What will you learn at MARCON 2019?

MARCON 2019

Join us at the 23rd annual Maintenance and Reliability Conference hosted by The University of Tennessee Reliability and Maintainability Center. MARCON 2019 will be held March 4 – 7, 2019 in Knoxville, Tennessee. We are excited to announce that we will be back at the Knoxville Convention Center!

This conference is unlike any other you will attend this year. You won’t just learn by sitting in workshops and presentations. MARCON is organized to allow the opportunity to collaborate one-on-one with the presenters, exhibitors and other attendees. Join us as companies share their best practices, and information on new and emerging technologies, methods and techniques in the area of Reliability and Maintenance Engineering and Management. This conference is a forum for all — practitioners, specialists, managers, educators, students, and even the new and uninitiated.

Bring Your Team
Maximize growth by bringing your entire team to MARCON. Individuals can tailor their experience by selecting workshops and paper presentations to attend, and the team benefits by discussing what you are learning on the spot. You can also save money by attending as a team…for every 3 paid registrations from your company, you receive a 4th free!! This discount applies to the formal portion of the conference only, but workshops can be added for a reasonable fee.

Take your experience a step farther by letting us help you host a meeting at MARCON. Why travel twice? Learn from industry experts and knock out some business while you are here. The RMC staff can assist you in coordinating a space to hold a private meeting at either the Knoxville Convention Center or the Holiday Inn Downtown World’s Fair park. Whether you need to meet for two hours or two days, we can help. Please contact Kim Kallstrom (kkallstr@utk.edu / 865-974-9627) for more information.

Get the most out of your conference registration...

Plan to spend the full four days with us! Hear best practices and lessons learned from our 3 keynote speakers. Customize your registration package by deciding what combination of our 13 pre-conference workshops and 3 tracks of paper presentations best meet your needs (you may move from track to track as desired). And of course you will want to take full-advantage of the exhibit area and social events for unlimited networking.

  • MARCON 2019 will include a full schedule of events, to include workshops and presentations by leaders in the field of R&M, networking receptions, and exhibit area.
  • Refer to the speaker abstracts to choose which paper presentations to attend. Presentations will focus on best practices, case studies, asset management, and new research and technology.

Topics Include

  • Organization, Strategy, and Culture
  • Facilities Reliability
  • R&M Technology and Tools
  • Workforce Effectiveness
  • Asset Care Execution
  • Machinery and Equipment Maintenance
  • Process Reliability
  • Business and Management
  • MRO Spare Parts
  • Facilities Reliability
  • Technology and Data Implementation / Applications
  • Shutdowns, Turnarounds, and Outages
  • Optimization and Implementation
  • Aligning with Operations
  • R&M in the Power Industry
  • Work Management
What does MARCON offer?

Now in its 23rd year, MARCON has become known as a high quality, excellence driven conference – large enough to deliver value, small enough to allow interaction with the presenters and attendees. The exhibit cost for 20189remains low and includes pipe and drape this year. And we are again offering FREE web advertisement for exhibitors and sponsors.

  • Want to hit 2019 running with an exhibit at one of the year’s first conferences?
  • Want to showcase your products and services?
  • Want to closely interact with conference attendees?
  • Want FREEadvertising on the RMC website for up to a year?

If your answer was “YES” to any of the questions, then MARCON is the conference for you!

  • We have an ideal set-up for exhibitors along the pathway of conference attendees.
  • We are not a mega-conference/trade show! Exhibitors and attendees have the time to share needs and solutions.
  • Sponsors are highlighted and recognized for their contributions, both on the RMC and MARCON websites and throughout the conference.

The exhibit area will be located in close proximity to the conference meeting rooms and the meal and break area for maximum traffic flow by conference attendees. Each exhibiting company has a 10’ x 10’ space and may have a 6-foot draped table or similar sized free-standing exhibit. Booths for 2019 will also include pipe and drape (provided by All Convention and Expo Services), as well as electricity.

Exhibiting companies receive 2 complimentary conference registrations, 6 months of advertising on the RMC website, and can include a brochure and/or a promotional item in the attendee welcome bags (a $300 value).

