Schedule of Events

DAY 1 - Bonus Day

PWS1: Reliability is like Ice Cream and Apple Pie

Jeff Shiver, People & Processes

Hungry for reliability? If like most organizations, you may have some of the ingredients for the reliability recipe but often, not all that’s required to satisfy the quest for ensuring site reliability. What keeps you from the total solution? For example, you may have deployed a level of predictive tools as ingredients, technologies like vibration, infrared, ultrasound, and machinery alignment to name a few. There are so many more ingredients outside of the predictive realm that are required for success. Additionally, there are recipe approaches on when to combine what ingredients from a sequence perspective. For example, vibration routes are ineffective when you don’t have a work management process to address the vibration program findings in a timely fashion. If you don’t have a partnership with Operations, you can’t get a window to proactively correct the asset since it’s never freed up for the maintenance activity. These are just a few examples. Think of these shortcomings as the pie crust without apple filling and the ice cream topping.  Combining them takes the experience to an entirely different level. The same concept applies to reliability.

Join Jeff Shiver CMRP, CPMM, RCM2 / RCM3 Practitioner for this workshop as he shares insights on the twenty plus ingredients and how to combine them successfully for achieving reliability.

You will learn:

  • The twenty plus ingredients that combine to yield a comprehensive approach to reliability
  • How to phase them into a sequence for implementation much like you would mix ingredients to create the pie crust, then the filling, and layer on the ice cream.
  • Standard measures to ensure satisfaction
  • Methods to ensure consistency and constant improvement
  • Insights on what works and what doesn’t.

Attendees will receive handout materials coupled with exercises to reinforce the workshop activities.

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).

 

PWS2: Maintenance & Reliability Best Practice Metrics Workshop

Paul Dufresne, Best Practices Chair, SMRP

How do you know which metrics truly matter? The Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals (SMRP) Body of Knowledge and Best Practices, 5th Edition, are the basis for this workshop. In this workshop, you’ll gain insights into the latest thinking on maintenance and reliability (M&R) metrics. Attendees will learn how to use the metric hierarchy for linking M&R activities to an organization’s strategy. Using this proven process, M&R practitioners will be able to make the business case for reliability to operations and leadership. M&R best practices will be discussed, along with how the metrics align with SMRP’s five pillars in the Body of Knowledge. This hands-on workshop reviews the standard definitions and application of common metrics developed by the SMRP Best Practices Committee. Attendees will understand how to measure performance consistently, make valid comparisons and provide guidance to their organization on how to use SMRP metrics. The workshop is interactive; attendees will participate in activities using specific examples to apply and calculate metrics.

 

Learning Objectives

After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Examine the process for determining the right set of metrics for your business
  • Understand the process (metric hierarchy) for linking M&R metrics to the organization’s strategy
  • Identify metrics that measure efficiency, effectiveness and strategic execution
  • Practice calculating M&R metrics using formulas and sample data sets
  • Discuss the value of dashboards/scorecards as a tool to track strategic execution
  • Discuss effective techniques of data reporting so that management can use the information to make better decisions

Paul Dufresne is a Reliability Advisor and Coach for Reliability Playbook. Paul has over 25 years of experience in the military and various industries with a primary focus on improving operations, maintenance, and reliability functions. Paul serves as chairman of the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Best Practices Committee. He is a member of the Society of Tribologist and Lubrication Engineers and the Industry Council for Machinery Lubrication. He holds credentials through STLE as Certified Lubrication Specialist (CLS); through SMRP as Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) and Technician (CMRT); through the Association for Facilities Engineering as Certified Plant Maintenance Manager (CPMM); and through the Association of Asset Management Professionals as Certified Reliability Leader (CRL). Paul is certified in predictive maintenance technologies such as vibration analysis and thermography. He has written several articles and technical white papers, and is a frequent presenter at industry conferences. Paul is a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Central Florida.

DAY 2

WS1: Practical Vibration Analysis Workshop: Interactive and challenging case studies (Part 1 - Part 2 required in PM)

Scott Dow, 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: The Relationship Between Vibration, Electrical Signature Analysis and Motion Amplification

Howard Penrose, MotorDoc LLC

There is a corresponding relationship between vibration, electrical signature analysis and motion amplification in electric motors and generators.  In this workshop we will present real-world comparisons between the technologies, discuss their strengths and weaknesses and how they can be used to provide a comprehensive view of the motor system.  Vibration analysis provides a primarily mechanical view of the electric machine and individual rotating components using accelerometers and similar detection devices.  Electrical signature analysis uses the electric machine airgap to analyze electrical and mechanical conditions of the incoming power to driven equipment.  Motion Amplification provides a visual method using video with the pixels acting as accelerometers providing a low frequency/low speed method of analysis.  Following this course the student will have a basic understanding of the relationship between the technologies; the limitations of each technology; and, how they can provide a full view of different conditions of the machines.  Multiple case studies will be presented.

Howard W Penrose, PhD, CMRP is the President of MotorDoc LLC and the Past Chair of SMRP. He is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) and specializes in electric machinery system reliability, quality assurance and machine design.

AMWS3: Introduction to flexible rotor balancing

Jason Tranter, Mobius Institute

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.

AMWS4: Understanding and Creating a Culture of Reliability Through Condition Monitoring

Tod Baer, Minnkota

From a practitioners point of view, present how failures, the P-F curve, condition monitoring, reliability and safety are intertwined and related to one another. The presenter will review condition monitoring technologies and discuss actual use of condition monitoring along with root cause analysis to discover methods to create greater reliability.

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.

WS1: Practical Vibration Analysis Workshop: Interactive and challenging case studies (Part 2 - Part 1 required in AM)

Scott Dow, 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: Oil Analysis Report Interpretation

Evan Zabawski, TestOil

Proper report interpretation is crucial to the success of an oil analysis program; however, many users struggle to decipher the more than 40 pieces of data included on a routine report. This workshop will highlight the inefficiencies of attempting to create alarm limits while highlighting the importance of trend the data. Using the elementals spectroscopy portion of the report (wear metals, additives and contaminants), examples will be shown how the results are not always intuitive without advanced knowledge of the parameters (i.e. iron, aluminum and titanium can be found in samples, but not as wear metals or additives, but as specific contaminants).  The workshop will conclude by highlighting the simple steps to thoroughly read any oil analysis report in two minutes or less, while determining meaningful corrective actions; examples involving class participation will be used.

Evan is a Certified Lubrication Specialist. Evan has extensive experience training tradesmen and professionals in a variety of fields including: lubrication fundamentals, contamination control, condition monitoring, RCM/FMEA and used oil analysis. Evan has been a member of STLE for over 20 years, serving as Chair of the Alberta Section for 8 years, and also as an instructor of the Condition Monitoring course at STLE Annual Meetings. Currently, Evan has Editor of TLT Magazine, and have served as the Editor for The STLE Alberta Section’s Basic Handbook of Lubrication – Third Edition, and contributed as one of the editors for STLE/CRC’s Handbook of Lubrication and Tribology, Volume II: Theory and Design, Second Edition. Evan has published several technical papers and am also a member in good standing of API and ASTM.

PMWS3: Shaft Alignment Fundamentals including Machine Installation, Soft Foot and Thermal Growth

Adam Stredel, LUDECA Inc.

