The conference schedule is posted below followed by the seminar titles with abstracts. There are 58 PDH accredited seminars and four PDH accredited Panels.

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Attendees can mix and match any of the 25 minute seminars and panels to obtain up to 7.0 hours of PDH credit. .

Here are the guidelines:

  • No PDH credit for attending a single 25 minute session only. Minimum available PDH is 1 hour, maximum is 7.0 hours
  • Any multiple of half hour credits is available for total sessions attended
  • The morning keynote session and the wrap-up panel from 5:00 to 6:00 pm are not included for PDH. The 12:35 pm noon hour featured panel and the three other featured panels should qualify for a full 1.0 PDH credit but check back after March 25 to reconfirm.

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7:15am Registration desk opens and early morning networking
8:15am- 9:30am

Keynote Panel:

Safely Accelerate Innovation, Improve Agility and Increase Productivity for Sustainable Business Growth

Location:Meadowview Ballroom



Industrial Perspectives | Snapshots from the 10 Gold Sponsor Innovation Leaders| Recognition of Silver Sponsor Innovation Leaders

Safely Accelerate Innovation, Improve Agility and Increase Productivity for Sustainable Business Growth
Keynote: Jan Shumate, Director, Services & Solutions, Worldwide Engineering and Construction, Eastman Chemical Company

eChem Expo’s 10 Gold Sponsor Innovation Leaders will also provide their perspectives on the state of the industry, what innovations they have brought to eChemExpo and what the future may hold.

9:45am – 4:45pm

Exposition Hours

10am – 4:25pm

Conference Hours

Track #1 Track #2 Track #3 Track #4 Track #5 Track #6
Digital Transformation Mobility, Safety, Environment Engineering & Rapid Execution Process, Mechanical, Modeling Operational Excellence, Safety, Cybersecurity Emerging Technology & Special Topics
10am – 10:25am
Siemens Nestec Aveva Koch Glitsch Voovio Not Available
10:30am – 10:55am
Siemens Megtec FB&D/S&B Mott Corporation Eaton Not Available
11:00am – 11:25am
Yokogawa Anguil Environmental RoviSys Teikoku USA Eaton Rapid Fire Panel
11:00 – 11:55 am

Special Panel:

Track 6: Rapid Fire Introduction to the Future of “Enhanced Reality” in Manufacturing

Location: MeadowView Ballroom C


This rapid-fire style panel of seven technology providers will provide snapshots of how emerging enhanced reality technology will transform the future of work, increase productivity and enable fast track response to real manufacturing problems. This is Shark-Tank meets cutting edge Industrial-Tech. Seating is limited

Aegex Technologies
C3 IoT / AWS
Index AR

11:30am – 11:55am
UiPath Alfa Laval Enerfab Thorpe Plant Services Innovatia Rapid Fire Panel
Lunchbox Seminars
12:05pm – 12:30pm
Flowrox TLV Corporation NovaTech Endress + Hauser Teikoku USA Kenway Composites
12:35pm – 1:25pm

Featured Panel:

Enhancing the Speed & Quality of Decision Making with Digital Transformation

Location: MeadowView Ballroom
Join this session to learn how current and emerging systems will 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. Here’s the line-up:


AVEVA – How Industry 4.0 impacts decision making in the Chemical/Process Industry
Siemens – Siemens role in Digitalization
OSIsoft – Using an OT “Chart of Accounts” with Layers of Analytics in Enhancing Decision Making Quality and Speed
Eastman Chemical Company – The future of Digital Manufacturing at Eastman Chemical Company

Learn what to expect in the next 2, 4 and 6 years ahead and how to position yourself to be successful.

1:30pm – 1:55pm
Bartec Sentry Equipment Aveva AMACS Johnson Controls Seeq
2:00pm – 2:25pm
Bartec BS&B Safety Systems Xytel Controls Southeast Johnson Controls OSIsoft
2:30pm – 2:55pm
UiPath Aegex Technologies Emerson Ariel Corporation KBC (Yokogawa) C3 IoT & AWS
3:00pm – 3:25pm
Voovio Pepperl+Fuchs Applied Chemical Technology KCI Technologies Rockwell Automation Parsable
3:30pm – 3:55pm
Eastman SIS-Tech Thorpe Plant Services M-Star CFD ForeScout Technologies RealWear
4:00pm – 4:25pm
Digital Divide Panel(4:00-4:50) United Electric Controls QMax Industries Inc Seebach Filtration tba Cybersecurity Panel, AEE (4:00-4:50)
4:00pm – 4:50pm

Special Panels:

Track 1 – Preparing Employees to Manage the Digital Divide

Location: Crockett Amphitheater
This panel will focus on 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.


· Voovio – Using the 4-box Influence Model to Successfully Move the Organization into the Digital Age

· Innovatia – to be announced

· Aegex Technologies – Superhuman Operations: Preparing Teams for Industrial IoT with Interactive Technologies

· RealWear – Technology Always Changes but Humans Never Do

Track 6 – How Secure Industrial Controls Systems can Enable Energy Management (Cosponsored by AEE)

Location: Track 5 seminar room


The Internet of Things is unleashing unprecedented opportunity and giving rise to profound risk as equipment in commercial and industrial buildings becomes increasingly interconnected. This panel will discuss case studies that show how to balance systems integration with secure and reliable operations.

Jeff Amburgey, Eastman Chemical Company – Cybersecurity Related Risk
Bryce Hudey, Oak Ridge National Laboratory – How Secure Industrial Controls Systems can Enable Energy Management
Rob Gladwin, Knoxville FBI – Cybersecurity Threat to Industry from a Law Enforcement Perspective

4:30pm Drawing for prizes
4:45pm Exhibit hall closes. Wrap-up session in Meadowview Ballroom A/B starts in 15 minutes.
Wrap-up Panel:
5pm – 6pm

Wrap-up Panel:

How to Onboard New Technology

Location: Crockett Amphitheater
This panel of users will discuss their experience with on-boarding new technology including their use cases, hurdles and best paths forward. Highlights of the day at eChemExpo will also be covered. Suppliers present in the audience will be welcome to provide their inputs during the Q&A session. Companies being invited to participate in the panel are Eastman, Nuclear Fuel Services, BAE Systems, Wacker Polysilicon and other pertinent users identified in the coming weeks.

See classroom locations on the Exposition Floorplan

Track 1: Digital Transformation

Siemens: Digitalization in the Process Industries – how and where to implement

Don Mack, Chemical Industry Manager, Siemens
Digitalization… It’s THE buzz word in the industry. But what is it? And how can you go about implementing digitalization in your plant and achieve the benefits that it promises? The goals of the presentation are to provide attendees with an overview of digitalization, including the expected benefits, and explain some practical examples of how it can be implemented. Specific focus will be on the vast array of field devices in your plant that include an increasing amount of intelligence and methods you can use to capitalize on the information they provide from the following perspectives… engineering, operations, and maintenance. Also discussed will be ways to use digital fieldbus technology to provide effective communications between smart field devices and the process automation system.


What attendees will learn:
• What is digitalization and what are the benefits?
• What information is available and how can it be effectively transmitted?
• How can I use this information to more productively operate and maintain my plant?
• How can this technology be used to more efficiently engineer my automation system?

Siemens: Harnessing the Power of Digitalization for Transformation and New Profit Streams for Chemical Manufacturing

Cynthia Mason, Cloud Application Services Manager, Siemens
All of the machines in your plant contain a wealth of data. Are you harnessing it to maximize the potential of your operations? As the chemical industry embraces digitalization it becomes more necessary to remain competitive. You can harness huge volumes of data that your assets generate by connecting your machines and physical infrastructure to the digital world. That connection can be seamlessly made with the help of cloud-based IoT operating systems. Join this session to learn more about how cloud-based IoT operating systems are set-up, how they function and hear some examples of chemical companies that are using these platforms for highly improved insights.

