Technical Program

Here are the conferences that will be presented at the 2021 CMVA Annual Technical Conference. The language of presentation for each conference has been indicated, and some of them will be presented in both languages at different times (there is no simultaneous translation).

Please consult the Speakers page to know more about them, and the Agenda in a glance page for the  presentation schedule for each day.


A professional journey: transforming problems into knowledge acquisition
Keynote Speaker : Nelson L. Baxter, ABM Technical Services
October 19 | English presentation

Over the course of 35 years concentrating on one subject one is bound to learn a few lessons. This paper focuses on some of the lessons learned while troubleshooting rotating equipment and structural vibration problems. Many of the lessons are just about life in general and as would be expected, several are specific to the art of the subject being discussed. I do not normally use first person narrative when writing technical papers, but this is about a personal life journey, so in this case, first person is sometimes used. The range of problems in this paper cover fans, motors, pumps, turbines and structural components over a wide range of industries including, power plants (both fossil and nuclear), paper mills, refineries, air liquefaction facilities, steel production and commercial buildings. The types of problems ranged from simple common sense issues to those that involved complex interactions of machines and their control systems.


IloT Enabled Vibration Sensors and New Generation of Predictive Maintenance
Speaker : Anoosh Afshar & Hossein V. Farahani, Anoosh Tech Inc.
October 19 | English presentation

Vibration monitoring has a long history in predictive maintenance. Starting from the 1970s, in the middle of Industry 3.0 era, it has passed several milestones towards the current trend known as Industry 4.0. In this workshop, we will review the traditional vibration measurement systems and introduce the new generation of smart wireless vibration sensors. Smart vibration monitoring systems are based on the new generation of high-precision, energy efficient MEMS sensors, working on small size batteries for years, sending data to low cost cloud-based systems, have enabled industry to have consistent access to massive industrial data with low cost. These smart vibration sensors foster a new generation of condition monitoring systems with massive low cost, and continuous data and intelligence as main features. Massive low cost continuous data means all of the required information about machine health can be accessed through a cloud system from everywhere and intelligence means using low-cost cloud processing power to develop automatic fault detection and diagnosis systems with data-driven approaches. Besides, the new low cost wireless sensors compared to the traditional vibration monitoring systems can be widely used in an industrial plant and revolutionize the amount of collected data.

In this workshop, we also review the features of the IIoT enabled predictive maintenance and compare with the traditional approaches, exploring the pros and cons of each one. Overall, this workshop will help the practitioners to get familiar with the state of art smart predictive maintenance system and how it can improve the asset management performance.


What is PeakVue and how it correlates data for relevant and easy interpretive analysis
Speaker : Ryan Goddard, Spartan Controls
October 19 | English Presentation

What is PeakVue? PeakVue is Emerson Process Management’s patented method of separating very high frequency, short duration stress waves from regular vibration data. Utilizing Emerson instruments incorporated with PeakVue data collection and processing is a means to capture short term transient events in such a way that :

    • True amplitude of each event is captured and is stored in the same time data block.
    • There is no dependence on analysis band width or speed of machines.
    • The periodic activity (or lack there of ) can be quantified using spectral or autocorrelation (waveform) analysis.

This introduction to PeakVue will explain PeakVue features and show case the technology and useful ways its used to early identify impending failures in Macro and Micro vibration and we will review a case study on slow speed equipment failures detected by PeakVue.


Centrifugal compressor failure mode analysis following a liquid ingestion event
Speaker: Alexandre Gauthier, Suncor Energy
October 21 | English Presentation

This presentation is about a great story of teamwork collaboration, data driven mindset, leveraging technology and skills set of individuals and educated decision making based on facts and not hope. Everybody involved in this real industrial case worked together to identify with precision the mechanical defect, conducted a risk assessment to minimized health and safety risk, unplanned outage impact analysis and developed target maintenance intervention. I will present a systematic approach of problem-solving technique to slice and dices this complex vibration data set from this turbo machinery equipment to relevant and consumable information. I will also present how can we use original lateral analysis studies to confirm forced rotor response to validate our diagnosis and get confidence on it. Doing a diagnostic is one thing but convince other folks and management that the situation is critical and need to be addressed sooner than later is another thing. The analysis shall be flawless, and you need to be prepared to prove and demonstrate it. You also need to understand the failure mode and what could be the next plausible step of degradation or how will it react upon another stress solicitation event. We will cover scope of work definition and envision what can go wrong based on component failure mechanism to be prepare if the eventuality happens. When you combine all these aspects, you will be able to achieve a targeted intervention, minimized scope creep, ready to react upon discovery and nailed this issue in a timely manner.