In this short course, we will explore the correct sequence of events for alignment of rotating equipment and its benefits, because when a proper procedure is followed, the alignment task is expedited and simplified. LUDECA’s 5-step Shaft Alignment Procedure has been proven to help many perform precision alignment. We will review the procedure in detail.
Course will also cover the Importance of Proper Installation of Rotating Equipment. This will include talking about setting a good foundation for rotating equipment as well making sure baseplates are flat, level and rigid. Otherwise, this may induce a soft foot problem with your machines. From here, we will discuss the importance of Detecting and Correcting Soft Foot. This course will discuss types of soft foot, effects, detection methods (e.g., dials, feeler gauges, laser, etc.), analysis and correction.
Target values recommended by manufacturers do not always reflect the real machine centerline movements due to thermal growth, pipe strain and dynamic factors. So thirdly, we will evaluate the Importance of Measuring Positional Change of Rotating Equipment to determine alignment targets. This is one of the biggest contributions one can make to lower the operating costs of rotating machinery. It is to align them correctly using the true coupling target values.
We will conclude the workshop by speaking about how precision machinery alignment can help eliminate defects in the plant’s process. We will cover most of the stages where defects can be introduced through the life of an asset. Aligning rotating machinery to the correct tolerances and to true targets can eliminate the root cause of many bearing, seal, shaft and coupling failures. Correcting Soft Foot can remove machine stress and frame distortion which can lead to misalignment. Precision alignment will also result in lower vibration and temperature levels, increased mean time between failures, decreased maintenance expenditures and increased production.
This course will explain how precision alignment can resolve many premature machine failures and provide an important ingredient in reliability efforts.

Adam Stredel is an applications engineer at LUDECA, Inc. in Doral, Florida. He has many years of experience in rotating machinery with 5+ years in laser shaft alignment and training. He has visited over 60 industrial sites, conducted many alignment seminars and trainings in the United States and the Caribbean. Adam has performed numerous field jobs related to alignment of rotating equipment, bore and turbine alignment, geometric measurement, monitoring positional changes, etc. Adam obtained his B.S. in Mechanical Engineering in 2007 and an M.B.A. in 2015 at the Florida International University, Miami, FL. He is a Certified Reliability Leader (CRL) and holds a Level I Ultrasound Certification.

PMWS4: Extending Reliability Through Condition Monitoring Driven Precision and Reliability Programs

Tod Baer, Minnkota

Having discovered the roadmap to reliability through condition monitoring, two critical programs will be presented that will create increased reliability in an organization. Discover what precision and reliability programs all encompass. When you hear the terms “World Class” and/or Best-in Class” what does it mean to you? As an end-user the presenter will discuss experiences relating to the roles that these programs play in extending the P-F curve and creating a culture that strives to continuously improve reliability.

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.

DAY 3

Vibration Stream

Vibration Standards: Use, Misuse and Abuse

Carl Eyman, Reliability Point LLC

Vibration standards are often used for vendor acceptance and machine condition evaluation. There are many different standards developed by individuals, corporations and committees, entities with widely different objectives and agendas. These standards are often either misapplied or incapable of providing the desired information. In addition, vibration tables intended for monitoring purposes are sometimes erroneously applied as standards.

Carl has been involved in the technology of vibration monitoring and analysis since founding Measurements, LLC in 1978. He considers himself incredibly fortunate in having the opportunity to work with the giants of the industry over the years as customers and collaborators, and on machinery ranging from 5000 HP drainage pumps trying to keep New Orleans dry to printing presses in Washington DC basements spitting out sheets of $20 bills. He was an early champion of analyst certification with the Vibration Institute and a member of the ASNT vibration certification committee. In 2007, as part of the sale of the Measurements PdM service organization, he joined Azima/DLI for 3 years. In 2010 he left Azima and returned to Reliability Point LLC, where he is still doing machinery protection and analysis work for a wide range of industries on a daily basis.

Vibration Stream

Case Study: HD Technology : following a bearing damage in a gearbox for 32 months

Tim Sundstrom, SPM Instrument

Following a bearing defect from stage 1 to stage 3 on a mine-hoist gearbox. The presentation will cover the basic concept of HD Technology and how the HD technology can extend the pre-warning time dramatically. A mine hoist is a mission critical application in underground mining and the challenge to measure bearing condition is the low RPM (52 RPM) and the limited measuring time window (120 seconds). An innovative tool to show information from several thousand spectrums in one picture will be demonstrated among other advanced tools.

Tim Sundström, born 1964 in Sweden, has a M.Sc. degree in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering from Linköping University, Sweden. For over twenty years, he has been specializing in electronics development and has held managerial positions in the field since 1992. In 2001, he joined SPM Instrument as head of Research and Development, where he has been deeply involved in SPM HD development and field evaluations.

Oil Analysis & Lubrication Stream

Prescriptive Oil Analysis

Mark Barnes, Des-Case Corporation

Used properly, oil analysis is an invaluable window into a plant’s lubrication practices. But all too often, the prescriptive value of oil analysis is diminished because simple activities that oil analysis may point to can’t be executed because we haven’t taken the time to establish the fundamentals of an effective lubrication program. In this session, we’ll look at the some of the common problems highlighted by oil analysis and explain how to develop lubrication policies, procedures and metrics to maximize the prescriptive value of your oil analysis program.

Mark Barnes serves as Vice President of the Des-Case Reliability Services team. In this role, Mark and his team of lubrication experts help educate end-users on the value of precision lubrication to asset reliability and provide support to help asset intensive company’s change the way they perform lubrication.

Prior to joining Des-Case, Mark was Vice President and Chief Technology Officer for Noria Corporation with complete responsibility for all lubrication and oil analysis training and consulting activities. Mark has been an active consultant and educator in the maintenance and reliability field for 23 years and has worked with clients around the world to design and implement lubrication improvement plans. Mark is a frequently invited speaker at maintenance conference around the globe and has won awards for his ability to inspire companies to change the way they think, act and feel about lubrication.

Mark holds a PhD in Analytical Chemistry from The University of Southampton, UK and is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) from SMRP (Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals).  His list of current and former clients includes ExxonMobil, Chevron, Citgo, Cargill, International Paper, EDF, Heinz, Georgia Pacific, Coors, Southern Power, Alcoa, General Mills, Kellogg, Weyerhaeuser, Nissan and Lubrizol.

Focused Knowledge Stream

An interactive tutorial on detecting unbalance and performing single-plane balancing

Jason Tranter, Mobius Institute

Every vibration analyst must be able to confidently diagnose unbalance, whether the machine is vertically or
horizontally oriented, and whether the shaft is supported by bearings or overhung. And every vibration analyst
should also understand how to perform single-plane balancing. This presentation will provide an explanation
of the diagnostic techniques and then go through an interactive presentation on how to use a polar plot to
determine the best size and location of the trial weights, and the final location for the balance weight. Yes, it is
quite likely that your vibration analyzer can guide you through the balancing process, however, that is a sure
way to make mistakes. It is critically important that you can watch the vibration readings, look at a polar plot,
and determine the correct balance solution. As with all Mobius presentations, it will be very graphical and
understandable. There will also be opportunities to ask questions.

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.