Sponsorships

Sponsorships are available at many different levels. All sponsors will be recognized on the conference website, in conference materials, and also receive 6-12 months of advertising on the website, depending on the level of sponsorship. They may also include a brochure or promotional item in the welcome bags for no additional charge.

University Level – $5,000 
Sponsorship comes with 12 months on RMC web advertisement, In addition, company logo will be included on conference program and signs, and conference website advertisement. A company promo item may be included in conference welcome bag free of charge.

Orange Level – $3,000 
Sponsorship comes with 6 months RMC web advertisement, In addition, company logo will be included on conference program and signs, and conference website advertisement. A company promo item may be included in conference welcome bag free of charge.

White Level – $1,500 
Sponsorship guarantees company logo will be included on conference program and signs, and conference website advertisement. A company promo item may be included in conference welcome bag free of charge.

Reception Bar Sponsor (March 4, 2019) – At cost, up to $2,500
Two drinks per person with a max obligation of listed sponsorship amount ($2,500). Bill will be paid directly to Convention Center. Sponsorship guarantees company logo will be included on conference program and signs, and conference website advertisement. A company promo item may be included in conference welcome bag free of charge.

If you would like to donate a different amount please contact the RMC.

SPEAKERS

DAYS

WORKSHOPS

OF SUCCESS STORIES

Keynote Speakers

Meet our Keynote speakers

Armin Schwab

Vice President Manufacturing

Bosch Thermotechnology

James Nord

Reliability Specialist

Detour Gold Corporation.
(Winners of Emerson’s 2018 Reliability Program of the Year)

Danielle Ouellet-Lemieux

Reliability Engineer-in-Training

Detour Gold

    Schedule

    Schedule is subject to change

    7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
    Breakfast

    The course is ideal for anyone who wishes to gain a solid understanding of reliability improvement and condition-based maintenance. You will understand why you should improve reliability, what is involved in implementing a program, and what all the roadblocks will be.  You will have a clear understanding of the strategies, philosophies, and terminology associated with the very important process of improving reliability and performance. The course is perfect for managers, engineers, maintenance & operations managers, and condition monitoring leaders.

    The two day workshop will cover the following:

    • A big picture overview
    • The benefits of reliability improvement
    • How to assess the benefits for your organization
    • How to develop a reliability culture
    • Selling the program to senior management
    • Developing the program strategy
    • Understanding failure and failure modes
    • Defect elimination
    • Developing an asset reliability strategy
    • Work management (planning and scheduling)
    • Spares and material management
    • Precision and proactive maintenance
    • Condition monitoring
    • How to break out of the reactive maintenance cycle of doom
    • Continuous improvement
    • A summary of the implementation strategy

    If you complete the two day workshop you will be eligible to take the two-hour, 60-question, multiple-choice ARP-CAT I exam on Tuesday, March 5, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, in the same classroom as the workshop.  The cost of the exam will be: $275 per student. You must register for the exam separately, here: https://bit.ly/2BSZZIl

    Paul Dufresne Bio

    Paul Dufresne is a Reliability Advisor and instructor for Mobius Institute. 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). 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.

    Paul Dufresne

    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.

    After completing this workshop, participants will be able to:

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

    Paul Casto’s Bio

    Paul Casto is the Intelligent Assets Practice Leader at Gray Matter Systems with a focus on Asset Performance Management (APM). He is a leading practitioner in reliability and maintenance(R&M) improvement methodologies and has hands-on experiencein reliability, maintenance, operations and engineering in the chemical, steel, aluminum, automotive, oil and gas, aerospace, consumer goods and construction industries. His current areas of focus include: value creation through Asset Performance Management (APM), the development of asset health models, the applicationof

    advanced reliability and maintenance tools/strategies, data analytics, prognostics, machine learning, business case development and risk analysis, and R&M leadership.

    Paul holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University, a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from Marshall University Graduate College,an MBA from Clemson University and a Masters in Maintenance Management and Reliability Engineering from the Monash University. He has done PhD work in Industrial Engineering (ABD) at the University of Tennessee. Paul holds ASQ certification in Reliability Engineering, Quality Engineering and as a Six Sigma Black Belt. He has a certificate in Strategic Decision and Risk Management from Stanford University and is pursuing an Asset Management Professional Certification (AMPC) from Humber College/PEMAC. Paul is a SMRP Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) and serves on the SMRP board as the Director of SMRP’s Body of Knowledge. He has served on the University of Tennessee’s Maintenance and Reliability Center Board of Advisors, the SMRPCO Advisory Council, Chair of the SMRP Best Practices Committee, the SMRP Education Committee and the API-691 Risk Based Management for Machinery subcommittee. He is an active member of ASQ andIEEE.

