Technology Innovations Conference

Due to Covid 19 concerns, the program dates have been moved several times but is now firmly scheduled for October 19-20, 2021. This program schedule has been changed from previous years to allow more “Expo Only” time on the main Expo Day (Wednesday, October 20) with over one third of the seminars to be held on the day before, Tuesday, October 19, starting at 11 am. The main Expo runs all day, Wednesday, from 9:45 am until 4:30 pm. .

We have some 30 seminars in three concurrent tracks on Tuesday and room for up to 41 seminars in 5 concurrent tracks on Wednesday.   Most Gold & Silver Sponsor Innovation Leader seminars are scheduled for Wednesday. 

In the past, all eChemExpo seminars have been Professional Development Hour (PDH) accredited thanks to the local AIChE. We expect this to be the same for 2021 and will confirm the status by June 20, 2021.  We expect to deliver a program where attendees can earn up to 11 hours of PDH over both days. But check back June 20 for confirmation which is also the day complimentary registration opens for attendees.

A program schedule is provided below for each day.  Seminar titles, speaker information and abstracts are provided in the section below the schedule. The schedule only shows company name so scroll down for more details. 

Pre-Expo Day Seminars

10:00am – 5:00pmRegistration open in Foyer Area
11:00am – 11:55amOpening Sessions:
Track 2 – Explosion Hazards: Designing Buildings Effectively to Manage Catastrophic Risks (ASCE Co-sponsored)
Track 3 – Rapid Fire Panel on Making Sustainability a Reality NOW!
Track 1 – Equipment and Instrumentation
Track 2 – Process, Mechanical, Safety, Environment
Track 3 – Optimization, Digital, Mobility, Safety, Sustainability
Track 1Track 2Track 3
11:00am – 11:55am
Opening Sessions
BakerRisk (ASCE Co-Sponsored)“Sustainability NOW” Feature Panel
12:00pm – 12:25pm
Lunchbox Seminars
WJE Associates BiazziTLV Corporation
12:30pm – 12:55pmBeamexRVT Process EquipmentSiemens
1:00pm – 1:25pmEndress + HauserAtlas Industrial Manufacturing CompanyEmerson/Mynah
1:30pm – 1:55pmIntegrated Power ServicesTo be announcedUnited Electric Controls
break (15 min)
2:15pm – 2:40pmSpecacAnguil Environmental ServicesAVEVA
2:45pm – 3:10pmLEC GlobalKimreExloc
3:15pm – 3:40pmAcuren InspectionTo be announcedOSIsoft
3:45pm – 4:10pmUE SystemsTenableSymphony AzimaAI
4:15pm – 4:40pmMarqMetrixStructural Integrity AssociatesEnthought

Expo Day, Keynote, and Seminars

The Expo is open today only, between 9:45am – 4:30pm. We are expecting over 200 Solution Providers – don’t forget to check out their booths during this time!

7:15amRegistration opens in Foyer Area
Richard Bonner, VP of Worldwide Engineering & Construction, Eastman Chemical Company
Supplier Perspectives:  11 Gold Sponsor Innovation Leaders
9:20am – 9:45amFeatured session:  The Future of Digitalization in the Chemical Industry
Aldo Noseda, VP & CIO, Eastman Chemical Company
9:45amEXPOSITION OPENS (Expecting over 200 Solution Providers)
Track 4 – Digital Transformation, Emerging Technologies
Track 5 – Safety, Sustainability, Mobility, Environment
Track 6 – Engineering, Construction, Life Cycle Optimization
Track 7 – Process, Mechanical, Modeling
Track 8 – Operational Excellence, Safety, Cyber-security
9:45am – 10:00amExpo Only Networking
Track 4Track 5Track 6Track 7Track 8Expo
10:00am – 10:25amRockwell AutomationSchneider ElectricConstruct-XKoch-GlitschHexagonexpo open
10:30am – 10:55amAutomation AnywhereEatonAVEVAPSETenableexpo open
11:00am – 12:00pm Expo Only Networking
Track 4Track 5Track 6Track 7Track 8Expo
12:00pm – 12:25pm
Lunchbox Seminars
SAPSouthwest Research InstituteATRTLV CorpTeikoku USAexpo open
12:30pm – 12:55pmSAP AribaSchneider ElectricATRTLV CorpSiemensexpo open
1:00pm – 1:25pmRoviSysEatonAVEVADurr-MegtecAutomation Anywhereexpo open
1:30pm – 2:25pmFeature Panel: Accelerating the Speed & Quality of Decision Making with Digital Transformation – Part 1 (Track 4)  expo open
Track 4Track 5Track 6Track 7Track 8Expo
1:30pm – 1:55pmPanelBartecYokogawaJohn CraneRockwell Automationexpo open
2:00pm – 2:25pmPanel (cont)Pepperl+FuchsConstruct-XPaget EquipmentTeikoku USAexpo open
2:30pm – 3:15pmExpo Only Networkingexpo open
3:15pm – 4:10pmFeature Panel: Accelerating the Speed & Quality of Decision Making with Digital Transformation – Part 2 (Track 8)expo open
Track 4Track 5Track 6Track 7Track 8Expo
3:15pm – 3:40 pmPeopleflo Mfg.CV TechnologyHexagonEkatoPanelexpo open
3:45pm – 4:10pmEnthoughtTBATBATBAPanel (cont)expo open
4:10pm – 4:30pmDrawing & Final Expo Networking
4:30pmExpo Closes
4:35pm – 5:00pmWrap up: 100 Years of Innovation – What Next by 2025? (track 4)


Following is a listing of seminar titles for each of the three tracks.

Most abstracts and speaker information is provided in the Track information section below this schedule.

Track 1 – Equipment and Instrumentation 

WJE Associates:  Using On-site Engineering to Shorten Turnaround Times (LUNCHBOX SEMINAR) 

Scott Bouse, Senior Associate, WJE Associates
One of the largest cost and schedule drivers in facility turnarounds is the unexpected discovery of equipment damage. Drawing a distinction between ‘merely ugly’ and ‘actually unsafe’ conditions is an historically slow process, providing turnaround engineering teams with an unpleasant choice between waiting for detailed engineering and executing a costly and hastily-planned repair. Our clients find that having access to real-time engineering expertise during a turnaround gives them better control over unnecessary schedule and cost impacts that arise from these surprise discoveries. Having dedicated support from consulting engineers stationed at your facility permits even the most demanding engineering inquiries (FEA, Fitness For Service assessments, etc.) to be done on your pace. Work that classically takes a week or more to get back from an outside consultant can routinely be performed on-site in less than a day. The presentation will present a number of examples where significant schedule or cost impacts were prevented by having engineering experts stationed on-site during a turnaround.

What attendees will learn:

  • How to approach adverse findings in a way that builds institutional confidence in the eventual path forward, even if that means leaving a flawed component in service.

Beamex: The impact of efficient calibration during shutdowns

Ned Espy, Technical Director, Beamex
Activity during shutdowns represents the highest level of stress for instrument technicians, planners, and managers. Calibration usually represents a significant portion of shutdown man hours. Anything that can save time will result in completing all planned tasks and/or shorten the outage. It is important that quality, safety and reliability are not compromised. By analyzing your processes during an outage, you can minimize time intensive documentation. Improved work processes during an shutdown to achieve maximum efficiencies can then be applied to day to day operations for even further gains.

This presentation is going to focus on the hyper activity during shutdowns and review how specific processes can equate to significant efficiencies. With upfront planning, organization and utilizing automated data collection tools, calibration time can potentially be cut in half. Digitally collected data instead of manual entry or a scanned document creates the opportunity for better data integrity and analytics. The bottom line is depending on the number of instruments scheduled to be calibrated, time savings could equate to many hours or even days.

What attendees will learn:

  • How improved calibration processes can equate to significant efficiencies during shut downs
  • Impact of digitalization of calibration data on data integrity
  • Best practices for calibration planning
  • Techniques to analyze data to make better decisions on how often to calibrate
  • How to save when calibrating

Endress + Hauser: Flexible proof testing of safety equipment in SIS – but safe!

Howard Siew, Chemical Industry Manager, Endress+Hauser
For many companies, the annual testing of safety instrumented system is very time-consuming. Plant standstills and the associated interruption of smooth plant operation are just one example of why the call for the extension of test cycles is becoming louder and louder.

Statistics show that 25 % of systematic errors in particular are due to parameterization and 15 % to other maintenance work. In our presentation, we will introduce you to innovative ways in which Heartbeat Technology on the SIL device concept can extend test cycles, prevent systematic errors and reduce maintenance costs while maintaining a high level of safety.

What attendees will learn:

  • Learn about typical systematic failure in the implementation of safety devices
  • Gives an overview of the SIL device concept and the processes and tools that can be used to support it in the planning, support and maintenance of SIL devices.
  • Gets an outlook on current and future diagnostic and monitoring technologies in SIL protection devices for detection of systematic errors in practice
  • Learn the possibilities to reduce maintenance costs and to avoid systematic errors in safety instrumented system.

