Abstracts & presenters

“Connected Analytics as a Foundation for Industry Disruption”

Presented by Raj Datta, Vice President of Cloud and Cognitive Cognitive Solutions, IBM and Rob Risany, IoT Connected Analytics Executive, IBM, 

Industry 4.0.  The Internet of Things.  Cloud.  Artificial Intelligence.  Cognitive Computing.  So many buzzwords — but how do you create real innovation without getting stuck in another I.T. trend hype cycle.  Two executives from IBM will share a point of view, real world cases, and practical steps you can take to create a viable business and technical approach to using Connected Analytics to shake up your business — and your industry.

“The Future is Here – Now What?”

Presented by Klaus Blache, PhD, CMRP; University of Tennessee

An entertaining overview at what is happening today. The future is now. It’s not all happening at one place or company, so it’s not always evident. But make no mistake, it’s here. The interconnectivity of the IIoT brings both disruptive and synergistic challenges and opportunities. Regardless of how ready you are, the future will be evolving at an accelerating pace, with or without you. The current state of Predictive Technology usage in North America (2016 study) will also be discussed, along with what is needed to enable success in the future business environment.

“Developing a Reliability Roadmap”

presented by Vlad Bacalu, CMRP, Director of Reliability & Technical Services, AECOM

Organizations rush into implementing internal reliability programs, but do not obtain the expected results, and in some cases these programs are abandoned. The lack of success of these programs is due to not spending the time upfront to evaluate the existing maintenance processes and develop a comprehensive reliability roadmap tailored for the organization’s specific needs. In this presentation, we discuss the main components of a reliability program from three aspects: processes, people, and technology.


“Creating & Maintaining a Project Plan that Meets the Needs of Your Team”

Presented by Shon Isenhour, CMRP, Eruditio LLC

Creating a master plan for our change initiatives is not always our favorite part of a new project but in this presentation we will look at why it is crucial to your success. We will demonstrate specifically how the project plan meets the needs of those involved at every stage of the project implementation. We will also look at real examples from sites that chose to maintain a master plan document and those that could not be bothered with the burden of success. You will see examples of plans and a few of the many tools that are available to help with the plan execution. We will also talk about common pitfalls and how they can be avoided. You will leave with a new perspective on the master or project plan and examples of key elements that you will need to increase your chances of success with your next project. Do not miss the opportunity to hear the why behind many of the elements of your next successful project plan.

“The Bathtub Curve – A Deeper Dive into the Data”

presented by Gary Josebeck, CMRP, Senior Reliability Program Leader, Owens Corning

The bathtub curve is a common training subject in the reliability world along with its six independent “age-related” patterns as described by F. Stanley Nowlan and Howard F. Heap in their 1978 report titled “Reliability-Centered Maintenance.” The patterns are commonly given names that describe the failure probability they represent such as infant mortality, constant, or wear out and are assigned to various items such as electronics, bearings, or aircraft reciprocating engines respectively. Little correlation is made however, to where the data comes from and how the curves are subsequently generated. Understanding an asset’s failure data and properly assigning an age-related pattern or curve will help ensure that the proper maintenance strategies are deployed to detect, prevent, or minimize the failures in order to eliminate unscheduled downtime. This presentation will dive into various samples of failure data using the Weibull distribution to plot age-related curves to qualify maintenance strategy decisions.

“Establishing the correct KPIs for reliable operations… Now what?”
Presented by Chris Colson, Principal, Allied Reliability Group

Chris Colson, Principal with Allied Reliability Group, will present on the topic of Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) utilized to improve and drive reliable operations. We have all heard it before, “You can’t improve what you don’t measure.” Performance management and performance measurement are essential for business, especially improving the results of a business. During this session, Chris will discuss the identification of winning KPIs. There are endless things you can measure but some are far more insightful than others. It is critical to compare financial ratios against industry benchmarks and understand the variances, especially those that reflect operational challenges. Chris will share insights on the value of such KPIs, the purpose they serve, how to choose the most telling metrics for your business, and what you must do to go beyond simply measuring.

“By Removing Variabilities from Our Process, We Can Expect a More Consistent Product … I’m Talking to You, Maintenance!”
Presented by Tom Carr, CMRP, CMRT, Director, Reliability Solutions

As technology ramped up in the manufacturing world, manufacturing systems were given the opportunity to tighten the parameters in which their systems were operating. By removing variabilities from their processes, their end product became more and more consistent. This approach to constantly improving product became a mainstay in manufacturing operations many years ago … What about maintenance?
Can maintenance learn from our operational peers’ approach to variability reduction? Does maintenance really have a process? Does maintenance have a product? Are we focusing on constantly improving that product through reducing variabilities from our process?

These are questions that I would like to focus on, during our time together. I want our maintenance teams to be looked on as “machine improvement teams” and not “fixers of wrecks”. To change perceptions, we have to change our approach. I would like to raise awareness of what Precision Maintenance® is and how it fits well into your Reliable Manufacturing® journey.


“Reducing Machinery Vibration with State-of-the-Art Laser Shaft Alignment and Balancing Techniques”
Presented by Florian Buder, CEO – North America, Pruftechnik 

Causes of vibration are commonly known to rotating equipment specialists, however, diagnostic methods and tools to correct those machine life shortening defects are constantly evolving. Alignment parameters with RFID machine tagging and Wi-Fi connection have never been introduced or tracked over the life time of rotating equipment and is currently becoming an important condition monitoring parameter in asset management. One or two plane balancing is becoming easier with the introduction of new hardware and processor power as well as modern user interfaces that allow basically everybody with a minimum effort in training to optimize the machine behavior by reducing vibration levels.

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