    Paul Casto

    This interactive workshop is designed to guide you in establishing a practical and an effective Asset Management (AM) process, which when implemented right, will minimize business risks and maximize the return on your assets. In addition, your asset management process should meet ISO’s AM standard (ISO 55000) compliance requirements.

    Do your assets deliver the best value? Do they perform as designed and meet your expectations? Do you know the health of your assets or when they need to be replaced or modified? Do you know how much they cost you to operate and maintain?  Are they comparable to industry benchmarks? Do you have a process established to reduce the total cost of ownership?

    This workshop is based on our experiences of managing assets “from cradle to grave” and is centered on the book ‘Ten Rights of Asset Management’ by Ramesh Gulati & Terrence O’Hanlon.

    This workshop covers the following topics:

    • Introduction – What is Asset Management and Why?
    • Organization’s Goals / Expectations
    • Asset’s Role in Delivering Value
    • Asset Performance Factors
    • 10 Rights of Asset Management – Best Practices
    • Application of Asset Management Standards
    • Establishing an Asset Management Process
    • Asset Management Policies, Plans, Procedures etc.
    • Lessons Learned and Challenges

    Learning Objectives:

    • Asset’s role in delivering value
    • Asset Lifecycle phases
    • Why the design, procure, build and install phases are important?
    • Understanding of all 10 Rights and their importance
    • Applicable ISO standards

    Ramesh Gulati’s Bio

    Asset Management & Reliability Specialist at Jacobs – Asset Management Group, Tullahoma, TN

    A world-renowned leader in the maintenance, reliability, and asset management field and the author of more than four books, including the award-winning Maintenance & Reliability Best Practices. His new book, 10 Rights of Asset Managementwas released in 2017.  He is also known as “Reliability Sherpa” in reliability- asset management arena.

    Ramesh has worked at Aerospace Testing Alliance / Jacobs, Arnold Engineering Development Complex -TN, Carrier A/C, True Temper Corp., Bethlehem Steel, Foundry Forge plant etc.

    He is an active member of ASQ, IIE, IAM, SMRP and has authored numerous papers in maintenance – reliability, asset management, productivity improvements, application of standards and workforce development.

    Ramesh holds BSME, MSIE, and an Executive MBA.

    Ramesh Gulati

    Lubrication Programs hinge on how well they are managed and the focus on the early detection and elimination of failure root-causes.  Few managers are able to transform their lubrication programs into world-class because they fall victim to the same school of thought as their predecessors.  By changing how we view lubrication work and evolving our practices, we can tap into the incredible potential of lubrication excellence.  The industry has realized only a fraction of the opportunities that are achievable through lubrication-enabled reliability.  This workshop takes abstract thoughts and turns them into concrete tasks that must be done to enhance your program and your way of thinking.

    Learning Objectives:

    • What world-class lubrication looks like
    • How maintenance decisions control machine life expectancy
    • The differences between lubricants and lubrication
    • Five core attributes of a world-class lubrication program
    • The power of observation
    • How people and work culture affect the state of lubrication and reliability

    Wes Cash’s  Bio:

    Wesley (Wes) Cash is the director of technical services for Noria Corporation. He serves as a senior technical consultant for Lubrication Program Development projects and as a senior instructor for Noria’s training courses. Wes is an enthusiastic, relatable speaker who connects effortlessly with his audience. His style and easy-to-understand approach to the curriculum creates an interactive forum for learning. With his background as a former construction worker and heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC-R) technician, Wes brings practical knowledge to which students can relate. With Noria, he has helped numerous companies transform their current lubrication practices into world-class programs. Wes is also a regular contributor of technical articles for Machinery Lubrication magazine. He holds Machine Lubricant Analyst (MLA) Level III and Machine Lubrication Technician (MLT) Level II certifications through the International Council for Machinery Lubrication (ICML) and is a Certified Lubrication Specialist through the Society for Tribologists and Lubrication Engineers (STLE).

