Abstracts & presenters

“Connected Analytics as a Foundation for Industry Disruption”

Presented by Niraj Kadakia, IBM Watson IoT’s Global Ecosystem Leader, 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.

“Making Reliability Lean and Mean”
Presented by Noah Bethel, CMRP, PdMA

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.


  1. Electric motor fundamentals
  2. The trifecta of electric motor maintenance
  3. Fault Zone Analysis of electric motors
  4. Reliability after the retirement boom
  5. Monitor motors, focus on faults



  1. Identify the three keys for basic application of technology to trend and troubleshoot your electric motor
  2. Learn the standard communication protocol for identifying the root cause of electric motor faults.
  3. Discuss methods of dealing with reliability needs following the large reduction of personnel resources through retirement.
  4. Evaluate technologies and philosophies like test access panels, automation, and integration to maximize the efficiency of your onsite resources and provide secure easy access to offsite resources for analysis.




“Failure Modes & PdM Technologies”
presented by Terry Harris, CMRP, Reliable Process Solutions

To determine what PdM strategy you need to develop, some other fundamentals must be used. The decision on the technology, frequency, information must be tied to some information about the equipment. What are the failure modes or the way the equipment and components can and have failed in the past? Once we understand the failure modes we can select the appropriate technology and frequency that should be implemented.

“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.


“Achieving World Class Maintenance with Your CMMS”
Presented by Charles Strickland, B&W Quality Growers & Greg Perry, Senior Consultant, e-Maint

In an industry where up to 80% of Computerized Maintenance Management Software (CMMS) implementations fail to meet expectations within the first 12 months, it is extremely important to build an implementation plan to avoid being part of this statistic. Greg Perry, CRL, Sr. Consultant at eMaint, along with eMaint customer Charles Strickland, CMMS and Special Projects Manager at B & W Quality Growers, will provide guidelines for successfully implementing a CMMS program and achieving world class maintenance reliability. Attendees will learn what a CMMS is, how it can benefit their company, what causes implementation failure, and how to ensure implementation success. Developed from real world experience, areas of focus will include: equipment asset identification, work order management, preventive maintenance (PMs), scheduling, parts and inventory control, condition monitoring and reporting.

“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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“The Case for On-Site Water Measurement of Industrial Oils: A New Method by Infrared Spectroscopy and Results from a Paper Plant”
Presented by Randi Price, PhD

Infrared (IR) spectroscopy methods for on-site oil condition monitoring are well-accepted; however it has never been a trusted solution for water measurement of industrial oils due to its inability to quantify un-dissolved water.  Recent development of a totally new approach to IR spectroscopy overcomes this barrier and makes on-site water measurement easier than ever before.  Water results from samples collected and measured on-site at a paper plant by the recently developed IR water measurement compared to Karl Fischer (KF) titration will be presented.  The cases where it might be most appropriate to use portable IR spectroscopy versus off-site KF analysis will be outlined and discussed.

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