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DAY 1

KN1: Keynote: Connect to People, Process and Technology for Optimal Return

John Schultz, Executive Vice President of Reliability Solutions, Allied Reliability Group/T.F. Hudgins
“Connected” can be used several ways. In today’s world, the market tends to defer to technology – how many CONNECTions do you have on LinkedIn; do you have device-to-device interCONNECTivity; is your data CONNECTed to the cloud; is your condition monitoring software CONNECTed to your data historian and ERP…
Things like the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), machine learning, Industrie 4.0, predictive analytics, augmented reality, and artificial intelligence are not only all the rage, they are now at the top of the hype curve (Gartner). However, benchmark studies show that if you do not CONNECT your PEOPLE and your PROCESS to the enabling TECHNOLOGY, your returns will not only be sub-optimized, they will likely be negative.
This session will focus on the balance and the integration of PEOPLE, PROCESS and TECHNOLOGY that are needed to CONNECT your new IIoT initiative to the bottom line and, hopefully, help you CONNECT the dots for your business.
John Schultz has proven that maintenance and reliability can be a highly profitable investment, having helped 300+ manufacturing locations save millions in direct costs while increasing production, improving quality, and reducing inventories.
As co-founder of Allied Reliability Group (ARG), John successfully led the company to become a recognized industry leader with a complete solution of services and products utilizing a robust “Do-Teach-Find” deployment model enabled by iReliability™ Reliability Management System. Most recently, John was instrumental in merging ARG with T.F. Hudgins and now serves as Executive Vice President of Reliability Solutions, focused on combined company’s reliability-centered growth strategy.

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: How to Develop an Award-winning, Future-focused, Survivable ACM Program

Jack Nicholas, Sole Proprietor, Jack R. Nicholas, Jr.
Within the last several years some new advancements in Asset Condition Monitoring (ACM), or as it used to be called, Predictive Maintenance, have been proven to change the way in which predictive technologies are employed, results communicated and programs assessed. This workshop will provide in-depth exploration of key features proven to work in extremely effective, award winning programs. It will also link these attributes to the newly issued ISO55000 series Asset Management standard and show how they influence risk as defined by the ISO31000 Risk Management standard and the newly issued Asset Condition Monitoring Program Managers’ Guide. Impact of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) big data management, cloud computing and advanced analytics will be demonstrated along with the most recent advances in ACM and supporting technologies wil be discussed. This workshop provides useful information for equipment owners, condition monitoring and IIoT services suppliers, vendors of predictive technologies, operators, supervisors and managers, ACM program leaders and champions who have any role in or benefit from ACM application. It applies to organizations either starting up or wanting to upgrade their existing programs with the goal of becoming world-class in performance. This workshop will cover the following topics: Overview of the Asset Condition Monitoring Project Manager’s Guide co-authored by the workshop leader, Terrance O’Hanlon and Dave Reiber published in January 2017; Recent and expected future advances in technology affecting asset condition monitoring What must be done by ACM-focused organizations to take best advantage of the Industrial Internet of Things, big data management, cloud computing and advanced analytics; ACM program master plans content, value in program defense, periodic update and other uses; Impact of ACM on all plant life cycle phases described by ISO55000 and risk management per ISO31000; Examples of ACM monetary benefits and key performance indicators and ways to document them will be shown.

The workshop leader has over 40 years of experience developing, supporting and assessing ACM programs in government agencies (DOE, DOD, NRC), petrochemical processing, utility, primary metals manufacturing and other venues in North America, Asia, Australia and the Caribbean. He has been project manager for ACM research, development and introduction in field application of multiple technologies. He has written extensively on these subjects for books, workshops, professional paper presentations and magazine articles, including the definitive text on ACM Management published in December 2016.

AMWS3: Oil Analysis Interpretation & Case Studies

Steven Dobie, Reliability Specialist, Fluid Life
Enter the world of oil analysis interpretation; come learn from real world examples from a variety of industries, how to properly analyze and action oil analysis results. All the case studies discussed are all real world examples from both mobile fleets and stationary equipment. Using these real world examples you will gain a greater understanding of detection limits, interferences, repeatability, reproducibility and other laboratory terminology regularly used. Learn the importance of selecting a proper laboratory and what you should expect your laboratory to provide to you. This workshop will also look at examples from a systemic point of view, such as extending oil drain intervals, filtration projects, and warranty claims. Finally we will review oil analysis success stories, leading and lagging indicators, and a business case to help you maximize your return on investment of your oil analysis program.

Steven Dobie, a graduate from the University of Alberta in Materials Engineering, has been with Fluid Life for over two years. At Fluid Life he is part of the team responsible for the Condition Assessment and Reliability Evaluation (CARE) team, reviewing samples and creating maintenance actions for samples. Over his tenure at Fluid Life Steven has personally reviewed over 10,000 Samples, and created more than 3,000 maintenance actions. Additional to this, Steven regularly audits customer sites that aim to improve their oil analysis and lubrication programs. Steven also has a passion for data analysis, using his engineering background and statistical methods he is able to discover systemic issues at customer sites and affect real, measurable change.

AMWS4: Application of Advanced Signal Analysis Techniques for Machinery Fault Diagnosis

Dr. Suri Ganeriwala , President, Spectra Quest Inc.
During the past decade a significant research has been carried out in a large number of universities around the world in machinery fault diagnosis. The new development has tremendous potential to systematize and provide a sound scientific basis for machine condition monitoring and fault diagnosis. It will make it possible to automate the condition monitoring process, develop smart devices and perform accurate diagnostics remotely in concert with the current trends of IoT. This workshop will provide attendees with the applications of recent development in signal processing techniques for diagnosing machine defects using vibration and motor current signals. The emphasis will be on cepstrum analysis, spectral kurtosis and order tracking although other techniques such as MED, DRS, and phase/amplitude demodulations will also be described. I will explain the fundamental principles in a simplified manner using physical basis rather than the underlying complex mathematical structure. Hands-on demonstration using a machinery fault simulator will be provided. We will collect the data with seeded faults and analyze the results. I will also use case histories to illustrate and explain the application of these techniques. Attendee will also learn how to utilize their existing vibration analysis tools to extract more information from the vibration signal using the currently available data collectors and analysis software. The benefits will include how to rationally determine the sampling rate, resolution, max frequency, and how to distinguish if you are missing a frequency component in your selected resolution.

Dr. Suri Ganeriwala is the founder and President of SpectraQuest Inc. Suri has over 30 years of industrial and academic experience in machinery vibration diagnostics and control, signal processing and viscoelastic materials characterisation. Suri has worked for Philip Morris, Firestone and Martin Marietta Aerospace. He has developed a unique method of instruction using the SpectraQuest machinery fault simulator (MFS), which is his creation from concept to completion. He has authored over 50 papers and articles in journals, magazines, conference proceedings and books. He obtained a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas, Austin, USA. Suri serves on the MFPT Board of Directors and is Leader of the Signal Analysis Forum.

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: Improving Electrical Reliability by Implementing a Motor Diagnostic and Testing Program

William Kruger, Technical & Training Coordinator, 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.

PMWS3: Detecting and preventing rolling element bearing faults

Jason Tranter, Founder & CEO, Mobius Institute
One of the most important duties of a vibration analyst is to detect bearing faults at the earliest stage so that the replacement task can be properly planned, and where possible, the life can be extended. This workshop will explore how vibration analysis, ultrasound, and wear particle analysis can be used to detect those early warnings and then monitor their condition to estimate the life of the bearing. But detecting faults is only half the job. The key to success is to prevent them from occurring. So this workshop will discuss the reasons why bearings fail and how we can prevent failure and therefore achieve the longest life. The condition monitoring team can play a key role, but we will also discuss the broader reliability, maintenance, engineering and operational factors.

One of the most important duties of a vibration analyst is to detect bearing faults at the earliest stage so that the replacement task can be properly planned, and where possible, the life can be extended. This workshop will explore how vibration analysis, ultrasound, and wear particle analysis can be used to detect those early warnings and then monitor their condition to estimate the life of the bearing. But detecting faults is only half the job. The key to success is to prevent them from occurring. So this workshop will discuss the reasons why bearings fail and how we can prevent failure and therefore achieve the longest life. The condition monitoring team can play a key role, but we will also discuss the broader reliability, maintenance, engineering and operational factors.

PMWS4: Resonance Testing

Tony DeMatteo, Owner, 4X Diagnostics
This workshop describes diagnostic testing methods and instrumentation that can be used to solve difficult vibration and other issues on rotating equipment and structures. The workshop will include discussion, illustration and real world examples of diagnostic techniques such as Time and Frequency based Operational Deflection Shape testing, Modal Analysis, operational and non-operational resonance testing methods, shaft vibration, noise and Stress Wave measurements.