Vibration Stream

Case Study: In-situ balancing of a non-linear SYN gas compressor rotor

Haider Ali, Engro Fertilizers

Synthesis gas compressor plays a vital role in an Ammonia Urea complex (fertilizer plant). Syn gas is primarily composed of hydrogen which makes it highly flammable, thus making it a huge safety concern if not operated in defined limits.
This case study expounds In-situ balancing of SYN gas compressor train comprised of 18 MW steam turbine</strong> and three compressor cases (low pressure, intermediate pressure and high pressure). Operating at 9800 RPM the rated output of the train is 17500 ksph at 3050 PSI.
Machine operates above the 1st critical making instu-balancing more challenging. What makes this case study exceptional </strong>is the non-linear behavior</strong> of the compressor rotor. The machine is equipped with Oil seal which exhibits hang up phenomenon due to tight seal clearances. This results in oil seal acting as the third bearing, damping shaft movement hence increasing the system stiffness. With every startup, the influence vectors used for balancing drifts and special measures have to be taken to compensate for oil seal hang up.

This case study will cover the problems faced on the compressor in regards with non-linear behavior of the compressor rotor, changing system stiffness and steps taken to compensate for this change in order to balance the machine.

Haider Ali holds chancellors silver medal in mechanical engineer degree and has a combined experience of 5 years in rotating machinery diagnostics in addition to maintenance/overhaul experience of turbo machinery (centrifugal compressors and steam turbines) and retrofits of gas-turbine components. He is widely recognized for his work on BCL compressors and tandem dry gas seals installation and troubleshooting.

Haider joined Engro Fertilizer in 2013 and has since been the integral part of the diagnostics team for the World’s biggest single train Ammonia Urea complex. Haider is a VA-III certified Vibration analyst.

Vibration Stream

HD Technology - A low RPM case, 3 years pre-warning time

Tim Sundstrom, SPM Instrument

Tim Sundström, born 1964 in Sweden, has a M.Sc. degree in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering from Linköping University, Sweden. For over twenty years, he has been specializing in electronics development and has held managerial positions in the field since 1992. In 2001, he joined SPM Instrument as head of Research and Development, where he has been deeply involved in SPM HD development and field evaluations.

Focused Knowledge Stream

An interactive tutorial on detecting and correcting shaft misalignment

Jason Tranter, Mobius Institute

Most people believe that if the 2X vibration increases you have misalignment. That is why misalignment is
often misdiagnosed. This presentation will explain how to confidently diagnose misalignment using spectra
and phase. Next, we will discuss how to correct misalignment using a shaft laser alignment system. Using a
series of animations, the basic process of measuring the misalignment, performing a rough alignment,
checking and correcting soft foot, and dealing with a bolt bound and base bound situation will be explained.

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.

Vibration Stream

LINEAR vs LOG - Scaling New Heights!

Ron Newman, PRUFTECHNIK

When examining spectral machine vibration data, we are often unable to see the trees for the forest!  This can easily be resolved thru the use of a little known Y-axis scaling option, log (abbreviation for logarithmic … more later!) versus the traditional linear scaling.   The concept of normalizing the Y-axis in linear units is well known and of particular relevance when comparing several spectra on the PC screen, however many vibration analysts would be delighted to see the additional detail gained using log scaling, and even more thrilled to learn that our amplitude can remain in engineering units, i.e., mm/s, in/s, g’s, etc.  The benefits are significant particularly when one considers the influence of the “transmission path” in the measurement, and also the issue of a single dominant component in the spectrum.  Now, at the risk of alienating some readers, we will explore the use of decibel notation (dBV) as it is fundamental to a type of “normalization”, that is, to an agreed upon reference quantity.  Furthermore, there are also times when scaling the X-axis logarithmically can benefit the vibration practitioner, and although admittedly these occasions are uncommon in machine vibration diagnosis, in some signal processing cases log X-axis scaling is the standard.

Ron is a MIBoC (Mobius Institute Board of Certification) CAT IV Vibration Analyst (Certification # M-129938-01), accredited BSc, and has been involved in machinery vibration and acoustics for 40+ years. Beginning with IRD Mechanalysis (now Rockwell) in 1977, he spent 4+ years providing 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, workshops, and was employed as a part-time instructor of sound and vibration at the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) in Burnaby, BC. 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.

Vibration Stream

Phase Lag: A Precursor to Balancing via Child's Play

Michael Schunk, Parametric Solutions

During introductory courses in balancing, the concept of “phase lag” is typically given a cursory mention without much discussion of what it is or why it happens. In this paper, the concept of phase lag in the context of rotordynamics is explored.
In order to make the subject more approachable, the action of the input (rotor’s unbalance) and the output (vibration of the rotor) is likened to a simple child’s toy. Through this analogy, the procedure of balancing a rotor is better understood.
The paper concludes with an appendix of 5 cases with differing operating speeds relative to the system’s critical speed. In the said Appendix, a visual representation of the characteristics of the rotor, including its operation relative to the system’s critical speed, is given. This is communicated via Bode plots, time domain visualizations of the rotor, and the analogous operation of the said child’s toy.

Mike is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York and holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the Rochester Institute of Technology. In addition, he has a MBA from the State University of New York at Buffalo, and holds the certifications of Category III Vibration Analyst and Category I Balancing Technician, per ISO standards. Mike has 17 years of experience in working with rotating equipment, performing duties such as product & tooling design, controls (PLC), product testing, and field service troubleshooting. He began his career Cameron Compression’s Centrifugal Division (now Ingersoll Rand). From there he moved on to become a Reliability Engineer for Praxair’s air separation, liquid hydrogen, and liquid CO2 market segments. Currently Mike is a design and rotor balance engineer for jet engines with Parametric Solutions, Inc. in Jupiter FL. Mike particularly enjoys developing intuitive visual, and whenever possible “hands on,” explanations for machinery phenomena, as opposed to rigorous mathematical ones. He has found such approaches beneficial to himself as well as others during training and problem solving. Through the combination of his work and studies, Mike continuously strives to build “The Business Case for Reliability.”

Oil Analysis & Lubrication Stream

Case Study: Reservoir Management – Filter Savings and Improved Oil Cleanliness Levels

Paul Dufresne, Reliability Playbook

In most plants when it comes to lubrication management one of the most forgotten pieces of equipment is the oil reservoir. The oil reservoir or “lube oil tank” primary function is to provide oil to rotating pieces of equipment such as roller element bearings, gearboxes, etc. Some secondary functions of the oil reservoir are to provide settling time to allow contaminants such as water, heat, metal catalysts to separate out and fall to the bottom of the reservoir before being pump back through the filtration system and ultimately back through the equipment. This case study will detail the actions taken to improve the overall health of centralized lubrication systems through a proactive approach.

Topics covered in the case study will be:
Reservoir management
Reconditioning of in-situ lubricants
The process of cleaning bulk oil storage tanks and lines
Improved filtration practices
Improvement results

Paul Dufresne is a Reliability Advisor and Coach for Reliability Playbook. Paul has over 25 years of experience in the military and various industries with a primary focus on improving operations, maintenance, and reliability functions. Paul serves as chairman of the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals Best Practices Committee. He is a member of the Society of Tribologist and Lubrication Engineers and the Industry Council for Machinery Lubrication. He holds credentials through STLE as Certified Lubrication Specialist (CLS); through SMRP as Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) and Technician (CMRT); through the Association for Facilities Engineering as Certified Plant Maintenance Manager (CPMM); and through the Association of Asset Management Professionals as Certified Reliability Leader (CRL). Paul is certified in predictive maintenance technologies such as vibration analysis and thermography. He has written several articles and technical white papers, and is a frequent presenter at industry conferences. Paul is a Distinguished Military Graduate from the University of Central Florida.