Yokogawa: Digital Transformation: The Journey Ahead

Tom Fiske, Principal Technology Strategist, Yokogawa
Digital Transformation (DT) is changing many aspects of an organization ranging from manufacturing, to its supply chain operations. It is also enabling companies to achieve step changes in performance by enabling new business processes and services. Some of the value of digitalization is to enable new product innovation and related services, more efficient production processes, greater agility and flexibility, enhanced sustainability, and improved supply chain management. Some of the enabling technologies include pervasive sensing, wireless communications, advanced analytics, cloud and edge computing, digital twins, mobility, wearable’s, drones, and augmented reality.


There are numerous examples of companies starting DT small by implementing pilots and point solutions while others are taking a broader approach by adopting cloud-based platforms for numerous applications. Companies are using digital technologies for improved remote plant performance operation and consulting, better remote operation and maintenance, more reliable operations, improved quality, centralized and standardized global cyber security management, and improved energy management.

This presentation shows how companies are using digital technologies to solve some of their most challenging problems in areas that improve efficiency, safety and security, human reliability, and asset availability. It also illustrates how operating companies are partnering with their suppliers, like Yokogawa, to co-innovate solutions that bring together people, systems, data, services, and supply chain to create an agile and adaptive business management automation solution.

What attendees will learn:
1. What is Digital Transformation and how it is effecting the industry
2. What are the benefits of digitalization and how it will provide step changes in performance, efficiencies, safety, sustainability, and innovation
3. How companies are implementing digitalization technologies
4. Where companies are focusing their efforts to adopt digital technologies for improved operations and innovation
5. Strategies to take advantage of digital transformation

UiPath: The Current State of Robotic Process Automation (RPA)

Gabriel Pana, VP of Sales, UiPath
While there has been an increase of usage of Robotic Process Automation, in all enterprises, the market hasn’t gone mature yet. There are still so many use cases that are to be identified, and companies know that. Some customers are piloting in areas some would say impossible: they apply RPA in connection to industry specific activities, managing to drive cost down and increase productivity at all levels. Market is growing, every company going after the “cost reduction, rapid processing and increased productivity”, but the main question remains: “what is there to be done with RPA?”


What attendees will learn:
• Learn about the current state of RPA and the main use cases of this technology within an enterprise
• Benefits and differentiators of RPA when compared with other automation options
• See where other companies applied RPA and learn about their concerns and successes.

Flowrox: The Benefits of IIoT monitoring of pumps, valves and other Assets with Digital Twin and Embedded Document Management

Todd Loudin, President North American Operations, VP Global Sales, Flowrox
The first part will briefly discuss IIoT future growth and changing demographics. The Millennials and Generation Z are significantly different and will desire a more visual experience for process control and management.


The second part will discuss the utilization of digital twin replica of facility, sub processes or individual assets for monitoring early asset malfunction detection and document control. The final part will discuss the potential benefits to the user of IIoT connected assets.

What attendees will learn:
* How IIoT connected assets can benefit chemical process plants in many areas such as safety, compliance, reduction of downtime, increased profitability and decreased maintenance costs.
* How digital twin imagery connected to real time asset monitoring can speed repair, increase response time suppliers and also improve response time by internal maintenance teams.
* Real life examples of digital twin imagery in use now to increase safety.
* How maintenance teams can be designed to be more proactive rather than reactive and provide previously unattainable productivity gains.

Panel: Enhancing the Speed & Quality of Decision Making with Digital Transformation

Abstract coming soon.

Bartec: How to increase operational efficiency with proven digital solutions (PART 1)

Osman Amith, Sales Manager, Bartec
A rapid growth in hardware and software technology made available for industrial environments is making it hard to navigate between proven solutions and concepts.


BARTEC, eVision Software, Index AR Solutions and Priologic Software are four well established companies, with industrial experience. Our combined solutions are proven to work in hazardous locations, and we wish to show how much they can help you organize “Hot Work Permits” or improve Service & Maintenance with the help of remote assistance or Augmented Reality, all of this on mobile devices that are certified for use in hazardous locations.

What attendees will learn:
– The basics explosion proof techniques behind intrinsic safe and non-incendive mobile devices.
– How a digital permit to work system can improve operational efficiency.
– How Remote Collaboration can be deployed and used.
– How to perform Service & Maintenance more efficient and secure.

Bartec: How to increase operational efficiency with proven digital solutions (PART 2)

Osman Amith, Sales Manager, Bartec
A rapid growth in hardware and software technology made available for industrial environments is making it hard to navigate between proven solutions and concepts.


BARTEC, eVision Software, Index AR Solutions and Priologic Software are four well established companies, with industrial experience. Our combined solutions are proven to work in hazardous locations, and we wish to show how much they can help you organize “Hot Work Permits” or improve Service & Maintenance with the help of remote assistance or Augmented Reality, all of this on mobile devices that are certified for use in hazardous locations.

What attendees will learn:
– The basics explosion proof techniques behind intrinsic safe and non-incendive mobile devices.
– How a digital permit to work system can improve operational efficiency.
– How Remote Collaboration can be deployed and used.
– How to perform Service & Maintenance more efficient and secure.

UiPath: The Future State of Automation

Gabriel Pana, VP of Sales, UiPath
Currently known as Robotic Process Automation, the automation platform will soon evolve into something new: a product that will bring new cognitive, AI and machine learning capabilities, making it a product of the future. Software robots will soon learn the processes themselves, observing humans at work. They will improve the process through machine learning and by applying methodologies like lean six-sigma, methodologies that they’ve learned on their own, through observation. The future state of Automation means a future state of human work, a time when humans won’t be doing any manual, repetitive tasks on a computer.


What attendees will learn:
• Learn about the future of Robotic Process Automation and near future integrations
• Learn how AI, machine learning and deep learning hold a crucial piece in the roadmap of the product
• Learn about how RPA is going to change the current work landscape, actually improving work-life balance and how it will respond to certain human needs.

Voovio: Case Study: Boosting operational excellence and performance with Eastman

Christian McDermott, Country Manager, US, Voovio
Eastman Utilities in Kingsport sought to address its key operations challenges by trialing a new technology, Voovio, that provides a set of tools for operators throughout their entire lifecycle in and out of the field, from new hires to experienced operators. Some of these challenges relate to procedures, scarcer resources, training and employee turnover.


This presentation will explain how this completely new approach boosts productivity and, increases (human) reliability and safety. We will co-present with someone from the Utilities operations team. We will review the successful results of the trial and discuss further adoption planned across other business divisions.

We will look at three scenarios and share the results:

* the ability to onboard new operators faster than current industry methods
* executing a planned shutdown of equipment faster (less downtime), less reliance on an SME and realizing it can be done with fewer resources
* a reduction in operator error and increased operator confidence

Eastman: A View of the Future – what blockchain adoption may imply for the manufacturing ecosystem

Mirth Hoyt, Futurist, Eastman Chemical Company
Technology is a perennial game changer, but this effect is accelerating. The question is: how do individuals, companies, and governments integrate new technologies such as AI, robotics, blockchain, VR and industrial IoT into their strategies/daily lives? This interactive talk from Eastman’s Strategic Foresight Team will highlight the potential effects of blockchain adoption and integration on manufacturing. Audience participation is expected.


What attendees will learn:
* What is blockchain?
* Example implementations of blockchain
* Implications of blockchain to manufacturing ecosystems
* Blockchain’s role in enabling IoT
* What organizational changes are needed to implement blockchain?

Panel: Preparing Employees to Manage the Digital Divide

Abstract coming soon.

Track 2: Mobility, Safety, Environment

Nestec: Smart Oxidation Solutions

Jim Nester, President, Nestec
NESTEC’s presentation focuses on oxidation technology’s:


• reliability,
• production down time,
• efficiency,
• mechanical integrity,
• regulatory compliance,

Energy cost varies with the time of the day and needs to be address up front with the initial design and selection of the oxidation equipment features to insure the most economical solution.
The benefits and advantages of flares, direct fired thermal (DFTO), recuperative, catalytic, or regenerative (RTO & RCO) oxidizers are reviewed based on the specific VOC, HAP, odor, or TPM application along with the potential for auxiliary concentrator, scrubber, wet electrostatic precipitator, or secondary heat recovery.

