TWO DAYS ALL ABOUT CALIBRATION
The Annual Calibration Exchange (ACE) is technically driven and education-based, designed to equip managers, engineers and technicians in the field with strategies for improving daily maintenance processes and tasks.
Best calibration practices for safety, efficiency, reliability and quality
Get educated. Continuing education is a vital part of every success formula. Learn about the newest processes, advancements in technology, techniques to save time, lower costs, increase safety and improve your business. Discover the most advanced strategies that are working for others and find out what didn’t work, so you don’t waste your time, energy and resources.
Get focused. Being around like-minded people is refreshing. Attending this conference will help you regain focus, which can greatly improve productivity. Use this opportunity to explore new ideas and systems that can help you overcome challenges you are facing. This conference will give you a chance to learn as well as “rest and reflect.”
Get inspired. Meet and network with industry experts. You will get to meet the experts face to face. It’s good to connect through email or webinars, it is better to connect on the phone, but the best way to connect is face to face, and always will be.
Message request to attend
I am requesting your approval to attend the Annual Calibration Exchange (ACE 2019). By attending this event, I will learn important information that could help us with implementing new and improved calibration strategies, ultimately improving quality and safety, while lowering costs and saving time.
The workshop will be held in New Orleans September 18th and 19th of this year. As I mentioned, I expect to learn quite a bit, and I think it is a great deal and opportunity. On top of the formal program, I am excited to meet peers that are experiencing similar challenges. I have high hopes that the informal conversations will be just as valuable as the presentations themselves. Please approve my request, so that I may register for the event, as spaces are limited.
Walt has more than 40 years of experience in the automation industry, including Executive Committee experience in three companies, board of director’s service in both for-profit and not-for-profit companies. Walt served as the Editor-in-Chief of CONTROL magazine for 10 years. Walt is principal in Spitzer and Boyes LLC, a technology consulting firm assisting companies to better market their products in manufacturing and automation. Walt is now the editor and publisher of Spitzer and Boyes’ magazine, The Industrial Automation and Process Control INSIDER.
Hunter Vegas has worked in the automation industry for over 30 years and has executed over 2,000 automation projects in the nuclear, pulp and paper, and specialty chemistry industries. He is a frequent contributor to several controls magazines and recently co-published his first book, “101 Tips for a Successful Automation Career” with Greg McMillan. Hunter currently works for Wunderlich-Malec as a Project Engineering Manager and lives in North Carolina.
Joseph L. Heitz has more than thirty five years’ experience in the instrumentation, electrical, and automation fields. He has been a project designer, project manager, field engineer, instrument engineer, and a quality assurance representative for metrology. He started out as an instrument technician in a petro-chemical plant. He has an AAS in Electronics from a community college in Iowa. He is presently employed as a Lead Technologist with a major process control company and is responsible for installation oversight, startup, and commissioning on projects globally. His background includes Pharma, nuclear power plants, coal and jet turbine power plants, petro-chemical, chemical, and refineries. He has instituted training programs for technicians and setup metrology or instrument departments.
George learned his love for systems as a digital satellite communications technician in the Submarine Service USN. He has over 30 years of experience in the process industries as a Control Systems Technician. George is an advocate of technical certification contributing to the development of certification programs for ISA, the Electronic Technician’s Association – International, and CompTIA. He currently serves as Chairman of the ISA Certified Control Systems Technician Steering Committee, Vice-President of the ISA South Texas Section and Faculty Advisor for the ISA Corpus Christi Student Section. George is the Program Coordinator for Industrial Instrumentation at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Michael Uhrin is the Director of Engineering Services at Par Pharmaceutical in Chestnut Ridge, NY. He worked at Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals in Danbury, CT in multiple engineering related capacities for the previous 14 years and prior to that served as a Field Engineer and Validation Engineer for Glatt Air Techniques in Ramsey, New Jersey. He holds a Master’s degree in Technology Management from Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Pennsylvania State University in University Park, Pennsylvania. Michael has been involved with implementing calibration process changes and global calibration system rollouts. Today, his responsibilities include calibration, preventive maintenance, validation, process automation and engineering related projects.
Rich Kohl has been engaged in calibration and measurement uncertainty at various levels for more than 25 years. Having begun in the US AIR Force, he moved through several technical positions at automation companies until he joined Honeywell where he has been for the last 27 years. He was Technical Manager of Honeywell ACS-S Metrology Laboratory for 8 years, where he was responsible for maintaining the Lab’s ISO 17025, Z540 Accreditation and ISO 9001 registration. His Experience includes; Implementing 17025 in a field service organization, managing a Proficiency Testing Program, providing 17025 technical training and maintaining laboratory and field level uncertainty budgets. In addition, he spent 9 years in the Quality organization where he performed internal audits of QMS activities for ISO 9001:2000 and ISO/IEC 17025 in the U.S., Canada and Latin America.
Dan Martin is the Electrical and Automation Engineer for Nestle Dreyer’s Ice Cream Company in Tulare, California. His extensive knowledge in automation and industrial control applications comes from his career experience with electronics, industrial communications, high voltage electrical systems, SCADA systems, historical data collection and analysis, and vision applications. He has in-depth knowledge of various HMI and PLC systems used in various food & beverage, petrochemical, water, waste water, and industrial facilities. Dan holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from DeVry University and many industry certifications in application design and support. He currently manages the calibration program for his factory and is involved in the expansion and standardization of calibration systems in the Nestle Ice Cream division.
Robert Knake is currently an Accreditation Manager with the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA), where he joined in October of 2007. He manages the day to day operations and staff of the Calibration program. He is also a staff trainer and conducts training internally of new staff and assessors as well as externally at public training events for A2LA. Knake has a B.S. degree in Industrial Management as well as an A.E. in Chemical Engineering Technology. Mr. Knake also serves on the Board of Directors of NCSL International as Secretary. NCSL International is a non-profit organization “serving the world of measurement”.
Training, Resource, and Assistive-technology Center
TRAC, Room 203
2000 Lakeshore Drive
New Orleans, LA 70148
A majority of the proceeds will be donated to a scholarship fund!