Tony is a Category IV vibration analyst. He is a highly skilled diagnostic measurement, signal analyst and technical training instructor with 39-years experience. He is accomplished in vibration measurement and analysis, modal analysis, operational deflection shape testing, acoustics, dynamic balancing, transient capture, on-line monitoring, floor vibration testing and product defect analysis. He is experienced in a wide range of industries and equipment. Tony began his career in 1974 as a field machinist at Eastman Kodak Company in Rochester, NY. In 1977 he transitioned into Kodak’s Equipment Diagnostics Group and worked for twenty years a full time vibration analyst and group leader. After leaving Kodak in 1998, Tony worked for Emerson Process Management, CSI Division as a senior consultant and training instructor. Tony received two service awards for outstanding performance while working for Emerson. In July 2005, Tony left Emerson/CSI and started his own company, 4X Diagnostics. 4X Diagnostics provides diagnostic measurement and analysis, mentoring, modal analysis, operational deflection shape testing, modal/ODS training, remote monitoring and analysis and in-plant or public vibration technology training courses. Certifications: Category IV Certified Vibration Analyst Certified training instructor for Mobius Institute in North America RAD Worker trained MSHA Certification Part 48

DAY 2

KN2: Keynote: The Speed of Life

Brian Shul , Retired U.S. Air Force Pilot
As an Air Force fighter pilot, Brian was shot down in the Vietnam War and severely burned in the ensuing crash. Initially given up for dead, he was finally rescued and spent one year in hospitals, endured 15 surgeries and was told his flying days were over.  Amazingly, Brian returned to active duty flying, and became one of only 93 men in history to fly the SR-71 spy plane, the fastest jet ever built.
“The SR-71 Blackbird was the most remarkable aircraft of the twentieth century,” Shul said. “I feel privileged to have been one of only 93 men to have flown it. From laying near death in the jungles of Vietnam, to flying the world’s fastest jet, I’ve been truly blessed and look forward to sharing my stories and images with the fine folks at IMVAC.”
Brian masterfully uses his story as a vehicle to tell a broader inspired story of hope, overcoming obstacles and daring to dream.  From lying near death in the jungles of Southeast Asia to flying the world’s fastest jet.

Brian Shul is one of the most popular and dynamic keynote speakers in America today. His compelling story of living fearlessly and embracing the opportunities each day brings, resonates with men and woman of all ages. As an Air Force fighter pilot, Brian was shot down in the Vietnam War and severely burned in the ensuing crash. Initially given up for dead, he was finally rescued and spent one year in hospitals, endured 15 surgeries and was told his flying days were over. Amazingly, Brian returned to active duty flying, and became one of only 93 men in history to fly the SR-71 spy plane, the fastest jet ever built. Brian masterfully uses his aviation slides and stories as a vehicle to tell a broader inspired story of hope, overcoming obstacles and daring to dream. From lying near death in the jungles of Southeast Asia to flying the world’s fastest jet, Brian shares his amazing story in this most unforgettable one-of-a-kind presentation that both inspires and educates.

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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 226 wind turbines. He holds degrees in Mech Eng as well as BSc IT and has worked in the reliability and maintenance industry for 10 years on large industrial plants.

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2S1: Case Study: Combined Use of ESA/MCSA and Vibration for Accurate Time To Failure Estimation

Howard Penrose, President, MotorDoc LLC

The combined use of mechanical vibration analysis and electrical/current signature analysis provide a greater dimension of fault detection and confirmation within an electric machine.  In this presentation will will discuss the vibration and ESA fault detection of rotor bar faults in three medium voltage compressor motors and how the combined use allowed the risk of catestrophic failure to be assessed.  The use of both technologies reduced fault detection and analysis to minutes versus the weeks of troubleshooting leading up to the combined use.

Howard W Penrose, Ph.D., CMRP is the president of MotorDoc LLC, Web-Editor-in-Chief for the IEEE Dielectrics and Electrical Insulation Society, and Vice Chair of the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP). He is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP), vibration analyst, electrical signature analyst, infrared analyst as well as multiple other technologies. He received 5 UAW-GM People Make Quality Happen Awards from 2005-2009 and awards for his books on electrical motor diagnostics and physical asset management. He is a past Senior Research Engineer for the University of Illinois’ (UIC) Energy Resources Center and past adjunct professor of industrial engineering and industrial safety at UIC. Dr. Penrose has been involved in electrical machine technologies from design to repair and applications to forensics on systems from nuclear power to steel, LVAD heart pumps to NASA wind tunnels, and hybrid vehicles (passenger and heavy equipment hybrid machine design / GM until 2009 and John Deere including assember training through the present) to wind turbines. His company, MotorDoc LLC, is responsible for electric machine condition for the largest chiller plant in North America (National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD) as well as similar projects globally. Presently, in one of his roles on the board of SMRP, he serves as the Chair of Government Affairs and advises Homeland Security, NIST and policymakers as part of standing committees related to cybersecurity and cyberphysical systems related to physical asset management. He is a member of IEEE, SMRP, Vibration Institute, AIST, AWEA and MENSA as well as a UAW Local 1981 author and publisher. In his spare time he is the Managing Partner in a major powerlifting gym near Chicago and a world-class powerlifting competitor, World referee and trainer with numerous world, national and state records, including Team USA World Champion for the World Powerlifting Congress (2012-2016).

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3S1: (90 min.) HD Vibration Technologies Give the Clearest Picture and Earliest Pre Warning Times

Ron Kittle , Managing Director, SPM Instrument Inc.

Explanation of HD Vibration Technologies and how they differ from traditional Vibration Technologies.  Multiple case stories to present to include but not limited to:  Gearbox using psudo tachometer, low RPM bearing analysis.

Ron has over 20 years of experience in the maintenance and reliability fields, primarily focusing on condition monitoring products related to vibration analysis across many industries. Ron has extensive experience in wireless and on-line condition monitoring systems, most recent notable work in the wind energy and mining industries. Ron’s career started in the US Army where he spent time as a Combat Vehicle Mechanic. Other early career experiences include oil analysis on high voltage transformers and work in the power generation plants where he began focusing on predictive maintenance techniques. Ron has studied electronics at the National Institute of Electronics, holding many certifications in predictive maintenance technologies such as thermography and vibration analysis. Ron is Managing Director for SPM Instrument Inc. USA, a global leader in condition monitoring that exclusively develops and markets all the advanced technologies to measure, analyze and present condition data from complex machinery.

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4S1: The Key to Machinery Reliability

Tod M Baer , Production Specialist IV - Reliability, Minnkota Power Cooperative Inc.

Is your equipment operating smoothly, reliably (10+ years MTBF) and not impacting the O&M budget with unplanned failures? If the answer is yes, then great you’ve found the key!If not, this presentation will provide information on the use of vibration analysis and other tools to help understand and create machinery reliability.Discoveries and lessons learned over the past 25 years will be presented which led to finding the key that opened the treasure chest of reliability. The goal of this presentation is to help others use vibration analysis and other tools to discover their own key to the reliability tool chest. The presenter will provide all attendees key documents that will help unlock the reliability treasure chest.

Tod currently holds the position of Production Specialist IV – Reliability at Minnkota Power’s coal-fired generating facilities located at Center ND. Minnkota Power Cooperative Inc, is a generation and transmission utility which serves 11 member-owner cooperatives located in eastern North Dakota and western Minnesota. Tod has been working in the reliability centered maintenance field since 1983 at the facility. His current responsibilities are managing and overseeing the facility’s Reliability Program which includes the PD/PM Program, Loss Elimination, RCA, Asset Control and Care Process. He is very passionate about Pd, PM and RCM, as a practitioner, instructor and mentor in the fields of vibration, lubrication, ultrasonics, thermography, RCFA and precision maintenance. In the mid 1980’s he was the driving force in the development and implementation of Minnkota Power’s Pd/PM program, and supervised Minnkota’s Pd/PM team. In the 1990’s, using information obtained from the Pd/PM, CMMS and RCA programs Tod justified the need to adapt precision maintenance philosophies into the facility’s maintenance program. Today, Minnkota Power’s, Asset Reliability Maintenance Program, incorporates most maintenance philosophies and technologies. The evolving 40 year old maintenance program has been very successful and has played an important role in the power plants’ success as a cost effective, reliable energy producer. The program and the individuals championing the program have served as a guidepost to others seeking similar results.

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1S2: Case Study: Avoidable 10 Cell Cooling Tower Catastrophic Failure

Lance Bisinger, Principal, Allied Reliability Group

After gaining some credibility as the new vibration analysis program coordinator at a nuclear power plant, I began receiving visits from the craft and operations supervisors. One request involved concern over a 10+2 cooling tower assembly. The operators had begun refusing to make their required visual inspections from the top deck citing structural concerns. This presentation will discuss the troubleshooting steps and recommendations following the Operational Deflection Shape analysis.

As a Principal for Allied Reliability Group, Lance Bisinger represents the entire range of company products and services. His 30 years as a practitioner developing and implementing consulting solutions affords him unparalleled insight when partnering with clients to design reliability solutions. Lance started his career in the United States Navy as a nuclear trained electrician’s mate assigned to fast attack submarines. His experience and qualifications include machinery troubleshooting and problem solving; Root Cause Failure Analysis (RCFA); shop and field balancing; reliability program evaluation, implementation, and management; quality control and quality assurance; and project management. Industries served include: electric power generation, food, grain, manufacturing, water treatment, extrusion, pharmaceutical, government, facilities, healthcare and chemical. He specializes in Reliability Centered Maintenance improvement projects encompassing master data, CMMS updates, failure modes analysis, criticality, equipment maintenance plans, preventive maintenance optimization, training, planning/scheduling, SOP development, and condition monitoring deployment. Lance is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) and Certified Reliability Leader (CRL).

