.
Looking at the site vibration database, clues were already emerging. What could it be? After collecting data, the origin of the fault was clear. This part of the presentation will teach us never to focus on one item too quickly and also a very interesting example of how bearing fault frequencies can be different to the expected.

Once in a lifetime. Yankee bearing
You can work an entire career and hope to have seen most of the faults we have all earned about during training courses. And then this one comes along. Initially, the investigation was not quite on the right track, due to a long history of having a different problem with this press roll. It quickly exceeded normal routine survey measurements and became an example of how the synchronous averaging technique helps isolate the symptoms successfully. Although at the time of writing, the after-repair measurements could not yet be taken, it is hoped that these will be available at the IMVAC conference. This presentation will teach us not to “jump the gun” and take things a step at a time, increasing the complexity of measurements and use of specialised equipment accordingly.

Fault frequencies for 80,000 bearings. How do we get our head around these?
Whilst employed at SKF in the mid 2000’s managing the Victorian team of vibration analysts, John learned about how ISO bearing designations are determined. Adding to this the knowledge of bearing fault frequencies gained over many years, he perceived a very simple relationship between the dimension series chart and all the bearing fault frequencies that vibration analysts deal with almost daily. An understanding of this helps to develop a sixth sense of bearing fault frequencies which when adopted, will certainly help you in identifying fault frequencies – even when no bearing details are available for the machine you may be assessing. It does rely on you thinking in orders though! May the arguments begin!
John has over 25 years’ experience in vibration consulting and specialises in accurate diagnoses of variable speed, complex and critical machines as well as “walk in the park” fixed speed plant. Much of his experience is in the pulp and paper industry, where there are always plenty of challenges.
Having worked for prominent companies in the vibration industry John established his own consultancy in 2008. The aim was to bring back care and attention to the work, which is so often lacking as larger condition monitoring service providers tend to focus on profit.
All too often, the fruits of our vibration condition monitoring efforts are discarded and along with them the evidence of correct diagnosis and justification for the condition monitoring service. The components and damage found usually speak for themselves. They offer a unique opportunity to instill confidence in the accuracy of the analyst and provide insight into the possible causes. We will look at several examples that use actual vibration data leading to correction and findings afterwards, as well as a unique concept for understanding bearing fault frequencies. There are several valuable lessons to be learnt.

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1S11: VFDs: The vibration analysts's worst nightmare

Scott Dow, Senior Instructor, Mobius Institute

A mechanical engineer by trade, Scott Dow has been working in the vibration world for over 25 years. During that time, he has worked extensively as a field analyst and as a trainer, teaching formal classes and also mentoring clients individually and in small groups. During the mid-90s, Scott developed an innovative training method based on recreating interesting and educational case studies he had encountered. Students would receive the actual data to analyze and were free to request any field tests they thought would help them diagnose the problem. Originally called InterActive Training when it was introduced, the cases have recently been updated and the classes are now being offered by Mobius as Analyst Flight School.

Scott currently owns his own business, CBM Consultants, with one of his primary duties being a Senior Instructor for the Mobius Institute N.A. When he is not conducting Mobius classes, he continues to mentor both individuals and small groups with either on-site or remote support for database setup, building analysis skills, field testing and more.

A mechanical engineer by trade, Scott Dow has been working in the vibration world for over 25 years. During that time, he has worked extensively as a field analyst and as a trainer, teaching formal classes and also mentoring clients individually and in small groups. During the mid-90s, Scott developed an innovative training technique based on recreating interesting and educational case studies he had encountered. Students would receive the actual data to analyze and were free to request any field tests they thought would help them diagnose the problem, which eventually they would have to do in the form of a submitted report that was assessed in light of the actual (known) case fault(s). In practice, this method has proven to be highly successful, allowing students to bridge the divide between theory and successful application of that theory in identifying machinery faults. You can find this case study technique being used as an important part of Mobius’ new class on Time Waveform Analysis (TWA).

Scott currently owns his own business, CBM Consultants, with one of his primary duties being  the Principle Instructor for Mobius Institute North America. When he is not conducting Mobius classes, he continues to mentor both individuals and small groups with either on-site or remote support for database setup, building analysis skills, field testing and more.

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2S11: Inner Race Bearing Faults

Glenn Withington, Condition Monitoring Technician, Rio Tinto

The session covers inner race faults and the differences between brineling, spalls, cracks and bearings spinning on shafts / sleeves.
At the end of the session the technician will have a very good idea about the failure mode they have which will help with planning and future actions. The session covers inner race faults and the differences between brineling, spalls, cracks and bearings spinning on shafts / sleeves. At the end of the session the technician will have a very good idea about the failure mode they have which will help with planning and future actions.

