Maintenance Solutions: Virtual Training Session

2 December 2021 • Virtually through Zoom

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About the Program

The AIST Maintenance & Reliability Technology Committee, AIST Lubrication & Hydraulics Technology Committee and industry leaders have joined together for Maintenance Solutions: Fundamentals and New Frontiers.

This half day training seminar will provide attendees with hands-on instruction, tools, and the best available technologies for mechanical, electrical, lubrication, hydraulics, management system maintenance and reliability solutions. In addition, maintenance and outage planning, system design, and maintenance troubleshooting and techniques will all be covered. Manufacturing reliability is an integral part of sustainability in the metals industry. Improvement in reliability is essential to assuring manufacturing results at the lowest cost. Both operations and maintenance personnel must understand the direction their organizations need to take with respect to improving and managing their equipment maintenance programs.

Who Should Attend 

The conference is intended for maintenance, operations and engineering personnel. It is useful for individuals who are in middle management or frontline supervisor positions, as well as maintenance, operational, and reliability personnel responsible for equipment reliability processes, including planners, schedulers, senior tradesmen, maintenance managers, maintenance engineers, plant engineers, project engineers, maintenance superintendents, operators and operations managers. Maintenance technology, equipment and service suppliers should also attend. 

Professional Development Hours

This course may qualify for up to 3 Professional Development Hour (PDH) credits. Each attendee will receive a certificate listing the quantity of PDH credits earned for the course. This course is not approved for PDH credits in New York, Florida, North Carolina and Oklahoma.

Organized By

AIST’s Maintenance & Reliability and Lubrication & Hydraulics Technology Committees.

Sponsorship Opportunities Available

Please contact Shannon Kiley at +1.724.814.3064.

Registration Fees

Registration: Member US$0, Non-member US$100. 


Thursday 2 December 2021


Jeff Kusnier, Titan Bearing

12:15 p.m. 

Level 1/Level 0 – An Overview of PLCs, Networks, Drives and I/O
Reg Snyder, TMEIC
This discussion covers the workhorses of the distributed control system. Controller basics, communication network types and function, and the role and functionality of drives and I/O are explained.

1:00 p.m.

Digital Transformation of Maintenance and Reliability
Greg Savernik, Quaker Houghton 
Looking at the recent shelter-in-place and conditions with a surprise pandemic that occurred, this presentation will discuss how the Industrial Internet of Things and remote interactions help advance maintenance procedures and effectiveness of the essential line personnel that are left to keep a facility running. Discussion includes the common tools that are used as well as the preparation needed by the end user for success.

1:30 p.m.


1:45 p.m.

The Five Things a Hydraulic Troubleshooter Needs to Know
Brad Jensen, Alloy Technology Solutions
Many excellent hydraulic parts changers have worked on or around specific machines for so long that when a certain symptom shows, they know to change a specific part to alleviate the problem. Yet, their understanding of what actually failed and why it failed is limited. Hence, the number of actual hydraulic troubleshooters is small. This presentation will explore the five common gaps of knowledge to help parts changers become hydraulic troubleshooters.

2:15 p.m.

Improving Gearbox Reliability
Mike Allega, The Timken Co.
There are maintenance practices that improve gearbox service.  In addition to in-service maintenance best practices, enhancements to the design by adding in features for lubrication, bearing and gear reliability will aid in durability of gearboxes during rebuild.

3:15 p.m.

Electric Motor Lubrication and Maintenance
Doug Sackett, Total Specialties USA, Inc.
The proper installation and maintenance of electric motors can ensure not only a great return on the life of the equipment but also an outstanding return in lower energy consumption. Often one of the most neglected assets in a plant, electric motors consume an estimated 70% of the electric. Attendees will learn how to identify, install, and correctly choose the right grease, calculate greasing intervals and the amounts of grease, and maintain all sizes of electric motors.