Engineering, Reliability, Corrosion & Materials

November 2 - 4, 2020 | Virtual

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Engineering, Reliability, Corrosion & Materials (ERCM)


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Jack Weeks, GPM Hydraulic Consulting, Inc.


Hydraulic Root Cause Failure Analysis

Session 2  •  Monday, November 2  •  1:15pm - 2:45pm

When a hydraulic component fails, we typically replace it and call the machine "fixed", but why did the component fail? Could the failure have been avoided? Can we avoid it in the future?

Unless the component had a manufacture flaw, the problem hasn't been solved by simply replacing the part. By getting to the root cause of the failure, we can avoid a repeat performance. In this presentation, the procedures of root cause failure analysis are discussed as they apply to hydraulic systems with case studies and real life examples.



Engineering, Reliability, Corrosion & Materials Track Schedule

(Program is subject to change.)









Monday, November 2
1:15pm - 2:45pm
Session 2: Reliability Case Studies

Session Chair: Qiang Han, International Paper


Applications of Infrared Thermography in Industrial Facilities

James Brady, Brady Infrared Inspections, Inc.

Hydraulic Root Cause Failure Analysis

Jack Weeks, GPM Hydraulic Consulting, Inc.

Increasing MTBF for CIO2 Applications in the Pulp & Paper Industry

Pearley LaChance, John Crane
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Session 5: Methods to Improve Operations and Capital Projects

Session Chair: Scott Curry, CQ Strategy Ltd.


FEL 1 and 2 – The Beginnings of Successful Paper Machine Conversions

Dale Midyette, Jacobs Engineering

Bridging the Knowledge Gap

Chris Flynn, Andritz

When There are too Many Choices - Monte Carlo is the Right Choice

Bill Nichols, KBR
Tuesday, November 3
1:30pm - 3:00pm
Session 14: Non Metallics

Session Chair: Josh Lauer, WestRock


Rehabilitating Aging Plant Pipelines with Minimal Operational Downtime

Steve SoldatiAegion/Insituform

Lessons Learned for FRP and CRM in harsh chemical services

5:00pm - 6:30pm
Session 19: Maintenance Alternatives for Asset Life Cycle Extension Panel

Session Chair: John Grocki, Advantage Resources Consulting, LLC



 Keven Henrie, Great Basin Industrial

Composite Tube

Angela Philipp, Sandvik

Metal Spray

Patrick Fitzgerald, Integrated Global Services

Weld Overlay

Martin Denault, ESAB
5:00pm - 6:30pm
Session 22: Bio Oil

Session Chair: Matthew L. Tunnicliffe, FPInnovations


Corrosion Studies with Blends of Pine Derived Bio-Oil and Heavy Fuel Oil

Jim KeiserOak Ridge National Laboratory

Quality Control in Stainless and High Alloy Castings

Shankar VenkataramanSchmidt + Clemens GmbH + Co. KG
Wednesday, November 4
11:00am - 12:30pm
Session 24: Reliability Centered Maintenance

Session Chair: Rebecca Knecht, Evergreen Engineering Inc.


MRO Spares Management with  RCM...Reliability Leadership

Jay Shellogg, Strategic Maintenance Reliability

Where RCM fits in the Maintenance Function

Jay Shellogg, Strategic Maintenance Reliability

Epoxy Coating Systems are Essential in Mill Maintenance

Max Silva, A&W Maintenance