What attendees will learn:
Benefits and advantages of:
1 flares,
2 direct fired thermal (DFTO),
3 recuperative,
4 catalytic,
5 or regenerative (RTO & RCO) oxidizers

Megtec: Solvent Recovery Technology: Strategic alternatives to oxidation for the chemical industry

Paul Sengupta, Sales Manager, Solvent Recovery Division, Babcock & Wilcox MEGTEC LLC (B&W MEGTEC)
B&W MEGTEC has a long tradition of technology development in the field of oxidation technologies. As a total air pollution control solutions provider to the chemical industry, we recognize the specific operating conditions, diverse applications, and economic drivers that encompass the processing environment. We meet these needs with an equally diverse portfolio of emission control solutions.


What attendees will learn:
Our presentation will focus on design and process considerations to remove, recover, and purify organic solvents from industrial air and liquid emissions using adsorption and distillation technologies. We will provide an overview of adsorption and separation technology, provide representative processes and applications in the chemical industry where solvent recovery has proven effective, and discuss the considerations necessary when deciding between emission control solutions.

Anguil Environmental Systems, Inc: Rich Fume VOC Control Technologies & Techniques

Jim Stone, Senior Sales Manager, Anguil Environmental Systems
A wide variety of industries use thermal and catalytic oxidizers for the destruction of process emissions such as Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) and Hazardous Air Pollutants (HAPs). Many chemical processing applications generate small exhaust flowrates, but very high, or rich, emission concentrations which present some challenges for the abatement systems. There are two techniques typically applied in these instances; one introduces air and utilizes a traditional oxidation technology while the other keeps the stream inert and uses a specialized combustion device.


Our presentation will examine, in detail, all the benefits and potential hurdles to each of these approaches 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 oxidizer technologies can be applied on high concentration applications?
-What are the benefits and capital costs of the various oxidizer technologies?
-How does a rich fume VOC stream affect operating costs of the abatement device?
-What are the dangers associated with rich fume VOC abatement projects?

Alfa Laval: Conserving Water in Process Cooling Applications

Chris Pawlak, Sr. Sales/Application Engineer, Alfa Laval
With ever more stringent regulations on water use, and increasing costs for water purchase and discharge, it is often assumed that a dry cooler is the only other cooling solution. However, the Niagara Wet Surface Air Cooler (WSAC) can also reduce the amount of water used in a plant when compared to conventional cooling means.


A key feature of the WSAC is the ability to use poor quality water as makeup, which also means it can operate at higher cycles of concentration and ultimately use less water. These systems can also make use of water previously discharged from other processes or cooling systems resulting in a NET reduction in overall water usage.

What attendees will learn:
• Principles of Evaporative Cooling
• How the Niagara WSAC can reduce fresh water consumption
• How the Niagara WSAC can repurpose wastewater as a cooling medium
• How the Niagara WSAC can reduce the volume of blowdown/discharge water

TLV Corporation: Steam Trap Management: Do Something, Anything, …Please

James Risko, President , TLV Corporation
Once discussed, it can be relatively easy for site management to understand that the steam system is the major source of production heat, so the quality of the steam system directly impacts production performance and profit optimization. Furthermore, the quality of the steam system is significantly and directly impacted by the state of the steam trap population. Even so, it may be common in some site locations that the ongoing maintenance of a steam trap population may suffer from gaps of non-activity. Those gaps can result in deterioration of the steam quality – which often impacts site reliability with frustrating economical events, like steam leaks or condensate return line issues from water hammer, or in the worst-case scenario – severe or catastrophic damage to valuable equipment. It does not have to be because the investment needed to maintain a highly proactive and sustainable trap management program is easily justified. The concept of Internal Rate of Return (IRR) valuation for energy projects is discussed, and the principles are applied to reliability and energy projects relative to the steam trap population. “Do Something, Anything, … Please” evaluates the IRR for different scenarios of non-performance, partial performance, and full maintenance response action on the steam trap population.”


What attendees will learn:
* How water hammer in the steam system occurs, and the mechanical forces experienced in steam distribution system and steam equipment as result of this phenomenon.
* Understanding of impact that steam trap have on water hammer in the steam distribution system.
* The Internal Rate of Return associated with implementing a steam trap management program.

Sentry Equipment: Manual and Automated Process Sampling for Safety, Optimization and Control

Jeff McKinney, Industry Manager, Sentry Equipment
Production processes in the food and beverage, petrochemical, and chemical industries have seen ever increasing productivity, reduced energy usage, and safe and stable operation in recent years owing, in no small part, to the development of measurement technology coupled with process control capability to run these processes closer to a target set point. This paper explores the role of process measurement using grab sample lab analysis as a means of monitoring key process variables which are either too costly or too impractical outside the laboratory. It will also consider the critical balance between the safe operation of manual sampling systems and the need to respond quickly to changes in the process. Finally, the potential for novel sampling system designs is considered as a path for future development work.


What attendees will learn:
– Criteria for the selection of grab sampling over continuous process analysis
– Problems encountered with manual samplers that can result in erroneous lab results and how to address these problems
– Design and maintenance considerations for different sample media (solid, liquid, gas)
– Advances in the implementation of “smart” sampling systems
– About an evolving future: the marriage of micro-sensor technology and sample system design

BS&B Safety Systems: Dust Explosion Protection – Industry Drivers and Technology Solutions

Clive Nixon, Sales Manager, BS&B Safety Systems
Dust explosion hazards present an ongoing threat to plant safety and to business continuity in any industry handling, processing, producing, or storing combustible dusts. A safe facility has a well-informed workforce and incorporates methods to reduce the potential for deflagrations, to manage the pressure effects of deflagrations, and to prevent the propagation of deflagrations. The objective of this presentation is to acquaint the attendees with the fundamentals of dust explosions, review the relevant codes, and discuss practical solutions to protect process equipment. This includes explosion suppression, explosion venting, and explosion isolation technologies.


What attendees will learn:
• How to identify Potential Explosion Hazards
• Key requirements of NFPA 654
• Technology choices
• Protection Examples for selected process equipment

Aegex Technologies: Intrinsically Safe Mobility to Increase Agility and Productivity in Chemical Manufacturing

Scott West, Channel Sales Manager, Aegex Technologies
Chemical manufacturing facilities require real-time data and communications to accelerate productivity, boost efficiency and improve safety. But only specially certified intrinsically safe mobile devices can be used in potentially explosive hazardous locations (UL C1D1). Employing intrinsically safe (IS) equipment in C1D1 hazardous areas is critical for today’s advanced chemical operations to cut costs, reduce downtime and optimize processes.


IS equipment such as tablets and IoT sensors can help to predict problems before they start, saving time and money, plus improving safety in hazardous environments.

What attendees will learn:
Attendees to this seminar will learn about gains in safety and productivity from utilizing intrinsically safe mobile hardware and IoT solutions to:
• complete reports, inspections, maintenance forms
• access email, ERPs, MES, applications, or talk or video conference on Skype
• manage assets and track inventory
all in real time from ATEX/IECEx Zone 1 or Class I Division 1 hazardous areas.

Pepperl+Fuchs: Where’s my ROI for deploying mobile equipment in hazardous environments?

Jason Schexnayder, Global Account Manager – Mobility, and Chris Dixon, Regional Manager, Pepperl+Fuchs
Sure- You’ve got the appropriate Div 1/Zone 1 or Div 2/Zone 2 device, but it’s what you’re actually going to do with it & how you’ll use it that will make the difference! The key to a well-defined Return on Investment is a better understanding of devices available, how to select the appropriate device(s), and applications to implement.


In this session, we’ll discuss a couple of actual use cases that will clearly and easily illustrate the ROI for deploying mobile equipment in hazardous environments.