Focused Knowledge Stream

Detecting and correcting resonance; the silent killer that lurks in every plant

Jason Tranter

Resonance is a common problem in industry. It can be a root cause of equipment failure, and it can mislead
vibration analysts, causing them to make false diagnoses. In this highly animated presentation, Jason will
explain resonance and then describe how bump tests, impact tests, run-up/rundown tests, and modal analysis
can be used to detect resonance. We will then explain how, in brief, changes in mass and stiffness (and
potentially damping) can correct the resonance condition, and if that fails, the application of tuned mass
dampers.

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.

Vibration Stream

Case Study: Paper Machine Vibration Problems

Andrew Costain, Acuren

A broad range of complex vibration problems can occur on paper machines.  These include nipped roll interactions, problems with roll drive systems, and structural issues (including resonance).  Successful analysis and resolution of paper machine vibration problems requires a thorough understanding of the equipment, and the ability to apply various diagnostic techniques. This paper will present several case studies, each describing the evaluation techniques used to diagnose a paper machine vibration problem.

Ultrasound Stream

Case Study: Extending bearing life by using Ultrasound to identify lubrication problems

Tom Murphy, SDT Ultrasound Solutions

This presentation draws on a series of cases where bearing life was limited by the conflict of too many people wanting to do the right thing.
In the first case we examine what happens when you put the wrong grease into a bearing for what appeared to be the right reason – in this case a high temperature grease into a not-so-high temperature application.
The second case examines a common problem found in food factories – the conflict between the lubrication team and the food hygiene cleaners.
Finally, we look at a case where the need to turn over a bearing replacement quickly, led to shortcuts resulting in rapid failure of the newly-installed replacement bearing.

In all three cases we examine how Ultrasound helped to identify the root-cause problems and aided the engineering team to develop a better approach for a more reliable future.

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.

Condition Monitoring Stream

Case Study: Condition Monitoring of Ultra-Low Speed, Highly Loaded Press Washer Bearings

Mike Johnson, AMRRI

Paper mill press washer bearings represent one of the most difficult lubricant film-forming challenges in the industrial world.   They operate under intensely high load, and exceptionally low speed.  Conventional vibration and acoustic emmission tools struggle to paint an adequate picture of bearing health for this type of bearing operating state (whether press washer or other simillar speed and loading configuration).
This case study will illustrate a technique for evaluating bearing health on ultra-low speed machinery, and will use an example of a press washer bearing set that has failed, including revealing evidence of bearing distress before replacement, and showing machine and bearing health conditions after replacement.

Mike Johnson is the founder and principal consultant at AMRRI. Now in it’s 13th year, AMRRI was formed to assist Fortune 1000 manufacturers in their efforts to improvement business performance through asset performance improvement, and that through improvement in machine essential care. Mike has published 110+ technical papers, and has presented technical material on both practical and theoretical Tribology throughout the world. Precision Lubrication represents a dramatic opportunity for cost reduction around mechanical repairs. The AMRRI team focuses on building Precision Lubrication Work Programs that customers can execute to dramatically improve the effectiveness of their essential care work programs. The expected benefit to the plant site is a 9-12% reduction in mechanical repair and replacement of lubricated machine parts per year if no other aspect of reliability is addressed. Accordingly, the payback on improved lubrication is enormous. AMRRI customers include industrial-mining-exploration standouts such as: Chevron Corporation, SKF, Georgia Pacific, International Paper, Verso Paper, Kapstone Paper, Westrock Paper, Ingredion, Newmont Gold, Anglo Gold Ashanti, Freeport McMoran, SeaDrill, TransOcean Sedco Forex, Cargill Corporation, and many others.

Focused Knowledge Stream

Estimating the remaining life of a rolling element bearing with vibration, ultrasound, oil, and infrared analysis

Jason Tranter, Mobius Institute

Every vibration analyst must be able to detect rolling element bearing fault conditions. But the question
everyone wants to be able to answer is; “when will the bearing fail?” In this animated presentation, Jason will
explain how vibration analysis, ultrasound, oil analysis and wear particle analysis, as well as infrared analysis,
can be used to detect rolling element bearing faults and provide an indication of the remaining life of the
bearing. Using these condition monitoring techniques correctly, it is possible to detect a bearing fault a year or
more before it would ultimately fail. But using these technologies, it is possible to look for signs that indicate
the approximate remaining life. Case studies will also be presented that utilize these technologies.

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.

Vibration Stream

Phase Analysis for Vibration Monitoring

Saar Yoskovitz, Augury

The use of phase analysis for vibration monitoring has long since been adopted as a tool for fault detection in mechanical machinery. However, this method requires synchronous sampling of vibration sensors and therefore, is currently limited to 4 accelerometers. In this talk we present a new continuous monitoring system that synchronously samples 4 tri-axial accelerometers and enables a comprehensive phase analysis for the individual machine components (shaft, bearings, rotor, etc.) as well as full orbit plot of the machine. In addition, we present a novel phase analysis technique for fault prognosis in mechanical machines developed by 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.

Ultrasound Stream

Intelligent Decimation Derives Sonic and Ultrasonic Stress Waves

Ray Garvey, I-care Reliability Inc.

Intelligent DNA (decimation numerical algorithm) gleans valuable information from oversampled vibration data before it is destroyed through normal decimation processes.  Traditional decimation reduces ultrasonic frequency range digital vibration data to a maximum freqeuncy range of interest.  This is efficient and effective for monitoring sinusoidal motion, rotation, displacement, and natural resonance of mechanical components.  Intelligent decimation studies the oversampled data first.  There are three superimposed vibration constituents.  Lower sonic frequencies convey information about dynamic motion of components as just stated.  Higher sonic frequency data reveal forceful compression and impulse stress wave information.  Ultrasonic frequency illuminate occurrences of friction, turbulence, and interfacial slip stress waves.  Intelligent DNA derives sonic and ultrasonic waveforms indicative precise timing and sequences for forceful engaments in addition to weaker slip, rub, and friction movements.  Monitoring applications include slow speed, reciprocating, articulating, and rotating machines, in addition to electrical gear and process flows.

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.

Condition Monitoring Stream

Profitable Condition Monitoring

Ron Kittle, SPM Instutment

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.

Focused Knowledge Stream

Diagnosing gearbox faults with vibration, oil, and wear particle analysis

Jason Tranter, Mobius Institute

Gearboxes are often critical components, therefore it is critically important that damage to the gears (and the
bearings) is detected at the earliest possible opportunity. Focusing on vibration analysis (including enveloping,
time waveform analysis, circle plots, time synchronous analysis, and autocorrelation), oil analysis (including an
overview of how oil analysis can be used to detect the root cause of the gear failure), and wear particle
analysis, this highly animated presentation will describe the common failure mechanisms and explain how
these technologies provide an early warning. Two brief case studies will be presented that utilize these
technologies.

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.

Vibration Stream

The Effects of Mounting on Vibration Collection – Are You Getting the Data You Expected?

