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MFPT Newsletter - September 2016

Greetings and Welcome to our MFPT newsletter! 

September is a busy month here at MFPT Headquarters!
 Call for Papers for MFPT 2017 is open and we will accept abstracts until 18 November. 
In the meantime, we are continuing to organize the event which will be the celebration of our Society's 50th year.  Collaborators and technical sponsors are being evaluated, as well as student participation opportunities. We will strive to make attendance an essential learning and networking opportunity for our attendees.
Read on for an update from our Chairman, information on emerging technology, professional lingo, IIoT, and much more...

By Chris Nemarich


Welcome to the Fall Edition of the MFPT Newsletter. It is hard to believe that September is already here and summer is gone. They say that time flies when you are busy and that certainly has been the case with those of us at the MFPT this summer. Usually the summer months are the slowest part of the year but not this year... (read more)
By Marc S. Pepi

The Society of Machinery Failure Prevention Technology (MFPT) held its first session in additive manufacturing (AM) at the 2016 conference in Dayton,OH on May 24 th, 2016.           Additive manufacturing is an emerging and disruptive technology that is transforming the manufacturing industry by allowing the designer to convert a computer model to a finished product in a few steps, while overcoming the constraints associated with traditional manufacturing.           There are many different technologies that comprise additive manufacturing, with the ability of utilizing polymer materials, metals, ceramics, fibers and combinations therein... ( read more)  
By Bob Ware  

More than two decades ago, I was lucky enough to take ASM's Failure Analysis class at Materials Park, taught by Professor William T. Becker.   Professor Becker had driven up from Tennessee through the wintry Ohio countryside, bringing with him what seemed like hundreds of pounds of visual aids.   Those fracture surfaces brought to life what otherwise might have been dry discussions about case hardening and tri axial states of stress... ( read more)
By Preston Johnson  

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is upon us today. In the European theatre, IIoT is referred to as Industry 4.0. IIoT is the connection of machines, through sensor technologies, to the Internet with the purpose of improving production capacity and lowering the cost of ownership. While connected machines share both production and process information, it is the equipment reliability inspection sensor technology that may prove to be the most interesting and challenging element of the Industrial Internet of Things...  ( read more)
By Ron Eshelman, Vibration Institute Technical Director

Terminology forms the basis for our communication. Nothing can be more confusing than two people speaking about the same thing with very different terminology. It is almost like we are trying to communicate in different languages. After many years of vibration analysis of machines there are still inaccurate, confusing terms used in the business. Some of this is because there are genuine disagreements in terms like imbalance, credited to Webster's Third International Dictionary but not listed, and unbalance used in ISO 1940... (read more)
By John M. Lucero, MFPT SEFG    

It was great seeing the familiar faces of colleagues and friends and also all the new faces at the Machinery Failure Prevention Technology (MFPT) 2016 conference this past May .    MFPT has various Focus Groups of interest that have evolved into their current state.  Since its formation in 2008, the Systems Engineering Focus Group (SEFG) has assisted the MFPT Society through the application of accepted practices in Systems Engineering (SE)... (read more)
By Chris Nemarich    

Many people who attend the annual MFPT Society meetings or who visit our webpage are unaware of the relationship between the Vibration Institute and the MFPT. To be perfectly clear, the MFPT is a Division of the Vibration Institute:  Although participation in MFPT activities does not require membership in the Vibration Institute, it is encouraged... (read more)

First World Congress on Condition Monitoring 2017: Call for Papers
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 ... (read 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.



Amy Wynn
MFPT Executive Director
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