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2S2: (90 min.) Fourth Down and It’s Time to Run or Punt. Can Your Organization Deliver the Core Five?

Jeff Shiver, President, People and Processes Inc.

Increased automation continues to drive higher expectations on the Maintenance function. Management seeks greater asset reliability that translates to equipment availability, increased safety and environmental compliance, and better product quality. At the same time, organizations are challenged to reduce maintenance and production cost. These wants are all interconnected.  As an example, reliability drives safety. Yet many organizations fail to execute in a manner that enables these five objectives.

In this 90-minute learning session, Jeff Shiver CMRP, CPMM, CRL will share concepts that you can apply on your return to the site.  Starting with the larger maintenance and operations picture, Jeff will drill down into individual components that organizations must effectively implement and execute to achieve management’s goal.   Effective condition-based maintenance is one component of many required for success.

Jeff Shiver CMRP, CPMM, Certified RCM2 & RCM3 Practitioner
Jeff Shiver guides people and organizations to success in the Reliability Best Practices. Working together in partnership, we move beyond the status quo in culture, business results, and most importantly, people.
Jeff has over 25 years of practitioner experience. Within Mars North America, he worked at four plant locations and held two corporate roles. Job functions included Engineering, Maintenance, and Operations management. Before Mars, he held contract engineering positions at Proctor and Gamble, and IBM.
Founding People and Processes, Inc. in 2006, Jeff is a trusted advisor for the Maintenance and Reliability community. He is a conference speaker, thought leader, published in domestic and international trade journals, and co-author of “Kitting in Maintenance.” He is also the Membership Services Director for the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP).

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3S1: (90 min.) HD Vibration Technologies Give the Clearest Picture and Earliest Pre Warning Times

Ron Kittle , Managing Director, SPM Instrument Inc.

Explanation of HD Vibration Technologies and how they differ from traditional Vibration Technologies.  Multiple case stories to present to include but not limited to:  Gearbox using psudo tachometer, low RPM bearing analysis.

Ron has over 20 years of experience in the maintenance and reliability fields, primarily focusing on condition monitoring products related to vibration analysis across many industries. Ron has extensive experience in wireless and on-line condition monitoring systems, most recent notable work in the wind energy and mining industries. Ron’s career started in the US Army where he spent time as a Combat Vehicle Mechanic. Other early career experiences include oil analysis on high voltage transformers and work in the power generation plants where he began focusing on predictive maintenance techniques. Ron has studied electronics at the National Institute of Electronics, holding many certifications in predictive maintenance technologies such as thermography and vibration analysis. Ron is Managing Director for SPM Instrument Inc. USA, a global leader in condition monitoring that exclusively develops and markets all the advanced technologies to measure, analyze and present condition data from complex machinery.

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4S2: How to measure tribology using a 100 kHz sampling rate vibration analyzer

Ray Garvey , R&D Engineer, I-care Reliability Inc.
  1. Tribology is the study of friction, lubrication, and wear; and it is the study of surfaces in relative motion.
  2. Vibration analysis is commonly used to measure the dynamic displacements, velocities, and forceful accelerations of machine components.
  3. In this workshop you will learn
    • Gain physical understanding and appreciate for each of the eight common mechanisms of component failure (common: abrasion, adhesion, fatigue, and corrosion; less common: erosion, cavitation, electrical discharge, and deposition).
    • Connect each of these mechanisms with probable root causes; and you will learn how to mitigate the individual and combined effects of these causes.
    • How to use vibration analysis to detect when lubrication is effective and when it is inadequate.
    • How to use vibration analysis to detect other tribology related failure mechanisms taking place.
    • What are appropriate corrective actions in response to the revealed mechanisms.
  4. Experiments using 102.4 kHs and 204.8 kHz sampling rate vibration analyzers will demonstrate tribology mechanisms, associated vibration analysis signatures, and automated findings.
Ray is an engineer and inventor named on two dozen US patents associated with oil analyzers, infrared thermography, machine monitoring, and composite structures. Ray is known for his participation in developing CSI 5100 and CSI 5200 minilabs. Ray received his BS Degree from West Point and MS degree from the University of Tennessee. His professional certifications have included Professional Engineer (PE), Certified Lubrication Specialist (CLS), and US Army Engineer (LTC retired). Ray worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers, US DOE Uranium Gas Centrifuge Program, CSI Emerson Process Management, I-care Reliability Inc., and Spectro Scientific.

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1S3: Bearing Faults Diagnosis by Using Brain Wave with Machine Consciousness and Emotions

Madhavendra Saxena , Research Scholar, Poornima University

This paper introduces a new approach for predicting faults of Bearing with collaborative interfacing with machine, and Brain. There are five types of brain waves: alpha, beta, theta, delta, and gamma. These brain wave are obtain from electroencephalography (EEG) and magneto encephalography (MEG).Our brain uses its 8 ¬ 13 cycles per second. Theta waves are a medium amplitude, and medium frequency of 4 – 7.5 Hz. We have find theta in places where we hold memories, sensations and emotions.  In this paper, we also consider various perspectives related to cognitive and information science to conclude that consciousness is a physical phenomenon. Aurdino based vibration sensors is used to get the data of raw vibration and Matlab is used to do the signal processing.  Continuous Wavelet Transform (CWT) is used and signatures were made. This work is carried out for inner race and outer race faults. The signatures obtained are found to be unique for a particular type of bearing fault and can be used for identification of bearing fault from feature Extraction FFT, CWT and classification by ANN and EEMD resuts of 98.1 % . Distrust was thrown upon Mind’s instruments; All that it takes for reality’s shining coin proved fact, fixed inference, deduction clear, Firm theory, assured significance. The human feelings attached with emotions are listed below:
1. Love/Sringara  2. Joy/Hasya  3. Wonder/Adhuta  4. Courage/Vira  5. Peace/Shanta  6. Sadness/Karuna  7. Anger/Raudra 8. Fear/Bhayanaka 9. Disgust/Vibhasta
This paper also identifies four different areas of Machine consciousness research and its category:
MC1. Machine with the external behavior associated with consciousness.
MC2. Machine with the cognitive characteristics associated with consciousness.
MC3. Machine with an architecture that is claimed to be a cause or correlate of human consciousness.MC4. Phenomenally conscious Machines.

This classification starts with systems that replicate aspects of human behavior and moves on to systems that are attempting to create real artificial consciousness. Although there is a certain amount of overlap between these categories, they are a useful way of understanding.

Higher Education Professional Specialized In Mechanical Engineering To Develop Students At International Level. He Is Responsible For Creating Awareness Of The Benefits Of Proactive Condition Monitoring Through The Use Of Intelligent Maintenance System Such As Precision Alignment, Vibration Analysis, And Balancing To Increase Machine Reliability. Specializes In supply chain Marketing Activities Such As Public Relations, Marketing Strategy, Etc. Research Interest In Machine Consciousness ,Machine Emotions, Human Rotor Dynamics Molecular Dynamics And Machine Learning Techniques, Embedded With Human Machine Interface And Brain Machine Interface, Prior To Joining Academia In 2000 Held Several Maintenance Projects In Marble And Granite Processing.

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2S2: (90 min.) Fourth Down and It’s Time to Run or Punt. Can Your Organization Deliver the Core Five?

Jeff Shiver, President, People and Processes Inc.

Increased automation continues to drive higher expectations on the Maintenance function. Management seeks greater asset reliability that translates to equipment availability, increased safety and environmental compliance, and better product quality. At the same time, organizations are challenged to reduce maintenance and production cost. These wants are all interconnected.  As an example, reliability drives safety. Yet many organizations fail to execute in a manner that enables these five objectives.

In this 90-minute learning session, Jeff Shiver CMRP, CPMM, CRL will share concepts that you can apply on your return to the site.  Starting with the larger maintenance and operations picture, Jeff will drill down into individual components that organizations must effectively implement and execute to achieve management’s goal.   Effective condition-based maintenance is one component of many required for success.

Jeff Shiver CMRP, CPMM, Certified RCM2 & RCM3 Practitioner
Jeff Shiver guides people and organizations to success in the Reliability Best Practices. Working together in partnership, we move beyond the status quo in culture, business results, and most importantly, people.
Jeff has over 25 years of practitioner experience. Within Mars North America, he worked at four plant locations and held two corporate roles. Job functions included Engineering, Maintenance, and Operations management. Before Mars, he held contract engineering positions at Proctor and Gamble, and IBM.
Founding People and Processes, Inc. in 2006, Jeff is a trusted advisor for the Maintenance and Reliability community. He is a conference speaker, thought leader, published in domestic and international trade journals, and co-author of “Kitting in Maintenance.” He is also the Membership Services Director for the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP).