Renard Klubnik, Wilcoxon Sensing Technologies

No matter what type of sensor you have, it’s only as good as the mounting you are using. This learning opportunity is aimed at expanding your understanding of different types of mounting techniques, and exploring how it affects your data.
The presenter will provide a detailed examination of collecting vibration data in different ways, share real world vibration measurement data examples from the field, and explain how various mounting techniques will influence the accuracy of vibration data to effectively monitor machine condition and confidently detect faults.
This presentation will also cover why measurements vary, highlight ideal mounting techniques in the field, factors to consider, and why using the wrong mounting should be avoided. If you use the wrong mounting, the result could be inaccurate measurement data or even worse – missing data completely.
You will come away from this presentation with more knowledge on the importance of using optimal mounting, understand what to use, and also know what to avoid in order to obtain accurate and reliable measurements time after time.

Renard Klubnik is the senior applications engineer for Wilcoxon Sensing Technologies where he is the primary technical resource for worldwide sales activities. He routinely identifies and provides technical solutions related to the proper selection and implementation of Wilcoxon’s accelerometer and transmitter products. He has been involved in the predictive maintenance arena and vibration sensing technology for most of his 40 plus years in the industry. He spent several years as a consultant directing client companies in their efforts to implement reliability based solutions at the plant floor level. He is also an accomplished lecturer presenting material on topics such as basic vibration, piezoelectric sensors use and calibration, machine spectrum analysis and digital signal analysis.

Ultrasound Stream

Case Study: Asset Condition Management Using Ultrasound Remote Monitoring

Maureen Gribble, UE Systems

Airborne and structure-borne ultrasound technology has become a major player in predictive and preventative maintenance. Ultrasound has been proven and accepted by maintenance and reliability professionals globally across many industry and manufacturing sectors. With the advancements in technology and software, potential electrical and mechanical failures can be diagnosed early; therefore, allowing for more time to plan, schedule, kit, and perform work that would have otherwise been more reactive. Using ultrasound for condition monitoring impacts costs, increases productivity and best of all improves safety. This presentation will focus on remote continuous monitoring applications using ultrasound. In a time where we are seeing more and more guarding and shielding of assets remote sensors are a critical tool to help you continue to safely monitor your assets. Your equipment is talking to you – are you listening?

Maureen Gribble is a Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional with over 12 years of experience working in and supporting the reliability community. She has spent the last 6 years working at UE Systems helping to promote ultrasound as a critical technology in her customer’s journeys towards improved condition monitoring of assets. She focuses a great deal of her time on providing education on not only ultrasound but all aspects of successful reliability programs. She is a volunteer with the Society of Maintenance & Reliability Professionals and recently served as the chair of their conference committee.

Condition Monitoring Stream

Digitalisation of Vibration based Condition Monitoring

Dries Van Loon, PRUFTECHNIK

Condition monitoring with non-destructive vibration analysis is experiencing an accelerated development due to several factors that work as a catalyst. Industrial and marine installations are increasingly interconnected by industry standard TCP/IP based networks. Transmission of wireless data is becoming cheaper and much faster. Digital storage of large data volumes is not a costly hurdle any longer and engineers and technicians are used to work with intuitive and mobile tablets and smartphones that virtually connect them via apps to their plants, their homes and even their own health parameters. New techniques such as data mining and analytics have emerged. They enable us to quickly plough through enormous amounts of data and extract patterns and relations that were thus far hidden from sight.

In this whitepaper, we are exploring how these new technologies will empower technicians and engineers to efficiently and accurately predict and analyze wear and damages in rotating equipment and how these new technologies are boosting the effectiveness of the vibration analyst. The result is an accrued efficiency of industrial production units, marine vessels and offshore units, rendering them safer, less polluting and more profitable.

After graduating as an electro mechanical engineer, specializing in maintenance, I worked for a predictive maintenance company actively using all existing predictive maintenance technologies throughout various different industries. After a few years I started working for PRUFTECHNIK Benelux as an application engineer involving high-end troubleshooting using on and offline vibration measurements. As well as, the responsibility for all online condition monitoring projects, from initial design through installation and remote monitoring. Beginning 2014 I moved to the US office of PRUFTECHNIK where we are setting up a condition monitoring department to serve the US market on all CM related topics, including proactive maintenance, remote (temporary) monitoring, trouble shooting and torque measurements.

Focused Knowledge Stream

Diagnosing electric motor faults with vibration, motor current analysis, and motor circuit analysis

Jason Tranter, Mobius Institute

In addition to bearing failures, misalignment, and other common fault conditions, electric motors have unique
failure modes that can be detected with vibration analysis, motor current analysis, motor circuit analysis, and
other online and static testing techniques. Utilizing the famous Mobius animations, an introduction to how
synchronous and induction motors work will be presented, and then the common failure modes will be
discussed. The presentation will go on to explain how these condition monitoring techniques can be used to
provide an early warning of those failure modes. Brief case studies will be provided, and there will be
opportunities for questions.

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.

DAY 4

Vibration Stream

Introduction to Modal Analysis

Mark Richardson, Vibrant Technology, Inc

This presentation will cover the following topics

  • What is a Mode of Vibration? A description of resonant vibration in a structure or mechanical system
  • What causes resonant vibration? Trapped energy within the boundaries
    • Vibration of a bell versus a sand bag
  • Each mode of vibration has three parts, natural frequency, damping coefficient, mode shape
    • What is a mode shape?
  • Fundamental Law of Modal Analysis (FLMA)All vibration is a summation of mode shapes
  • All vibration is described by Newton’s second Law, F = MA
  • Conclusions from Newton’s second Law
  1. Things vibrate when forces are applied to them
  2. Things resonate because on interactions between their internal mass (inertia) & stiffness (restoring) forces
  3. Resonant vibration remains when all forces are removed
  • Vibration principles from the FLMA
    (All of these principles will be demonstrated with examples)
  1. All time based vibration is a summation of mode shapes
  2. All frequency-based vibration is a summation of mode shapes
  3. All order-based vibration is a summation of mode shapes
  4. All mode shapes are a summation of mode shapes
  5. Any mode can be excited at any frequency

Mark Richardson received his B.S. (1964), M.S. (1966), and Ph.D. (1970), all in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana. In 1969, Mark joined Systems Control, Inc., Palo Alto, California, as a consulting engineer. At SCI, he worked on client problems in the areas of dynamics & control systems, operations research, and systems analysis. In 1973, he joined Hewlett Packard Co. in Santa Clara, California. As an engineering project leader, he directed the development of the first commercially available FFT-based modal testing system, introduced by Hewlett Packard in 1974. Later, he directed the development of the first dedicated modal testing instrument, the Hewlett Packard 5423A Structural Dynamics Analyzer. The 5423A became one of HP’s top revenue producing instruments during the 1979 to 1984 years. In 1979, he co-founded Structural Measurement Systems, Inc. and was President and CEO. SMS marketed mechanical testing software. The popular StarModal and StarStruct packages were used for analyzing structural noise and vibration problems. By 1989, SMS had over 40 employees and a worldwide sales force. In May 1989, SMS was sold to GenRad, Inc., Concord, Massachusetts. In 1991, Mark co-founded Vibrant Technology, Inc. in Jamestown, California, and is currently its President and CEO. In 2016, the company moved its headquarters from California to Centennial, Colorado. Since its founding, Vibrant has developed and sold the ME’scope family of post-test noise and vibration analysis software tools. ME’scope is sold worldwide through a network of sales representatives and OEM suppliers.

