Meeting Archive
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November 17, 2011
Topic: "Infrared Windows.  Understanding the technology, the application, and the business case"
Speaker: Martin Robinson
Support: I & E Central
Contact Information: http://www.ie-central.com/

April 21, 2010
Tour: Luvata Buffalo, NY

February 17, 2011
Topic: "Effective On-Line Monitoring using CLD Sensors"
Speaker: Don Meredith and Mickey Harp
Support: Precise Vibration & Alignment, Inc. 
Contact Information: http://precisevibration.com/

January 20, 2011
Topic: "The Plant Wireless Vision"
Speaker: John Kuloszewski and  Dmitri Krugovykh
Support: Northeast Controls
Contact Information: http://www.northeastcontrols.com

April 15, 2010
Topic: "Overall and Narrow Band Alarming"
Speaker: Mr.Brian Graney
Support: Neal Systems Inc
Contact Information: Ken Taylor by phone 215-968-7577, or email:  ktaylor@nealsystems.com

March 18, 2010
Tour: Cameron Compression Systems, Cheektowaga, NY

May 21, 2009
Topic: "Happenings in Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers"
Speaker: Mr. Joe Deery
Support: AIM&C
Contact Information: Joe Deery, winwin@tellurian.com, (973) 764-2716
Link(s): www.sandv.com/downloads/0701deer.pdf

April 16, 2009
Topic: Make Your Data Work Harder - Use Simple Statistics Built into Your Software
Speaker: Mr. Randal Doss, Emerson
Support: Emerson/CSI

March 19, 2009
Topic: "Have It Your Way" Vibration Measurements
Speaker: Mr. Jim Fenton, FocusTek
Support: www.focustek.com

February 19, 2009
Topic: Vibration Math and Common Sense
Speaker: Mr. Jack Peters of CTC Inc.
Support: www.ctconline.com

January 15, 2009
no meeting

November 20, 2008
Topic: Case Histories - Pump resonance and Fan vibrations
Speaker: Mr. Douglas Moon of Praxair and Mr. Paul Kaczmarek of Dupont
Support: www.imi-sensors.com

October 16, 2008
Topic: Case History
Speaker: Mr. Doug Vogt, AES Somerset

September 18-19, 2008
Topic: The 14th Annual "Big Event" PdM Conference and Trade Show
Support: Bob Dunn, I&E Central

July 21, 2008
Special Summer Event - Buffalo Bisons Baseball Game
Support: Tom Treharne, TESCO:

May 15, 2008
Topic: How to Make Bad Measurements with Good Accelerometers
Speaker: Mr. Dave Corelli
Support: www.imi-sensors.com

April 17, 2008
Topic: ODS
Speaker: Mr Tony DeMatteo, 4X Diagnostics
Support:  4X Diagnostics

March 20, 2008
Topic: Wind Power Generation
Speaker: Mr. Jim Turnbull
Support: www.skf.com

February 21, 2008
Tour: University of Buffalo Earthquake Center

January 17, 2008
Topic: Alignment and Benefits to a Maintenance Program
Speaker: Mr. Paul Berberian
Support: www.alignmentsupplies.com

November 15, 2007
Topic: Structural Vibration and Hydroacoustic R&D
Speaker: Mr. Gregory A Meyer - Penn State
Support: www.pcb.com

October 18, 2007
Topic: Advancements in Sensor Technology
Speaker: Mr Bill Ashton
Support: www.pcb.com

September , 2007

May 17, 2007
Topic: Wireless Technology in a Wired World
Speaker: Mr. John MacDougall
Support: Phoenix Contact Inc.

April 26-27, 2007
Topic: 13th Annual PdM Conference and Trade Show
Support: Treharne Engineered Sales Inc.

March 15, 2007
no meeting

February 15, 2007
Topic: Focus on Future Meetings, your opportunity to be heard!
Support: Adalet

January 18, 2007
Topic: Facility Tour of Solvay Paperboard
Support: Larson Davis, a division of PCB Piezotronics

November 16, 2006
Topic: The Most Missed Topics on Certification Exams
Speaker: Mr. David Corelli
Support: IMI Sensors, a division of PCB Piezotronics

October , 2006
Annual event postponed due to weather and power outages.