What attendees will learn:
• Devices available for hazardous areas
• Applications to bring a quick ROI
• Selecting between Div 1/Zone 1 or Div 2/Zone 2 equipment
• Safety improvements gained from Div 1/Zone 1 and Div 2/Zone 2 mobile devices
• The interconnected facility- a device for every application!

SIS-Tech: Mobile Interfaces on the Plant Floor – Improving Safety through Technology

Angela Summers, President, SIS-Tech
Significant process safety incidents have been linked to a failure to manage the on-going performance of instrumentation and controls. Mobility tools can be used to drive work processes to ensure that tasks are consistently executed. Mobile data easily syncs, so new information can be rapidly distributed as conditions change. Mobile devices capture field data and events electronically, which eliminates paper files and handwritten records. And, because smart devices are so pervasive in everyday life – the learning curve is far from steep.


This presentation discusses how smart tablets were used to plan and conduct field inspections, calibrations, and testing. The tablet efficiently deployed the needed forms and was used by the technicians to collect quality data. Electronic data entry supported the implementation of data governance for quality control. The ability to accumulate results on-demand allowed more efficient tracking of findings and identified systemic problems while work was still underway. Finally, collected data was synced to the site maintenance management system for long-term storage and retrieval.

What attendees will learn:
How mobility tools:
* Enhance workflow and task management for I&E maintenance tasks regardless of complexity
* Facilitate easy rollout of the latest documents
* Enhance collaboration between technicians and execution coordinators
* Track task execution with each sync
* Help eliminate information silos and time gaps
* Reduce the cost of field data capture
* Provide visibility of recurrent problems

United Electric Controls: Hybrid Layers of Protection for Wellhead Applications

Rick Frauton, Sr. Product Manager, United Electric Controls
Traditional safety systems designed for plant use require a large number of sensor inputs, outputs and safety functions. With the expandability of these systems, it is relatively easy to add a safety function and upgrade grandfathered safety system to a safety instrumented system (SIS). However, a traditional safety system that includes a separate sensor, logic solver, IO, and relay is overkill for remote applications that typically need only a few safety functions. This whitepaper explores the application of a new class of hybrid solutions that combine the SIL 2-certified sensor, logic solver, IO, and safety relay in a single self-contained field instrument – reducing design, installation time and total installed cost by a factor up to 10, depending upon the application.


What attendees will learn:
This whitepaper explores the application of a new class of hybrid solutions that combine the SIL 2-certified sensor, logic solver, IO, and safety relay in a single self-contained field instrument – reducing design, installation time and total installed cost by a factor up to 10, depending upon the application.

Track 3: Engineering & Rapid Execution

Aveva: Transforming Eastman through SEIGA

Keith Parker, Central Services Manager, Eastman, and Quentin Smith, Business Development, AVEVA
Seamless Engineering Information Global Access (SEIGA) is an Eastman flagship effort designed to deploy the future of data centric project execution and asset engineering information management. SEIGA’s goal is to provide base enablement for achieving the lowest conversion cost of engineering, procurement, and construction. This discussion will be a joint Eastman and AVEVA presentation and will cover the foundations of SEIGA as well as provide an update on the journey to the Digital Asset.


What attendees will learn
– What is the difference between Document and Data Centric project execution
– How does a Data Centric Project Environment drive higher productivity on projects
– What is SEIGA and how will this program establish Eastman as a technological leader in Project Execution and Asset Information Management

FB&D / S&B: Best Practices in Developing Advanced Work Packaging (AWP)

Sandy Lee, Vice President Project Services, S&B Engineers and Constructors, Ltd.
Advanced Work Packaging (AWP) continues to be implemented throughout the capital projects industry as a best practice for delivering successful, competitive projects. In order to fully achieve the benefits that AWP has to offer, the work processes and supporting technology must be truly integrated. This presentation will provide an overview of the how an effective implementation of AWP through fully integrated processes and technology toolsets results in improved safety awareness and performance, reduced costs through improved labor productivity and installation quality, and improved predictability in overall project cost and schedule.


What attendees will learn:
1) AWP- what is it?
2) AWP processes and integration into projects.
3) Applicable technologies.
4) Status of AWP integration into industry.
5) AWP impact on project performance, cost and schedule

Rovisys: Application of Standards and More Efficient Designs for Improved Project Execution

Matt Cingcade, Manager – Chemical and Specialty Materials, Rovisys
In today’s world of fast paced, tight budget projects, industry is continually seeking innovative ways to speed up delivery (rapid execution), while maintaining quality results. Through the lens of a process control system migration project, this discussion will highlight the efficiency gained by deploying previously applied methodologies and standards, while capturing learnings as improvements for future projects. Rather than creating from scratch, valuable project time is reduced through adapting well established standards to fit the application, minimizing the time required to deliver quality results. From the project workflow driven by a project manager, down to a module of software developed by a controls engineer, proven, documented, and repeatable strategies are leveraged to compress schedule while reducing the overall cost of executing a project.


What attendees will learn:
How the application of standards can improve quality and project efficiency.

Enerfab: Rapid Response Project Delivery – Beyond Speed; Key Principles You Need To Know So You Can Deliver On What You Promise!

Gregory Henning, Director of Strategic Projects, Enerfab


Rapid response project delivery is not just about delivering a product or service with unparalleled speed! It requires a well-engineered plan. A plan that is based on your ability to quickly mobilize the appropriate resources, supply chain and technological solutions to align with your customers’ business objectives without sacrificing quality or safety.

The keys to successfully offering a rapid response capability boils down to five key principles:

1) Be a good listener – understand the stated and non-stated needs of the customer and gain alignment on all project parameters before a commitment is made;

2) Assemble the right response team – create a dynamic and responsive team with diverse and complimentary skills that, together, allow you to seamlessly and safely deliver on what you have promised;

3) Provide continual, proactive oversight – oversee all aspects of project delivery via proactive communications, a collaborative work stream and mutual accountability – never assume anything;

4) Always stay one step ahead of the project – always anticipate potential pitfalls and have multiple alternative options at the ready to help you overcome issues so you can stay on track;

5) Minimize scope change – proactively manage your customer and his/her expectations at every stage of the project. Under promise and over deliver!

What attendees will learn:
a) How to provide a rapid response capability without sacrificing quality or safety
b) Five simple principles you can implement within your organization tomorrow to ensure that you always deliver on what you promise:
– Be a good listener
– Assemble the right team
– Provide continual and proactive oversight
– Always stay one step ahead
– Minimize scope changes
c) Experience actual project examples and see how each of these principles were put into action to deliver on the promise

NovaTech Process Solutions: New Paradigms in Mitigating Unplanned Events Caused by Human Error

Chris Kourliouros, Product Marketing Director, NovaTech Process Solutions
Statistics indicate that the OSHA PSM process safety incident frequency has dropped dramatically but the trend has plateaued. Operator error was identified as either the primary or secondary root cause in over 80% of these events. Failure to follow established standard operating procedures continues to be the single most repeated cause for human failure.


Computer augmentation of written procedures, mobile-enabled with real-time links to a process control system, is a missing capability which could error-proof manually executed tasks. This seminar will explore advances in platform-neutral computer technology, which could provide cost-effective alternatives to the traditional hardwired approach of deterministic automation solutions to reduce human factor errors.

What attendees will learn:
* Failure to follow established SOPs continues to be the single most repeated cause for process incidents
* Computer-assisted integration of routine (and non-routine) manual tasks with automated procedures and fail safe designs can provide the next paradigm in operational performance
* Cost-effective technology exists today to ensure a safer (and more profitable) tomorrow

Aveva: Reinventing Instrumentation Engineering and Design

David Thompson, Central Services, Eastman
Seamless Engineering Information Global Access (SEIGA) is a key Eastman Engineering productivity effort designed to deploy the future of data centric project execution and asset engineering information management. The first phase of SEIGA targets the Instrumentation engineering and design workflow. This joint Eastman/AVEVA presentation will discuss new functionality and benefits that Eastman is realizing from SEIGA implementation to date.