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3S2: 1, 2, 4, 8, 16 ... The Mysteries of Channel Count

Ron Newman, Sales & Technical Support, PRUFTECHNIK Canada

The technology of route-based vibration data collection / acquisition has made giant steps in the last several decades.  Looking back just to the early ‘80’s most users were still using a simple overall vibration meter and clipboard!  Measurement data was then transferred to spreadsheets for archiving and trending!  Fast forward to 2017, now multi-channel signal analyzers allow the user to collect vast amounts of data simultaneously … is this data fully understood, or is it needed, or more to the point, is it contributing in a meaningful way to the question of machine condition?  Far too often the justification for multi-channel data acquisition is speed, and certainly faster data acquisition time in the field leaves more time for other activities – post-processing, diagnosis, etc. – but faster isn’t always better, and the old axiom “if one channel is good, two must be better, three, four, ad infinitum” isn’t always valid.  Good vibration analysts have an intuitive understanding of machinery vibration, but huge amounts of data is often difficult to correlate, and often counterproductive, i.e., having the opposite of the desired effect.
Courtesy Wikipedia:
Counterproductive is anything that is more of an “obstacle” than a help in the achieving of a productive project or an objective

The presentation “take-aways” will include;

  1. Expand upon and explain the technology and history of single channel data acquisition
  2. Progress to dual channel measurement and the importance of “frequency response”
  3. Highlight the current trend to multi-channel applications
  4. And finally, provide participants with the fundamentals, and a basic selection guideline, i.e., a roadmap based in specific requirements.
Ron is a MIBoC (Mobius Institute Board of Certification) CAT III Vibration Analyst, accredited BSc, and has been involved in machinery vibration and acoustics for 35+ years. Beginning with IRD Mechanalysis (now Rockwell) in 1977, he spent 4+ years providing sales and consulting field services to Ontario industries. After a short time with Schenck-Trebel, where he gained an intimate knowledge of dynamic balancing applications, Ron spent 23 years with Bruel & Kjaer, a world leader in sound and vibration measurement. Throughout his career he has provided formal training seminars and workshops, and served as a part-time instructor of sound and vibration at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT). Currently, through a partnership between PRÜFTECHNIK and MOBIUS, Ron acts as senior Mobius instructor for ISO CAT I, CAT II and CAT III vibration analysis courses in Canada. He is an invited conference speaker, and has presented and/or published, webinars, workshops, and magazine articles on a variety of “condition monitoring” subjects such as Dynamic Balancing, Rolling Element Bearing Analysis, Machinery Resonance, and Proactive Maintenance.

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4S3: 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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1S4a: (20 min.) Case Study: Troubleshooting Vibration Problem In Centrifugal Compressor Manufacturing

Yubo Nian , Compressor Engineer, Trane/Ingersoll Rand

Vibration analysis is an important tool for condition monitoring, failure diagnosis and equipment life prediction. It also can be a powerful tool for new equipment development and manufacturing. This paper presents a case study of troubleshooting a vibration problem in Trane’s compressor plant when a new compressor family was launched. Three out of the first four new compressors off the assembly line had high vibration that exceeded Trane’s internal compressor vibration specification. This case study outlines the factors that contribute to the vibration and describes the conducted troubleshooting techniques. Vibration data was acquired on multiple compressors under different running conditions.  Structural hit tests and trim balance were performed on compressors in question. The hit test result was plugged back into the rotordynamic model. The structural interaction between the compressor and test stand was identified as the primary cause. Modifications made to the test stand successfully reduced the vibration. Further, a data collection plan was implemented to monitor other compressor configurations in the same compressor family.

Yubo Nian is a Compressor Design Engineer with Trane Company in La Crosse, Wisconsin. He is currently working in centrifugal refrigerant compressor research and development. His responsibility includes factory support for compressor vibration and troubleshooting for field equipment vibration issues. Mr. Nian is a registered Professional Engineer in Wisconsin. He received his MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from University of Florida.

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2S3: Electrical Preventive Maintenance & Changes to NFPA 70E

Tim Rohrer, President / Founder, Exiscan

Recent and pending changes to the NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace (and CSA Z462) have real implications on your Electrical Preventive Maintenance strategies and practices. Recent changes to the standards make it clear that proper maintenance is the responsibility of the equipment owner. The 2015 revision changed the way that workers and mangers considered maintenance and condition of equipment prior to beginning work. It was also made it clear that improper maintenance could dramatically increase risks to worker safety and may significantly effect PPE needs. The 2018 revision will change the way that we assess and control for risks — a very important change. Are you and your team properly assessing and controlling the risks present during condition monitoring activities?

This presentation will highlight the most important standards changes for people involved in electrical condition monitoring. It will then explore some foundational safety principles that make compliance easier or automatic.

Tim Rohrer is Founder and President of Exiscan LLC — manufacturer of industrial electrical safety products including infrared windows, visual inspection windows and ultrasound ports. Tim is a CMPR (Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional), and Level 2 Thermographer who earned his BA from Providence College. With over a decade in the predictive maintenance industry, he has written and published dozens technical papers, magazine articles and tutorials, and is a sought-after presenter at electrical and predictive maintenance conferences. He is a member of IEEE Industrial Applications Society, a committee Chair for the IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Committee, and a sub-committee Chair for the IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop. Tim has a passion for electrical safety and is a committee/working group member on several current and emerging IEEE standards, including: ANSI/IEEE 1584 Guide for Performing Arc Flash Hazard Calculations, IEEE 1683 Guide for Improved Safety & Reliability of MCCs, IEEE 1814 Guide for Electrical System Design Techniques to Improve Electrical Safety, ANSI/IEEE C37.20.2 Standard for Metal Clad Switchgear, ANSI/IEEE C37.20.7 Guide for Internal Arcing Tests, and ANSI/IEEE C37.59 Requirements for Conversion of Power Switchgear. Tim is also a non-voting Task Group Member for CSA Z462 Workplace Electrical Safety Standard (Canada), and for NFPA 70E Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace.

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3S3: (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.

1S4b: (20 min.) Case Study: Sub-sychronous Vibration and Compressor Rotor Instability

Ahmad Fadzli Ismail , Staff Engineer, MLNG Sdn. Bhd.

During commissioning of Boil-Off Gas (BOG) Compressor train, the compressor tripped three times due to high vibration while compressor discharge pressure being raised up. Root Cause Analysis (RCA) was formed to analyze the vibration data and other observation. Sub-synchronous frequency vibration was observed in forward and reverse direction. The orbit also indicating rubbing phenomena. Compressor was dismantled and fact finding inspection revealed rubbing marks on the impellers and diaphragm. Several corrective actions were implement. During first verification run the compressor tripped again on similar vibration behavior but at higher discharge pressure than before. The compressor was dismantled and later reassembled with swirl brake labyrinths. The compressor was restarted for the second verification run according to defined procedure. The verification run was successfully performed and the specified discharge pressure of 78.6 was achieved. Later it was also further increase to design discharge pressure and vibration level still remain low. This presentation will cover the vibration analyze done, rotor stability study and root cause to this vibration problem.

More than 11 years experience in LNG plant maintenance of rotating equipment. Spent almost 3 years in project as Lead Rotating Equipment Engineer building world first on-shore Boil Off Gas Reliquefaction plant. Certified as Mobius Vibration Analyst Cat III and Machinery Lubrication Analyst (MLA II). Involvement in reliability study, major maintenance activities, condition monitoring, troubleshooting and root cause failure analysis of GE Frame Heavy Duty Gas Turbine, Siemens SGT-700 gas turbine, Mitsubishi steam turbines, Siemens-Dresser Rand centrifugal compressor, Nouvo Pignone Centrifugal and axial compressor, Instrument Air oil free screw and intergral gear centrifugal compressor, API 610 pumps and Cryogenic submersible centrifugal pump. Heavily participate in organization capability development by conducting training and coaching session to junior and senior engineers.

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1S5: Vibration Measurement Techniques for Continuously Varying Speed Machinery

Greg Lee, Senior Project Manager, PRUFTECHNIK

We will examine different successful strategies to monitor machinery that is continuously changing speed.  Continuously Variable Speed Machinery is different than the typical variable speed machine.  Most Variable Speed Machines run in a steady state and only occasionally change speeds.  Machines that continuously change their speed such as Take-Up Reals, Process Feed Pumps, Silicon Wafer Saws, and Electric Mining Shovels present unique challenges to vibration measurement.  In these cases, the vibration and waveform are in a continuous state of change due to process or operational demands.  When a measurement starts and the RPM is changing, skewing or smearing of the spectrum results in a spectrum that is difficult if not impossible to pull specific frequency information from.  In addition, load and other contributing process conditions increase the difficulty of obtaining a trend-able result.  Come explore the various approaches of Order Tracking Spectrums and Trending with Operating States to successfully monitor this classification of machines.  Identify problems before they go critical!

Greg received his BS Degree from Michigan Technological University in 1982 where he was a member of the National Deans List. Since his employment with IRD Mechanalysis in the mid 1080s, he has worked for several major vibration measurement companies as well as provided condition based maintenance programs for a number of mining companies and paper companies. In 1995 he joined PRUFTECHNIK Inc. where he served as Vice President in charge of USA vibration operations. He now serves as the North American Special Project Manager and serves on PRUFTECHNIK’s international product development team. Throughout his career in condition based maintenance he has earned numerous certifications and awards. Greg resides in Gardnerville Nevada where he and his wife of 39 years, Cindy have raised their 5 children and currently have 7 grandchildren. Greg enjoys Snow Skiing, Motorcycle Touring, Mountain Biking and is a Sailplane (Glider) Pilot. Greg can be contacted at greg.lee@pruftechnik.com or (844) 242-6296.