Glenn started mining with BHP in 1989 as a fitter in the Ore Car repair workshop for 6 months. He has covered many roles in his journey which include plant fitting, workshop fitting and machining, rigging, supervising and of course condition monitoring. Glenn is currently working at the RioTinto iron ore minesite, Yandicoogina.

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3S9: (90 min.) Case Study: Vibration in the real world – examples from the field

John van Bynen , Director, Commotion Systems Pty Ltd
Big call! Yankee Dryer bearing
Vibration analysis is not always clear cut. False positives and negatives can happen. If you are in-house you might get away with quite a few of these, but as a contractor clients might not be so forgiving – particularly on large, expensive machines with enormous down time / cost implications. A Yankee Dryer bearing is one of these. When this fault was first detected, careful discussion was held with site to ensure they were not too alarmed, but concerned enough to put an engineering team together to plan the replacement. The spare bearings were checked by the manufacturer, how do you suspend a 40-ton monster? Organising the bearing replacement team and other matters. This luckily also allows time for further monitoring which revealed further bearing deterioration, as initially expected. How can you be certain? How do you judge severity? How can you be confident the bearing will last? Although bearing faults can be obvious, the management of replacement is often of paramount importance. This presentation will shine a light on how this was successfully done.

Things are not always as they seem. The mysterious bearing fault
An incumbent service provider had ordered a bearing replacement. Unfortunately, no damage was found and the frequencies of concern remained in the new bearing. A team of analysts looked deeper. Lots of theories, no conclusive answers. Commotion was contacted to investigate. Initial thoughts…What could it be if so many analysts have not worked it out? Never shy away from a challenge. There is always something to learn.
Looking at the site vibration database, clues were already emerging. What could it be? After collecting data, the origin of the fault was clear. This part of the presentation will teach us never to focus on one item too quickly and also a very interesting example of how bearing fault frequencies can be different to the expected.

Once in a lifetime. Yankee bearing
You can work an entire career and hope to have seen most of the faults we have all earned about during training courses. And then this one comes along. Initially, the investigation was not quite on the right track, due to a long history of having a different problem with this press roll. It quickly exceeded normal routine survey measurements and became an example of how the synchronous averaging technique helps isolate the symptoms successfully. Although at the time of writing, the after-repair measurements could not yet be taken, it is hoped that these will be available at the IMVAC conference. This presentation will teach us not to “jump the gun” and take things a step at a time, increasing the complexity of measurements and use of specialised equipment accordingly.

Fault frequencies for 80,000 bearings. How do we get our head around these?
Whilst employed at SKF in the mid 2000’s managing the Victorian team of vibration analysts, John learned about how ISO bearing designations are determined. Adding to this the knowledge of bearing fault frequencies gained over many years, he perceived a very simple relationship between the dimension series chart and all the bearing fault frequencies that vibration analysts deal with almost daily. An understanding of this helps to develop a sixth sense of bearing fault frequencies which when adopted, will certainly help you in identifying fault frequencies – even when no bearing details are available for the machine you may be assessing. It does rely on you thinking in orders though! May the arguments begin!
John has over 25 years’ experience in vibration consulting and specialises in accurate diagnoses of variable speed, complex and critical machines as well as “walk in the park” fixed speed plant. Much of his experience is in the pulp and paper industry, where there are always plenty of challenges.
Having worked for prominent companies in the vibration industry John established his own consultancy in 2008. The aim was to bring back care and attention to the work, which is so often lacking as larger condition monitoring service providers tend to focus on profit.
All too often, the fruits of our vibration condition monitoring efforts are discarded and along with them the evidence of correct diagnosis and justification for the condition monitoring service. The components and damage found usually speak for themselves. They offer a unique opportunity to instill confidence in the accuracy of the analyst and provide insight into the possible causes. We will look at several examples that use actual vibration data leading to correction and findings afterwards, as well as a unique concept for understanding bearing fault frequencies. There are several valuable lessons to be learnt.

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1S12: Isolators – How on earth does putting springs under a machine reduce vibration?

Jason Tranter, Founder and CEO, Mobius Institute
Everyone knows that if you put a mass on a spring it will bounce. Bouncing is normally bad – as a rule, machines don’t like to bounce. But when we want to stop vibration from transmitting from a machine to the floor where it can disrupt people, harm quality, impact sensitive medical equipment, and cause additional vibration (and when we want to protect sensitive equipment from being vibrated) we mount it on springs!
These springs, called isolators, are designed in a special way to minimize vibration transmission – come to the presentation and all will be revealed.