Infrared Stream

Thermal Imaging Introduction

Jay Bowen, Bowen Infrared

The Introduction to Thermography is for the Predicative Maintenance expert user wanting an introduction class dedicated for thermal imaging.  No experience in thermography is necessary.

This targeted introduction would expand knowledge of the thermal imager with simple science review, basic camera operation and meaningful measurement usage. This discussion will also include some image review for  pattern examples typical on rotating components along with the caveats and pitfalls that can present challenges.

Jay has been involved in the electrical construction trades since 1977. He has been utilizing infrared thermography in varied applications since the mid-90s, serving as a nation-wide instructor and consultant since 1998. Jay holds a Wisconsin Masters Electrical certificate, Wisconsin Commercial Electrical Inspector Certification, and a Wisconsin State designer’s license in electrical systems and an Associate’s Degree in Electronics Technology. He was a contributor to the NFPA CEST development.

He has developed and taught classes in all thermography applications of electrical, mechanical, process sue, gas detection, quality control, insulation integrity, moisture intrusion, air flow, and efficient building science. Jay is a popular speaker for applications of thermography. He has presented at many ResNet and Wisconsin Energy Conservation conferences, and National Weatherization conferences, the Black Hills Power Summit, Doble power conferences, InfraMation conferences, The Energy Out West conferences and ACI conferences.

Condition Monitoring Stream

2018 PdM Survey: Beyond PdM Balance

Thomas Wilk, Putman Media

In 2016, research conducted by Plant Services into predictive maintenance (PdM) uncovered an unsettling trend: despite planned and actual investments in their PdM programs, a majority of respondents were not satisfied with program results. One year later, an update to that survey revealed that more PdM technologies than ever are being deployed, often in targeted and complementary fashion, and levels of satisfaction with PdM programs had increased by 34%. In addition, respondents told us that their most significant challenges had shifted away from how to define the expected benefits, and more onto whether they had enough people (as well as the right people) to execute effectively.

This presentation will deliver key findings from the upcoming 2018 Plant Services PdM Survey, to be administered in June-July 2018. Topics to be covered include: the types of predcitive maintenace technologies being deployed, as well as the ways users are applying them, and on which assets; the ways that digital technologies are impacting maintenance best practices; and the extent to which plant teams are willing to share their data outside their facilities. The presentation also will draw data from two other 2018 Plant Services surveys, on Workforce and on Electrical Safety, in order to provide additional context in which to understand data from the PdM survey.

Thomas Wilk is editor in chief of Plant Services, a Putman Media publication showcasing smart solutions for maintenance and reliability. In response to the unique challenges facing industry, Tom has broadened the coverage of Plant Services to address how digital manufacturing initiatives, proactive maintenance strategies, disruptive plant technologies, and a changing workforce are driving manufacturing innovation. Tom, an ASBPE award-winning editor, has 30 years of experience in print and digital content strategy, development, and audience engagement. Before joining the Putman team, Tom worked as lead content strategist for Panduit Corp., shaping the company’s thought leadership and audience engagement initiatives as well as founding the company’s social media and mobile marketing programs. He holds an MA degree from Ohio State University and a BA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, both in English; and lectured at Ohio State for 10 years on business and scientific writing, followed by working for 8 years as an environmental consultant with Battelle Memorial Institute.

Motor Testing Stream

Basic Electricity and AC Motor Theory for the Non-Electrical Specialist

Howard Penrose, MotorDoc LLC.

In order to understand testing and conditions found in an electric motor, generator and related systems, a basic understanding of electricity and motor theory is required. In this short presentation, basic electricity for electric systems, motor theory and insulation system theory will be presented in a way that personnel with no electrical background will understand. This will set the baseline for the remaining presentations during the day.

Howard W Penrose, Ph.D., CMRP is the President of MotorDoc® LLC and the 2018 Chair of SMRP.  He has over 35 years of electric motor testing, repair and design experience starting with a US Navy motor repair journeymanship to advanced electric machinery design.  Dr. Penrose and the MotorDoc team perform practical research, development and performance analysis on electric motors, generators, testing methods, forensics and repair.  He is a 5-time UAW-GM People Make Quality Happen Award winner (2005-2009), Axiom and Forward book of the year award winner, and a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP).  Within SMRP he started the Government Relations program with a focus on Smart Grid and Cybersecurity for IoT, as well as overseeing future workforce, safety and infrastructure working groups.  He is a past adjunct professor of industrial engineering at UIC and the utility/industrial senior research engineer for the University of Illinois’ Energy Resources Center.  Dr. Penrose is also the past Web Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Dielectric and Electrical Insulation Society and is the present Webmaster for the IEEE PES Materials Standards Subcommittee, which oversees electric machine testing standards, including sitting on most of the standards committees.   Several of his machine design achievements include the 2000F environment motor, vacuum environment motor insulation systems, the blood-cooled LEV-VAD heart pump (support), the Hybrid Tahoe and Volt design team insulation system consultant, and the John Deere 644 and 944 hybrid construction loaders insulation and motor design consultant and on-going factory trainer.  In his spare time he is a 6-time Team USA WPC/AWPC world powerlifting champion and the managing partner of 2XL Powerlifting LLC, the largest USA powerlifting gym, and a WPC World judge.

Vibration Stream

Motion Amplification

Jeff Hay, RDI Technologies Matt Rubin, 4x Diagnostics

Motion Amplification (MA) is a video-processing technique that detects subtle motion and amplifies that motion to a level visible to the naked eye. Videos created through Motion Amplification enhance the understanding of the components and interrelationships creating the motion. Every pixel in the camera becomes a sensor, creating millions of data points in an instant, all in phase with one another.

A series of case studies will be examined focusing on structural components. Often structural components are the root cause of failure with machinery but are hard to diagnose or detect. Traditional vibration can often overlook these faults. We will examine how Motion Amplification lends itself to easily identify and diagnose structural issues common to motors and pumps. A live demonstration on a Machinery Vibration Trainer will be done to help understand the technique.

Jeff Hay, PhD is the founder and CEO of RDI Technologies. He is the inventor and visionary behind the Iris M platform that allows you to amplify and measure motion with the use of video. His products are moving industrial vibration to the visual spectrum. His passion is using his background in applied optical technology to change the way you see machinery and maintenance.

Matt Rubin has 5 years of advanced diagnostic measurement and analysis experience and is skilled in vibration data collection on rotating machinery, acceptance testing, floor vibration studies, Operational Deflections Shape and Modal Analysis testing. He is proficient using CSI portable analyzers including the 2140 and online instruments including the 4500, 6500, XP-32 and 2600. Matt analyzes vibration data using CSI AMS Suite MHM software, writes reports summarizing test results, and makes recommendations for corrective actions. Matt is a certified, Category II vibration analyst.

Condition Monitoring Stream

Syncing PdM for Predicting Complex Failures (Piston Pump)

Sergio Rossi, RP4M

Syncing PdM has been a challenge. The complexity arises because many times, the technologies generate conflictive information. One technology may suggest for you to shut down a machine while another technology may suggest to do nothing. You go from a machine ready to crash to a machine which is fine depending on which technology you use, which ones you combine and how you integrate them. We introduce a process for syncing PdM technologies that is proven and it is based on 28 years of experience integrating PdM technologies. We introduce syncing PdM technologies for predicting complex failures by applying this methodology to a very complex and obscure system: piston pumps.