Integrated Power Services: Most common mechanisms and reasons for electric motor failures in petrochemical industry

Javier Portos, VP of Engineering & John Covington, Sr. Strategic Account Manager, Integrated Power Services
Electric motors used in the petrochemical industry are specified and designed for a minimum of 25 years of service life and at least 5 years of uninterrupted operation for [1] induction machines and synchronous [2] machines. Original equipment manufacturer engineers are designing to meet these requirements using modern design software, the latest materials, improved manufacturing processes and better mechanical configurations and cooling techniques, the reality is that many of these motors will fail prematurely in the first years of operation. This paper discusses the most common contributing factors of medium and high voltage induction and synchronous motor failures in the petrochemical industry. These contributing factors include; design flaws, manufacturing defects, incorrect selection of motor enclosures, maintenance issues and motor protection. This paper will help end users understand the importance of the mechanisms that lead to critical motor failure and maintenance practices designed to help keep equipment in optimum condition. This paper does not discuss specific original equipment manufacturing issues; but instead focusses on general mechanisms related to early motor failures based on root cause analysis, experience history and end-user feedback.

What attendees will learn:

  • Understanding the importance of the mechanisms that lead to critical motor failures.
  • Maintenance practices designed to help keep equipment in optimum condition.
  • Special focus on general mechanisms related to early motor failures based on root cause analysis, experience history and end-user feedback of Qty. 200 medium-voltage and high-voltage AC Induction & AC Synchronous electric motors operating in the Petrochemical industry.
  • Examples of electric motor design and manufacturing changes that contribute reduced reliability.
  • Improving reliability and reducing failures of medium-voltage and high-voltage AC Induction & AC Synchronous electric motors.

Specac: Pilot plant operation with the speed of light: On-line FT-NIR spectroscopy with Specac

Edo Becker, Specac & Todd Dickson, Eastman
Specac as a supplier of ruggedized NIR process monitoring cells teamed up with Eastman to develop a robust NIR cell for the continuous analysis of key components on a pilot plant in a process stream containing a low molecular weight polymer.

Historically samples of the reactor had to be taken manually to measure the key components of the process stream by GC and other methods off-line. Not only did this require operators to adhere to stringent safety controls allowing a safe removal of the sample, but also resulted in a significant delay between the time the sample was taken and the results being available for reactor control.

Eastman Chemical joined forces with Specac as a specialist manufacturer for the supply of high end near-infrared spectroscopic process cells to measure the composition of the liquid process stream on-line and in-situ. The installation of on-line NIR measurements allows pilot plant chemists to gain much more insight into the effect of process variations, operating on a wider range of process parameters, but at the same time more reliably and safer due to a constant stream of compositional information.

In the presentation Specac will share some key design features of their NIR cell portfolio, examples of where the gathering of on-line process data provided extra insight and what the next steps are for the utilisation of NIR process monitoring.

What attendees will learn:

  • Advantages of spectroscopic techniques compared to more traditional analysis methods in terms of information richness, reliability and safety
  • Process cell considerations for a safe operation of the cells
  • Design of a robust NIR process monitoring installation
  • Calibration efforts required for NIR installations
  • Maintenance requirements
  • How on-line process analysis can help pilot plant engineers make more informed decisions

LEC Global: Lightning protection, grounding and surge protection

Sean Carpenter, Engineering, LEC Global
The objective of the presentation is to provide the attendees with a technical review of the lightning event and methods of protection against lightning activity. The discussion will review the theory of operation, benefits of these systems and their limitations. Further, the topic will review the overall lightning risk to a facility and provide comments on achieving a total system approach in achieving lightning protection. This would include grounding and strategic surge protection considerations.

What attendees will learn:

    • The Lightning Threat Define the conditions and environment that exists before, during and after lightning.
    • Examine the lightning stroke mechanism, parameters and related physical characteristics.
    • A review of the secondary effects of
    • a lightning strike will be included with how this
    • secondary effect can affect electrical and electronic systems.
    • Conventional Protection Techniques
    • Discuss the operating principles, history and purpose of conventional Franklin lightning protection.
    • Evaluate conventional systems’ ability to collect and divert strikes, and creation of secondary effects.
    • Charge Transfer Technologies
    • Operating principles of lightning strike
    • avoidance
    • systems.
    • Introduction to lightning protection
    • using charge dissipation
    • with practical examples.
    • Grounding Technology
    • Definition of grounding requirements.
    • Identification of factors related to achieving a good ground connection.
    • Review of grounding principals and best practices
    • Examination of Grounding Electrodes
    • Review of different types of grounding methods and electrodes.
    • Comparison
    • of various types of electrodes
    • Surge Protection
    • Requirements
    • Areas of Vulnerability and Strategic Locations
    • Key factors for surge protector selection

Acuren Inspection:  Rope access (RAIS 2019) 

Mike Knight, Rope Access Service Line Manager, Acuren Inspection, Inc.
Acuren Inspection provides integrated services to industry’s largest clients. Acuren provides integrated services including repair and maintenance and inspection services using composite crews with multi-disciplined trades, experienced personnel, IRATA or SPRAT certified technicians, and customized access optimization programs.

We have a range of highly skilled individuals to complete tasks efficiently and safely. Our rope access techniques are safer than traditional methods with training regulated by governing bodies. Our crews aim to complete tasks in a shorter time frame than conventional methods, saving both time and resources.

We partner with our customers to provide exceptional project management services designed for their needs and to minimize risk. We understand that our customers operate in a climate of market pressures beyond their control and when we design a solution, it is a customized plan based on years of experience.

What attendees will learn

  • The use of Rope Access personnel can quickly start and finish short-term maintenance projects, while reducing the total spend a specific scope of work by not requiring scaffold be set up or taken down, and have maintenance completed in an expedient manner, reducing total downtime.

UE Systems: 5 Ways to Reduce Energy Waste Using Ultrasound

Adrian Messer, Manager of US Operations, UE Systems, Inc.
This presentation will focus on how to use airborne & structure-borne ultrasound for “out of the box” immediate ROI applications that can aid in reducing a facility’s wasted energy. Applications covered will include compressed air & compressed gas leak detection & reporting, steam trap testing & reporting, and reducing friction related bearing failures with structure-borne ultrasound.

What attendees will learn:

  1. How to document and report losses associated with compressed air leaks.
  2. How to document and report losses from compressed gas leaks.
  3. How to test steam traps and document the losses from failed steam traps.
  4. How condition based bearing lubrication can help with friction related issues in bearings. 
  5. Energy conservation initiatives are reliability initiatives.

MarqMetrix: Comparison of Spectroscopic techniques for Process Chemical Analysis

John Richmond, Director, MarqMetrix, Inc.
When considering an in-situ chemical analysis, one needs to determine the hazardous area classification, number of sample points and distance between, sensitivity & specificity, limit of detection, precision & accuracy required and cost. In this seminar, three techniques will be compared these being Near infrared, FT-IR & Raman spectroscopy. All of these are non-destructive inline techniques and real-life examples will be shown to illustrate the benefits and weaknesses of each technique. This seminar will also discuss the combination of spectroscopy and multivariate data analysis and best practices for developing robust and reliable models for plant implementation

What attendees will learn:

  • What type of spectroscopic technique is fit for purpose for particular types of chemical analysis
  • What type of probes & flow cells are required for different sample streams
  • How to perform remote measurements using fiberoptic cables & accessories
  • Best practices for developing multivariate data analysis models
  • Ways to output results to process control systems for real time monitoring & control

Track 2 – Process, Mechanical, Safety, Environment

ASCE Co-Sponsored Feature Session: Explosion Hazards: Designing Buildings Effectively to Manage Catastrophic Risks

Thomas Mander, P.E., Senior Engineer, Protective Structures, Baker Engineering and Risk Consultants, Inc.
Chemical industries handle and produce energetic materials that can create hazardous explosions if a process upset occurs.  Explosions produce pressure waves that are characterized as high-pressure, short duration loads that often exceed conventional loading requirements that buildings are designed for.  Subsequently, unintentional blast loads can cause significant building damage or even collapse, resulting in occupant injuries or fatalities.  This presentation discusses the impact that blast loads can have on buildings, industry standards for blast design, and a more cost-effective means of designing building retrofits or new buildings to mitigate risk to building occupants. 

What attendees will learn:

  • Learn about explosion hazards at chemical facilities 
  • See images and videos of blast damage to structures
  • Recognize that industry standards exist for performing evaluations
  • Appreciate the complexity with designing buildings to withstand blast loads
  • Understand that blast designs can be done cost-effectively with expertise 

Biazzi:  Scale up your success for batch or continuous processes (LUNCHBOX SEMINAR) 

Bruno Tettamanti, Manager Biazzi Business Americas, Biazzi SA
Since 1936 Biazzi is the uncontested leader in engineering, design, and construction of Explosive plants, Nitration plants, Gas to Liquid Reaction plants e.g. Hydrogenation plants. Biazzi’s Gas/Liquid-Reaction plants sized from 100 litres to over 50 m3 operated from 10 barg to 150 barg have become indispensable for the success of its clients in the Specialty-, Fine-chemicals-, plastic-, pharma-,and food business. From batch to continuous, from lab to production, scale up guaranteed in shortest time is the answer to a more and more demanding market requiring novel solutions to ensure the success of clients.” Biazzi Solutions are to be found in all disciplines of the Chemical Industry.