September , 2006
Topic: Advances in Predictive Maintenance - Data Collector Development
Speaker: Mr. Dennis Shreve
Support: Commtest LLC

May 18, 2006
Topic: Election of Officers
Post Meeting Topic: Flying Bison Brewing Company
Support: n/a

April 20, 2006
Topic: Belt Diagnostics
Speaker: Mr Scott Hitchings, Delphi
Support: IMI Sensors, a division of PCB Piezotronics

March 16, 2006
Topic: High Speed Bearing Diagnostics
Speaker: Dr Mike Roemer, Impact Technologies
Support: Impact Technologies

February 16, 2006
Facility Tour at Calspan

February, Niagara Frontier Chapter Vibration Institute,
Tours Calspan Transonic Wind Tunnel Tour

As part of the February monthly meeting, members of the Niagara Frontier chapter toured the
Calspan Transonic Wind Tunnel (TWT), the largest independent test facility of its kind in the
USA.  Operating at its Genesee Street location (across from the Buffalo-Niagara International
Airport) since 1947, the Tunnel has accumulated more than 140,000 hours of automotive and
aerospace testing.

Larry Tworek, Senior Aeronautical Engineer, led a tour of the continuous flow, variable density, closed circuit facility, which is designed with an eight square foot test section. With a maximum Mach number of 1.35, the tunnel may be operated at stagnation pressures ranging from 0.25 to 3.25 atmospheres. Test conditions are set via independent control of Mach number and one other pressure-dependent variable for constant Reynolds number, static pressure, dynamic pressure, or total pressure operations. Shock attenuation and de-blocking to achieve transonic speeds in the TWT is accomplished through uniformly perforated test section boundaries, a concept originated and developed at Calspan.

During the one-hour tour, VI members and guests walked through a pictorial timeline of various testing applications, followed by a tour of the control room, and observation of some aircraft wing tests in progress.  Of anecdotal interest was that US Ski Team had recently used the facility for wind practice before the Olympic games, as well as Larry's note that Calspan has their own Niagara Mohawk power substation, to handle the massive energy testing requirements.

The February meeting was sponsored by Larson Davis, sister company to PCB Piezotronics.  For
more information on Larson Davis products, please visit their website at  www.larsondavis.com

January 19, 2006
Topic: High Performance Flexible Couplings for Critical Equipment
Speaker: Christian Wolford, KopFlex
Support: KopFlex, www.kopflex.com or CCWolford@Emerson-ept.com

November 17th, 2005
Topic: Identifying Mechanical Issues through Electric Motor Monitoring
Speaker: Scott Lebruska, Baker Instrument Co.
Support: Baker Instrument Co.

October 20-21, 2005
12th Annual Conference, Trade Show, and Training Sessions
Support: CTC - DGoodrich@CTConline.com
Support: I&E Central - BobD@IE-Central.com

September 22, 2005
Facility Tour: Praxair Inc. @ Niagara Falls
Host: Doug Moon
Support: CD International, www.balancingweights.com

May 26, 2005
Topic: Utilization of Shock and Vibration Data
Speaker: Dr. Patrick Walter, PCB Piezotronics
Support: Treharne Engineered Sales Co - ttreharne@compuserve.com

April 21, 2005
Topic: Understanding Resonance
Speaker: Chris Powell, Structural Technology Corp.
Support: IMI division of PCB Piezotronics - www.pcb.com

February 17, 2005
Topic: The High Cost of Failure of Rotating Equipment
Speaker: Dr. Neville Rieger
Support: STI Technology Inc. - www.sti-tech.com

January 20, 2005
Topic: Monitoring Gearboxes with PeakVue
Speaker: Dr. Jim Robinson
Support: CSI, an Emerson Process Management Company - www.compsys.com

Link to the National Vibration Institute website:
The Vibration Institute - National Organization