What attendees will learn
– What is SEIGA Instrumentation and how does this benefit Eastman
– What are the features/functions of SEIGA Instrumentation
– How can data-centric project execution benefit your organization

Xytel: Plug and Play Construction

Dylan Nass, Lead Project Manager, Xytel Incorporated


Modular construction is building of a plant in skid mounted sections. The pieces are built and fully tested before they are installed on site. The use of modular construction as add-ons to existing plants or the construction of a new plant saves down time and overall construction costs.

What attendees will learn:

* From design to start-up of a modular system
* The use of remote I/O to save installation costs
* 3-D modeling in modular construction
* Examples of modular systems

Emerson Automation Solutions: Operational Certainty – Strategies for Top Quartile Performance

Will Goetz, Vice President, Operational Certainty Consulting, Emerson Automation Solutions
Despite years of operations improvement programs, many producers are increasingly disappointed with nominal improvements achieved. Due to limited peer benchmarking and uncertainty about which approaches will yield the greatest improvements, companies are trapped by decades-old work practices that fail to take advantage of advanced digital technologies, resulting in stagnant financial performance. Operational Certainty™, a technology and engineering-based program by Emerson is designed to help industrial companies achieve top performance and recover more than $1 trillion in operational losses globally.


What attendees will learn:
* Understanding of the business advantage held by top quartile reliability performers
* Awareness of the characteristics of top quartile performers
* Identify how IIoT-based prescriptive analytics supports the top quartile model
* Understand the importance of culture change to the successful pursuit of top quartile performance

Applied Chemical Technology: Scale up Strategies for Commercialization

Josh McGill, Vice President for Project and Business Development
In an ever changing world, companies must maintain their competitive edge by meeting the latest demands of an evolving market. This often requires new and innovative products or processes. In developing these products and processes, companies face a unique set of challenges vastly different from those required to maintain plant production. Applied Chemical Technology (ACT) recognizes the challenges to assimilate and commercialize new technologies. Utilizing thirty-five years of concept to commercialization experience, ACT discusses the proper steps for commercialization, focusing on mechanisms to be successful. Included are pitfalls, strategies, and benefits of the scale-up process.


What attendees will learn:
• Challenges Faced on the Path to Commercialization
• Avoiding Common Pitfalls
• A Proven Path to Success
• Ways to Reduce Risk
• Strategies of the Phased Approach
• Factors Impacting Cost

Thorpe Plant Services: Innovated Corrosion Resistance Internal Tank Linings

Miles Mohnkern, Vice President of Technical Services, Thorpe Specialty Services Corporation
The proper execution and engineering offerings of corrosion resistant internal tank liners is critical for long term reliability and economic benefits back to the owner. Thorpe Plant Services, Inc. finds that there are (3) keys to proper lining projects: 1) Engineering/Design/QA/QC (NACE), 2) Material Selections and finally 3) Qualified SAFE and Experience Craftsmen-Contractor. This is the basic building blocks for “Long Term Reliability Success”. Thorpe’s team has shared and displayed this business offering on several of Eastman’s internal tank linings to date. We will give a case history and details of a project which we changed the existing philosophy of the client to the Thorpe’s Innovation business model of which there were substantial economic and performance benefits back to Eastman on these tank linings project.


What attendees will learn:
* Proper engineering design and details are critical to job success.
* Proper communication and planning/scheduling between client/contractor offer economic savings.
* Proper material selections for intended services for long term performance and economic benefits
* Perform all Lining work per industry standards (NACE).
* Learn the importance of having proper documentation on QA/QC program for traceability for mechanical integrity program.

QMax Industries Inc: Understanding the Biggest Pitfall in High-Performance Steam Tracing

Carson Hannah, Product Development Specialist, QMax Industries Inc
One of the most misunderstood and misused components of conductive steam tracing systems is heat transfer compound, or HTC. HTC is a viscous mastic designed to fill small air gaps between the tracing element and the object to be heated. Heat transfer compound is considerably more effective at transferring heat than static air, but has relatively poor thermal conductivity compared to the other components in a steam tracing system. If used in very thin layers, however, HTC helps maximize the performance of heating systems. This seminar demonstrates why the performance and success of conductive steam tracing systems is highly dependent upon proper installation and use of HTC.


What attendees will learn:
– Common misconceptions with steam tracing components, their implementation, and related effects on performance
– Factors that greatly influence the effectiveness of steam tracing systems
– How variations in installation quality affect the performance of two different high performance steam tracing technologies

Track 4: Process, Mechanical, Modeling

Koch Glitsch: Enhancing the Performance of Distillation Towers

Neil Sandford, Tray Product Manager, Koch-Glitsch, LP
It has been estimated that distillation is responsible for around 40% of the energy consumed by refineries and chemical plants. Many distillation systems, either by poor design or inefficient mode of operation, use more energy than necessary to perform their given separation. This presentation will examine some of the strategies to improve the performance of distillation towers, focusing on both new designs and retrofits of existing towers.


What attendees will learn:
• Methods of optimizing distillation towers
• New methods of heat integration
• Industrial examples involving grass roots designs and revamps of distillation towers.
• The latest Improvements in mass transfer internals; trays and packings

Mott Corporation: Advanced Process Filtration using Porous Metal Technology

Patrick Hill, Project Manager, Process Filtration, Mott Corporation
With increased focus on safety, efficiency, and sustainability, filtration is often an overlooked part of plant optimization. Porous metal filtration media is frequently used in applications involving high temperatures, pressures, corrosive chemistry, or precious metal catalysts to remove hazards and inefficiencies caused by mechanical filtration. Systems utilizing porous metal are fully enclosed and automated to minimize operator exposure and filter maintenance. Additionally, the filter media can be designed to capture sub-micron particles, resulting in purer end-product.


What attendees will learn:
Attendees will learn about porous metal and its capabilities in process filtration. This technology can be used to improve worker safety, throughput, downstream product quality, and environmental sustainability. Additionally, attendees will learn how to properly verify filtration media selection and system design through of use lab and small scale testing.

Teikoku USA: Heat Transfer Fluid System Considerations for Canned Motor Pumps

Keith Yutzy, Aftermarket & Field Service Manager, Teikoku USA
With increasing requirements for operator safety and owner risk management, liquid cooled canned motor pumps are being increasingly specified for use in high temperature, heat transfer fluid circulation and supply systems up to 700 degrees F operation to eliminate any possibility of high temperature fluid release. The ability of canned motor pumps to be supplied in both traditional horizontal and unique vertical mounting orientation and with motor insulation systems designed for 750 degrees F provide users and thermal system packagers increased possibilities to design systems to eliminate risk, increase safety and improve reliability to the maximum extent possible. This seminar will offer an experienced based presentation of considerations in pump and system design to maximize the benefits of sealless technology in such applications.


What attendees will learn:
Attendees will learn what canned motor pump sealless technologies are available for heat transfer fluid systems and options available for each to enhance system designs for safety, elimination of potential release and increased reliability.

Thorpe Plant Services: Engineered Solutions for Fired Heaters Reliability

Keith West, Vice President of Special Projects, Thorpe Specialty Services Corporation
The reliable operation of fired heaters has a direct and critical impact on any process plant. Thorpe finds that many units as originally built are not optimally designed for reliability. This may be due to marginal designs or changes in operations over time. Thorpe can evaluate existing refractory lining systems, design and install enhancements or complete retrofits. The result is fewer repairs, lower maintenance cost and extended run times which increase customers’ profits. Thorpe is recongnized by the industry worldwide for our ability to combine material science and proper engineering practices to develop innovative solutions. In this discussion, Thorpe will present example of how our patented Z-BLOK II Ceramic Fiber Modules, our FIBERLITE and DURALITE Burner and Peephole Tiles, and our HOTSEALS Tube Penetration Seals can be used to achieve reliable operation of fired heaters.


What attendees will learn:
* Learn practical methods of increaing fired heater refractory reliability.
* How various refractory upgrades can increase process plant profitability.
* Gain familiarity with Thorpe engineering and manufacturing capabilities.

