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MFPT Newsletter - January 2017

From MFPT Executive Director
Happy New Year!! MFPT 2017 is shaping up to be an outstanding conference in Virginia Beach, VA. Our Call for Abstracts was extended and we received a record number of submissions. We want to thank those who submitted their information and advise you that acceptance offers will be issued in late-January. Although the deadline has passed, we continue to welcome abstracts. Don't delay, please contact  if you would like to submit.
Our first Keynote Speaker has been confirmed! Read on to learn more about Dr. Richard Greaves, our new Human Systems Focus Group, Thoughts about Reliability, and a Failure Analysis Case Study. Happy reading and I wish you all a safe, healthy, and prosperous New Year!
Amy Wynn
By Chris Nemarich
Welcome to the Winter Edition of the MFPT Newsletter. I hope that everyone enjoyed the holidays and that you got to take some time off from work and get in some quality times with family and friends. Now that the holidays are over and we are back to work the real fun begins of doing all the work to put together MFPT 2017. The MFPT Executive staff and the Board members are all busy reviewing the paper abstracts we've received and assembling the papers into technical tracks and sessions. We're getting the keynote speakers invited, lining up tutorials and short courses and planning the social events..(read more)
Dr. Richard Greaves is Chief of Technology Officer Emeritus at Meggitt PLC.
Meggitt PLC is listed on the London Stock Exchange with revenues in 2015 of $1.64b and 11,900+ employees. Richard has played a significant part in Meggitt's Growth and success over the past 19 years in one of the most technologically advanced areas of the business... (read more)
By Mark M. Derriso,PhD., Focus Group Chair

Over the past 5 years there has been an exponential growth in the development of wearable bio-sensing technologies for actively monitoring personnel in recreational, athletic, industrial, and military settings. The utility of bio-sensing technologies are still being investigated across these communities for assessing the health, fitness, and performance of individuals during a variety of activities. However, similar to previous health monitoring applications, bio-sensing systems must be reliable and yield noticeable benefits for end users in order for the systems to transition from experimental devices to enabling tools for enhancing human performance...(read more
By Bob Ware, Failure Analysis Focus Group Chair
We each have our own ideas with what we mean by the term Reliability. I think of trouble-free, un-attended operation. "Operating within established parameters", as Commander Data would say, or will say in a few hundred years. How do we know what our operating conditions are? In many cases, sensors are our window into operating conditions. But what happens when the sensor outputs themselves are erroneous? ...(read more)
By Kuwait Oil Company ( KOC)   

Kuwait Oil Company (KOC), West Kuwait, Booster Station (BS) has two Turbo-compressor Trains for which the drivers are 3 MW Gas Turbines with a speed increasing gear box. Each train includes one Atmospheric Pressure Compressor (APC), one Low Pressure Compressor (LPC) and one High Pressure Compressor (HPC) in series, with the intent to boost the natural gas from 15.5 psia to 850 psia. The operating speed of the Power Turbine is 7399 rpm. The trouble that is being discussed is associated with the APC...(read more)

MFPT 2017 is headed to the beach....  Virginia Beach, Virginia that is.  We are excited to be partnering with the Wyndham Virginia Beach Oceanfront as our conference hotel. Just step outside after the day is done for a stroll on the beach....(read more

Congratulations to MFPT author, Mantosh Bhattacharya. His paper from MFPT 2016, "Start-up Issue with Centrifugal Compressors after Short Shutdown and Mitigation to Enhance Reliability and Availability" was selected for publication by the Vibration Institute. His paper will appear in two parts with the first part in the current edition "Winter 2016-2017 Vibrations Magazine".
Note: To read the article, you must be a member of The Vibration Institute (MFPT is a division of VI). To learn more, we invite you to visit VI Membership Benefits.
The First World Congress on Condition Monitoring 2017 (WCCM 2017) will take place from Tuesday 13 to Friday 16 June 2017 at the ILEC Conference Centre, London, UK ... ( learn more )

I hope you enjoyed our newsletter!  We are always looking for new ideas and articles, so don't hesitate to share them with us.



Joe Sheeley
MFPT Newsletter Editor
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