    Wes Cash

    Industrial production is rapidly transforming. The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT)–the concept of interconnected applications, equipment, and technology–is more than a buzz phrase. It’s driving real plant-wide change and enhanced asset operation and maintenance management.

    Plant owners and managers must trust that their equipment will operate reliably. Being able to monitor assets and assess their health is of paramount concern. Owners, managers, and engineers need data to ensure that problems are detected before a catastrophic failure.

    The clear benefits of actionable asset data have emerged: Smarter decisions–guided by fast, accurate measurements—before maintenance, repair or replacement can mean sizable cost savings on expensive equipment, improved equipment operation, and reduced safety risks. In best practice facilities, reliability inspections and condition monitoring will optimize efficiency by significantly reducing the percentage of corrective (unplanned) maintenance hours while also reducing regularly scheduled maintenance, in favor of planned maintenance triggered by changes in performance data.

    In an ideal situation, owners, and managers will be able to:

    • Collect, store, and group data
    • Track trend lines and see faults
    • The readings to assets and work orders
    • Provide history
    • Receive alarms and see meters

    Still, the growing adoption of connected maintenance technologies also exposes a need to equip millions of unmonitored machines in industrial plants and facilities. This unserved need provides increase potential for decision makers at these organizations. SaaS software solution and wireless technology enable maintenance managers to build and sustain successful maintenance programs. Whether you are looking to establish preventive or condition-based practices or simply maximize uptime, you can now do it with minimal investment and setup time. You can view equipment data and make informed decisions from anywhere, anytime. Improve your ability to prevent or predict failures by easily comparing all measurement types—whether electrical, mechanical or thermal— from one location. Trend data and compare current state to baselines. Confidently make decisions based on data you can trust and trace by automatically creating measurement records for your equipment, from the largest portfolio of wireless test tools.

    This workshop will discuss and provide hands-on on how selecting combined technologies will give you a complete solution for your preventive maintenance and reliability program while maintaining your facility budget within limit and team resources intact to collect/review more data to make key decisions. Learn more…

    Instructors Bio’s

    Frederic Baudart, CMRP, is a lead product application specialist for Fluke Accelix™, a suite of solutions from Fluke Corp. (www.fluke.com), focusing on the company’s process, electrical, thermal, mechanical and condition monitoring product lines. He has 20 years’ experience in field service engineering work and preventive maintenance industry. He has held various field services and technical positions with responsibility for installation & commissioning as well as services management roles. Baudart is often a presenter at many trade shows and conferences and has written many technical articles and case studies for global trade publications. He is also a Thermal/Infrared Thermography Level I certified and recently obtained his Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP) certification. Baudart holds technical degrees in electrical and instrumentation engineering from technical college in Brussels, Belgium.

    John Bernet, CMRP, is a mechanical application specialist with Fluke Corporation.He has more than 30 years’ experience in the preventive and predictive maintenance industry. From the beginnings of his career with the US Navy, where he first learned corrective and preventive maintenance, to his 18 years with Azima DLI and his years at Fluke, Bernet has managed, trained and mentored scores of field professionals. Bernet has written many technical articles for global trade publications and recently completed a 240-page vibration training program, and is often a presenter at trade shows. He is Vibration Analysis Level 2 certified and Thermography Level 1 certified.

     

    Frederic Baudart & John Bernet

    “Reliability in capital projects begins with design.  Find out how you can achieve true competitive advantage by designing reliability and life cycle cost principles into your capital projects.”

    DISCOVER HOW:

    • How the best companies include reliability in the design phase of their projects to minimize costs and maximize performance.
    • How to determine the investment required for applying life cycle principles
    • How to balance payback and return on investment
    • How to develop a policy for life cycle cost

    Ron Moore presents a one-day Reliability-based Design Master Class for those implementing new capital projects in their operations.

    Reliability doesn’t revolve around maintenance; it begins long before this, in the initial design and installation processes.  This master class will explain the fundamentals behind reliability practices, and describe how procurement, operations and maintenance need to work together during new capital projects to make sure the right practices are applied to reduce lifecycle costs and increase reliability.