What attendees will learn:

  • Gas/Liquid Reactions Safety
  • Focus on critical parameters and design considerations related to implementation of hydrogenation and other Gas/Liquid reactions for chemical applications, with particular emphasis on scale up factors, on reducing operational and capital cost and reducing the time to market.
  • The approach to scale up of batch and/or continuous processes from 1lt (0.3 Gal) directly up to industrial scale 60m3(16’000 Gal ) within 1 to 4 weeks is truly unique and vital for the market seeking rapid and guaranteed scale up from lab to production. Also providing process scale up guarantees for plant capacity, product(s) qualities and consumption figures (e.g. catalyst, hydrogen, etc.).
  • The focus is to reduce the operational expenditure enhancing the competitiveness while reducing investment cost.

RVT Process Equipment: The route to high capacity in separations technology

Dr. Simon Chambers, Technical Sales Engineer, RVT Process Equipment USA
Process intensification nowadays is considered one of the most important trends in Chemical Engineering. For distillation and absorption processes, this typically translates into increased separation efficiency and/or higher capacity in the same or lower column dimensions.

At the same time, more volatile markets in the chemical industry call for more flexibility in column operation. Therefore, an optimum between high capacity and acceptable turndown of mass transfer equipment has to be found. These two, sometimes counter-intuitive requirements, have led to various developments in designing high capacity equipment.

In the presentation, the physical fundamentals and limitations of high capacity approaches are highlighted and explained. It will be shown how these findings are transformed into “high capacity designs” of modern mass transfer devices. The focus will be on high capacity trays and structured packings.

The typical performance of RVT’s high capacity devices, characterized in several pilot plant studies, is presented. It will be shown that capacity gains of at least 20% can be achieved without significant reductions in efficiency. Typical results of high capacity designs are compared against limitations in flexibility of operation, invest and operating cost.

What attendees will learn:

  • In the quest for energy conservation, the goal is to design and operate distillation/absorption columns leaner and harder.
  • Identify the need for high capacity devices (trays and structured packings) in processes where conventional devices reach a performance limitation.
  • Highlight of pilot plant tests with high capacity trays and structured packings to quantify performance advantages.

Atlas Industrial Manufacturing Company: Heat exchanger design

Ramsey Mahadeen, QA Manager, Atlas Industrial Manufacturing Co.
This seminar will focus on heat exchanger design with emphasis on tubesheets and the factors that affect tubesheet design. This includes the importance of user and Manufacturer communications in the application of design specification requirements. The significant changes in the 2019 Edition of ASME, especially those related to heat exchanger design, will be highlighted. This will include the significance of the changes to U-2(g), location of nozzles adjacent to tubesheets, allowable tubesheet shear stress and tube joint loads. Potential future Code changes will be touched-upon and avenues to communicate with the Code regarding its requirements will be outlined.

What attendees will learn:

  1. Part UHX Tubesheet Design
  2. Design Specification Considerations
  3. ASME Section VIII, Division 1 Code Changes
  4. Guidance for Design Rules not in ASME Section VIII, Division 1
  5. ASME Code Interpretations


Anguil Environmental Services: Destroying inert and dilute emission streams in a single abatement device

Jeff Kudronowicz, Application Engineering Manager, Anguil Environmental Systems
A wide variety of industries use thermal and catalytic oxidizers for the destruction of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs). Determining which oxidizer technology to apply relies on the flow, temperature, concentration and contaminants coming from the process. Many chemical processing processes generate VOCs and HAPs that are inert, or contain very little oxygen, and are extremely concentrated. The same facility can also have other emission sources that produce dilute streams with plenty of oxygen but not much calorific value.

Treating both of these flows in the same oxidizer system can save a substantial amount of money in capital expenditures and operating expenses. However, combining the different emission sources does present some challenges for the abatement systems. Our presentation will examine, in detail, all the benefits and potential hurdles when destroying inert and dilute emission streams in a single abatement device using real world examples and data. In addition, we will cover the various equipment options and maintenance recommendations specific to abatement projects in the chemical processing industry.

What attendees will learn:

  • Which emission abatement technologies are applied on various chemical processing applications
  • What characteristics of a process stream are important to know when selecting an abatement device.
  • How are inert and dilute process systems handled in a single control device.
  • What are the advantages and cost savings when using a single oxidizer for inert and dilute process streams.

Kimre: Mist elimination: Last line of defense

Edward Fowler, Technical Manager, Kimre, Inc
Mist elimination is critical to proper operation of many air pollution control systems. Mist eliminators are used in virtually all scrubber systems to prevent the escape of pollutants and scrubber solution. Mist eliminators can be used on their own to prevent mist and aerosol contaminants from polluting the environment. Properly designed and installed, a quality mist eliminator will reduce production losses, corrosion of downstream equipment, and increased maintenance would be avoided. This presentation describes how mist eliminators work and how they are used in the industry. Kimre, Inc. has been designing, manufacturing and installing mist eliminators for over 45 years, the presentation will briefly cover our patented technologies in regard to mist elimination.

What attendees will learn:

  1. What is the difference between a “mesh mist eliminator and a fiber bed Filter?”
  2. How does a mist eliminator filter work?
  3. Where are different types of mist eliminators used?
  4. How are mist eliminator filters made?


Tenable: Beyond The MSDS – Keeping Chemical Manufacturing, Storage and Transport Safe

Mac Sheehan, OT Systems Engineer, Tenable
The modern day manufacturing of chemicals relies on automation and operations technologies (OT). The newest advances in OT have yielded impressive results both in terms of efficiency and cost savings, but they are not without risk. This session will discuss the newest technologies along with some of the security issues it can introduce.

What attendees will learn:

  • The evolution of chemical manufacturing and its technologies
  • The security issues chemical manufacturing facilities, storage and transport face
  • 5 key ways to help secure your environment so that smart manufacturing can also be safe manufacturing

Structural Integrity Associates: Leveraging Advanced Non-Destructive Evaluation in Critical Asset Management

Daniel Peters, Associate, Structural Integrity Associates
Asset management is a key issue in the chemical industry. Only limited and fragmented Codes, Standards and regulatory requirements exist. There are many degradation mechanisms affecting piping, vessels and other equipment, recognizing the disconnect between construction codes and the advancements in examination methods used to find in-service degradation mechanisms.

This paper will provide an overview of ASME and API construction, repair and in-service inspection standards and show their interrelated workings. This paper will cover the use of advanced Non-Destructive Examination and implicit monitoring techniques which can provide the most robust way to minimize inspection costs and downtime..

Applying modern design techniques with modern in-service inspection plans can lead to a more accurate assessment of the equipment’s fitness for continued service, reduced maintenance costs, facilitate proper asset management of key capital equipment, and reduced downtime.

What attendees will learn:

  • Overview of Standards for Asset Management
  • Discussion of components of an asset management program
  • Review of advanced NDE systems and capabilities in delivery systems
  • Discussion of implicit monitoring to minimize inspection requirements
  • Development of long-term asset management program

Track 3 – Optimization, Digital, Mobility, Safety 

Rapid Fire Panel on Making Sustainability a Reality Now

This rapid-fire style panel of up to six technology providers will provide snapshots of how innovative systems are being applied to help achieve sustainability objectives and a cleaner planet. Emerging systems and technology may transform the future of work, accelerate achievement of environmental objectives and contribute to improving the overall bottom line. This is Shark-Tank meets cutting edge Industrial-Tech. Presentation time will depend on number of accepted speakers but assume about 6 minutes each. Seating is limited.

Judging for the panel presentations will consider the following and more: 

  • Can this technology or system make an immediate impact?
  • Is the benefit quantifiable and/or measurable?
  • Feasibility, cost, ROI

Participating companies:

Kickstarting the Sustainability Engine: Leveraging Technology to Support Circular Economy
Construct-X,  Ted Blackman, CEO

Everyday emissions reduction with no capital expenditure and reduced operating cost 
PSE, Simon Leyland, Head of Technology and Consulting Services

Steam System Optimization is essential to plant sustainability and optimized production
TLV Corporation, Jim Risko, President

How the Unified Engineering approach can speed up the circular economy
AVEVA,  Fernanda Martins, Global Marketing Manager, Chemicals

More to be announced

TLV Corporation: Optimize Steam Process Equipment (LUNCHBOX SEMINAR)

Jim Risko, President, TLV Corporation
Steam process equipment is critical to optimized production, yet often the applications can be incorrectly installed. Issues can include suboptimal steam supply or ineffective condensate drainage with the effect of causing accelerated maintenance requirements, unscheduled shutdown events, or lowered production rates. Using principles that follow API 580/581 for risk mitigation, proven best practice installations can eliminate many of the problems caused by poor quality steam or condensate back-up. Presentation focus is based on TLV global site experiences, and provides recommendations to optimize steam turbine, heat exchanger, flare, and vacuum system installations.