Endress + Hauser: Advances in Traceable Flow Meter Verification and Diagnostics

Steve Milford, Flow Product Business Manager, Endress + Hauser
In recent years, advanced process control instruments have been designed in accordance with IEC 61508 to have continuous on-board diagnostic and traceable self-verification capability, supporting on-demand reporting, but without process interruption. The attested proof test coverage level and FMEDA statistics have reached a point where intervals between full proof tests (i.e. “wet” calibrations) of more than four years can be safely be considered. The diagnostic information continuously available from these devices can further indicate adverse process impact, thus aiding preventative maintenance and avoiding unplanned process shutdowns. Such advances offer great user benefits in terms of both plant safety and cost.


What attendees will learn
1. How measuring device reliability and safety have been improved through design
2. About opportunities to reduce process risk and operating cost
3. About available KPI for informed maintenance decisions to increase process up-time
4. How manual intervention in the field can be reduced or eliminated

AMACS: Best Practices for Separation Vessel Design

Moize Turkey, Applications Engineering Manager, AMACS Process Tower Internals
Failure to remove entrained liquids from a gas stream can cause major plant performance issues, from product losses, damage to downstream equipment’s to inefficient processes subsequently resulting in costly shutdowns – all of which can lead to higher operational costs and lost profits. Instead of trying to repair symptoms, look for the root cause, which usually involves the mist elimination device. Problems may include improper mist eliminator specifications, overloading, high mist fraction, inappropriate feed inlet device, uneven velocity profiles, incorrect installation, high liquid viscosity, waxy deposits, liquid slugs, foaming, and several other possibilities, as most designers only focus on the mist eliminator and overlook the other sections of the drum. The presentation will discuss some of the best practices for separation vessel design which can help overcome the liquid carry over challenges. In today’s era of higher expectations, to achieve high gas/liquid separation efficiency, better knowledge on the part of users is required and one must analyze the entire vessel from inlet piping to outlet. It is no longer adequate for a designer to simply indicate “mist eliminator” when designing a gas/liquid separation vessel.


What attendees will learn:
– Eliminate costly shutdowns
– Route Causes
– Solutions to liquid carryover challenges

Controls Southeast: Keep it Running, Keep it Hot; A technology neutral approach

Michael Dye, Southeast US Business Development Manager, Controls Southeast
This seminar will touch on the basics of heat transfer and how to look at your process from a technology neutral approach. We will discuss various heating objectives and heating mediums, as well as some advantages and disadvantages associated with each. We will also look at few specific applications and their associated characteristics and challenges. In closing, we will discuss the advantages a truly engineered system provides from a cost, liability/responsibility and reliability perspective.


What attendees will learn:
-methods and options for heat tracing and jacketing
-the advantages of a technology neutral approach
-the capital effects of an engineered system
-basic heat transfer principals

Ariel Corporation: A “New” Approach to Hydrogen Compression

Ben Williams, Process Application and Account Manager, Ariel Corporation
In 2010, Eastman Chemical required additional hydrogen compression in one of their process units at their Kingsport, TN facility. The multi-stage reciprocating compressor would be used to compress hydrogen to approximately 2000 psig. As has been typical for most chemical plants and refineries, the existing compressors in the unit were slow speed, long stroke types and were block mounted. After considerable research, Eastman purchased an Ariel short stroke, moderate speed process compressor. Rather than block mounted, this compressor would be part of a skid mounted, modular (packaged) compression system.


Another “new” facet of this project was that rather than purchasing the compressor directly from Ariel Corporation, it was purchased from Enerflex Systems, Inc. an authorized Ariel Packager.

The presentation will provide an overview of the project and its execution. It will also briefly describe how Eastman, Enerflex and Ariel Corporation worked together to make the project a success. It will also describe how modularization benefited the project schedule, reduced overall installation cost and time to start-up.

What attendees will learn:
• Difference between a block mounted compressor and a compressor package (module).
• How Ariel’s business model differs from others
• What is a Packager.
• Cost benefits of a package vs. block mounted unit.

KCI Technologies: 3D BIM for Facilities Management and Virtual Engineering

David Headrick, Project Manager, KCI Technologies
KCI’s 3D Building Information Modeling (BIM) Program is a revolutionary workflow for industrial facilities/asset management and Virtual Design and Construction (VDC). The Program leverages multiple cutting-edge 3D technologies to create intelligent 3D CAD models of existing facilities. Complicated MEP facilities can be mapped very precisely for use in planning and construction. The models also become living digital documents and repositories of information, which project teams can use to collaborate in virtual reality and in real time.


What attendees will learn:
– Technical aspects of 3D mapping technologies
– Virtual planning and design tools for engineers, contractors, and managers
– Using BIM for facilities and asset management
– Cost factors associated with implementing the 3D BIM Program

M-Star CFD: Process Optimization via Numerical Experiment

John Thomas, Research Scientist, M-Star CFD


The development of new modeling algorithms, combined with modern computational architectures, now enable engineers to simulate the performance of engineering systems with a physical fidelity that rivals what can be measured experimentally. These techniques provide time-accurate, three-dimensional insights into fluid motion, reaction chemistry, particle trajectories, heat transfer, and free surface dynamics. Unlike other modeling approaches, which predict only time-average flow conditions and typically take weeks to mesh/execute, these modern approaches take only minutes to set-up and hours to run, while providing far superior insights and precision.

What attendees will learn:

* New techniques for modeling reactors and fluid handling equipment
* Difference between new algorithms and older approaches
* How simulations can be used to predict the performance of plant equipment
* How simulations can be used to scale-up processes
* How cloud-based computed resources can augment in-house engineering resources

Seebach: Fluid Dynamics Analysis

Dr Thomas Grimm-Bosbach, Manging Director, Seebach
Modern flow simulations are increasingly used in the identification of the root cause of filtration problems, but also in the development of the correct filtration solution for custom applications. The main obstacles here are the scientific characteristics of the fluids to be filtered and the filter media to be used. This applies in particular when they are non-Newtonian fluids, that is to say those which change their viscosity with applied shear. The cornerstones of Seebach are our extensive knowledge and experience in the filtration of non-Newtonial fluids.


What attendees will learn:
* Optimization of filtration systems
* New capabilities in 3D modeling
* Differences in filtration with screen changes, large area filters
* filtration capabilities and new technology

Track 5: Operational Excellence, Safety, Cybersecurity

Voovio: Case Study: Boosting operational excellence and performance with Eastman

Christian McDermott, Country Manager, US, Voovio
Eastman Utilities in Kingsport sought to address its key operations challenges by trialing a new technology, Voovio, that provides a set of tools for operators throughout their entire lifecycle in and out of the field, from new hires to experienced operators. Some of these challenges relate to procedures, scarcer resources, training and employee turnover.


This presentation will explain how this completely new approach boosts productivity and, increases (human) reliability and safety. We will co-present with someone from the Utilities operations team. We will review the successful results of the trial and discuss further adoption planned across other business divisions.

We will look at three scenarios and share the results:

* the ability to onboard new operators faster than current industry methods
* executing a planned shutdown of equipment faster (less downtime), less reliance on an SME and realizing it can be done with fewer resources
* a reduction in operator error and increased operator confidence

Eaton: Substation Protection for Arc Flash Mitigation

Chris Finen, Applications Engineer, Eaton
Traditional substation protection methods often result in incident energy levels on transformer secondaries and in secondary equipment that significantly exceed 40 cal/cm2. This makes it difficult or impossible to safely interact with this equipment while energized. This session will outline simple, cost-effective strategies of protecting around transformers to dramatically reduce incident energy levels and reduce the likelihood of having an arcing fault. Case studies from actual installations will be reviewed to show the reduction in incident energy that was achieved.