Jason Tranter (BE Hons) has been involved with condition monitoring and vibration analysis since 1984. In 1986 Jason formed his Australian company, ARGO, which was heavily involved in vibration monitoring and systems development. In 1990 he sold that company and the “ALERT” product line to DLI Engineering in Seattle (now AzimaDLI). Jason was in charge of product development, and later in charge of vibration products. In 1996 Jason returned to Australia and for the next three years he developed the ExpertALERT (EAV), DCX data collector, and DCX Online products for DLI Engineering. In 1999 Jason formed Mobius and began the development of the iLearnInteractive series of computer-based products for vibration and alignment training and analysis, including iLearnVibration, iLearnAlignment and Interpreter. These products have been used by thousands of people in over 90 countries to learn and become certified. Mobius was awarded the Victorian Regional Exporter of the year and was a finalist in the Australian Export Awards for 2007 and 2008. In 2005 Jason formed the “Mobius Institute” for expanded distance learning and public courses, and courses that comply with ISO and ASNT standards for certification. Mobius has offices in Australia, the United States and Costa Rica, and training centers in over 40 countries. In 2010 Jason formed the Mobius Institute Board of Certification, a not-for-profit organization to make it possible for vibration analysts anywhere in the world to achieve certification per ISO 18436-1. Jason has delivered technical papers around the world, and has had articles published in numerous international magazines and journals.

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2S12: Implementation of Condition Monitoring in Well Head Compressor Operation

Puji Nugroho , Mechanical Engineer, VICO Indonesia
VICO Indonesia is an oil and gas producer in East Kalimantan, Indonesia. Gas reservoirs are today extremely depleted so gas from many old wells cannot naturally flow to the gathering station. VICO Indonesia utilizes Well Head Compressor (WHC) to deliver gas from these wells to gathering station. The development of this compressor has been started since 2008. Through 4 generations of WHC, VICO Indonesia has utilized 56 units WHC in all operation areas.
Oil flooded screw compressor type is selected for WHC for some reasons. As a positive displacement compressor, oil flooded screw compressor has wide pressure ratio range like reciprocating compressor. So this compressor can boost up gas at very low pressure (20 – 35 psia) from well to gathering station which has higher pressure (125 – 160 psia). This compressor is also compact. At a same size, the flow capacity of oil flooded screw compressor is biggerthan reciprocating compressor.
The operation of WHC is very challenging. The compressed gas has potential threat to the oil inside the compressor. Gas from well is wet gas. So it need separation process through suction scrubber in order to remove the liquid from gas prior to flow into the compressor, otherwise the liquid will be carried over and contaminate the oil inside the compressor. The gas also has tendency to dilute into oil if not properly conditioned. The dilution will cause compressor oil viscosity to decrease. The discharge temperature of the compressor must be maintained above the dilution limit to avoid this problem. Oil condition must be kept in acceptable condition, otherwise it will lead compressor internal component defect or damage that can be detected by vibration analysis.
VICO Indonesia has developed several maintenance strategy to keep the reliability of WHC. The key of maintenance strategy of WHC is the condition monitoring program that consist of oil and vibration analysis. This presentation will described the oil and vibration analysis activities of WHC in VICO Indonesia.

Puji Setyo Nugroho was born in Solo, Indonesia in 1984. He received the Bachelor of Engineering degree in Aeronautics Engineering from Institute of Technology Bandung in 2007. He joined Nusantara Turbine & Propulsion, a maintenance repair and overhaul company in Bandung, and started his career as a junior rotating engineer for industrial gas turbine engine in 2007. After 3.5 years experiences in Nusantara Turbine & Propulsion, he joined VICO Indonesia, an oil and gas company in East Kalimantan, in 2011 as mechanical rotating engineer and works there until now. He also became supervisor of Reliability Based Maintenance team that is responsible for condition monitoring activities of rotating equipment in VICO Indonesia. He has certified as ISO 18436-2 Category II Vibration Analyst in 2015. During 6 years of his career in VICO Indonesia, he has given contributions for the operation and maintenance of rotating equipment in VICO Indonesia. He developed the condition monitoring program of oil injected-screw compressor for well head compressor application. When the hard time of oil and gas industry started in 2015, he helped the VICO Indonesia’s management to develop maintenance efficiency strategy and conducted plant optimization program. Working in VICO Indonesia has developed his skill and knowledge to be a professional mechanical rotating engineer.

