2016 Highlights

40 Years of Practical Information
 

The Vibration Institute held its 40th Annual Training Conference, June 15 through 17, 2016 in beautiful Asheville, North Carolina at the Renaissance Asheville Hotel. How many organizations boast that they have held a successful conference for 40 consecutive years in support of an important technology? This is a great milestone for the Vibration Institute. Not only is it a milestone for the number of years that we have been holding the conference, but also a new milestone in record attendance, both attendees and vendors, for the past 20 years. Thanks to you and your support our conference has grown for 5 consecutive years. I hope that the Vibration Institute can continue to provide the services to enhance your professional development and working effectiveness.

Opening Session
At this year’s conference, in addition to a robust 3-day program that includes sessions on vibration analysis, related predictive technologies, asset management, student papers in our academic track, and an exclusive update on the new Standard for Shaft Alignment by ANSI Working Group 15, there was much more. For beginners in our business, we held an Introduction to Machinery Vibration Course in conjunction with the conference with ISO certification exams in Categories I through IV offered at the end of the conference. For intermediate analysts that needed to broaden their scope of expertise we offered a 1-day Balancing of Rotating Machinery course, and for the more advanced analyst, we held a course in Resonance Solutions. So whether you were a beginner or a seasoned veteran, there was something for you.
2016 Exhibit Floor

While we always have great keynote speakers, this year’s speakers were exceptional. Dr. Mark Richardson, the CEO and President of Vibrant Technology, spoke on Operating Deflection Shapes. Mark has been in this business over 40 years, since the early days of FFT analysis, and was involved in the development of one of the first commercial FFT analyzers developed at Hewlett Packard in the early 1970’s. Our invited paper was by Dr. Ken Piety, the Vice President of Technology at Azima DLI and co-founder of Computational Systems Incorporated, better known as CSI. Ken spoke on “A New Paradigm for PdM Condition Monitoring Instrumentation”. Both opening speakers are, in my opinion, pillars in our business.

2016 Annual Training ConferenceIf that isn’t enough, we also had the largest Exhibit Area in many years, with 31 vendors who participated and displayed their latest products for predictive maintenance and related technologies. The Exhibits were accompanied by two receptions on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, complete with hors d’oeuvre and, of course, refreshing beverages. This was not only your chance to see the latest and greatest instrumentation available, but also to network, meet people in the business, and develop relationships with people from your industry.

Simply put, the conference was crammed with good stuff and I hope you enjoyed yourself.

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The 2016 Training Conference had the Highest Attendance in 20 years, including 31 exhibitors!