What attendees will learn:
* This session will outline simple, cost-effective strategies of protecting around transformers to dramatically reduce incident energy levels and reduce the likelihood of having an arcing fault.
* Case studies from actual installations will be reviewed to show the reduction in incident energy that was achieved

Eaton: New Arc Quenching Technology for Improved Incident Energy Reduction

Chris Finen, Applications Engineer, Eaton
Until recently, arc flash mitigation strategies were limited by the 3-5 cycles it takes to open an upstream circuit breaker to end an arcing event. This time is well beyond the time it takes to reach the peak pressure wave that causes incident energy, molten copper, shrapnel, etc. to be expelled from electrical equipment to become a hazard to electrical workers. Arc Resistant enclosures have been designed to withstand this pressure blast but are only effective when all doors are closed, covers are in place, and latches are properly fastened. However, recently new active arc quenching technologies have emerged that can end an arcing event in less than 4 msec! These offer personnel and equipment protection regardless of whether doors are open, covers removed, devices withdrawn, etc. The latest quenching technologies limit fault current magnitudes well below those of peak bolted fault magnitudes that can stress or damage upstream equipment. These technologies offer superior arc flash mitigation to reduce equipment damage and associated downtime while protecting personnel during all operation and maintenance conditions.


What attendees will learn:
* New arc flash mitigation strategies.
* New active arc quenching technologies.
* These technologies offer superior arc flash mitigation to reduce equipment damage and associated downtime while protecting personnel during all operation and maintenance conditions.

Innovatia: Operational Excellence Supported by Digital SOPs

Todd Muscroft, Country Manager, Innovatia
The human capital side of the digital transformation is underway. Strategic visions from across the industry strive to reduce incidents and enhance productivity by using standardization of operations, focusing on the human factors that impact operations and moving more systems into the digital world.


A critical aspect of day to day operations that has been slow to digitize is the standard operating, maintenance and emergency procedures that underpin the way work is done on the front line. The sheer volume of content makes the task monumental and the legacy content is in various states of digital readiness.

This presentation will focus on how massive volumes of content can be digitized to position an organization for success in the coming digital era.

What attendees will learn:
* Business value of providing operators in all different settings with the operational content, procedures of all types, through a digital platform.
* How continuous improvement and operational excellence benefit “point of use” feedback will be explored.
* How supporting individual operators with the right information at the right time in the right form impacts performance.
* How compliance management can be streamlined using digital content systems.
* An overview of how massive amounts of content can be created and maintained sustainably at best in class quality without the best in class price tag will prime a Q&A.

Teikoku USA: High Speed Liquid Cooled Motors for Increased Efficiency and Process Control with Leakproof Pumps

Thomas Conroy, TPresident, Teikoku USA
Centrifugal canned motor pumps are being increasingly specified for use with volatile, lower gravity, heat sensitive fluids to eliminate operating risks with potential exposure due to emissions into the environment. Process single and multi-stage centrifugal pumps are specified for high head requirements at fixed speeds that lead to inefficient, over-sized fixed speed selections. Since canned motor pumps are driven by pumped liquid cooled motors with no motor shaft ball bearings and pump shaft mechanical seals, these motors are particularly suitable for operation above 60HZ speeds with increased mechanical benefits. This allows the pump manufacturer to take advantage of centrifugal pump affinity laws, where discharge head capability increases at the square of the rotating speed, allowing for smaller, more economical, lower radial load solutions that can be process controlled through interface with commercially available variable frequency drives in a more efficient hydraulic package.


What attendees will learn:
Attendees will learn about a high-speed motor design and be able to compare traditional fixed speed solutions to more efficient solutions at higher speeds that can be controlled with process changes to pace performance with system demands.

Johnson Controls: IT and OT in the Age of Cybersecurity Risk Management

Jesse Bociek, Deputy Chief Information Security Officer, Johnson Controls
Information Technology has typically focused on technologies necessary for storing and processing information, while Operational Technology has supported the devices, sensors and software needed to manage and maintain manufacturing processes. While the purpose of IT and OT has remained the same, the convergence of these environment has created additional scope for cybersecurity risk management and created new challenges that previously did not exist.


These changes have created common ground between IT and OT, but there has been a lack of discussion with regards to how both sides can meet in the middle to address IoT and simultaneously preserve their unique responsibilities. These responsibilities can be organized to effectively complement one another.

What attendees will learn:
In this brief session, we will discuss the distinct similarities and differences in IT and OT and the opportunities presented by ongoing convergence of these environments.

Johnson Controls: The Cultural Transformation necessary to enable OT Risk Management

Jesse Bociek, Deputy Chief Information Security Officer, Johnson Controls
Over the past 20 years, commercial and residential environments have had to come to grips with legitimate cybersecurity risks. These risks range from economic impacts, disruption, embarrassment, brand and personal reputational damage, nation-state policy implications, health and human safety concerns and more. While there is a long way to go to get the world’s 7 billion people to consistently acknowledge these risks, there have been some major successes in Information Technology as it relates to managing cybersecurity risk that Operational Technology environments can benefit from.


While cybersecurity risk has affected both IT and OT to date, recent convergence between IT and OT has led the need for cultural transformation to further enable cybersecurity risk management within these environments. There are methods to raise awareness at appropriate levels of every organization that will enable the cultural change necessary to successfully manage cybersecurity risk for both IT and OT.

What attendees will learn:
In this brief session, we will discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by IT and OT convergence that can speed the cultural transformation necessary for proper cybersecurity risk management within these converged environments.

KBC (a Yokogawa Company): Energy Management System for Real Time Optimization and Monitoring

Oscar Santollani, Senior Vice President, Visual MESA Software Business, KCB
The importance of energy management in the optimal operation of industrial processes is not offended discussed. An industrial energy system comprises different networks that interact among each other: steam, water, electric power, hydrogen, fuel sources and emissions. Optimal decisions are subjected to environmental and operating constraints, as well as to changes in power price, process heating and cooling demand, and equipment availability. The optimization, that can be performed at different levels, like real-time optimization, off-line simulation and optimization and monitoring/dashboarding of energy related key performance indicators (EnKPIs), could be sometimes carried out with different models and software tools, which may lead to contradictory solutions and to difficulties in sharing information and results across the plant staff.


What attendees will learn:
* Economic results obtained from the application of the EMS in refineries, chemical and petrochemical plants.
* Integrated Energy Management System (EMS) industrial application that includes capabilities to support coordinated decisions in several levels: operations optimization (online and real-time, either in open or closed loop), offline use for engineering studies and key performance indicators monitoring/dashboarding.
* How real-time optimization is solved through a Mixed Integer Non Linear Programming (MINLP) optimizer integrated to the simulator.

Rockwell: Automation: Securely Implementing I.O.T. in the Automation Space

Mark Cristiano, Manager, North American Connected Services and Solutions, Rockwell Automation
The continuing trend in Industrial Automation is the convergence of technology – industrial automation technology with information technology. The convergence of the plant-floor and enterprise networks increases access to production data, which enables Manufacturers to make better business decisions. This business agility provides a competitive edge for Manufacturers, what is commonly referred to as Smart Manufacturing, that embrace convergence.


With these opportunities, come challenges. Network convergence exposes industrial assets to security threats traditionally found in the enterprise. Implementing best practices from both engineering and IT, along with best of breed product and services will enable secure, scalable, reliable, safe and future-ready network connectivity needed to facilitate industrial and enterprise network convergence.

What attendees will learn:
In this brief session, we will discuss defensive strategies and methodologies to create a secure infrastructure that is the underpinning of Smart Manufacturing.

ForeScout Technologies: Risk Assessment and Reduction in the Convergence of IT and OT Networks

Sandeep Lota, IT and Critical Infrastructure Security Engineer, ForeScout Technologies
Risk assessment and risk reduction in the convergence of IT and OT networks. Learn how dynamic segmentation can help to keep your ICS data path and assets secure; as well as helping ensure compliance in highly secure mission critical operational technology networks.


What attendees will learn:
* How to identify traditional OT devices as well as IT and IoT devices
* How to continuously monitor the network for out-of-compliance activities
* How to proactively monitor and alert for the introduction of non-compliant devices
* How to contain the spread of malware across the network
* How to guard against targeted threats that can result in stolen data and network downtime
* How to perform posture assessments


Abstract coming soon.

