2019 - PI World - San Francisco - Forest & Paper Products
Operations and Maintenance: New BFF’s in the Paper & Pulp Industry (KCF)
A pulp digester is among the most complex, interconnected systems in the paper & pulp industry. A giant tangle of pumps, motors, gearboxes, and chemically-laced goo that, when it fails, brings production to a halt and ignites battles between Operations and Maintenance. Learn how Pixelle Specialty Solutions is eliminating downtime on its pulp digester and celebrating a new working relationship between Operations and Maintenance via a unique blend of PI and KCF Tech’s wireless vibration monitoring program.
- Oil & Gas
- Pulp & Paper
KCF Technologies, Inc.
Ben has spent the majority of his career helping Silicon Valley-based startups transform their brilliant technologies into real-world sales and profits. With his support, these companies have achieved record profits, gone public, or been acquired by Fortune 500s. He is the Vice President at KCF Technologies, one of the nation’s fastest growing technology companies.
KCF Technologies, Inc.
Jacob Loverich is the Chief Technology Officer at KCF Technologies, a company providing predictive machinery health monitoring solutions. He has spent the last 10 years developing core technologies that are foundational to the industrial IoT, including AI software, sensors, wireless communication, and energy harvesting technologies. He is currently leading KCF Technologies in efficiently capitalizing on the information embedded in the trillions of data sets that their sensors acquired in the last few years. Jacob’s understanding of the industrial IoT is grounded by his practical background as a machinist, his Doctoral work in smart materials and optimization, experience in machine design at IBM, and MEMS sensor work as a fellow at Kyoto University, Japan.
Pixelle Specialty Solutions
Pete Long is the Global PI Administrator at Pixelle Specialty Solutions (formally Glatfelter SPBU), a market leader in specialty paper providers. He has been the PI Admin at Spring Grove, Pennsylvania for 18 years. He has worked in paper mills for the last 24 years, 15 in the IT department, and 9 in Process Automation including 6 years with Honeywell-measurex. As with any good PI Admin, his passion is to expand the creative implementation of the PI product with the other software, systems, and people it touches to transform data into operational intelligence to make real-time decisions improving real-time profits. You may also remember his 2009 PI World presentation entitled “PI Baking Contest”. His favorite motto comes from his good friend: “It is a capital mistake to theorise before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.” – Sherlock Holmes