    By designing processes and equipment with operations and maintenance in mind, you can prevent ‘defects’, avoiding unnecessary costs and optimizing plant performance.

    The class will review different reliability practices, and provide invaluable advice on how you can apply them in your own organization to not only lower lifecycle costs, but improve performance, increase safety, reduce environmental risks and ultimately enhance your long-term competitive position.

    WHO SHOULD ATTEND?

    The Master Class is for leaders in capital projects, including Directors, Project Managers & Engineers, Procurement Managers, Site Managers, Change Managers, Operations & Maintenance Managers, First-Line Supervisors, Reliability Leaders & influential frontline Operators & Maintainers.

    WHAT WILL YOU LEARN:

    • An understanding of how to incorporate reliability and life cycle principles into the design of capital projects.
    • To what extent your current design and project practices incorporate reliability principles.
    • How to incorporate the requirements of operating, maintenance, installation and startup, stores/parts, and procurement into capital projects for better long term outcomes.
    • A model for determining the up-front costs of incorporating life cycle and reliability principles into your design and capital projects.
    • How to determine whether to use a payback or a discounted cash flow model in assessing the viability of a given project.
    • How to draft a corporate policy statement for assuring that life cycle and reliability principles are incorporated into your future projects.

    course description

    Ron Moore’s Bio

    Ron Moore is the Managing Partner of The RM Group, Inc., Knoxville, TN.  He is an authority on strategies and practices for operational excellence and works with manufacturing and industrial companies in North and South America, Europe, Australia, Asia, Africa, & the Middle East.

     

    Ron is the author of :

    • Making Common Sense Common Practice: Models for Operational Excellence
    • What Tool? When? A Management Guide for Selecting the Right Improvement Tools
    • Business Fables & Foibles
    • Where Do We Start Our Improvement Program?
    • Our Transplant Journey: A Caregiver’s Story;
    • And over 60 papers and journal articles.

    Prior to starting The RM Group, Ron served for five years as President of Computational Systems, Inc. (CSI). Ron also served for eight years as chairman of the Industry Advisory Board at the University of Dayton’s Center for Competitive Change.  He holds a BSME, MSME, MBA, PE, and CMRP.

     

    Ron Moore

    Expanded content!  At the request of last year’s attendees, this course has been expanded to a full-day. In addition to more time spent at each failure analysis station, content regarding lubrication of electric motors and case studies have been added. 

    We are going to help answer the question: What can a reliability engineer expect from a motor repair facility?

    Well, it is pretty basic, how you treat your motor determines the life of it. When it is time to repair it, do you send it out with minimum standards in place for its performance upon return?

    This workshop will cover the infrastructure (teardown, core loss testing before and after burnout, rewinding, shaft balancing, re-assembly) of a motor shop, including the integration of a motor shop’s work practices and the motor autopsy results method of communication back into your reliability program using Reliability Data Management.

    For most motor repairs, any craftsmanship problems will show up in the first 30 days of an installation of a new or repaired motor. If properly installed by field services performing precision balancing and hot alignment, thermography on the electrical connections and mechanical condition evaluated through vibration monitoring, the returned and installed unit may have higher quality and even better efficiency than when the motor arrived at the shop.

    The extended field services most shops offer include periodic (monthly or quarterly) vibration testing, yearly infrared, alignment and electrical testing performed on the motor, and a good lubrication program. If you have these technologies and programs deployed, motor repair facilities should be able to offer an extended warranty on the motor. Does your motor shop offer the standard one-year warranty, or an extended warranty? That would be good to know!

    This workshop will be held at Tekwell Services in downtown Knoxville. Tekwell is a SKF-Certified Repair Shop, one of about 50 in the entire United States. The workshop will include activities at four of the major repair stations in the Tekwell facility, led by shop floor personnel. This is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn about best practices in the motor repair process.

     

    Buddy Lee, Emerson and the Tekwell Staff’s Bio

    Buddy Lee, CMRP, MBA, CRL holds a BSEE and MBA from the University of Tennessee, and is A co-holder of US Patent #6,276,213 “Signal Conditioner for a Vibration Sensor”. In 1989 he joined CSI as an Applications Engineer, and was subsequently promoted to sales, where he was Salesman of the Year in 1992.