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2S4: Making Reliability Lean & Mean

Noah Bethel , VP Product Development, PdMA Corporation

If times get tough…the tough get going. If the recent decade has not presented you or your company with some tough economic times, then you are blessed and highly favored. For the rest of us faced with maintaining a high reliability standard to ensure a competitive bottom line for our company the following information should be helpful in getting the most out of your electric maintenance budget.

Noah has over twenty-six years of broad operations and electrical systems maintenance experience in industrial, commercial, and military settings ranging from nuclear submarines to world class amusement parks. His experience includes high and low voltage, AC and DC, power generation, power distribution, motors, and motor controllers. Noah is currently in charge of product development for new and existing PdM technology at PdMA Corporation.

Noah is a graduate of the University of the State of New York and the Naval Nuclear Power School and Training Unit. He is a Certified Maintenance Reliability Professional, with field experience in motor circuit analysis, current signature, power analysis, thermography, vibration analysis, oil analysis and ultrasonic testing.

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3S3: (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: Utilizing Vibration Analysis to Properly Monitor & Perform Diagnostics on Vertical Pumps

Stephen Bailey , Senior Test Analyst, IVC Technologies

Vertical pumps are found in various applications throughout the world, and can be some of the hardest pieces of equipment to effectively monitor / diagnose utilizing route based vibration analysis tools in a Predictive Maintenance Programs.  This presentation will be designed to review some the various types of vertical pumps an analyst might be asked to monitor / troubleshoot, highlight various challenges that will be faced when setting up to perform vibration analysis on these assets, and discuss some unique instances where standard vibration analysis techniques were not suitable for properly diagnosing the root cause for vibration related issues in these asset types utilizing real world case history examples.

I currently have over 20 years of industrial maintenance experience, with over 15 years being in Predictive Maintenance / Reliability Technologies. I am a certified Level 3 vibration analyst who specializes in performing diagnostic testing in many industrial environments (i.e. Petro-Chemical, Power Generation, Steel Manufacturing, Wood Products, Mining, Air Separation, Offshore Oil Field Development, etc.). I am qualified to use multi-channel / transient vibration analysis tools, strain gages, 4-20 mA process data interfaces, Operational Deflection Shape (ODS) analysis, experimental MODAL analysis, on-line condition monitoring, and machinery protection systems for testing purposes.

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2S5: Industrial Internet of Things Condition Monitoring and Vibration Monitoring

Daniel Yarmoluk, Director Business Development, ATEK Access Technologies

The Internet of Things has become an abstract discussion of billions of connected devices and information streaming to make data-driven decisions.  Broadly speaking, this topic is how to transform your business through an efficiency analysis, increasing the level of automation, potentially adding another revenue stream or new business model to personalized or customized products and services.  An IoT enabled solution in connected manufacturing includes connectivity, intelligence, pattern analysis and ultimately, predictability.  Predictive maintenance should be seen as predictive algorithms to extend the life of the machine akin to a doctor-patient relationship and lifetime extension.  In assessing a patient, we have to look at the holistic view of health as we would with IoT, the true value will lie in an integrated end-to-end on the manufacturing floor and each connected component has a incremental IoT value.  IoT or connected manufacturing is literally “connecting” Operational Technology (OT) and Informational Technology (IT), meaning production and core business processes have end-to-end visibility or what is known as visibility from the shop floor to the top floor.  This presentation will focus on the first step of connecting a broader visibility from the operator to the maintenance technician and top floor and mapping this information back to its core business processes in order to increase efficiencies and reliability.  Companies are running extremely lean with less resources and smaller and more stringent CAPEX spend.  Understand the technology and human inputs required at every step of the value chain to produce tangible, immediate results with continuous monitoring, automated reporting, integrated into workflow and service to unlock intelligent maintenance.  Plant personnel, OEM vibration service monitoring and IIoT collaboration examples will be illustrated.

 

Dan Yarmoluk is the business and market development lead for ATEK’s IoT products which include TankScan and AssetScan.  Dan has been involved in analytics, embedded design and components of mobile products for over a decade with a focus on creating and driving IIoT automation, condition monitoring and predictive maintenance programs with technology with how analytics and business models intersect to drive added value and digital transformation. Industries served include: oil and gas, refining, chemical, precision agriculture, food, pulp and paper, mining, transportation, filtration, field services and distribution. He publishes frequently and is launching “All Things Data” podcast in July with The University of St. Thomas and Dr. Manjeet Rege.  He has an MBA and a Master’s of Data Science.  Dan can be reached at dyarmoluk@atekcompanies.com.

 

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3S4: Ultrasound Assisted Lubrication: 3 Ways To Improve Lubrication Practices

Adrian Messer, Manager of US Operations, UE Systems, Inc.

Airborne and Structure-borne ultrasound has evolved into a technology that many would consider to be the cornerstone of an effective condition based maintenance program. From compressed air & gas leak detection, electrical inspection, and various mechanical inspections, ultrasound is truly a versatile tool for anyone’s CBM “toolbox.” One application in particular that has seen a large increase in usage, is to use ultrasound for condition based lubrication of bearings.

Studies have shown that the most common causes of premature bearing failures are related to lubrication.  From over lubrication, under lubrication, using the wrong grease for the wrong application, mixing incompatible greases, to lubricant contamination, they are all related to lubrication.  Ultrasound assisted lubrication helps to take the guesswork out of how much lubricant to apply.  Additionally, typical lubrication programs are based on timed intervals.  With time based lubrication, the tendency is to over lubricate.  Lubricant is applied at timed intervals whether the equipment needs to be greased or not.

When ultrasound assisted lubrication is implemented, the lubrication program moves more towards condition based lubrication rather than time based.  By sensing subtle changes in high frequency sound, ultrasonic instruments can be used to listen to bearings while applying grease.  This presentation will discuss how ultrasound is used for bearing lubrication, and three methods that can be implemented to help improve overall bearing and lubrication procedures.  Sound file examples of bearings being lubricated will be used to help attendees better understand ultrasound assisted lubrication.  Data collected from ultrasound routes will also be used to demonstrate trending, baseline and alarm information, and lubrication report generation.

Adrian Messer is the Manager of US Operations for UE Systems, Inc. For more than a decade, Adrian has been helping facilities around the country transform their reliability programs by successfully implementing Ultrasound technology for condition monitoring and energy conservation applications. As a subject matter expert on Ultrasound technology and implementation best practices, Mr. Messer has been a featured speaker at numerous industry events. He is a graduate of Clemson University and maintains close ties to the University assisting current students in a mentorship program through the College of Business & Behavioral Science. Adrian is a Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP) through the Society of Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (SMRP), and he is also a charter member of the Carolina’s Chapter of SMRP and the current interim Chairman of the chapter. Publications: Plant Services, June 2013, “PdM Can Impact Bearing Failure” Bearing News, February 2014, “Using Ultrasound to Improve Lubrication Practices” Plant Services, April 2014, “North American Electrical Safety” & “NFPA 70B & CSA Z463…Where Does Ultrasound Fit In the Standards?” MaintWorld, April 2014, “Using Ultrasound to Improve Lubrication Practices” MaintWorld, November 2014, “Towards Predictive Maintenance” Machinery Lubrication, January-February 2015, “Using Ultrasound to Improve Lubrication Practices” MaintWorld, April 2015, “Using Spectrum Analysis of Recorded Ultrasounds” Plant Services, July 2015, “Sound Analysis, Implementing Ultrasound for Condition Monitoring Applications” Bearing News, September 2015, “Preventing Failures at Sea” Bearing News, February 2016, “Using Ultrasound to Improve Lubrication Practices” Solutions, March-April 2016, “Ultrasound: Critical Component to Reliability Centered Lubrication”

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KN3: Keynote: Five Components to Successfully Sustaining Condition Based Maintenance

Jeff Shiver, President, People and Processes, Inc.

The year is 2017. At a rate of 60%, most organizations have struggled with achieving a proactive reliability centered culture for over 30 years or more. The struggle continues today. The journey to reliability is not unlike crossing a vast mountain range of progressively higher peaks. In the end, we must demonstrate our ability to adapt to changing business conditions and yield monetary results while continuously ascending the peaks on that journey.

In our talk together, Jeff will share lively insights into the key points that drive a successful condition- based maintenance (CBM) implementation and sustainment effort. These include foundational and continued management support, moving beyond the low hanging fruit, answering the “worth doing?” question, measuring the wins and losses, and finally, the constant marketing of the value received.

Jeff Shiver CMRP, CPMM, Certified RCM2 & RCM3 Practitioner
Jeff Shiver guides people and organizations to success in the Reliability Best Practices. Working together in partnership, we move beyond the status quo in culture, business results, and most importantly, people.
Jeff has over 25 years of practitioner experience. Within Mars North America, he worked at four plant locations and held two corporate roles. Job functions included Engineering, Maintenance, and Operations management. Before Mars, he held contract engineering positions at Proctor and Gamble, and IBM.
Founding People and Processes, Inc. in 2006, Jeff is a trusted advisor for the Maintenance and Reliability community. He is a conference speaker, thought leader, published in domestic and international trade journals, and co-author of “Kitting in Maintenance.” He is also the Membership Services Director for the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP).

