Chattanooga Engineers Club

SFI - Automation, Maintenance & Reliability Summit

  • 24 Feb 2023
  • 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • 2215 Parker Street NE, Cleveland, TN 37311

Smart Factory Institute of Tennessee will celebrate Chattanooga Engineers Week at the upcoming Automation, Maintenance, Reliability Summit.

The summit will showcase the technical knowledge of engineers and technicians.

The summit will have Piedmont Fetch Robots, Snap-On Mobile Truck, Phoenix Contact Demonstration Vehicle, plus Tool Bag, T-Shirt, Hats and other giveaways!

Exciting Agenda with training sessions!

Optimizing an Asset Reliability Program

How do you develop your maintenance plans?  Do you wait for equipment to fail, do you follow a strict timeline based on manufacture's recommendation, or follow some other schedule?  Optimizing your maintenance plans leads to increased equipment availability and higher plant capacity.  In this session, one manufacturer shares how they utilized LEAN Six Sigma methodology to optimize asset reliability.   

Jesse Day Reliability Engineer, WACKER

Simplified Methods for Reducing Energy and Improving OEE

Reduction in energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions have become the increasingly important to manufacturers both large and small. The challenge is where to start? In this session, Phoenix Contact will show low cost, low impact ways to monitor and control energy within your plant. By monitoring energy at the machine level, a secondary benefit can be found – detection of anomalies within the machine that can help to reduce downtime and increase OEE. Practical, real world use cases will be shared to help inspire you to begin the journey to energy savings and improved machine utilization at your facility.

Mike Brooks Vertical Market Manager, Factory Automation, Phoenix Contact

Breakout Sessions:

Engineering Ethics

The need for engineers to perform their duties with integrity, to use their knowledge and skill for the enhancement of human welfare, to be honest and impartial, and to strive to increase the prestige of the engineering profession – to follow a code of engineering ethics --  is no less now than it was when the first American school of engineering was established back in 1802 at West Point, or when the École Polytechnique was created in France in 1794.

In this session, case studies will be examined to identify situations where engineers were called on to use some fairly rigorous ethical decision-making skills. Whether they met these challenges, whether any of us would have met these challenges, and whether we are prepared to meet these challenges going forward will be part of the discussion. References, resources and recommendations for follow-up study of engineering ethics will be reviewed.

Andrew Taylor, P.E., F. ASME Senior Program Manager, TVA

Eliminate Unplanned Downtime and Increase Machine Availability

At igus, predictive maintenance is summarized under the term i.Cee. The central element of this system is the i.Cee software. Sensors on the energy chain, the plain bearing bush, or a linear carriage, transform products deliverable from stock into smart products. This upgrade creates the capability of determining your igus® product's maximum service life, and the i.Cee system also communicate the perfect time for servicing it. Algorithms adapt the service life and the service time to the equipment's use. The software we provide and a few sensors transform standard products available from stock into smart energy supply or bearing technology in no time.

Cade Webster Low-cost Automation Specialist, Igus

Using Autonomous Mobile Robots in Manufacturing and Warehousing

Manufacturing and warehousing companies are boosting productivity with Autonomous Mobile Robots (AMRs). These robots can transport the movement of raw materials, intermediary product, and finished goods across factory floors and warehouses efficiently and independent of human intervention. In this session learn what ARMs are, what they can do and how they operate safely and autonomously. We will view use cases showing how AMRs are being used in different manufacturing settings and hopefully give you some ideas on how these advanced robots might benefit your business. 

Dr. Gokhan Erdemir, Associate Professor

Erkan Kaplanoglu, Associate Professor

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

College of Engineering and Computer Science

Lunch & Networking

Total Productive Maintenance

Total productive maintenance (TPM) is a system of maintaining and improving the effectiveness of production through assets, employees, and processes that maximize equipment availability. Hear from maintenance and engineering experts on lessons learned in truly implementing a TPM system.

Derek Bartley

Vice President, Xpress Global Systems

Robert Chastain

Regional TPM Manager, Mars

Edward Duda

Senior Manager P2MRO, Motion

Closing Remarks and Adjourn @ 2 pm

Optional Tour of WACKER Charleston Plant @ 1:30

Please find details and register at the registration page.

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