What attendees will learn:

  • Importance to provide optimized heat quality (steam asset) to equipment
  • Mitigate issues with steam turbines
  • Optimize production from heat exchangers
  • Sustain reliable flare operation
  • Improve & sustain vacuum system optimal performance

Siemens: The digital transformation has begun… Don’t get caught napping, start “apping”

Iiro Esko, Chemical Industry Manager, Siemens
Digital transformation is happening all around us. As an ever-increasing number of connected smart devices are installed in industrial manufacturing plants, the opportunity to safely and securely collect additional data pertaining to key assets and their operating environment has suddenly become a reality. Okay, but once this data is collected, what happens to it? Often, it’s left lying dormant in the plant’s historical database rather than being converted into information that can be transformed into knowledge from which actionable decisions can be made that positively impact the bottom line. This presentation will cover some of the best applications where the digital transformation is being realized “one app at a time”.

What attendees will learn:

  1. Data can be converted into information, information into knowledge, and knowledge into actionable decisions.
  2. Tools are available today to address a variety of operations and maintenance use cases.
  3. Use case examples that will be discussed include…
    a. Process equipment (e.g. compressors, pumps) predictive maintenance
    b. Alarm management… Ongoing monitoring, assessment, and improvement
    c. Control valve monitoring and predictive maintenance
    d. Connected worker safety and performance improvement

Emerson/Mynah: Digital twin: A key technology for digital transformation

Mart Berutti, VP Process Simulation, Emerson
As decision-makers in the process industry embrace Digital Transformation to improve visibility over their businesses, to increase their asset reliability and to optimize their operations, it is imperative to consider a Digital Twin as the first step of this transformation in support of top quartile operation performance. Technology enhancements have improved the scalability of dynamic simulation solutions, making Digital Twin a practical investment for any operations manager to make, regardless of the size of the plant or the industry. It allows plant operations to reduce the cost and risk of improving the operation and control of the plant and supports upskilling of the work force. Digital Twin is also proven to provide value to the execution of capital projects and control system modernization as well as the lifecycle operation performance of the plant. In this paper we will discuss advances in Digital Twin and dynamic simulation technology and highlight some proven use cases.

What attendees will learn:

In this paper we will discuss:

  • Advances in Digital Twin and dynamic simulation technology
  • Proven use cases for the Digital Twin
  • Practical application for Operational and Project Excellence

United Electric Controls: Increasing gas detection needs wireless, saving time and costs

Chris Frail, Product Manager – Gas Detection, United Electric Controls
Various industries are seeing increased pressure to monitor and quantify leaks of various toxic and explosive gases driven by increased public awareness, government regulations, and investor demands. This is especially true for petrochemical plants and the oil and gas industry as a whole. This is requiring more instrumentation, and in particular, better coverage for gas detection throughout plants. Operators are pressed to manage budgets and try to limit capital expenditures and maximize productivity at the same time. Gas detection does not need to drain valuable capital expenditure or be difficult to integrate into the plant. Full wireless solutions can reduce overall installation costs by 50%, including the cost of equipment, and reduce the time to install instrumentation by more than 80%.

This paper will discuss the experience of two operators. One case is a natural gas company eager to detect gas inside containers for the safety of personnel and where current gateways already had all wired connections used by other process instrumentation. Running new power and communication lines would be time and cost prohibitive due to long permit process and cost of running conduit. The second case is a utility in California needing to meet safety regulations on a very short timeline due to findings during a site audit. Both were able to meet their gas detection needs on time and under budget by using a fully wireless gas detector.

What attendees will learn:

  • Learn from the experience of two end users on how they were able to increase coverage in measuring for leaks using a wireless gas detection system, simplifying engineering and deployment costs and timing.
  • Understand some of the considerations for wireless detectors and any potential limitations of the approach.

AVEVA: The digital transformation of work enabled by mobile and work flow extensions

Arijeet Majumar, Senior Solution Architect, AVEVA
Mobile devices and wireless connectivity offers opportunities for new ways of working and for digital team collaboration across functional domains and applications when connecting people and systems in the enterprise with a mobile and workflow extension platform. Capturing existing best practices as digital workflows offers correct and consistent execution of tasks anywhere and anytime supported by mobile devices and procedural enforcement. Mobile connectivity enables teamwork and collaboration opportunities among central functions and process stakeholders working in the field. Digital work task management additionally allows to empower and guide a new generation workforce with a digital user experience on workstations and mobile devices. Finally historical data and a digital audit trail record of work task execution helps to reduce the cost of regulatory compliance and allows to monitor and continuous improve work processes and standard operating procedures.

What attendees will learn:

  • Why Mobile devices are a platform for effective social networking and new ways of working
  • Understand the power of digital forms and digital workflow management beyond replacing paper documents.
  • Transform work and enforce standard operating procedures with a digital user experience.
  • How to link people to their work and each other in new and unexpected ways.
  • Why cloud computing enables delivery of information and functionality to users and systems

Exloc: Intrinsically safe mobile devices and wireless connectivity for harsh environments

Edward Beardshaw, VP Sales and Marketing, Exloc Instruments Inc.
Put down your clipboards and stop wasting time entering information twice. Join the digital transformation and use intrinsically safe mobile devices connected seamlessly to your companies network to improve your mobile workforce productivity and reduce chance of human error. From remote mentor utilizing the IS mobile device’s high resolution cameras to utilizing the high speed Wi-fi connectivity to control batch production using a tablet as a mobile HMI, there are many many different use cases for IS mobile devices in the process industry!

What attendees will learn:

  • The specifications of our multiple different types of mobile devices certified for hazardous areas including smartphones, tablets and wearables
  • Some common use cases which demonstrate a very quick ROI for IS mobile device deployments
  • Practical wireless connectivity solutions in hazardous areas for mobile devices
  • Other use cases for wireless networks in hazardous areas

OSIsoft: Unlocking Faster Data Insight with PI Asset Framework and PI Vision

Stephen Reynolds, Industry Principal – Chemicals, OSIsoft, LLC. & Danaca Jordan, Digital Mfg Center of Excellence Engineer, Eastman Chemical Company
In this session, we will demonstrate how manufacturing, technology, and reliability groups are using PI Analytics, PI Asset Framework, and PI Vision for faster real-time data visualization and advanced analysis in continuous, batch, and equipment monitoring applications.

What attendees will learn:

The of capabilities of the suite of OSI PI tools that many Eastman sites have access to. We show users how to access and work with real-time process data, SAP records, quality information, and analytics using OSI PI’s browser-based visualization software. We will also briefly discuss the resources required to start using these tools in your area, and what OSIsoft and corporate resources are available to help.

Symphony AzimaAI: Deploy AI and Machine Learning to Make Better Manufacturing Decisions

Jack Leahey, Chief Revenue Officer, Symphony AzimaAI
Symphony’s IIoT platform consolidates operational data from multiple sources like OSI PI, SAP PM, Bently Nevada System 1, and many CBM techniques. AI and Machine Learning is then used to produce improved plant availability, savings in maintenance spend, optimized turnarounds, improvements in safety and environmental compliance and throughput and yield optimization. During this session we will discuss petrochemical uses cases and examples demonstrating decision support for better manufacturing decisions and margin improvement.

What attendees will learn:

  • How you don’t have to be a data scientist to use AI for better decisions
  • How to tune AI asset models with vibration faults to increase alert lead time and reduce false positives to achieve 99% fault detection accuracy
  • How to use AI to optimize complex manufacturing processes
  • How to leverage existing process and asset data sources to produce operational digital twins

Enthought: Digital Transformation of the Chemical R&D Laboratory

Michael Heiber, Scientific Software Developer, Enthought
Digital transformation initiatives at many large chemical companies have been slow to penetrate the R&D laboratories that drive innovation and business growth. Traditional software platforms lack the domain context to address the varied and complex R&D challenges found in the lab. At Enthought, we pair deep domain expertise and software craftsmanship experience to meet the technical needs of the R&D lab using tools for data ingestion and machine learning, physics-based simulation, and laboratory automation systems. This seminar discusses how we combine our experience with our technical leaders training program to build integrated multi-disciplinary teams for tackling challenging R&D problems. These beachhead projects serve to decentralize digital innovation and empower R&D workers to be leaders in finding creative solutions that drive business value.

What attendees will learn:

  • A real world example of how digital transformation is impacting R&D scientists and their work
  • How digital training can increase productivity, creativity, and innovation
  • How decentralized digital innovation and decision-making can transform R&D labs
  • How custom laboratory automation hardware is transforming experimental workflows

WEDNESDAY SEMINAR TITLES, OCTOBER 20 (Tracks 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8) 

All Wednesday seminars are given by Gold or Silver Innovation Leaders
Most abstracts and speaker information is provided in the Track information section below this schedule 

Track 4 – Digital Transformation, Emerging Technologies

Rockwell Automation: Digital transformation: Realizing operational benefits and mitigating compliance risks

David Stonehouse, Global Practice Leader, Rockwell Automation
Chemical and specialty chemicals companies globally are continuing to face budget constraints and pressures to keep operational expenses under control. In concurrence, the industry is also experiencing a greater degree of regulatory compliances, both related to product and environment. While most leaders recognize the benefits of digital transformation to address these challenges, many are trying to establish a business justification to embark on such a journey.