    Buddy has been active in the field of machinery monitoring for 24 years, publishing several papers, including Vibrations Magazine “Motor Current Analysis Using a PC-Based System” Technical Article, September 1992. Buddy is an active speaker at Conferences and Seminars, including Process Reliability, PPM, SMRP, PdM and various chapter meetings of the Vibration Institute.

    Buddy’s interest turned to Industrial Reliability in 2004, and he became a CMRP in 2007. He co-organized and led the development of the Greater East Tennessee Chapter of the SMRP in 2010, and was elected Immediate Past Chair, and currently serves on the GET SMRP Chapter Board of Directors. In 2012 he was confirmed as the Chairman of the Membership Committee for the National SMRP. He became a Certified Reliability Leader (CRL) in May of 2015.

    Buddy has a passion for teaching adult learners and has conducted many PdM and Reliability Seminars and training sessions in his career. He joined Emerson as an instructor in April of 2018.

    Buddy Lee
    7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
    Breakfast

    The course is ideal for anyone who wishes to gain a solid understanding of reliability improvement and condition-based maintenance. You will understand why you should improve reliability, what is involved in implementing a program, and what all the roadblocks will be.  You will have a clear understanding of the strategies, philosophies, and terminology associated with the very important process of improving reliability and performance. The course is perfect for managers, engineers, maintenance & operations managers, and condition monitoring leaders.

    The two day workshop will cover the following:

    • A big picture overview
    • The benefits of reliability improvement
    • How to assess the benefits for your organization
    • How to develop a reliability culture
    • Selling the program to senior management
    • Developing the program strategy
    • Understanding failure and failure modes
    • Defect elimination
    • Developing an asset reliability strategy
    • Work management (planning and scheduling)
    • Spares and material management
    • Precision and proactive maintenance
    • Condition monitoring
    • How to break out of the reactive maintenance cycle of doom
    • Continuous improvement
    • A summary of the implementation strategy

    If you complete the two day workshop you will be eligible to take the two-hour, 60-question, multiple-choice ARP-CAT I exam on Tuesday, March 5, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm, in the same classroom as the workshop.  The cost of the exam will be: $275 per student. You must register for the exam separately, here: https://bit.ly/2BSZZIl

    Paul Dufresne Bio

    Paul Dufresne is a Reliability Advisor and instructor for Mobius Institute. 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). 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.

    Paul Dufresne

    This course focuses on the purpose of maintenance and performance improvement strategies to break out of the current status quo. Techniques to tap into the knowledge of your craft workers and technicians, organizational issues, gap analysis and closure plans, culture change, and development of key work processes critical for effective maintenance are discussed. Methods to break the cycle of repeating the same mistakes over and over again will provide the student with new insight on improvement possibilities. Approaches to integrating operations, maintenance, reliability and engineering to deliver a reliability focus operations and maintenance program will guide the students to a new paradigm in performance improvement. The course contains real-life applications which provide the basis to improve the future of your maintenance organization.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Evaluating maintenanceperformance
    • Recognize where to focus and what todo
    • Identifying and using key performancemetrics
    • The effective maintenanceteam
    • The basics ofplanning
    • The basics ofscheduling
    • Focusing on culture change and leveraging theworkforce
    • Integrating maintenance, reliability andengineering
    • Developing a vision, mission and strategy formaintenance

    Who should attend

    The course is designed for all levels and departments of the organization that are interested in improving overall performance such as; maintenance and operation leaders, reliability and maintenance engineers, maintenance and operations team leaders, area managers, planners, technicians and craft

    workers wanting to improve the status quo of today’s workplace.

    Paul Casto’s Bio

    Paul Casto is the Intelligent Assets Practice Leader at Gray Matter Systems with a focus on Asset Performance Management (APM). He is a leading practitioner in reliability and maintenance(R&M) improvement methodologies and has hands-on experiencein reliability, maintenance, operations and engineering in the chemical, steel, aluminum, automotive, oil and gas, aerospace, consumer goods and construction industries. His current areas of focus include: value creation through Asset Performance Management (APM), the development of asset health models, the applicationof

    advanced reliability and maintenance tools/strategies, data analytics, prognostics, machine learning, business case development and risk analysis, and R&M leadership.

