“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 – What Now?”
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.


“Journey to Precision Lubrication”
Presented by Malcolm Osenton, CMRP, The Mosaic Company

Mosaic mines and manufactures potash and phosphate crop nutrients plants need to feed and fuel the world.  Malcolm will retrace the journey that Mosaic has traveled towards precision lubrication.  As with most improvement efforts, the journey has not been a straight line to success.  Relive some of the challenges and setbacks Mosaic has experienced, many of them encounters with changing culture.  Learn how Mosaic has transformed to the culture needed to achieve and sustain their reliability goals.

“Implementing a Condition Based Lubrication Programme for Variable Speed Rotating Equipment”
Presented by James Neale, PhD, CMRP, University of Waikato

Ultrasonic condition based lubrication of rotating equipment is well proven for fixed speed rotating equipment. With an increasing number of industrial systems, calling for variable speed rotating equipment it is vital that our condition monitoring can compensate for and adapt to variance in speed and load. This interactive presentation will use specific case studies to demonstrate how to establish baselines and alarm levels for condition based lubrication for variable speed applications and the detailed when, where and how to implement such a programme in your plant! Come prepared to talk about your equipment and challenges!


“How to Set Up an Ultrasound Program”
Presented by Joe Anderson, CMRP, Schwann Foods

This presentation will focus on some of the issues I have faced as well as what I have implemented to overcome obstacles to establishing an Ultrasound Program. We will also focus on how I develop the plan and execute the implementation.

“Using What We Learn to Make a Difference”
Presented by Eric Holt, Michelin 

In my 15 plus years experience working in Maintenance & Reliability at Michelin, I have had the opportunity to attend numerous training classes, workshops, online seminars and conferences. Of course, the knowledge shared is only as valuable as the work you put towards implementing the lessons learned. In my presentation, I will share how I’ve used my professional development opportunities to improve reliability at Michelin. Everything from improving our mechanical inspection and lubrication processes to changing the culture that air is not free, leading to savings over $15,000 a month in energy costs due to our Ultrasound leak detection program.

“Developing & Implementing an Ultrasound Program at USG Interiors”
Presented by Josh Mattson, USG Interiors 

Having a good understanding of the P-F Curve and knowing that Ultrasound is an early and effective way of diagnosing failures, it was clear that in order to improve Reliability at USG we were going to need to implement an Ultrasound program. Starting with ultrasound assisted lubrication we quickly built the business case to expand our Ultrasound program into leak detection, monitoring and trending of bearings, gear reducers and pump elements. From that success we were able to further expand our program and upgrade our Ultrasound instrument in order to begin sound recording and analysis. We have also found great success in combining our Ultrasound program with our Oil Analysis and Vibration programs to gain an even better picture of how our components are operating. Join me as I walk you through the lessons learned, the business cases developed, and most importantly to hear about the success we’ve had – and that you can have too!

“Sustaining an Effective Predictive Maintenance Program”
Presented by Brett Dyess, CMRP, Nissan North America

In a fast paced, and somewhat reactive, manufacturing environment we have to sustain! Every Plant, Department, Personnel, etc. is different, but our Programs should not be. In order to sustain our Programs we have no choice but to rely on our Processes & Procedures to mitigate those “factors”. Information for sustaining a Predictive Maintenance Program will be outlined during this presentation as well as a general overview of our Predictive Program.

“Ultrasound – Where to Start?” 
Presented by Lorna Hall, CMRP, Jacobs 

When beginning the journey to asset reliability and true asset management the biggest challenge is how and where to start. The same steps used to begin the transformation to Asset Management of ground systems at Kennedy Space Center are also proving successful on facility systems for Lockheed Martin in Orlando. When getting started one can easily become overwhelmed when looking at the suite of predictive or condition monitoring tools available. Details on an approach as to how to start your program will be given in the paper.

“Combining Ultrasound and Debottlenecking to Deliver Higher Profit Margins”
Presented by Nick Duffield, Lauras US and Steve Toth, Delta Focused Improvement

In a manufacturing environment there is no better one-two punch than the combination of the UP15000 which exposes hidden defects while debottlenecking pinpoints untapped throughput potential.  This combination has been used at a number of food manufacturers and processors in past years which have contributed to moving facilities which were performing in the lower quartile within their organization to the upper quartile, including one Plant of the Year.  There are other contributors to the improved performance however this presentation will highlight the above methods which are used first and how your organization can benefit.  There will also be a number of shared lessons learned which will also benefit attendees.

“Electrical Inspections – When What You Hear isn’t Bad”
Presented by Joe Gierlach, Tegg Services, An ABM Company

Over the years there has been much debate, back and forth, as to not only the usefulness of Ultrasonic inspections of electrical systems, particularly at voltages below 1000 volts. There has been abundant evidence at this stage of the game to support the value of this type of testing on electrical systems and equipment for both safety and diagnostics

The tricky part, regardless of voltage class, has always been how to distinguish what is good and what is bad. Many presentations of the past focused on analysis of electrical faults and how to determine both the type of fault and the severity. This year, we go in the exact opposite direction. Ultrasonic emissions often sound “bad’ and “scary” to our ears, but what happens when there is nothing “wrong” at all. This year’s theme is entitled “Sounding Bad, Never Sounded So Good”

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