In the era of omnipresent digital technologies, the Chemical industries need to formulate a strategy for achieving data-enabled connected operations and empowering their organizations to make decisions – faster, more accurate and with less risk. The true convergence of IT/OT systems along with right digital solutions will help realize the benefits such as:

• Increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of the process
• Tight integration of production and business processes for better and faster decisions
• Access to real time product and performance data for feedback
• Predictive maintenance to reduce unexpected equipment shutdowns
• Emerging technologies such as (AR, AI, ML, 3D Printing) to empower employees
• Reduced energy costs and carbon footprint to improve sustainability standards

What attendees will learn:

  1. Current State of Digital Transformation in the Chemical Industry
  2. Introduction to Digital Transformation Approach: Concept to Reality
  3. Value Streams and Benefits:
    a. Compliance based EBR functionality with IT/OT convergence
    b. Data transparency throughout product lifecycle management
    c. Predictive monitoring & control for product and process safety
    d. Improved productivity with the adoption of emerging technologies

Automation Anywhere: Digital workforce – An automation platform for a versatile, fast, low risk transformation that delivers value

Amit Limaye, Global Industry Leader, Manufacturing, Automation Anywhere
Process Manufacturing value chain is a complex and intertwined set of processes that need work in harmony in order to deliver a profitable manufacturing enterprise. Digitally transforming Manufacturing business hence becomes an intricate balance between keeping the lights on and ensuring processes and business becomes future-proof. Today executives have many paths towards achieving business value through digital transformation. Among those; Intelligent Business Automation led Digital Workforce is the most versatile, fast and elegant way to achieve Digital Transformation for the complex manufacturing value chain.

We will discuss how Digital Workforce will transform the areas across your business operations, the “Art of Possible” with Automation. With the advent of AI enabled purpose built platforms like A2019 from Automation Anywhere, adopting and scaling Digital Workforce in your Enterprise has become a question of when and not if.

What attendees will learn:

  1. What is a Digital Workforce platform?
  2. Why it is relevant today for process industry
  3. What are the 5 steps to a successful transformation using Digital Workforce platform
  4. What are the key business processes that benefit the most from Digital Workforce platform?
  5. Where should you start and how should you scale.

SAP: Building a best in class Digital Supply Chain in the Chemical Industry (LUNCHBOX SEMINAR) 

Darcy MacClaren, Senior Vice President of Digital Supply Chain, North America, SAP America Inc.
Business leaders in the Chemical Industry are under a lot of pressure in today’s increasingly complex world to meet and exceed the expectations of their Customers. Organizations have to weigh spending on growth against controlling that spend as they respond to the demands of a fast-moving digital and global economy. SAP’s Digital Supply Chain business solutions allow companies to connect and share operational Supply Chain data in real time and proactively predict and manage changes as the day to day supply chain operates. Managing the Supply Chain from Design to Operate allow Chemical Companies to make forward looking decisions while in operation vs making reactive changes looking out of a rear view mirror.

What attendees will learn:

  • What are best practices for a Digital Supply Chain innovation strategy in an Industry 4.0 world
  • From Design to Operate, Who within your organization is involved 
  • How a best in class digital supply chain yields best in class customer experiences
  • Why waiting puts companies further behind
  • Where do I start?

SAP Ariba: Intelligent Spend Management for the Chemicals Industries, Leveraging S4 and Ariba

Et’Chane Towers, Director, Digital Transformation Office, SAP Ariba
Business leaders in the Chemical Industry are under a lot of pressure in today’s increasingly complex world. Leaders have to weigh spending on growth against controlling spend as they respond to the demands of a fast-moving digital and global economy.

What attendees will learn:

  • Learn the best practices in implementing a real-time Intelligent Spend Management strategy
  • How to Improve efficiency through standardizing and automating procurement processes
  • Ways to Improve compliance with negotiated agreements for both internal users and suppliers
  • Learn proven methods to reduce costs through procurement excellence and increased digitization

RoviSys: Setting a vision for digitalization success

John Vargo, Director – MES, RoviSys
Digital Transformation is all around us. New technologies are opening opportunity to identify and improve manufacturing efficiency and performance while also creating new business models to increase top-line growth. However, studies indicate that the majority of digitalization initiatives are not reaching their stated goals and are failing to deliver the value they were chartered to achieve. Manufacturers are faced with critical decisions as they evaluate the cluttered technology landscape and new tools that promise to deliver transformative change.

RoviSys has been implementing projects to connect and expose plant floor data for 30 years. Our expertise stems from plant floor control and automation experience across many industries. This real world, plant operations background empowers our teams to define and deliver solutions that enable the digitalization results manufacturing executives are seeking. This discussion will share key learnings about setting a digitalization strategy founded in business value, leveraging existing data, avoiding pilot purgatory, and setting a forward-focused vision toward growth opportunities your business may not even know exist.

What attendees will learn:

  • Why starting digitalization initiatives is important for businesses despite the inherent complexities and challenges associated with them.
  • Critical factors that need to be defined before starting an initiative to improve likelihood of success.
  • Examples of objectives and tactics that organizations of varying maturity levels are implementing.
  • The importance of understanding the impacts of these initiatives will have on operations and manufacturing teams.
  • A framework for establishing a program roadmap that focuses on creating long-term value.

Panel: Accelerating the speed & quality of decision making with digital transformation – Part 1

Join this session to learn how current and emerging systems will accelerate and enhance the speed and quality of decision making through digital transformation. Speakers from four companies will each make 10 minute presentations followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.  The panel will also address preparing employees to manage the digital divide. It’s often a matter of encouraging workers to embrace new technological tools and discard outmoded ways of doing things. With the rapidly increasing availability of new technology in manufacturing applications, the change management associated with adoption is increasingly important.

Participating Panelists include: 

  • SAP – Driving Transformation Across the Chemical Value Chain
    • Darcy MacClaren, SVP Digital Supply Chain SAP America
  • OSIsoft – Improving Situational Awareness
    • Stephen Reynolds, Industry Principal – Chemicals
  • PSE – How an integrated end-to-end modeling framework accelerates decision making and improves quality
    • Simon Leyland, Head of Consulting and Technology Services, Energy & Chemicals
  • AVEVA – Connecting APEX & OPEX Information to Supercharge Decision Making
    • Quentin Smith, Senior Account Manager for Strategic Accounts
  • Moderator:  Michael Austin, Eastman Chemical Company

Peopleflo: Using Edge Intelligence and Automation to Optimize the Interaction between Fixed-speed Pumps and Control Valves.

William Blankemeier, President, PeopleFlo
We face an age-old problem: control loop machines – electric motor, pump and control valve – interact in counterproductive ways, wasting enormous amounts of electrical energy and causing serious problems with machine reliability. From the perspective of energy waste, this interaction is analogous to driving a car with one foot on the gas and the other on the brake. From a reliability standpoint, when a control valve travel changes, the pump’s operating point changes, often resulting in operation at unstable regions ofn the pump curve. Learn how MachineEdge uses AI-driven optimization and automation, at the edge and in real time, to save 50% on energy consumption and improve MTBF.

What attendees will learn:

  • MachineEdge works without any changes to the existing infrastructure or the process control system.
  • Saving 50% on pump energy consumption is feasible.
  • MachineEdge moves a pump’s operating point to a more reliable region on the pump curve. 
  • MachineEdge aftermarket retrofits are plug-and-play and can payback in <1 year.

Enthought: Driving Business Value and Innovation through Laboratory Transformation

Chris Farrow, Vice President, Materials Science Solutions Group, Enthought
Leading chemical companies around the world are digitally transforming to keep pace with continuously evolving market forces, regulatory constraints, and emerging competitors. In the laboratory, this means innovating faster, winning more contracts, and developing for the future. Enthought works with specialty chemicals companies to transform R&D laboratories, enabling orders of magnitude performance improvement. In this seminar, we discuss a digital transformation strategy that combines data infrastructure, digital tools, training, and organizational change to drive value for the business and transform specialty chemicals R&D.

What attendees will learn:

  • An example of laboratory transformation, where Enthought and client scientists are generating value from previously untended data and AI.
  • A strategy for laboratory-specific digital transformation that revolutionizes the laboratory through incremental, value-generating steps.
  • How digital leadership training prepares a company for the next disruptive technology.
  • How data infrastructure and digital tools can be leveraged to accelerate specialty chemical development.

Wrap-up session: 100 Years of Innovation – What Next by 2025?

Track 5 – Safety, Sustainability, Mobility, Environment

Schneider-Electric: Balancing safety and performance

Hector Buchelly, Sr. Global Director TMC and Advanced Services, Schneider Electric
How can petrochemical companies schedule longer periods between turnarounds and maintain compliance with industry standards while also achieving top performance, reliability, and efficiency? By utilizing three strategies: mechanical retrofit, integrated turbine and compressor control, and dynamic simulation.