Track 6: Future Technology & Special Topics

Panel: Rapid Fire Introduction to the Future of Enhanced Reality in Manufacturing

Location: MeadowView Ballroom C
Panelists: To be announced.


Panelists: To be announced.
This rapid fire style panel of about eight technology providers will provide snapshots of how emerging augmented reality technology will transform the future of work, increase productivity and enable fast track response to real manufacturing problems

Kenway Composites: Field Lining of FRP Composite Equipment

Alexander Thibodeau, Director of Engineering and Business Development, Kenway Composites
FRP equipment wears out over time just like any other material. Replacement in kind is not always economically feasible due to location, access and facility limitations. Repair in place is a cost effective option and can be completed during scheduled shut downs and outages on a planned and scheduled basis.


In a very efficient manner, the corrosion barrier can be replaced and structural reinforcement can be added if necessary. Nozzles that are worn can be replaced and additional access to the vessel can be achieved by adding manways. The equipment can be brought back to OEM specification in less time and at a lower cost than replacement. Examples of equipment that can be relined include chemical storage tanks, pre-retention tubes, stock towers and seal tanks. Anything a person can physically fit into made of composite can be relined.

Facilities are constantly optimizing their processes by changing the parameters of the systems. The three factors in pulping are time, temperature and chemical concentration. Changes in any of these parameters will have an impact on the equipment and lining with improved resin systems will help mitigate wear and degradation. Previously unserviceable equipment can be made viable again by relining.

Timely and detailed inspections on composite equipment can determine the best time to address any issues and avoid costly equipment failure and replacement.

What attendees will learn:
• Detail inspection and documentation of existing equipment
• Properly designed and engineered lining design
• Resin system evaluation
• Proper equipment preparation
• Controlling the environment during lining
• Proper laminate cure and post cure procedures
• Qualified and skilled lamination technicians performing the work

Seeq: An Engineering Path to Advanced Analytics

Karen Webster, Principal Analytics Engineer, Seeq
How can we leverage our existing investments in people, data and information technology to improve business outcomes? Process manufacturing companies care about results such as improved yields, higher quality, safety, and better asset utilization. Leveraging data to improve business outcomes is the norm; there’s also the expectation to further improve business outcomes with autonomous and predictive approaches. This session will explore an engineering path to advanced analytics – a path that delivers return as part of the journey, not just at the end.


What attendees will learn:
• How engineers can leverage their expertise and experience to rapidly find root causes for process anomalies, monitor process and asset performance, and predict future performance and outcomes
• How machine learning and big data technologies enable engineers to quickly build models of production processes with Google-like search, advanced visualization, and data cleansing features.
• How to rapidly connect to enterprise data historians—such as OSIsoft PI, Honeywell PHD, and GE Proficy—and contextual production data with other data sources
• How integrated knowledge capture, collaboration and publishing capabilities enable all levels of an organization to benefit from improved access to insights and underlying data.

OSIsoft: Journey to Digitally Enhanced Operational Excellence: Transforming Industrial Operations

Craig Harclerode, Global O&G/Chemicals Industry Principal, OSIsoft
Never before has the “technology” pillar of operational excellence offered such potential to transform industrial operations. Yet many companies are struggling in their both their understanding of and how to leverage “digital” to enable the journey to sustainable, transformational business value.


This seminar will provide a perspective on what industry leaders are doing in a best practices and lessons learned format with several illustrative case studies. The objective is to demystify “going digital” and offer practical, proven approaches to either start or accelerate the journey to transformational industrial operations.

What attendees will learn:
1. What does “going digital” mean in an operational excellence and industrial operations context;
2. Why it is fundamentally important to keep a focus on business results vs just technology – the “4Ms”;
3. Best practices and lessons learned by industrial operations leaders in “going digital” and who some are;
4. Why it is important to have a hybrid data lake approach leveraging an “operational(OT) chart of account”;
5. Why it is important to have a analytical framework and a “layers of analytics from the edge to the cloud” approach to both define what “analytics” mean in the context of supporting industrial operations”

C3 IoT & AWS: Artificial Intelligence (AI) at Enterprise Scale: Real World Examples with C3 IoT and AWS

John Vignocchi, Sr. Director, Alliances, C3 IoT
Craig White, Partner Solutions Architect for IoT, Amazon Web Services (AWS)


The C3 IoT Platform leverages the full power of Amazon Web Services (AWS) – applying AI, big data, and IoT at scale to operationalize predictive insights in real time. Together, C3 IoT and AWS enable organizations to accelerate their digital transformation initiatives.

This session will highlight how organizations like 3M, John Deere, Enel, Origin Energy and U.S. Air Force have utilized the C3 IoT Platform on AWS to rapidly solve previously unsolvable business problems in a matter of weeks. Learn why these customers selected C3 IoT on AWS, and how they’re building AI and IoT applications on the C3 IoT Platform and elastic AWS Cloud to realize business value from their digital transformation initiatives.

What attendees will learn:
* The challenges associated with operationalizing advanced analytics and AI algorithms at scale, on complex data sets, and realizing business value.
* Examples of companies that have solved big data, IoT, and AI use cases with C3 IoT and AWS.
* How to think through and tackle AI problems, through the stories of C3 IoT and AWS’ mutual customers.

Parsable: Why the Connected Worker is the key to Digital Transformation and Industry 4.0

Lawrence Whittle, CEO, Parsable
Consumer choice, labor costs, and raw materials costs are causing to scramble for efficiency. Many are focused on automating, but few are really considering the most optimal areas to deploy new technology by truly understanding the performance of the whole process. Most Industries also seem to be forgetting just how much humans will still impact efficiency, quality, and cost even after they rush to deploy new robots, machines, and sensors. This session will highlight how companies can quickly get machine-like precision out of human work processes as well by deploying clear and concise work instructions by utilizing an agile, mobile platform with embedded data collection and comprehensive work analytics.


What attendees will learn:
Parsable will cover the case for mobile execution & measurement platforms for connected industrial workers, demonstrate the platform, and share the quick and significant ROI leading industrial companies are achieving with it.

RealWear: Case Study: Connected Worker: Bridging the Gap Across the Technology Chasm

Sean Everett, VP Business Development, RealWear, Inc.
The use of AR and wearable tech has garnered massive consumer media attention, but adoption has slowed as the “hype cycle” declines. Meanwhile adoption in industry, however, has been accelerating and is getting “real” fast. Industry is already moving from POC to larger field trials and is seeing meaningful business results. These revolutionary wearable devices are being deployed in volume today. RealWear will unveil new case studies in the chemical sector including its recent breakthrough work with Eastman Chemical using its HMT-1.


What attendees will learn:
* How wearable technology is transforming industry and readying for large-scale deployment
* How to leverage ‘assisted reality’ in an industrial facility
* Four core use cases of wearable technology for maintenance, design and operation (MRO)
* Walk away with a strong case study of how wearable tech is ready for prime time in industry

Cybersecurity Panel: How Secure Industrial Controls Systems can Enable Energy Management (Cosponsored by AEE)

Jeff Amburgey, Eastman Chemical Company – Cybersecurity Related Risk
Bryce Hudey, Oak Ridge National Laboratory – How Secure Industrial Controls Systems can Enable Energy Management
Rob Gladwin, Knoxville FBI – Cybersecurity Threat to Industry from a Law Enforcement Perspective


An increasing trend toward internet connected systems and equipment in commercial and industrial buildings opens the door to innovative operational and energy management capabilities but also creates the potential for new cyber security related risk. Building automation, advanced utility meter systems and other “smart” devices are being integrated in ways that enable powerful data analytics but facilities, plant, energy and IT managers are challenged with balancing the demand for systems integration with the need to maintain a secure and reliable operating environment. Achieving this balance often requires a group of diverse stakeholders working together toward a solution that may include changes to hardware, software, IT architecture, policies, procedures and organizational culture.

This panel of users and suppliers will discuss case study examples on how they have achieved a balance between systems integration and secure and reliable operating environments.

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