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1S7a: (20 min.) The Use of Embedded Technologies by OEMs

Saar Yoskovitz , CEO, Augury

Saar, an avid entrepreneur, has extensive experience in Machine Learning, Signal Processing Algorithms, and System Architecture. Prior to founding Augury Systems, Saar worked as an Analog Architect at Intel. Saar holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and a B.Sc. in Physics from the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion). During his studies, Saar initiated a voluntary project called “Select – Students for Technological Advancement,” for which he received the Israel’s Council of Higher Education (MALAG) award for social involvement.

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2S6: Wireless Balancing: Uses and Benefits

Thomas Hoenig , President, GTI Predictive Technology

Imbalance is a leading cause of bearing failure. Traditional solutions for correcting balance, while effective, can be complicated and cumbersome. This presentation is an actual demonstration of a simpler wireless solution for single and 2 plane balancing as well as case studies using this wireless balancing technology.

Thomas Hoenig has been in the vibration analysis and spindle repair industry for decades. He is president of GTI Spindle Technology and GTI Predictive Technology. He has seen predictive maintenance techniques, technologies and methods evolve through the years and has a great vantage point to understand future developments and directions the industry is moving towards. GTI Spindle Technology is based in Manchester, NH and with locations in Illinois and North Carolina has grown to be one of the largest privately held spindle repair companies in North America. The unique needs of GTI’s spindle customers led to the development of VibePro – a professional vibration analysis tool for the iPAD. That effort subsequently led to GTI’s entry into the predictive maintenance and vibration analysis world. Apps for shop and field balancing quickly followed. Tom continues to lead the development efforts at GTI, recently releasing app solutions for wireless sensors, online vibration monitoring, thermography and shaft alignment. Tom brings a unique perspective to vibration analysis for CNC machine tools.

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3S5: (90 min.) From friction to failure – assessing bearing health using Ultrasound

Tom Murphy , Corporate Training Manager, SDT Ultrasound Solutions

There are eight major application areas for Ultrasound, two of them are friction and rotating machinery. This presentation examines, with numerous examples and case histories, just how easy it is to use ultrasound for on-condition lubrication and early stage bearing failure. The presentation then goes on to demonstrate the seamless integration approach where bearing condition assessment is a free by-product of an on-condition lubrication program.

Ultrasound detects sound generated beyond human hearing. Friction generates noise in this region. Early stage bearing defects are known to generate sound and vibration energy from the audible range up to several 100s of kilohertz. Combining this knowledge suggests that measuring the acoustic behaviour of a bearing in these higher, ultrasonic, frequencies provides valuable insight into the frictional state of a bearing and also into the presence of any high frequency impacts which for decades have been known to be a strong indicator of early failure.

In the last three decades, ultrasound has developed from a listen-only technology into a listen, measure and analyse technology. Now we can not only hear that a bearing has high friction but we can also listen as we apply lubrication to that bearing, trend that data to prove that the lubrication was beneficial and analyse that data to identify defects.

Name: Thomas J. Murphy

Resident: Manchester, England

Job Title: Managing Director, Reliability Team Limited; SDT International Training Manager

Education: Bachelor degree in Electroacoustics, University of Salford

Status: Member of Institute of Acoustics (MIOA); Chartered Engineer (C. Eng.); Certified Reliability Leader (CRL

Experience: 34 years experience in the application of noise and vibration to a wide range of industry around the world; 22 years experience in infrared technology; 17 years experience in ultrasound; Facilitator in FMEA and RCA projects

Current work: ASNT Level 1 and Level 2 ultrasound trainer; ISO TC108 national technical representative; Implementation training on ultrasound and predictive programmes to industry around the world.

Author: Co-author, Murphy, T.J., Rienstra, A.A, Hear More, A Guide to Using Ultrasound for Leak Detection and Condition Monitoring. ISBN-13: 978-0982516331; Technical papers and articles presented and printed in many countries around the world.

1S7b: (20 min.) Case Study: Prediction of Vibrational Fatigue on Bolted Joint Interfaces using CAE

Ameer Ambavaram, Principal Engineer, Mercury Marine

The fatigue life prediction of the brackets at the bolted joint interfaces subjected to vibration loads is not possible experimentally as we cannot instrument the strain gauges at the component interfaces. An example is a bolt on bracket connected to an IC engine block in which a crack can occur at the bolted joint interface when the bracket modes get into resonance. The finite element analysis (FEA) method can be used for fatigue life predictions at the component interface. The time domain analysis approach that includes the detailed dynamic behavior (frictional and contact interactions) of the bolted joint is not cost-effective as it takes huge memory and time. A new analysis methodology has been developed to predict the fatigue life using steady state dynamic frequency response analysis followed by ‘acceleration-mapped’ static analysis. First, the natural frequency modes of the component are calculated to determine the dominant modes (that cause lower fatigue life at the bolted joint interfaces) using modal analysis followed by a steady state dynamic frequency response analysis. Next, the modal accelerations at dominant modes are super-positioned to define a static loading using python scripting. The assembly (bolt preload) and non-linear effects of the bolted joint can be included in the ‘acceleration-mapped’ static analysis. This paper details this approach and compares the fatigue life results with other FEA approaches for a bolt on bracket connected to engine block.

Ameer is currently working at Mercury Marine (a division of Brunswick Corporation) as a Principal Engineer, leads vibration analysis projects for marine engine components using Finite Element Analysis (FEA) methods. He has more than 12 years’ experience in the field of vibration analysis. He is experienced in performing analytical modal and forced response analysis with base engine excitation to predict the component durability and analyze experimental test data like spectrum and waterfall plots, operating deflection shapes (ODS).

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1S8: Case Study: Induction Motors Condition Monitoring: Vibration Analysis Technique-a Practical Experience

Mikhail Tsypkin, Field Service Engineer, VSC

Vibration analysis is one of the most successful techniques used for condition monitoring of rotating machines.  The aim of this presentation is to show that vibration analysis is a very efficient and convenient tool for diagnosing mechanical and electromagnetic problems in induction motors, especially for applications using adjustable speed drives (ASD).  Case histories covering assorted modern industries represent typical mechanical and electromagnetic problems found in the induction motors by using vibration analysis techniques. Among them are: structural resonance, bearing failure, torsional vibration. Presented case studies also show different motor vibration problems related with electromagnetic anomalies in the machinery, in the power lines and in the ASD. Induction motor operating under voltage/current distortion usually shows significant vibration of an electromagnetic nature. Vibration of an electromagnetic nature may also be a result of internal faults in the machinery. Accuracy of the machinery diagnosis made using vibration analysis depends on the ability to correctly analyze vibration data. One of the goals of this presentation is to clarify the origin of the induction motor vibration of electromagnetic nature at line frequency, twice line frequency, harmonics of line frequency and at twice slip frequency.

Mr. Mikhail Tsypkin graduated from St. Petersburg Electrical Engineering University in 1976 and St. Petersburg State University in 1994, both in Russia. He is a certified member of Vibration Institute (Category III) and a member of IEEE. Mr. Tsypkin has been a Field Service Engineer for Vibration Specialty Corporation (VSC) in Philadelphia since 2001. Prior to joining VSC, he worked as a vibration analyst for Central Ship Electrical Engineering & Technology Research Institute and for VibroAcustical Systems and Technologies, Inc. (VAST), both in Saint Petersburg, Russia. He has 40 years of the experience in machinery diagnostics and vibration analysis of electric machinery.

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2S7: An Integrated Approach to Process Condition Monitoring

Robert Miller , Director Advanced Testing Group, IVC Technologies

The big challenge of manufacturing is to develop /locate/deploy systems and tools that are helpful to overcome operational issues that have a direct and negative impact on the bottom-line. Many times, reliance on established or older systems don’t reveal the whole issue and lead down paths that don’t produce results.

Today, even if process monitoring and/or condition-based monitoring are utilized, few understand the data produced and what the data is telling them. Process monitoring is still considered an art to many, and new systems are producing better information than what previously existed, making it more informative and actionable.

This presentation discusses the benefits of bridging process monitoring and condition-based monitoring (CBM) as a necessary part of reducing production time, cost, related material, and energy consumptions which positively impact the bottom-line.

Those who should attend include roles in:
Management
Technical
Process Engineering

Bob began his career in Reliability serving over 10 years as a nuclear trained electrician in the US Navy Submarine Force and has been involved in Maintenance and Advanced Equipment Diagnostics for over 30 years. Bob joined IVC Technologies as Director of the Advanced Testing Group. Bob is a well known consultant in the vibration industry whose knowledge and experience helps direct the Advanced Testing Group to provide their customers with some of the most advanced technology in the industry focusing on complex and severe problems that have the greatest impact on the bottom line.

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3S5: (90 min.) From friction to failure – assessing bearing health using Ultrasound

Tom Murphy , Corporate Training Manager, SDT Ultrasound Solutions

There are eight major application areas for Ultrasound, two of them are friction and rotating machinery. This presentation examines, with numerous examples and case histories, just how easy it is to use ultrasound for on-condition lubrication and early stage bearing failure. The presentation then goes on to demonstrate the seamless integration approach where bearing condition assessment is a free by-product of an on-condition lubrication program.