  1. Mechanical Retrofit
    a. To adhere to new standards, having a reliable mechanical system enables a plant to perform maintenance and repairs on-line, and avoid spurious trips. Aged and worn mechanical equipment reduces efficiency and risks safety.
    b. In addition, aging equipment generally can’t accommodate online tests and online maintenance, which are mandatory requirements for a longer time between turnarounds.
    c. To achieve these goals without astronomical costs, plants should replace key components via mechanical retrofit.
    d. This presentation will address several cutting-edge components like triple modular redundant (TMR) servos and quad-redundant trip blocks.
  2. Integrated Turbine and Compressor Control (ITCC)
    a. Integration of the control system is vital to achieving efficiency and peak performance.
    b. Integrated systems—comprised of a prime mover and compressor controls—enhance visualization and speed up control interactions.
    c. Integrated controls enable more robust platforms, cutting-edge algorithms, real-time diagnostics, and smooth troubleshooting.
    d. This presentation will discuss specific ITCC strategies and outline key performance benefits.
  3. Dynamic Simulation
    a. To maximize return on investment, plant engineering focuses on optimizing design and improving operational efficiency. Because turbomachinery has a significant impact on both capital and operating expenditures, plants can directly improve their bottom line by enhancing turbomachinery systems, equipment, and controls.
    b. High-fidelity dynamic simulation enables engineers to ‘test drive’ turbomachinery systems—integrating equipment and controls, and studying interactions among processes. Simulation helps avoid costly errors and improves efficiency in real time.

What attendees will learn:

  • The value and importance of quality mechanical retrofits
  • Importance of integrated turbine and compressor controls
  • How to leverage dynamic simulation to save time and money

Eaton: “No production without the assurance of safety”- A case study

Adams Baker, Product Manager, Low-voltage switchgear, Eaton
AGC Glass North America recently completed a major expansion of their Church Hill, TN facility to add a new production line that applies specialized coatings for glass. In an effort to support one the company’s guiding principles, “no production without the assurance of safety,” AGC viewed the plant expansion as the perfect opportunity for its engineers to design the safest and most reliable production environment possible. This goal could be achieved by leveraging the industry’s latest innovations in electrical and arc flash safety. After evaluating the arc flash safety solutions available from a variety of vendors, AGC concluded that Eaton’s Arc Quenching Magnum DS low-voltage switchgear best met their safety, reliability and uptime requirements. Arc Quenching Switchgear enabled AGC to bring the switchgear incident energy to below 1.2 calories per centimeter squared and provide arc-resistant safety while protecting the switchgear from arc flash damage, thereby minimizing production downtime in the event of an arc flash.

What attendees will learn:

  1. Hazard of arc flash
  2. Comparison of solutions to reduce risk of arc flash
  3. Incident energy and how to quantify arc flash risk

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Schneider-Electric: Automated safety instrumented system validation and testing

Jimmy Miller, North America Process Safety Business Development, Schneider Electric
When implementing any safety instrumented system, rigorous testing and documentation of the application logic is a critical part of realizing any safety instrumented system.

In today’s economic climate, everyone strives for productivity, efficiency and quality gains. The use of modern automated tools and techniques achieve faster time to quality, significantly increase the likelihood of a trouble-free factory acceptance test (FAT) and successful start-up, as well as reduce overall project life cycle cost.

With approval of international standards such as OSHA PSM 1910, ANSI/ISA.S84.01, IEC61508 and IEC61511, testing has become mandatory. Today, tools and processes are available to guarantee consistent, complete and documented testing of the logic, in less time than ever before.

What attendees will learn:

  • Safety standards update with regards to validation
  • Safety Lifecycle validation and testing requirements
  • Scope of automated testing
  • Criteria when selecting an automated tool
  • Practical considerations

Eaton: Changes to IEEE 1584-2018 and how they affect arc flash studies

Tim Moore, Eaton
On November 30 2018, IEEE published updates to IEEE 1584, IEEE Guide for Performing Arc-Flash Hazard Calculations. The guide provides a new mathematical model to determine arc flash hazard incident energies and boundaries. The new 2018 guide is based on more than 1800 laboratory tests, compared to just 300 tests for the 2002 model. The result is a new mathematical model and calculation procedure that is more comprehensive, accurate and complex than before.

The new standard also drastically changes what equipment in the system is modeled and the way specific equipment types are modeled. These changes require additional analysis, data collection, and special equipment considerations versus the way Arc Flash Studies have previously been performed.

What attendees will learn:

Key changes in the IEEE 1584-2018 standard and the affect on performing / updating Arc Flash studies.

Bartec: Going Wireless in Hazardous Environments

Ethan Koczka, Sales Manager North America, Bartec
With all the digitization going on in the industry today, the data has to connect to a network at some point so it can be useful. For years customers have waited until they reach a safe area to connect to a network and transmit/download their data.

As we push for a more efficient workforce to increase profitability. It makes more and more sense to install Wifi access inside the hazardous areas. iI has never been an easier process than it is today.

What attendees will learn:

Wireless networking is not something we invented, it’s not even something new. Wireless networking in hazardous areas is also, not something new. it has been possible for years, but was very hard to work with, and both cumbersome and expensive to implement. Bartec is making strides to take the work out of installing a wireless network in a hazardous area. We want it to be as easy as possible, so you can use all the new technology around you to make yourself more efficient and of course safer.

Pepperl+Fuchs: ‘Connected Reality’ and the mobile worker

Mike Borman, Technical Sales Specialist, Pepperl-Fuchs
In today’s world of industrial mobile computing and communication, including IIoT, we can show you how Pepperl + Fuchs can add value across facilities with our hazardous-area approved mobile devices. It’s all part of a new connected reality with the mobile worker in mind.

What attendees will learn:

  1. Learn how DZ1/DZ2 tablets can be used in facilities to create value/safety/efficiency
  2. Learn about DZ1/DZ2 phone capabilities to create value across facilities
  3. Learn about the “new connected reality”
  4. Learn about identifying ROI opps through mobility apps 5. Learn about the current & future state of enterprise mobility

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Track 6 – Engineering, Construction, Life Cycle Optimization

Construct-X: The future of data integration

Jan Shumate, Director of Worldwide Engineering & Construction Services and Solutions, Eastman Chemical Company & Tedd Weitzman, Director, Delivery Excellence, Construct-X
The integration of data and data systems is today one of the most difficult challenges of project management. In this session we will explore the value of Digital Threads from AWP supporting the realization of a Digital Twin. We will also look at ways that data integration and management can be improved through the use of new tools and processes. We will present a case study documenting Eastman’s AWP data integration successes and touch on Eastman’s SEIGA efforts. We will also project how industry AWP maturity levels will shift over the next five years because of improvements in data integration. Furthermore, we will explore the value of developing effective data-standards-based interoperability during the next five-year time horizon.

What attendees will learn:

  1. What is the value of Digital Threads and the creation of a Digital Twin?
  2. What are the challenges involved in integrating data?
  3. How did Eastman meet these challenges?
  4. How will the industry’s “AWP Maturity Index” shift over the next 5 years, given current trends?
  5. How might the development of effective data standards improve interoperability by 2025?

AVEVA: How to create a digitalization strategy to optimize the value chain

Fernanda Martins, Global Marketing Manager – Chemicals, AVEVA & Erika Fernandez, Global Marketing Manager – Unified Supply Chain, AVEVA
Currently, the Chemical Industry major trends are related to sustainability, digitalization, and innovation. To remain competitive, they need to introduce new raw materials, energy recovery, circular economy, capture data to lower costs, and increase collaboration for better productivity.

Understanding the complexity of the enterprise is critical to enable the optimization of the entire value chain. Several digital technologies are available today, but the lack of enterprise perspective results in point solutions and siloed processes that leave significant value leaks. In this seminar, it will be discussed how to create a digitalization strategy focusing on optimizing the entire value chain.

What attendees will learn:

  1. Digitalization trends for operations, and optimization
  2. Challenges of achieving the value chain optimization
  3. Best practices to create a digitalization strategy to optimize the entire value chain
  4. Functional areas and potential benefits of value chain optimization

ATR: Digital procedures – Part 1: The connected worker – benefits and ROI (LUNCHBOX SEMINAR)

Elliott Lander, Managing Director, Atr Inc
We will review features and benefits of digital procedures. Far beyond “paper on glass”, digital procedures offer significant benefits for operators, including mobility, consistency, data collection and work guidance upgrades. In addition, the digital lifecycle can provide enhancements for procedure administration, procedure writing and training to help produce more accurate and usable procedures.

What attendees will learn:

  • Limitations of conventional paper-based procedures
  • Benefits of digital procedures
  • The importance of incorporating human factor design into procedure outputs
  • The process to move from paper to digital procedures
  • Opportunities to provide additional inputs from integrated technologies
  • Benefits of procedure data analytics to optimize operations

ATR: Digital procedures – Part 2: Developing a sustainable program for operational excellence

Elliott Lander, Managing Director, Atr Inc
In this session, we will review what is required to move from an MS Word, paper-based program to a step-based database technology providing lifecycle management and content output to essentially any format on any device. We will explore the critical steps and decisions required for successful migration and the critical elements to ensure a sustainable digital procedure program.

What attendees will learn:

  • How to overcome key roadblocks
  • Why conduct of operations and operational discipline are essential to success
  • Necessary leadership, governance and accountabilities
  • Resources and organizational support requirements
  • Critical elements and KPIs of a sustainable procedure program

AVEVA: Unified learning:  An essential component of any operational excellence strategy

Coral Siminovich, Product Development Manager, AVEVA
Multiple workers must complete similar tasks on a daily basis on their jobs, so how do you make sure that everyone uses the same procedure and best method consistently? How do you eliminate the risk of two employees receiving different instructions when we all have our own way of doing things?

