“Digital Disruption, 28 weeks later…”

Presented by Jose Maria Gurria, Global O&M Digital Implementation Leader, GE

A lot has been said about “Digital Disruption” but some of us have been imagining what it would look like, in my case since almost 15 years back. Actually, when I first experienced with Predictive technologies. So fortunately some people in the community, in the last 2-3 years had even adventured to write and speak about our future as M&R professionals in this new environment. Where most of the predictions threaten with thousands of jobs loss, professions transformed or even replaced by machines.

The title of this abstract, is based on a British zombie movie and the post-apocalyptical scenario that a lethal virus has left over the earth. Even if it seems under control, the thread is still alive and, as usual, a group of survivors is fighting the disease trying to find a cure, while they keep complaining and wondering how it all happened to them.

I’ll try my best to immerse you into this dark place, where we will learn, what’s this “digital disease”, what to be afraid of, what are its faces, how they are showing up, how they escalate and could end up “infecting” the whole organization.

But don’t worry, we’ll figure out how to survive “Digital Disruption” by using our Maintenance & Reliability skills, tools, knowledge, and attitude.

Good luck…

“A Practitioner’s Journey to Improving Lubrication Practices”

Presented by James Kordsmeier, CMRP, Reliability Engineer, CEMEX USA

Since 1925, Cemex’s Clinchfield, GA plant has seen many changes over the years.  As Georgia’s only operating cement plant, keeping the plant’s kiln, roller mill, and finish mills up and running requires dedication and diligence on the plant’s maintenance and reliability personnel.  With a 900,000 tons per year capacity, and a process and environment that are not kind to the equipment, steps must be taken to ensure that the equipment is running efficiently with little room for error when it comes to maintenance. This presentation will show how improving lubrication practices at a cement plant that occupies approximately 3000 acres in middle Georgia can go a long way in improving overall equipment reliability since lubrication is the “life blood” of rotating equipment.


“Implementing Best Practices for Motor Greasing”
Presented by Clay Allen, Mechanical Reliability Engineer, Mosaic

An electric motor has many components that must be cared for in order to obtain reliable operation and long service life. After installation, one of the main things that must be done to achieve trouble-free service is lubricating the bearings.

This presentation will cover best practices for greasing motor bearings and how to successfully implement them.

The presentation is applicable to those wanting to start a motor greasing program because it will help create a roadmap to accelerate implementation and ensure that best practices are followed from the start. It will also be helpful to those with an established program by providing tips, tricks, and a look at some details that can help push the program to the next level.

The topics that will be covered include:

  • Motor greasing procedures utilizing ultrasonic technology
  • Purging bearings
  • Planned vs. Actual amounts of grease needed (PM vs. Condition Based)
  • How to grease inaccessible motors
  • Greasing VFD motors
  • How to prevent grease cross-contamination

“Condition Based Monitoring for Random Cycle Machinery”
Presented by Michael Olszewski, President, Alignment Supplies

One of the most difficult applications for CBM is random short cycle machinery analysis.  Robots, elevators, conveyors, transfer lines, stamping presses and other types random short cycle machinery present challenges that make CBM difficult or impossible.  A comprehensive understanding of the machinery, processes, failure modes and the measurement instruments is necessary to be able to provide a solution to this high demand application.

This session explores:

  1. How to identify the requirements for various types of cyclic machinery operation.
  2. Hardware Selection.
  3. Software Consideration.
  4. Data Acquisition and Management.
  5. Considerations for vibration Analysis and Ultrasound analysis.
  6. How to define baseline values and Establish Alarms.
  7. Discussion/Q&A

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