Ultrasound detects sound generated beyond human hearing. Friction generates noise in this region. Early stage bearing defects are known to generate sound and vibration energy from the audible range up to several 100s of kilohertz. Combining this knowledge suggests that measuring the acoustic behaviour of a bearing in these higher, ultrasonic, frequencies provides valuable insight into the frictional state of a bearing and also into the presence of any high frequency impacts which for decades have been known to be a strong indicator of early failure.

In the last three decades, ultrasound has developed from a listen-only technology into a listen, measure and analyse technology. Now we can not only hear that a bearing has high friction but we can also listen as we apply lubrication to that bearing, trend that data to prove that the lubrication was beneficial and analyse that data to identify defects.

Name: Thomas J. Murphy

Resident: Manchester, England

Job Title: Managing Director, Reliability Team Limited; SDT International Training Manager

Education: Bachelor degree in Electroacoustics, University of Salford

Status: Member of Institute of Acoustics (MIOA); Chartered Engineer (C. Eng.); Certified Reliability Leader (CRL

Experience: 34 years experience in the application of noise and vibration to a wide range of industry around the world; 22 years experience in infrared technology; 17 years experience in ultrasound; Facilitator in FMEA and RCA projects

Current work: ASNT Level 1 and Level 2 ultrasound trainer; ISO TC108 national technical representative; Implementation training on ultrasound and predictive programmes to industry around the world.

Author: Co-author, Murphy, T.J., Rienstra, A.A, Hear More, A Guide to Using Ultrasound for Leak Detection and Condition Monitoring. ISBN-13: 978-0982516331; Technical papers and articles presented and printed in many countries around the world.

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1S9: How do expert systems influence the work of a vibration analyst in today’s environment?

Brian Shanovich , Product Manager, VibrAlign

Expert systems have been available on the market for many years. What stopped people from using them properly is the amount of effort and information required to configure them. Therefore those expert systems were not really successfully used in the past.

In an industrial environment of cost pressure, shrinking expertise in the plants, and increasing demands for availability and reliability of the machines, the time of the expert is very valuable and new more clever condition monitoring approaches are needed.

Therefore the time needed to do the configuration of an auto diagnostic system has to be minimal and the automatic diagnosis should act as an exception monitoring system leading the analyst to the bad players in a plant.

This presentation will describe you an alternative for improving a condition monitoring program’s efficiency without requiring additional resources. We will demonstrate how to help expert users to focus on critical assets, and how to empower the maintenance staff with a computer aided reliable and automated diagnosis engine.

Through different real case-studies, the presenter will show you how to optimize the efficiency of your condition monitoring program thanks to an expert system with a confidence level indication.

Sales and service of reliability equipment for 26 years including vibration, ultrasonic, infrared, precision alignment and oil analysis. Sales manager for Midwest region for VibrAlign 9 years, Product Line Manager for the introduction of OneProd vibration equipment to the U.S. market starting 2014.

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2S8: Keeping Out Environmental Contaminants

Meredith Christman , Product Marketing Manager, IMI Sensors, Division of PCB Piezotronics, Inc.

In dusty or wet vibration monitoring applications, sealing of the sensor itself as well as sealing of the cable to the sensor is of prime importance in order to avoid contamination of the signal. But how sealed is it?  Is there a way to quantify “sealed”?  That’s where ingress protection (IP) ratings come into play.  The IP rating system provides specific levels of “sealedness” and details on the specific tests that need to be successfully passed in order to achieve a particular level.

Ms. Christman is currently the Product Marketing Manager for IMI Sensors, a Division of PCB Piezotronics, Inc. In that capacity, she is responsible for product development and management of the company’s industrial and energy product lines that include accelerometers, 4-20 mA transmitters, pressure transducers and switches. Prior to her current role, Meredith worked for ten years as Product Manager of Air Management Products with Roberts-Gordon LLC where she was responsible for product development and management of the company’s DOAS cooling and indirect-fired heating equipment. Ms. Christman graduated in 2003 from UB School of Management with an MBA in finance and international management. She completed her undergraduate education at Canisius College in 2001. Ms. Christman sits on the Board of Directors of the Pet Emergency Fund. She also volunteers with the Martin House Restoration Corporation and Parkside Community Association.

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3S6: It All Begins with Sampling

Wesley Cash, Director of Technical Services, Noria

Oil analysis is a powerful tool if wielded correctly.  Oftentimes people get hung up with the data coming back from the lab and miss the most important step in the process: sampling.  For quality and reliable oil analysis data it all begins with proper sampling.  Learn where to install proper sampling ports as well as how to extract the best possible oil sample using simple methods.

Wes Cash is the director of technical services for Noria Corporation. He serves as a senior technical consultant for Lubrication Program Development projects and as a senior instructor for Noria’s Oil Analysis I and Machinery Lubrication I and II training courses. Wes holds Machine Lubricant Analyst (MLA) Level III and Machine Lubrication Technician (MLT) Level II certifications through the International Council for Machinery Lubrication (ICML), and is a certified lubrication specialist through the Society for Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE). Contact Wes at wcash@noria.com.

KN4: Keynote: 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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1S10: Motion Amplification: A new way to visualize vibrations

Jeff Hay, Founder & CEO, RDI Technologies

Motion Amplification is a video-processing technique that detects subtle motion and amplifies that motion to a level visible with the naked eye, resolving motions as small as 2.54 microns at 1 meter. Compared to standard video technology, this is an improvement of nearly 100x. The process involves the use of high dynamic range video cameras where every pixel becomes a point sensor, creating millions of data points in an instant. This solves a fundamental issue in today’s standard contact based data collections, that is for large assets outfitting them with contact sensors is costly and difficult because of the sheer number of sensors required to cover the entire asset. In addition, the software allows the user to simply draw a box and measure the time waveform and spectrum in absolute units of displacement.

A key capability of the Motion Amplification technology is the speed in which the results are returned. Typical processing times for a 10 second acquisition is roughly 20 seconds on a handheld acquisition system. This allows the technician to process the data on the spot and make changes in the field. This is key if the user is doing root cause analysis, trying to pinpoint the location of a fault, or temporarily altering the structure to determine modification impacts. This flexibility allows the user to use the tool as a rapid Operational Deflection Shape (ODS) without the overhead of the time-consuming point collections and modeling. 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. Multiple examples and case studies will be highlighted including before and after videos demonstrating repairs made based on Motion Amplification results. New advancements in the technology will also be covered including image stabilization and filtering of videos to isolate individual frequencies in the video.

Jeff graduated from the University of Louisville in 2011 with a Doctorate in Physics where his research focused heavily on Applied Optical Physics. After graduation he took a position as a Research Engineer with the University of Louisville where his roles focused on data acquisition, signal processing, software development, and data analysis. Several of the grants Dr. Hay participated in required commercialization strategies of which he spearheaded. While at the University he invented a technology to measure motions remotely with the use of video camera, a technology that was patented in 2011. In 2013 Dr. Hay left the University to start RDI, LLC to bring the technology he invented out of the University and into commercial markets. He took on the role of CEO of RDI and licensed the technology from the University of Louisville. In addition to this he has worked with sub-licensees to assist in commercialization of the technology within their organizations.

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2S9: Tougher Than Nails – or Dirt?

Wesley Cash, Director of Technical Services, Noria

The vast majority of machines fail due to some form of contaminant related mechanism.  The most common contaminant in our machines: dirt.  Learn why dirt is the worst possible contaminant in our lubricant and how it kills machine surfaces with just a mere touch.  Learn how hard dirt is and how it can be removed to not only save machines but also your oil.

Wes Cash is the director of technical services for Noria Corporation. He serves as a senior technical consultant for Lubrication Program Development projects and as a senior instructor for Noria’s Oil Analysis I and Machinery Lubrication I and II training courses. Wes holds Machine Lubricant Analyst (MLA) Level III and Machine Lubrication Technician (MLT) Level II certifications through the International Council for Machinery Lubrication (ICML), and is a certified lubrication specialist through the Society for Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE). Contact Wes at wcash@noria.com.

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3S7: Utilizing Infrared Thermography on Mechanical Assets to Increase Reliability

Roy Huff , Vice President, The Snell Group

Mechanical assets encompass a diverse variety of equipment. Infrared thermography has proven itself as an invaluable tool for looking at a wide range of rotating and stationary equipment, as well as high temperature systems and process monitoring situations. Some of these applications are quantitative in nature, often comparing the current thermal image to a previous one and understanding the cause and extent of any changes. In fact, conducting baseline inspections of new or rebuilt equipment has proven to be of particular value. In other situations, with proper diagnostic skills, a simple image of the asset can instantly pinpoint or diagnose the reason for equipment failure. Either way, as with electrical equipment, it is beneficial to establish inspection routes and periodic frequencies based on needs and resources.

