Optional Pre-Conference Courses

Add on to your MFPT 2017 experience by taking part in a course!

Lunch and coffee break included in the course fee as well as all materials.
Students receive a 50% discount. Please contact marianne@mfpt.org for discount code.

Hands-On Machine Vibration Analysis ( T1)

Date: Sunday 14 May & Monday 15 May ( 8:30 am to 5:00 pm each day)
Dr. Suri Ganeriwala; Spectra Quest, Inc. and Tony Barlow (CAT IV); Chevron
Cost: $1200 Standard; $600 Student
Includes: C
ourse material.  

This two-day course will include an overview of condition monitoring, instrumentation, and vibration theory; signal processing principles like sampling, resolution, aliasing, leakage, windowing, and step-by-step development of DFT. Hands-on experiments will be performed on misalignment, unbalance, bearing faults, induction motor faults using machinery fault simulators. Work stations will be available for attendees to collect seeded fault data and analyze the results. Each work station will include a fault simulator, data acquisition and analysis software, and sensors. Rather than giving pure theory, the concepts will be illustrated with diagnostic examples, hands-on experiments, and computer simulation. Adequate PCs will be provided and networked to facilitate the data analysis and group discussion. This unique course will provide sufficient material on signal processing to vibration analysts preparing for CAT II and CAT III certification exams. Attendees can purchase a copy of the ‘Signal Processing Fundamentals and Simulation’ software ($495 value) at 20%.

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Critical & Creative Thinking for Effective Decision MAking ( T2)

Date: Monday 15 May (8:30 am -5:00 pm)
Instructor: Debbie Aliya
Cost: $600 Standard; $300 Student

Einstein is famously said to have quipped "You can't solve your problems from the level at which they were created." This implies that we need to get to a different level of thinking in order to find effective strategies to overcome the limitations of our current difficulties.

The tools for critical and creative thinking that will be presented have as goals

• the restructuring of the knowledge we have so that

• we can both use what we already know more powerfully

• more readily gain mastery over new subject matter, so that

• we can make better decisions, that offer self reinforcing improvement loops

These techniques help us avoid the tragedy of wasting mistakes. With a little luck, and ongoing practice, we may see ourselves spending less time fixing problems due to our oversights, and having more time to do effective pre-decision evaluation.


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An Introduction to Reliability Engineering Fundamentals ( T4)

Date: Monday 15 May ( 8:30 am to 12:30 pm )
Instructor: Preston Johnson,
Principal, Condition Monitoring Products, Allied Reliability Group
Cost: $300 Standard; $150 Student

This short half day tutorial, introduces several key topics in reliability engineering.  The tutorial begins with and introduction to the Failure Reporting Analysis and Corrective Action (FRACAS) model, and the related Proactive Workflow Model.  The tutorial then moves into understanding the machinery within the operational facility, its components, failure modes, and criticality.  The tutorial then introduces reliability centered maintenance, root cause analysis, and condition based maintenance.  The tutorial concludes with an introduction to preventative maintenance, work procedures, and asset health assurance.  After attending the tutorial, the attendee will recognize where each topic plays in running a reliable facility, using a proactive workflow model. 

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