Why and How Condition Monitoring Professionals Need to Embrace IIoT, Security and Artificial Intelligence

by Dale Malony, System Engineer at Honda of America Mfg., Inc.

Keynote Speaker Dale Malony

By now you have read all the forecast and hype about the Industrial Internet of Things. You have probably seen the scary article on Industrial Hacking and plant shutdowns. You may have even seen the Jeopardy episode where the all-time champion got beat by a Cognitive Computer using artificial intelligence.

Yes, some of that is hype but I would like to show you some real-world examples and discuss a framework for how and why you should be advancing reliability and asset management with some of these approaches and where security fits.

More than anything, I love to solve problems. While a great design is as mesmerizing as great music, when I see that something important is not as it ought to be, there’s a good chance it will capture my attention, whether or not I want it to.

Modern manufacturing technology has created an unending supply of wonderful challenges. Their future focused solutions must lay a reliability minded foundation for smart factory and control systems Cyber Security.

My approach is populist, SME focused from the bottom up, even “rogue.” Change makes some uncomfortable, but for change to be profitable, it must align put new tools (with freedom to use them) in the hands of the people who comprehend the dynamic values required. We are digitizing the factory with RCM criticality based, edge driven approach, while providing measurable business value now.

To shape our vision, IT / OT organizational change and collaboration is essential to align technologies with expertise. We are working through that process in a rapidly changing world, sifting out the hype.

Yes, IoT is real, but most applications that make sense are fleet and distributed. Discreet manufacturing is a different animal and IIoT is a piece to be defined. Some think SCADA is obsolete, but they’ve been fooled by cloud evangelists. Cloud has a place in the Industry 4.0 future and machine learning analytics has real potential that is just now on the cusp of maturity to deliver real value. We are developing analytics solutions that address prioritized problems, but always with an eye on cybersecurity and an effective organization structured to sustain it.

Facing the Challenge – Engineering Overview of the New Orleans PCCP Monster Pumps

by Jack Claxton, P.E., Vice President, Engineering, Patterson Pump Company, A Gorman-Rupp Company

Keynote Speaker Jack Claxton

Jack Claxton, P.E., has been involved with pump engineering for Patterson Pump Company, a Gorman-Rupp Company, in Toccoa, Georgia since graduating from Georgia Tech. in 1975. He has served as the Engineering Department head since 1980, and is currently Vice President, Engineering. He is actively involved in various capacities in the Hydraulic Institute, ISO, and Europump to produce national and global pump standards for pumps. For 17 years he served as the Hydraulic Institute Vibration Committee Chair. Since 2005, he has chaired the Hydraulic Institute’s Dynamics of Pumping Machinery committee. He has also served on Joint Working Group 9 for ISO 10816-7 Pump Vibration.

In 2005 the world was stunned by the reports of the almost unbelievable devastation of Hurricane Katrina, the aftermath of which was described by former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff as “probably the worst catastrophe or set of catastrophes” in the country’s history.

It has been stated that 1836 fatalities occurred as a result of Katrina, with the estimated costs ranging between $108 and $250 billion. Federal disaster declarations covered an area almost as large as the United Kingdom and an estimated three million people were left without electricity.

The City of New Orleans was particularly devastated with most of the city eventually flooding. One problem was the storm surge caused failure of the floodwalls adjacent to drainage canals that lead from Lake Pontchartrain into the city.

Using the funding by Congress of the Hurricane and Storm Damage Risk Reduction System (HSDRRS) for southeast Louisiana, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded a $615 million contract to PCCP Constructors Joint Venture in 2013 to improve the function of the three main outfall canals in New Orleans that are a critical element of the overall flood control system. This involved constructing Permanent Canal Closures & Pumps (PCCP) at the mouths of the 17th Street, Orleans Avenue and London Avenue outfall canals, to provide a measure for reducing the risk of a 100-year level storm surge entering the outfall canals.

In cooperation with the Joint Venture design-build team, Patterson Pump developed 17 monster vertical pumps for the 3 pumping stations, the 10 largest of which are 5000 Hp units rated for a flow of 1800 CFS (808,000 GPM) and are capable in the future of flow rates up to 2646 CFS (1,190,000 GPM).

The tallest pump and drive structures are approximately 7 stories in height. The entire project required approximately150 trucks for shipment of the pump set components, that required field assembly, and require the stations to be built around the pumps. Startup testing has been completed on all units, with the results being excellent operating characteristics, including very low vibration.

This presentation touches on some highlights of the tests and analyses performed during the design as well as design features utilized that allowed the results for these extraordinary pumps to be obtained.

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