    Paul holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from West Virginia University, a Master’s degree in Engineering Management from Marshall University Graduate College,an MBA from Clemson University and a Masters in Maintenance Management and Reliability Engineering from the Monash University. He has done PhD work in Industrial Engineering (ABD) at the University of Tennessee. Paul holds ASQ certification in Reliability Engineering, Quality Engineering and as a Six Sigma Black Belt. He has a certificate in Strategic Decision and Risk Management from Stanford University and is pursuing an Asset Management Professional Certification (AMPC) from Humber College/PEMAC. Paul is a SMRP Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) and serves on the SMRP board as the Director of SMRP’s Body of Knowledge. He has served on the University of Tennessee’s Maintenance and Reliability Center Board of Advisors, the SMRPCO Advisory Council, Chair of the SMRP Best Practices Committee, the SMRP Education Committee and the API-691 Risk Based Management for Machinery subcommittee. He is an active member of ASQ andIEEE.

    Paul Casto

    Detecting bearing failure with vibration data?

    Don’t repeat the same mistakes. Learn what to do next.

    Many plants use condition monitoring programs to detect impending bearing failure. The vibration data collected can indicate that a bearing is failing. But detection is only the first step.  Without understanding the true root cause of the failure, you run the risk of repeating the same mistakes. If that’s the case, the replacement bearing you install will likely meet the same fate.

    SKF invites you to a one-day technical seminar to discuss real-world case studies of detected bearing failures. Presentations will highlight everything from the initial data reports to the final damage analysis. The damaged/failed bearings – right out of the machines – are available for hands-on inspection.

    Morning session:

    • Welcome & Introductions
    • Case studies linking historical vibration data to damaged bearings
    • Hands-on exercises to begin the damage analysis process

    Afternoon session:

    • Continue Case studies
    • Connecting the disciplines: Vibration & Bearing Damage Analysis
    • Compare suspected faults vs. initial damage analysis and the final fault determination
    • Aligning corrective actions to the true root cause
    • Next steps
    • Q&A/Wrap up

    Who should attend?

    This seminar is recommended for all plant/facility personnel involved with rotating equipment, machine reliability, and predictive maintenance.

    Joe Conyer’s Bio

    Joe Conyers is senior consulting engineer, training and development with SKF Training Solutions. He has held many positions with SKF in his almost 30 years with the company, and currently develops and delivers training in Mechanical skills related to rolling element bearing installation, maintenance, lubrication, and failure analysis. Joe has performed more than 100 shop audits to certify electric motor repair shops while at SKF.

    Joe earned his BS in Aerospace Engineering from the U.S. Naval Academy, and served as a Navy pilot on active duty, prior to joining SKF.

    Joe Conyers

    World-Class organizations recognize that success is achieved through leadership however they also realize that results are only delivered through engagement and empowerment of everyone in the workforce.  Leadership does not come from one person it comes from everyone.  This is especially true for reliability.

    The Certified Reliability Leader is designed to deliver value to what we call the triple bottom line of:

    • Economic Prosperity
    • Environmental Sustainability
    • Social Responsibility

    The Certified Reliability Leader workshop focuses on whole life asset reliability decisions and whole life value delivery through leadership.  The system provides guidance and is a map of theory, to engage and empower every stakeholder in your organization as a Reliability Leader.

    Topics include:

    • Reliability Engineering for Maintenance
    • Asset Condition Management
    • Work Execution Management
    • Leadership for Reliability
    • Asset Management

    The Reliability Leader Certification is based on the holistic system of

    Uptime Elements and the Certified Reliability Leader Body of Knowledge (BoK).  For more information visit:  https://www.maintenance.org/pages/crl.

    This workshop will end at 4:00 pm. If you wish to take the CRL Exam, it will be offered from 6:00 – 8:00 pm in the same room. You must register for the exam separately at: https://www.maintenance.org/pages/crl.

    Jeff Smith’s Bio

    Jeff Smith writes articles for multiple Magazines. He was also the senior advisor for the Association for Maintenance Professionals (AMP) and served on the USA tag for ISO 55000.

    His work has spanned substantial cross section of industries including Potash, Oil Sands, mining, pulp and paper, packaging, petrochemical, marine, brewing, transportation, synfuels and others.