BSEE, author, inventor, entrepreneur. Developed the first and only solution proven for minimizing breakdowns in 30 days, 4Free and 4Ever.

Motor Testing Stream

Electric Machinery Standards for Field and Quality Assurance Testing

Howard Penrose, MotorDoc LLC.

While the focus will be on IEEE Standards; IEC, CSA and other standards are closely related, mechanical standards including NEMA, ASTM, EASA and AFBMA will also be introduced. In this presentation, an overview of electric machinery standards will be covered and how they relate to electric machinery reliability including condition analysis. This will set the stage for the remaining 3-parts for off-line and on-line testing methods.

Howard W Penrose, Ph.D., CMRP is the President of MotorDoc® LLC and the 2018 Chair of SMRP. He has over 35 years of electric motor testing, repair and design experience starting with a US Navy motor repair journeymanship to advanced electric machinery design. Dr. Penrose and the MotorDoc team perform practical research, development and performance analysis on electric motors, generators, testing methods, forensics and repair. He is a 5-time UAW-GM People Make Quality Happen Award winner (2005-2009), Axiom and Forward book of the year award winner, and a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP). Within SMRP he started the Government Relations program with a focus on Smart Grid and Cybersecurity for IoT, as well as overseeing future workforce, safety and infrastructure working groups. He is a past adjunct professor of industrial engineering at UIC and the utility/industrial senior research engineer for the University of Illinois’ Energy Resources Center. Dr. Penrose is also the past Web Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Dielectric and Electrical Insulation Society and is the present Webmaster for the IEEE PES Materials Standards Subcommittee, which oversees electric machine testing standards, including sitting on most of the standards committees. Several of his machine design achievements include the 2000F environment motor, vacuum environment motor insulation systems, the blood-cooled LEV-VAD heart pump (support), the Hybrid Tahoe and Volt design team insulation system consultant, and the John Deere 644 and 944 hybrid construction loaders insulation and motor design consultant and on-going factory trainer. In his spare time he is a 6-time Team USA WPC/AWPC world powerlifting champion and the managing partner of 2XL Powerlifting LLC, the largest USA powerlifting gym, and a WPC World judge.

Vibration Stream

Case Study: Using Empiricial data to identify Cavitation or Hydraulic Noise in a Pump

Dale Winterhoff, Flowserve

A Diesal Stabilizer Bottoms Pump in a West Coast refinery was experiencing classic symptoms of cavitation.  That is loss of performance, and loud audible noise.  During a walkdown of the pump it was observed that the suction piping had an unusually large amount of bends, elbows and offsets to mate to the pump.  Engineers on site had also completed an NPSHa calculation which showed that it was marginal.  Being a critical pump for the refinery the customer wanted to confirm that cavitation was occuring and replace the pump to guarentee high availability.

During the test we deployed a wide variety of sensors to diagnose and determine if cavitation was occuring.  These included fow and pressure for pump performance, accoustic microphone, dynamic pressure for hydraulic noise and vane pass pulsations, pump HP, rpm, and thermography.  We also performed an ODS analysis and created a AFT Fathom Hydraulic model for calculating and simulating NPSHa under varying operational conditions.  A week prior to the test the pump was pulled and inspected, with no visual sign of cavitaion evident.

Data showed that the customer had caliabrated their flowmeter wrong which originally lead them to believe performance was degraded.  Also the Fathom Model we created confirmed that they also made an error in their NPSHa calculation and actually had 18 feet or 50% margin.
During the accoustic survey higher readings were seen on the inboard side and on the inlet piping rather than near the pump.  Data collected was then compared against emperical data collected at our training facility on a pump under very contolled conditions simulating incipeant, normal and full cavitation.  Results confirmed that the audible “crackling” heard in the field was hydraulic noise due to the poor piping practice and not cavitation.  Dynamic pressure data also supported this conclusion as did the vibration analysis, Fathom Model,  and pump maintenance history.

Solution to the customer included  hydraulic modifications to reduce the audible noise rather than a new pump.

Dale is an accomplished Technical Manager with a diverse background in a variety of disciplines that include 10 years in nuclear power generation, 15 years in petroleum refining, and 5 years in fine chemical production. He is technically proficient in the installation, operation, and maintenance of a diverse selection of both fixed and rotating equipment and has proven track record in equipment reliability, maintenance optimization, and utility efficiency enhancement projects. Currently Dale is the Manager, Technical Solutions for the Tier 1 Reliability Team within the Flowserve Services and Solutions group. He concentrates in providing value to clients through comprehensive field reliability audits and by resolving critical and/or complex system problems through the execution of technically challenging and unique field assessments. Dale has had a lead role in the development and application of Flowserve’s IPS Wireless Technology . He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois and specialized in direct energy conversion processes.

Condition Monitoring Stream

A Survey of Wireless Condition Monitoring Vendors Features and Performance

Ed Spence, The Machine Instrumentation Company

In the last five years we have witness an explosion of wireless systems for condition monitoring, many offering sophisticated diagnostic tools and analytic approaches. At first glance, it appears as though the IoT revolution is finally reaching the factory floor, as wireless extends the reach of CBM services to facilities, equipment and applications where existing on-line systems are not economically practical or even feasible.
Extending the reach of the vibration specialist to more machines in the plant sounds like an attractive proposition, but as always with new technology, it’s difficult to sort through the claims and differentiate the services.
This discussion will survey the universe of wireless condition monitoring systems, key features and specifications, sensor performance, available services and data management, helping you better understand the array of options and what to look for when choosing a system for your application.

Ed Spence is the Founder and President of The Machine Instrumentation Group, a collaborative network of product and service providers dedicated to enabling machine OEMs, builders and operators to instrument their own equipment for condition monitoring. Network competencies include predictive analytics for the development of health indicators, custom sensor development and deployable condition monitoring solutions. Ed was previously the Marketing Manager for Analog Devices MEMS Sensor Technology Group, where he defined the accelerometer roadmap for Condition Monitoring.

Motor Testing Stream

Understanding Common and Uncommon De-Energized Testing Methods

Howard Penrose, MotorDoc LLC.

In this presentation we will review the common and uncommon test methods used for evaluating electric motors, generators and related systems such as insulation resistance methods, motor circuit analysis and high voltage testing. Electrical and mechanical system visual inspections will also be covered. A few of the tests regularly performed as part of new motor and repair quality assurance will be discussed.em visual inspections will also be covered. A few of the tests regularly performed as part of new motor and repair quality assurance will be discussed.