Standardizing training at an enterprise level can ensure consistent quality across the organization and avoid divergent practices at similar facilities. Staff in one location should be trained on the same material and in the same way as staff in another location, especially regarding matters of company procedures and best practices.

This presentation will showcase how simulators and XR technology can be integrated as part of a comprehensive unified learning framework to standardize knowledge and improve performance. Hardware and software requirements were a barrier in the past, but today even the most complex training programs can be centrally developed and deployed using cloud technology.

What attendees will learn:

  • How to improve safety and operational performance at an enterprise level
  • How to meet operational excellence goals through training
  • What technologies are being used today to effectively train workers and sustain results
  • How to create worker engagement and retain talent

Yokogawa: Field Data Digitization using Mobile Devices

Nicholas Meyer, Product Marketing Manager, Yokogawa Corporation of America
This presentation will describe a mobile device application that helps improve the efficiency and quality of maintenance tasks and the precision of post-maintenance analysis by digitizing data from plant field work. The solution consists of a data input application and a cloud platform. Data input using this application is digitized and uploaded to the cloud server, where it can be analyzed using other software. The mobile application is an advanced digital notebook that was developed to support maintenance at construction and manufacturing sites.

Using a pen or keypad, text, videos, still images, and audio recordings can all be easily entered on the same form and linked to a device management ledger. This saves time and provides all the information in one place that is needed to know precisely what is happening in the field. Once such information is uploaded, it can be shared with other personnel, speeding up loop checks and other tasks that require multiple operators to coordinate their efforts.

What attendees will learn:

  • How to consolidate field input from disparate sources
  • Benefits of digitization of field device input
  • Advantages of a Cloud platform that is accessible to all personnel
  • Efficiencies gained in field work processes
  • How to conduct operations in a secure manner

Construct-X: Making AWP scalable: The client perspective on optimization

Ted Blackmon, CEO, Construct-X & Mark Lambert, Manager, AWP and Construction Excellence, Eastman & Travis Jaramillo, AWP Specialist, Construct-X
This session will present a case study of Eastman’s implementation journey with scalable Advanced Work Packaging. Ted Blackmon of Construct-X will kick off the session, exploring the fundamental challenges involved in making AWP scalable, followed by Mark Lambert, who will share owner insights on how Eastman faced critical barriers to implementation and is working to optimize its processes and technologies to meet those challenges. Travis Jaramillo will conclude with a look ahead to 2025, where fully scalable AWP programs are solidly expected to generate continued improvements in safety, productivity, and project cost.

What attendees will learn:

  1. What is Advanced Work Packaging and why should I be a part?
  2. What are the fundamental challenges to making AWP scalable to smaller, site-based projects?
  3. How will Eastman optimize its processes and technologies for AWP scalability?
  4. What were the critical barriers to implementation?
  5. Industry improvements expected in the next 5 years by 2025.

Hexagon: Advance Work Packaging (AWP) during project execution

Marcelo Joaquim, Director of Technical Sales, Hexagon
Advanced Work Packing (AWP) is the overall process flow of all work packages. It is a planned, executable process that encompasses the work on an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) project, beginning with initial planning and continuing through detailed design and construction execution. Data sharing between Owner’s and EPC’s across multiple systems is fundamental on the AWP work process for early engagement of construction in advance to influence the upstream process as engineering, project controls, supply chain, etc.

What attendees will learn:

How Advanced Work Packing processes can impact productivity and what should be expected from the interaction of multiple systems as engineering design, document management, materials management, supply chain, scheduling and project controls.


Track 7 – Process, Mechanical, Modeling

Koch-Glitsch: Comprehensive Industry Solutions, Not Just Products and Services

Hubert (Hugh) Zey, Product Manager, Phase Separations, Koch-Glitsch
Driven by the needs of an ever-changing industrial marketplace, Koch-Glitsch products and services are designed to deliver performance and reliability in the process industries. Powered by a world class research and development facility, combined with extensive knowledge, experience and unique capabilities, Koch-Glitsch is positioned to deliver optimal solutions to some of the toughest challenges. In this presentation, we will touch on some of the latest product developments by Koch-Glitsch in the fields of mass transfer and mist elimination. We will also talk about new diagnostic services that are key components in our industrial solutions portfolio.

What attendees will learn:

  • products applicable to mass transfer and phase separations
  • diagnostic services available to troubleshoot and improve operations
  • services available for maintenance

PSE: Digital design, digital operations: the central role of deep process knowledge in a digital world

Simon Leyland, Head of Consulting and Technology Services, Energy & Chemicals, Process Systems Enterprise
Advanced process modeling is a key means to bring deep process knowledge to digitalization of both design and operations. It provides not only a way to turn the increasing volumes of plant and laboratory data now available into useful information, but also to use that information to generate long-term value in the form of optimized process design, and daily value through better monitored and controlled processes. In this presentation, we describe current thinking on the role of models in creating value through digital design and intelligent digital operations, and the practical steps to creating value rapidly from existing modeling investment.

What attendees will learn:

  • Understanding of digital design practice and how this is currently applied to manage technology risk and create long-term value during process design
  • Understanding of intelligent digital operations and how high-fidelity models are being applied in operating plants to create daily value
  • Understanding of the central role of advanced process modelling in bringing deep process knowledge to digital design and operations
  • Recent advances in commercial modeling technology that make both digital design and intelligent digital operations a reality now
  • Limitations in models based on data alone and how a hybrid approach combining data with prior scientific & engineering knowledge via physics-based models with predictive capability is essential in many applications
  • The importance of simplified ‘surrogate models’ derived from more detailed models and when to use them

TLV Corporation: Case study of steam hammer event in an ethylene plant (LUNCHBOX SEMINAR)

Jim Risko, President, TLV CORPORATION
A steam release occurred on a 600 psig high pressure extraction steam line from the cracked gas turbine in a Gulf Coast Ethylene Production Facility. A detailed review of the third-party failure analysis, along with a site visit and field walk down of the equipment determined that the cause of the failure was a condensation-induced water hammer. This is a rapid condensation event, sometimes known as a “rapid steam bubble collapse”. Under certain conditions, a steam pocket can become totally entrapped in subcooled condensate. It is why it is important to keep steam lines drained from pooled condensate through condensate discharge locations (CDL) – those locations which include steam traps and associated piping and valves. When the steam gives up its heat to the adjacent condensate and pipe walls, steam changes from a vapor to a liquid state. As a liquid, the volume formerly occupied by the steam shrinks by a factor of several hundred to over a thousand times depending upon the pressure, and the rapid collapse results in high condensate acceleration to fill the void, generating extremely high force. A review of one such incident will be discussed with attention on the root cause and preventative measures.

What attendees will learn:

How to identify the causes for several ruptures of a through-wall crack on 12″ x 12″ x 10″ tee fed from a 600 psig turbine extraction line, and mitigate recurrence of the event. The crack measured 3″ OD, but 9″ ID.

TLV Corporation: Tracing the causes of heat maintenance issues

Norm White, Executive Vice President, TLV CORPORATION
Steam tracing and other thermal maintenance applications are critical to production, but heated fluids can suffer from low temperatures, non-ideal viscosity, and resultant stagnated flow issues. The cause can often be attributed to design or routing of tracing methods, or that the steam traps used may not provide optimal application performance. This presentation reviews key factors for design or existing installation improvements. Focus is on tube/enhanced tube/channel tracing, or jacketed pipe heating for process fluid transport, such as in sulfur or resid lines, asphalt tanks, sulfur pits/submerged coils/seal legs/tanks, and paraxylene chutes or related manufacturing products.

What attendees will learn:

How to identify the causes for difficulty with maintaining desired heat or temperature for the transport of process fluids.

Dürr Systems: Emission requirements and the methodology to achieve environmental compliance in the chemical industry

Nina Zerman, Senior Manager- Chemical and Petrochemical Industry, Dürr Systems Inc.
Emission standards are major policy tools that guide efforts to minimize environmental pollution. We continue to use mandated emissions limits as the benchmark for developing environmental solutions for the chemical/petrochemical industry. Dürr is a single-source supplier, combining specific process knowledge with a diverse portfolio of control technologies and turnkey systems to treat pollutants in gaseous or liquid phase.

Our presentation will focus on the commonly seen emission limits in the chemical industry, the typical chemical processes/applications, and the necessary considerations to achieve compliance. As a general index for meeting emission standards, we will review typical pollutants, technologies, equipment, and various design configurations.

What attendees will learn:

  1. Emission Limits in the Chemical industry
  2. Technologies for compliance
  3. Various technical solutions and configurations
  4. Typical equipment
  5. Project Specifications

John Crane: Computational fluid dynamics – non Newtonian fluid

Thomas Grimm-Bosbach, John Crane – Seebach
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) are a well-known method in predicting the performance of equipment in contact with fluids. To simulate a filter, more knowledge needs to be added into the CFD software: The behaviour of the filter medium itself, the influence of layering and the 3 dimensional design of the filtering component (often called mesh pack) itself. If we want to predict the onstream behaviour of a polymer melt filter (a filter system used to filter a polymer in molten state) we also need to incorporate the non-Newtonian behaviour of the fluid itself.