    Jeff has a history of successfully developing world class maintenance and reliability programs utilizing a multitude of strategies. He has effectively transitioned corporations engaging all levels from the floor to the C suite. Jeff Smith has published multiple reliability papers and has spoken at numerous conferences globally.

     

    Jeff Smith
    8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    Workshop 11 - Applied Fundamentals of Industrial AI, Machine Learning and IIoT – Led by Quartic.ai

    The recognition of a business need to include operators in reliability efforts usually involves the application of some type of Operator Basic Care training, the results of which can sometimes be short lived and difficult to measure. In order to integrate operators into reliability we have found that it can be helpful to layout a roadmap at the strategic, tactical and application levels in order to ensure that the investment in operator skills brings value back to the site immediately after training.  In this seminar we will propose some potential paths that can be taken and review some of the strategies to help ensure successful implementation of an operator care process.

    Gaining alignment across a facility on the positive impact that an operator care process can have, is invaluable to its success. Implementing and integrating operators into the reliability process is a cultural shift for a lot of sites and as such the need for frequent and varied communication about the process is helpful before, during and after implementation.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Participants will recognize that effective implementation of operator basic care training involves much more than holding a training class.
    • Participants will be able to identify and avoid some of the common pitfalls before implementing operator training.
    • Participants will come away with an awareness of the skills available to operators and how they can leverage this knowledge.
    • Participants will be aware of the necessary pre and post work for successful implementation of operator training.

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    Chris Endruhn’s Bio

    Chris has over 15 years of field experience in both the production and the mechanical maintenance areas.  He has been a mechanical maintenance supervisor, operations front line leader, process engineer, and field technical sales & service engineer ; roles that support the goal of reliable and predictable manufacturing.

    Chris earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta and has worked in the paper industry, and the oil and natural gas production industry.  He has run production and process improvement trials, devised and implemented down hole and pipeline corrosion inhibition programs, oil and natural gas production specialty chemical programs and paper machine wet end specialty chemical programs.  He has been involved in the design and implementation of operator basic care rounds, roll out of maintenance work systems, precision maintenance programs, and the day to day running of crews of mechanics and operators on lean budgets.

    Chris is a Lead Instructor in Reliable Manufacturing and has worked for Baker Hughes, Nalco, Domtar and International Paper.  His extensive operations background gives him insight into what makes operators tick and how to motivate them to change.

    Chris Endruhn

    Poor maintenance processes drive higher storeroom values. It’s not uncommon to find maintenance planners spending five or more hours per day addressing parts and materials issues for hopefully, future work.  And it’s not uncommonto find storeroom personnel consuming some of their day duplicating the efforts of the maintenance planner.  At the same time, the MRO storeroom personnel struggle to balance inventory levels with “customer” service and cost. Merelyreducing inventory values without a coordinated process causes the MRO storeroom to cut maintenance efficiency and plant capacity. Often, management misses the connections between the two functions.

    Two other items, apple pie andvanilla ice cream,are favorites on their own too butalmost everyone knows that combining them creates a winning combination. Maintenance planning and scheduling along with the MRO storeroom often exist as independent silos. Yet,combining the two separate functions into a seamless flow creates a winning combination for everyone.

    In this half-day workshop, join Jeff Shiver as he shares how maintenance planning and scheduling can partner with the MRO storeroom to create an unbeatable combination where the organization wins. In this workshop, you will learn how to:

    • Design the business processes that build the partnership and create a win-win for the two groups and the organization.
    • Define the roles and responsibilities to eliminate the overlapping efforts and to ensure that we are headed in the best direction together.
    • Select performance indicators to drive the right behaviors with the partnership.
    • Leverage the CMMS/EAM system to drive efficiencies and obtain the right information for better decisions.
    • Use the PM/ CBM processes to reduce inventory values and increase storeroom turns

    Jeff Shiver’s Bio

    Jeff Shiver, CMRP, CPMM, RCM2 / RCM3 Practitioner guides people and organizations to overcome their reliability and operational challenges. Working together in partnership, we move beyond the status quo inculture, 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. BeforeMars, 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 book author, conference speaker, thought leader, and published in domestic and international trade journals. Jeff is also the Membership Services Director for the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP).

    Jeff Shiver
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