 

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3S10: Evolution of Condition Monitoring Program

Malcolm Osenton, Director - Reliability, The Mosaic Company
For many years, the Mosaic Company has operated a condition monitoring (CM) program in an effort to identify asset opportunities to avoid equipment problems and provide early detection of failures. Mosaic has worked with Allied Reliability Group to execute this CM program for more than a decade. Like many organizations, Mosaic is challenged to reduce costs to remain competitive in a global market and has modified the program towards this end. Malcolm Osenton, Director – Reliability for Mosaic, has prior experience in the paper industry with a successful internal program and then transitioned into the fertilizer industry inheriting an outsourced program. This presentation will provide insight into Malcolm’s perspective on CM programs and the evolution of Mosaic’s program through the years including his future vision to improve its ability to deliver value to the business.
Authors propose a hybrid system for using both casing as well as BTT approach with suitable signal processing algorithm.
Crack propagation studies were envisaged as further work to predict the time to reach critical crack length for assessing effectiveness of blade parameters to be monitored to prevent catastrophe.

Malcolm Osenton has more than 30 years of experience in maintenance, reliability & engineering management. He is currently the Director of Reliability for Mosaic’s phosphate business unit, responsible for asset reliability improvements across 10 facilities. In his career, he has held leadership positions while working in the pulp & paper industry for 15 years, consulting engineering for 3 years and the last 14 years in the fertilizer Industry. Malcolm is a graduate of the University of South Alabama with a degree in Civil Engineering. He is a Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional and a Certified Reliability Leader.

Interactive Forum / Closing / Giveaways

Even though you can ask questions at the end of each presentation, there is nothing like an open discussion with your peers and the presenters of all of the sessions. Ask any question. Join in with the discussion. You may have an answer that will help someone else. In past conferences, attendees often get as much value from these open discussion forums as they do from the presentations themselves. If you don’t feel comfortable asking a question with the microphone, you can do it through the conference app anonymously. Either way, this is a great opportunity to have those nagging questions answered once and for all.

DAY 4 - Bonus Certification Day

CMRP Certification Exam

The Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP) program is the leading credential for certifying the knowledge, skills and abilities of maintenance, reliability and physical asset management professionals.

The CMRP is the only certification program of its kind accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), which follows the globally-recognized ISO standards for its accreditation purposes. The test is a thorough examination of a broad scope of expertise measured against the universal standard. It was developed to assess professionals’ aptitude within the five pillars of the SMRP Body of Knowledge (BoK), which include: Business & Management, Equipment Reliability, Manufacturing Process Reliability, Organization & Leadership, and Work Management.

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CMRT Certification Exam

The Certified Maintenance & Reliability Technician (CMRT) program is the leading credentialing program for the knowledge, skills and abilities of maintenance and reliability technicians.

The certification assesses the knowledge and skills of those responsible for preventative, predictive and corrective maintenance – multi-skilled individuals who play a critical role in the success of organizations worldwide. Earning the CMRT credential indicates that you have achieved a level of ability consistent with the requirements for competence on the job as a multi-skilled maintenance and reliability technician.

The CMRT exam tests competency and knowledge of specific tasks within four (4) domains: Maintenance Practices, Preventative and Predictive Maintenance, Troubleshooting and Analysis, and Corrective Maintenance.

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ICML Certification Exam

The International Council for Machinery Lubrication (ICML) is a vendor-neutral, not-for-profit organization founded to facilitate growth and development of machine lubrication as a technical field of endeavor. Among its various activities, ICML offers skill certification testing for individuals in the fields of machine condition monitoring, lubrication and oil analysis.

Skilled based testing and Certification. Certification is the mark of a professional. It helps to ensure that individuals who practice a craft, be it lubricant analysis or medicine, have a defined measure of skills. For the field of machine lubrication, formal certification serves the following three vital purposes:

  • Create a formal framework of knowledge
  • Raise the profile of those working in the field
  • Provide managers with assurance of skills

ICML currently provides certification for the Machine Lubricant Analyst (MLA), Machine Lubrication Technician (MLT) and Laboratory Lubricant Analyst (LLA). ICML is honored that these ICML certifications have been pioneered into ISO 18436-4 and 18436-5 Standards. ICML also regarded the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA) guidelines in the development of its certification programs.

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Mobius Institute Accredited ISO Vibration Analyst Certification Exams

The Mobius Institute Board of Certification (MIBoC) is ISO/IEC 17024 and ISO 18436-1 accredited, providing vibration analysts certification according to ISO 18436-1 and ISO 18436-2. MIBoC is an impartial and independent entity that is directed by scheme and technical committees to ensure that its certification meets or exceeds the requirements defined by the applicable International Organization for Standardization, ISO 18436 standards.

For vibration analysts who have completed their training at the ISO Category I, II, III or IV level with an approved training provider and meet prior certification and experience requirements, MIBoC will conduct ISO certification examinations at IMVAC. Prior registration with Mobius Institute is required at least 10 days in advance.

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