Howard W Penrose, Ph.D., CMRP is the President of MotorDoc® LLC and the 2018 Chair of SMRP. He has over 35 years of electric motor testing, repair and design experience starting with a US Navy motor repair journeymanship to advanced electric machinery design. Dr. Penrose and the MotorDoc team perform practical research, development and performance analysis on electric motors, generators, testing methods, forensics and repair. He is a 5-time UAW-GM People Make Quality Happen Award winner (2005-2009), Axiom and Forward book of the year award winner, and a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP). Within SMRP he started the Government Relations program with a focus on Smart Grid and Cybersecurity for IoT, as well as overseeing future workforce, safety and infrastructure working groups. He is a past adjunct professor of industrial engineering at UIC and the utility/industrial senior research engineer for the University of Illinois’ Energy Resources Center. Dr. Penrose is also the past Web Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Dielectric and Electrical Insulation Society and is the present Webmaster for the IEEE PES Materials Standards Subcommittee, which oversees electric machine testing standards, including sitting on most of the standards committees. Several of his machine design achievements include the 2000F environment motor, vacuum environment motor insulation systems, the blood-cooled LEV-VAD heart pump (support), the Hybrid Tahoe and Volt design team insulation system consultant, and the John Deere 644 and 944 hybrid construction loaders insulation and motor design consultant and on-going factory trainer. In his spare time he is a 6-time Team USA WPC/AWPC world powerlifting champion and the managing partner of 2XL Powerlifting LLC, the largest USA powerlifting gym, and a WPC World judge.

Vibration Stream

Using Impact Demodulation to Identify and Track Faults in Slow-Speed Machines

Michael Johnson, Azima

Have you ever “heard something” on your slow-speed machine, but not seen evidence of it in the vibration data? Conventional time waveforms and spectra can sometimes fall short for machines with shaft speeds under 200 RPM. Short-duration (high frequency), repetitive events are usually stripped out by anti-aliasing filters, leaving no way to identify these faults or gauge their severity. Impact demodulation captures and preserves these high frequency events by sampling the acceleration signal at the maximum sample rate of the data acquisition hardware. This presentation will explain the signal processing used to capture the impacting events, show how to interpret the resulting demod waveform, and provide some real-world examples where impact demod identified faults that would have otherwise been missed.

Michael S. Johnson P. E. is a former Naval Officer (Nuclear Propulsion) and is currently a Senior Vibration Engineer at AzimaDLI. Michael joined Azima DLI in 1992, is responsible for maintaining the Expert Automated Diagnostic System (EADS) rule base, and teaches the advanced course in setting up and using the Expert System. He is a licensed Mechanical Engineer in Washington State.

Condition Monitoring Stream

(20 min) Turbine oil sludge RCA

Wesley Albert, Acuren

A turbine oil with sludge formation in cold and static areas in the system can cause pressure drops and system trips if not continually cleaned and maintained.  This case study describes the root cause analysis which determined the source of the sludge, and the resulting actions and results.

Wesley is a professional engineer with experience supporting asset management, reliability, maintenance and operations for over 15 years. His current role with Acuren is primarily focused on the development and implementation of equipment management at a strategic level. Mr. Albert has worked in a wide variety of industries including: power generation, pulp and paper, forest products, manufacturing, mining, naval, oil and gas & laboratory services. Wesley has also been active with the Canadian Machinery and Vibration Association as a past national board member and is a member of SMRP, and API.

Condition Monitoring Stream

(20 min) Controlling water in a combustion turbine

Wesley Albert, Acuren

The lubricant for a combustion turbine unit saw increases in water level periodically, at times significant enough to cause the tank to overflow.  A closed lubricant system with no obvious sources for water ingress warranted detailed investigation on the part of the owners to determine and correct the issue.  This case study describes the investigation into the source, and the mass balance which ensued to control the issue.

Wesley is a professional engineer with experience supporting asset management, reliability, maintenance and operations for over 15 years. His current role with Acuren is primarily focused on the development and implementation of equipment management at a strategic level. Mr. Albert has worked in a wide variety of industries including: power generation, pulp and paper, forest products, manufacturing, mining, naval, oil and gas & laboratory services. Wesley has also been active with the Canadian Machinery and Vibration Association as a past national board member and is a member of SMRP, and API.

Motor Testing Stream

Understanding Common and Uncommon Energized Testing Methods

Howard Penrose, MotorDoc LLC.

The focus will be on common electrical and mechanical testing methods and what they can and cannot detect in an electric motor system.  Technologies will include vibration, electrical signature analysis, partial discharge methods and other related dynamic technologies.  A few of the tests regularly performed as part of a new motor and repair quality assurance will be discussed.

Howard W Penrose, Ph.D., CMRP is the President of MotorDoc® LLC and the 2018 Chair of SMRP.  He has over 35 years of electric motor testing, repair and design experience starting with a US Navy motor repair journeymanship to advanced electric machinery design.  Dr. Penrose and the MotorDoc team perform practical research, development and performance analysis on electric motors, generators, testing methods, forensics and repair.  He is a 5-time UAW-GM People Make Quality Happen Award winner (2005-2009), Axiom and Forward book of the year award winner, and a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP).  Within SMRP he started the Government Relations program with a focus on Smart Grid and Cybersecurity for IoT, as well as overseeing future workforce, safety and infrastructure working groups.  He is a past adjunct professor of industrial engineering at UIC and the utility/industrial senior research engineer for the University of Illinois’ Energy Resources Center.  Dr. Penrose is also the past Web Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Dielectric and Electrical Insulation Society and is the present Webmaster for the IEEE PES Materials Standards Subcommittee, which oversees electric machine testing standards, including sitting on most of the standards committees.   Several of his machine design achievements include the 2000F environment motor, vacuum environment motor insulation systems, the blood-cooled LEV-VAD heart pump (support), the Hybrid Tahoe and Volt design team insulation system consultant, and the John Deere 644 and 944 hybrid construction loaders insulation and motor design consultant and on-going factory trainer.  In his spare time he is a 6-time Team USA WPC/AWPC world powerlifting champion and the managing partner of 2XL Powerlifting LLC, the largest USA powerlifting gym, and a WPC World judge.

Motor Testing Stream

What are the Mechanical Impacts of Power Quality?

Howard Penrose, MotorDoc LLC.

Power quality is the aspect of the electric motor system that is the least understood.  In this presentation we will discuss how the various aspects of voltage, current and power effect the operation of the electric machine and impact the electrical and mechanical components of the motor.  The attendee will have a basic understanding of how these will relate to test results of other technologies.

Howard W Penrose, Ph.D., CMRP is the President of MotorDoc® LLC and the 2018 Chair of SMRP.  He has over 35 years of electric motor testing, repair and design experience starting with a US Navy motor repair journeymanship to advanced electric machinery design.  Dr. Penrose and the MotorDoc team perform practical research, development and performance analysis on electric motors, generators, testing methods, forensics and repair.  He is a 5-time UAW-GM People Make Quality Happen Award winner (2005-2009), Axiom and Forward book of the year award winner, and a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP).  Within SMRP he started the Government Relations program with a focus on Smart Grid and Cybersecurity for IoT, as well as overseeing future workforce, safety and infrastructure working groups.  He is a past adjunct professor of industrial engineering at UIC and the utility/industrial senior research engineer for the University of Illinois’ Energy Resources Center.  Dr. Penrose is also the past Web Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Dielectric and Electrical Insulation Society and is the present Webmaster for the IEEE PES Materials Standards Subcommittee, which oversees electric machine testing standards, including sitting on most of the standards committees.   Several of his machine design achievements include the 2000F environment motor, vacuum environment motor insulation systems, the blood-cooled LEV-VAD heart pump (support), the Hybrid Tahoe and Volt design team insulation system consultant, and the John Deere 644 and 944 hybrid construction loaders insulation and motor design consultant and on-going factory trainer.  In his spare time he is a 6-time Team USA WPC/AWPC world powerlifting champion and the managing partner of 2XL Powerlifting LLC, the largest USA powerlifting gym, and a WPC World judge.