During this presentation, the speaker will provide an in-depth look at how thermography can be utilized for non-electrical applications in an industrial environment. You will learn how to:

  • Think Thermally® to apply the technology to a wide range of mechanical assets.
  • Implement electric motor screening for mechanical and electrical issues, and how to integrate other technologies like vibration and electric motor testing.
  • Inspect couplings and what problem signatures look like.
  • Scrutinize bearings for overheating with their potential causes, and how thermography can be the primary technology of low speed equipment, such as trolleys or overhead conveyors.
  • Implement inspection methodologies on high temperature vessels, such as boiler, rotating kilns, torpedo cars, flue ducts, etc. for refractory issues.
  • Examine steam lines and steam traps and what the thermal patterns are that indicate problems within the steam system, including insulation and underground issues.
  • Explore process/product lines for faulty valves, line blockages, and heat tracing issues.
  • Understand the theory of how to inspect storage vessels for common problems such as liquid level gauges being wrong, to foam, sludge and other problems that can arise in trying to determine the fluid levels in tanks.
  • How to inspect other types of miscellaneous mechanical equipment.

With a professional background in reliability engineering, Roy’s strengths in management and program development have been a tremendous asset to The Snell Group. He is a partner in the firm and oversees technical and program issues for the company’s offerings in both infrared thermography (IR) and electric motor testing (EMT)technologies. Roy teaches a very wide range of classes for The Snell Group, including Level 1, Level 2, Level 1 NDT, Level 2 NDT, Level 3, Electrical Specialty, and Mechanical Specialty courses. Earlier in his career, Roy spent twelve years as an Equipment Reliability Engineer with Allied Signal Aerospace and he was instrumental in establishing their infrared program. He also served as a field service consulting engineer for a Midwestern predictive maintenance company. In that position he provided engineering consulting and technical services specializing in infrared, vibration, lubrication, motor analysis and passive and active ultrasound. In 1998, Roy was the lead professional for The Snell Group on a large project with the International Nuclear Safety Program. In that capacity, he traveled to several (former) Soviet-designed nuclear power plant sites around the world and conducted training to help them improve their safety procedures. He has presented at several conferences, including the P/PM National Symposium, ThermoSense, Thermal Solutions, NETA, EPRI and SMRP. He is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. He holds an ASNT NDT Level III in IR/T as well as a Level III IRT under NAS 410. Roy is also certified by SMRP as a Certified Reliability Maintenance Professional (CMRP).

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1S11: Case Study: Predictive Maintenance at a Government Electrical and Water/Sewer System Utility

James Santo, Reliability Engineering Manager, Mission Support Alliance

The purpose of the program is to provide direction concerning the implementation of a Maintenance Program that incorporates Condition Monitoring/Predictive Maintenance as a primary tool to reduce the cost of maintenance and increase equipment reliability and availability.  Condition Monitoring is the use of nonintrusive or less intrusive diagnostic tools to monitor the condition of equipment items with minimal disruption to normal operations. Those tools include but are not limited to:

  •  Vibration analysis
  •  Thermography
  •  Oil analysis/Lubrication
  •  Motor Current Signal Analysis
  •  Surge Comparison Testing
  •  Ultrasonic Gas Leak Detection (Acoustic monitoring)
  •  Data Management, Trending and Analysis

The program applies to the transmission and distribution system of high voltage lectricity and includes line patrols and substaiion Infrared (IR) Thermal analysis and evaluation on a periodic basis.  Motor Control Centers, transformers and other electrical equipment in water and sewer utility facilities are also evaluated using IR thermal analysis on a periodic basis.  Pumps and motors are evaluated using vibration analysis in horizontal, vertical and axial axes where applicable.  Oil analysis program for high voltage transformers for electrical facilities is performed on a periodic basis, as well as standard oil analysis of pumps and motors in water/sewer utilities.  The program high lights the use of IR and vibration technology concurrently as well as trending and analysis of oil both as a lubricant and as heat control.  Other tools, the use of the CMMS and metrics for reporting to customer are also discussed.  The paper presents hands on implemntation with actual reports as well as trending and reliability engineering recommendations.

James Santo is a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) and certified Project Management Professional (PMP). He has design, implemented and managed the Asset Management and Reliability based 5 year program plan to transition the infrastructure contractor at the Hanford Federal Nuclear Reservation cleanup program, one the largest environmental clean programs in the world, to a reliability and condition monitoring based posture. He has managed multiple cleanup project at Hanford, Los Alamos Laboratory and internationally for the UK Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA) and has over 25 years experience in projects, operation and maintenance.

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2S10: Time Waveform Analysis

Scott Dow, Senior Instructor, Mobius Institute

All vibration data begins as a digitized time sample – the “raw data”. Despite that, many analysts limit themselves by failing to develop a thorough understanding of the various aspects of the TW plot, aspects that range from proper setup (the technical details and how they relate to spectrum) to analysis (understanding what you are seeing) and diagnosis (relating it back to the machine). While the FFT is a powerful tool and the resulting spectrum remains our “go to” plot for analysis, the fact of the matter is that the FFT has weaknesses that make certain types of faults more difficult – even virtually impossible – to assess. Many of these are the very same faults that are easiest to analyze using the TW – once you understand it!

This presentation will begin by using case study examples comparing TW and spectral data for known faults that show you the necessity of utilizing the TW plot (or missing a severe fault) before a brief primer on understanding the TW setup, including the “2.56” relationship between the TW and spectrum settings and some practical tips to being successful.

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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3S8: Case Study: Cost Effective Implementation of PdM for Commercial and Industrial Facilities

Saar Yoskovitz , CEO, Augury

Predictive Maintenance (PdM) is used to detect the onset of mechanical failure allowing for corrective action to be taken before significant or catastrophic failure of the equipment occurs. Adoption of PdM across commercial and industrial facilities has traditionally been low due to high costs and extensive training and expertise required to implement a program. Through the adoption of Augury’s PdM diagnostic tools, industrial facilities have been able to bring PdM to the entirety of each facility and implement a lasting program on a larger scale. With Augury’s technology, mechanical data is automatically uploaded to the cloud, where machine learning algorithms process that data and diagnose the state of the equipment. Initial diagnostic results are accessible in real-time, and users are provided with actionable results and maintenance suggestions to optimize their machines.

In this talk, we will show how one customer created a PdM Program using Augury to reduce system failures and related downtime, minimize disruptions, reduce energy, reduce capital and labor cost while optimizing the life cycle of Tier 1 assets.

Saar, an avid entrepreneur, has extensive experience in Machine Learning, Signal Processing Algorithms, and System Architecture. Prior to founding Augury Systems, Saar worked as an Analog Architect at Intel. Saar holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and a B.Sc. in Physics from the Israel Institute of Technology (Technion). During his studies, Saar initiated a voluntary project called “Select – Students for Technological Advancement,” for which he received the Israel’s Council of Higher Education (MALAG) award for social involvement.

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 DAY

PWS1: 5 Pillars Workshop: Maintenance and Reliability Best Practice Concepts

Jeff Shiver, President, People and Processes, Inc.
Are you serious about becoming successful with the Maintenance and Reliability Best Practices? Wanting to learn more? If so, you and your team can’t miss this interactive overview covering the Five Pillars of the Maintenance and Reliability Best Practices. Join Jeff Shiver CMRP, CRL for this workshop where we discuss the Best Practice concepts and their implementation. As a practitioner, Jeff served on the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Body of Knowledge committee working to develop and share knowledge related to the Maintenance and Reliability Best Practices. Pillars and topics to be addressed include:
• Translating Business and Management goals
  • Creating and Implementing the Strategic Roadmap
  • KPIs – We measure what we treasure
  • Communicating for change
• Reliability in the Manufacturing Process
  • Standardized work & business processes
  • Continuous improvement
  • Managing change
• Asset Reliability
  • Tools to drive reliability
• Organizing and Leading for Change
  • Organizational alignment
  • Training and development
  • Leading people
• Work Execution Management
  • The process
  • Establishing priorities
  • Systems
  • Supporting functions
Jeff Shiver CMRP, CPMM, Certified RCM2 & RCM3 Practitioner
Jeff Shiver guides people and organizations to success in the Reliability Best Practices. Working together in partnership, we move beyond the status quo in culture, business results, and most importantly, people.
Jeff has over 25 years of practitioner experience. Within Mars North America, he worked at four plant locations and held two corporate roles. Job functions included Engineering, Maintenance, and Operations management. Before Mars, he held contract engineering positions at Proctor and Gamble, and IBM.
Founding People and Processes, Inc. in 2006, Jeff is a trusted advisor for the Maintenance and Reliability community. He is a conference speaker, thought leader, published in domestic and international trade journals, and co-author of “Kitting in Maintenance.” He is also the Membership Services Director for the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP).

PT1: Cane Island Power Park Plant Tour

Kissimmee, Florida, USA

Tour the Cane Island Power Park facility in Kissimmee, Florida which is approximately 20 minutes from Orlando. The Cane Island Power Park is an electric generating plant made up of four units and generates about 700 MW of power. The facility features one natural gas-fueled combustion turbine and two natural gas combined cycle units jointly owned by Kissimmee Utility Authority and the Florida Municipal Power Agency, and one natural gas combined cycle unit wholly owned by FMPA. KUA operates all the units. When you attend this tour you will hear about each of the plant’s history and get an up-close look at the units as well.  You will also see the site’s substation, the water demineralization facility and the hub of the site, the control room, which monitors and controls all four units.

Limited availability, lunch will be provided.

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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