8 - 8:10 a.m. Connection and Networking Time

We want to make sure everyone is connected and ready to go for an informative and interactive morning. Use this time to make sure your connection is working, familiarize yourself with the platform and connect informally with other participants via the virtual networking tables

8:10 a.m. - 8:30 a.m. Welcome and Ice Breaker

Tom Wanke (MSOE) and Eric Lanke (NFPA) will call us to order, talk about the technology theme for the day’s session and make some other important announcements including details on utilizing the event platform.

8:30 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. Using Compressed Air Challenge’s Systems Approach to Save Energy and Money in Pneumatic Systems

Joe Ghislain, Principal, Ghislain Operational Efficiency (GOE) LLC & Compressed Air Challenge Instructor

ABSTRACT: The key to increasing compressed air efficiency and reducing costs is to apply best practices by using a system’s approach to balance supply with demand. Too often compressed air is looked at from the compressor or supply side of the system. This limits the opportunities for improvement because the end usage or demand drives the supply requirements and savings. The Compressed Air Challenge (CAC) best practices using a systems approach will be discussed concentrating on proper application, design, operation, and maintenance to insure the highest operating efficiency and lowest cost, improving energy efficiency and reliability while reducing production losses.

9:20 a.m. - 9:40 a.m. First Break/Networking Session

Use this 20-minute break to attend to details of your morning or join other attendees at a virtual table to network with audio/video. Networking tables during this break will be shuffled every 5 minutes to boost networking opportunities.

9:40 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. The Role of Intelligent Connected Devices in Improving Pneumatic Systems Efficiency Throughout a Machine’s Life Cycle

Jeremy King, Product Manager, Vacuum and Sensing Technology, IMI Precision Engineering  

ABSTRACT: The Internet of Things can impact every stage of a machine’s life. Using real world examples, this presentation explores where and how to apply intelligent devices throughout the machine’s life cycle. This presentation covers understanding which components are critical, improving machine design using smart sensors, maximizing component life by optimizing the pneumatic system, reducing downtime and faster repairs using remote diagnostic tools. Industry 4.0 technologies can benefit companies that would lose product batches and significant money if their processes went down; OEMs looking for a competitive edge; and industries including packaging, automotive, factory automation, material handling, semiconductor, pharmaceutical and medical.

10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. Second Break/Networking Session

Use this 20-minute break to attend to details of your morning or join other attendees at a virtual table to network with audio/video.

10:50 a.m. - 11:40 a.m. Artificial Intelligence for Improving Pneumatic Systems Efficiency

Dr. Chitta Ranjan, Director of Science, ProcessMiner, Inc

ABSTRACT: This presentation focuses on using artificial intelligence and predictive analytics to autonomously control a part of a tissue mill’s continuous manufacturing process to reduce raw material consumption while maintaining the product quality within the specification limit. The objective was to overcome the challenge within the operator’s ability to act quickly with the dynamically changing manufacturing processes and deliver continuous process improvement with autonomous chemistry control.

The ProcessMiner AutoPilot real-time predictive system solved the problem by making recommendations and prescribing solutions to minimize raw materials and reduce costs while maintaining both speed and product quality. The results were unprecedented in manufacturing (as quoted by the plant). Autonomous manufacturing using AI with machine learning allowed for improved product quality, optimized use of raw materials with reduced water and energy consumption.

11:40 a.m. - Log off Wrap-Up and Evaluation

Tom Wanke (MSOE) will provide some summary comments on the morning, answer any remaining questions and thank everyone for participating. Please fill out the provided online evaluation survey to gather feedback on the success of this program and to collect ideas for future programs. If you’re available, feel free to jump back into your conversations at the networking tables.