Motion Amplification Technology
Speaker: Charles Gagné, STCD
October 21 | English Presentation
October 26 | French Presentation

Motion Amplification (MA) is a video-processing technique that detects subtle motion and amplifies that motion to a level visible to the naked eye. Videos created through Motion Amplification enhance the understanding of the components and interrelationships creating the motion. Every pixel in the camera becomes a sensor, creating millions of data points in an instant, all in phase with one another.

A series of case studies will be examined focusing on structural components. Often structural components are the root cause of failure with machinery but are hard to diagnose or detect. Traditional vibration can often overlook these faults. We will examine how Motion Amplification lends itself to easily identify and diagnose structural issues common to motors and pumps.


Motion Amplification Technology and Fastening Best Practices
Speakers : Janos Pattantyus, Hydro-Québec & Florian Buder, Alkitronic
October 26 | French Presentation
October 28 | English Presentation

Let us look at an ordinary omnipresent part of Asset Management: bolting and fastening the machinery or structure. This single vital activity turns out to be remarkably neglected with undesirable consequences for reliability. Motion Amplification®, a new technology has the capacity to show machinery and structural movements, and so naturally brings out looseness or unnatural behaviors. Fastening errors seem to be one of the most prevalent occurrences and it is therefore important to look at what we can learn and how the technology can drive improvements and uses of best practices.

A variety of problems are shown, such as forgotten difficult to access bolts, rusted/corroded fasteners, improper tension, improper washers, bolt grade or size and custom modifications such as a bunch of small shims. Some of the issues can be attributed to design errors, some to lack of asset information provided, some to installation errors, lack of training and proper tools or a culture of installation and maintenance excellence.

Sometimes and improvement push comes with the integration of more advanced tools, for example tools exist where the torque can be properly managed. This requires that many other items come into place, such as the missing information, correct parts, training and cultural to get the job done properly.


Establish a bridge between your assets’ health and the maintenance strategies while integrating work management and defect elimination processes – this is how you will bring top quartile business results!
Speaker: Mattieu Berlinguette, Laurentide Controls
October 26 | French Presentation

    • Historically there is a gap between the ERP/CMMS and reliability best practices:
      • Managing inspections (point by point); Asset Health; Historical information (trends)
    • Maintenance Strategy: Failure modes – inspection basics (quantify the risk / manage the risk)
    • Work Management Process : You need to review this based on your work processes, tools, and key players.
    • Asset Health at the palm of your hand – Basics of CBM
    • All this information will generate KPI – leading continuous improvement:
      • Bad Actors; Alert/Notification to intervention; Drive employee engagement
    • Digital integration : API; Cloud; CMMS; Different asset types
    • Capturing the ROI of your Condition Monitoring program
      • Publish or perish!; Examples (customers/case studies)
    • Here are a few pitfalls to watch out for:
      • Integration into your system
      • Change management and culture change : People; Process; Technology
      • Training and gathering the feedback from users
      • Implementation and continuous support

Data-driven predictive maintenance, IIoT, affordability & Industry 4.0
Speaker: Parfait Hoyi, IFM Effector
October 28 | English Presentation

An overview of the emergence of simplified vibration monitoring solutions, and the drop in cost of the solutions rendering vibration monitoring accessible to a wider range of clients and of applications in the industrial world.

This trend combine with the “big data” movement, and machine learning allows vibration to be include in not only critical online predictive monitoring applications, but also as part of everyday quality control of parts, tool wear and process control of suppliers, allowing them to improve their throughput and processes.

This presentation presents couple of situations and scenarios in which common instrumentation manufacturers and new players in the vibration market are exploring new areas, and how experienced vibration professionals can lend their knowledge to those areas.


Turbine Troubles
Speaker : Matt Firth, New Brunswick Power
October 28 | English Presentation

This case study takes place in the Pulp and Paper Industry on a 1705 HP Westinghouse Turbine installed in the plant in 1981. The Turbine drives a large 2 stage 6.25:1Lufkin Gear Reduction which drives an Induced Draft Fan for the Recovery Boiler Exhaust Scrubber. Upon regular routine vibration measurements it was discovered that the 2X peak had experienced an increase to a level that would be considered dangerous by this author. This presentation explains the troubleshooting and correction of the vibration issue. After correction, Vibration levels at the 2X peak dropped 82%. Recommendations were also made to the company that would mitigate recurrence in the future.