The presentation will give an overview of what is possible and how CFD can be used in root cause analysis of filter failures with very complex fluids.

What attendees will learn:

  • Gain an understanding of how John Crane Seebach perform a CFD for non-newtonian fluids
  • Gain an understanding of how to improve polymer process filtration through better engineering design
  • Learn how to improve fluid throughput and extend process uptime for processes that require filtration of non-newtonian fluids.
  • Learn how to re-design and assess such re-design without any impact to production operations.

Paget Equipment: Optimize the fabrication process – Understand your custom fabricators process and optimize your results

Alan Shepard, Sales Manager, Paget Equipment Company
Contracting a vendor to fabricate your custom ASME pressure vessels obligates both parties to a process that will ultimately deliver the equipment built correctly and in a timely fashion. Understanding the process needed to be followed by ASME code stamped shops will enhance your ability to smoothly execute a project. This is a particularly acute need with the continuing trend to shorten lead times and assume liquidated damage risk. Learn the processes employed by custom fabricators that meet the rising demands.

What attendees will learn:

  • Structuring a quote request that meets your current need
  • Understanding a quote to account for any undetermined features
  • Requirements to meet lead times for drawing submittals and materials
  • The fabrication shop capabilities, organization and workflow
  • Where you can find work arounds, and where you cannot.
  • The impact on the delivery schedule of inspections and QC requirement

Ekato: Optimization and upgrades

Rui Soares, Sales Manager, EKATO
Optimizing your agitation systems for increased OPEX with less CAPEX and quicker ROI. Safely model and engineer to deliver a solutions that increases yield and safety of older units, reduces raw materials, energy consumption, and maintenance costs. A benefit to your operation and productivity.

What attendees will learn:

  1. The safety design and engineering concepts That EKATO can offer to optimize the operation of their equipment and process.
  2. Criteria on revamping older to newer units
  3. Modeling from Lab to Production and how to achieve results.
  4. Examples of Revamps and benefits each provides.
  5. New Technology vs. Old and ROI for upgrading.


Track 8 – Operational Excellence, Safety, Cyber-security

Hexagon: Straightforward Digitization of Plant Operations allows for Quick Time to Value

David Dollar, j5 Global Go To Market Lead, Hexagon
Companies often rely on a mix of different technologies to manage Plant Operations including commercial software, home-grown applications, spreadsheets and even paper. Managing and maintaining these technologies in a cohesive work process is difficult. Companies need their technologies integrated and different roles need to work seamlessly and collaboratively.

In this session attendees will be introduced to the Hexagon j5 Operations Management System (OMS) which allows companies to combine numerous previously separate business process such as Operations Logbook, Shift Handover, Acknowledgements, Escalations, Permit to Work, and Mobile Operator Rounds into a single, integrated application suite that is as easily to configure as a spreadsheet.

What attendees will learn:

  • Why the j5 OMS provides quick-time-to-value using out-of-box features
  • How easy it is to modify the system using an intuitive spreadsheet-like configuration tool
  • How the j5 OMS facilitates the digitization of numerous, typically stand-alone business processes usually managed today using spreadsheets
  • Mobility can mean near real-time collaboration between inside desktop and outside mobile users

Tenable: The 5 Things You Need to Know About IT/OT Convergence

Mac Sheehan, OT Systems Engineer, Tenable
Whether you are in the IT or OT side of the house and whether your organization is well down the convergence patch or have just started, the seemingly separate worlds are coming together. In this session we’ll be sure you are prepared. Join us for this exciting session that will review the top 5 things you need to know to keep your organization secured and protected against cyber exposure and risk.

What attendees will learn:

  • The top challenges you are likely to see
  • The potential threats/vulnerabilities that often happen
  • Actionable intelligence that can help your organization stay safe.

Teikoku USA: Considerations for Upgrading Existing Installed Centrifugal Pumps to Liquid Cooled, Sealless Canned Motor Pumps (LUNCHBOX SEMINAR)

Chatanya (Chatty) Sakhalkar, National Sales Manager, Teikoku USA Inc.
With increasing requirements for operator safety, process monitoring and owner risk management, liquid cooled canned motor pumps are being considered to upgrade older, maintenance intensive pump installations as part of Process Safety Management (PSM) upgrade projects. As canned motor pumps are liquid cooled, their application in upgrading projects require consideration of certain process and fluid variables that may not have been considered in the specification of the original pumps being operated and maintained. This seminar will detail a list of mechanical, electrical, pump performance, liquid and process elements that should be considered in such upgrade projects.

What attendees will learn:

Attendees will learn the reasons behind application considerations for upgrading rooted in canned motor pump technology in hydraulic and electrical designs that are specific to canned motor pumps enabling an upgrade project scope that maximizes the technology benefits of such projects.

Siemens: Welcome to the future of process control: Innovations in plant automation

Amanda Thompson, DCS Product Marketing Manager, Siemens Industry, Inc.
The process industry is a highly complex environment that faces always evolving challenges. Engineering resources are spread across the country or globe but still need to work together efficiently. A new generation is entering the workforce and needs training on plant operation. Increasingly competitive environments require optimized engineering workflows to reduce a product’s time to market. The list goes on… This presentation will discuss the impacts these market trends are having on control system requirements and will explain the latest innovations being implemented in distributed control systems to help engineers and operators keep up with the changing demands. Find out how distributed control systems will be equipped to help users in the chemical industry address the plant requirements of today and also of the future.

What attendees will learn:

  • How web technology is leveraged in the distributed control system (DCS) to provide better flexibility and mobility in plant operation
  • Why central data management streamlines engineering workflows to reduce the time and cost of implementing a DCS solution
  • What role the DCS plays in creating the digital twin of a plant
  • How cyber security measures are evolving to keep up with the latest innovations in automation

Automation Anywhere: Eastman’s automation journey 

Mark Waugh, Automation Central Manager, Eastman Chemical CompanyAn overview on Eastman’s automation journey what issues we have run into and how we are overcoming those issues with governance.

What attendees will learn:

  • Team structure
  • Working with third party consultants
  • Governance
  • Future Goals for Automation

Rockwell Automation: How digital technologies improve asset performance and human capital effectiveness

Gordon Bordelon, Global Technical Consultants Manager, Rockwell Automation
As plants age and consolidation across the industry brings together a variety of control systems and technology under one organization, chemical companies are forced to look at the safety and efficiency of their operations in terms of unit performance and a challenging workforce environment. The adoption of technology can have a big impact improving asset utilization, solving human capital challenges and reducing safety risks. This seminar will provide insights into the specific technologies that currently exist to help chemical producers, as well as share examples of how other industries are solving similar problems through the adoption of a solid digital foundation.

What attendees will learn:

  • A unified, comprehensive digital foundation is a must
  • The importance of designing for scalability.
  • How predictive and prescriptive analytics are improving asset utilization
  • Insights into how companies are successfully deploying technology

Teikoku USA: Real-Time Performance Monitoring of Operating Variables in Sealless Canned Motor Pumps

James Hoffman, Regional Business Manager, Teikoku USA Inc.
Liquid-cooled, centrifugal canned motor pumps offer a unique set of design operating variables that are specific to this pumping technology’s design redundancies for layered containment of the liquids being pumped. Operating variables in either the primary or secondary containment elements of these dual containment, leakproof pumps offer users a myriad of monitoring capabilities that can serve in dual functions of both immediate alarms regarding process upsets that might damage the pumps if not immediately addressed as well as collecting data in normal operations that can be used to establish preventative maintenance schedules based on actual operating experience. Such data can also be utilized to feed broader user process improvement projects for lower cost of operations, enhanced safety and mitigation of risk, especially for treatment of volatile liquids.

What attendees will learn:

Attendees will learn about numerous variables that can be instrumented, alarmed and / or monitored in sealless, canned motor pumps against third party industry standards governing same.

Panel: Accelerating the speed & quality of decision making with digital transformation – Part 2

Join this session to learn how current and emerging systems will accelerate and enhance the speed and quality of decision making through digital transformation. Speakers from four companies will each make 10 minute presentations followed by a panel discussion and Q&A.  The panel will also address preparing employees to manage the digital divide. It’s often a matter of encouraging workers to embrace new technological tools and discard outmoded ways of doing things. With the rapidly increasing availability of new technology in manufacturing applications, the change management associated with adoption is increasingly important.

Participating Panelists include: 

  • Rockwell Automation –  The Connected Enterprise
    • Dave Stonehouse, Global Practice Leader
  • Hexagon – HxGN SDx: Accelerating Digital Transformation
    • Thomas Goff, Senior Industry Consultant,
  • Construct-X – Seeing Clearly: Making Better Decisions through Digital Transformation
    • Tedd Weitzmann, Director – Delivery Excellence
  • Symphony AzimaAI – Empowering People on the Plant Floor to Make Decisions
    • Jack Leahey, Chief Revenue Officer
  • Moderator: Chris Potts, Eastman Chemical company