EuroTAC 2014 Preview
Presentations, Projects, and Tour Highlight Busy Schedule
The banner advertisement for MTI’s 2014 EuroTAC Meeting has been scrolling across the MTI web site for more than six months now, enticing members to attend the annual European meeting at TNO’s High Tech Campus in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. Now the conference is just a month away. The packed schedule begins with a tour of TNO on Monday, March 24 and concludes with the EuroTAC Business Meeting on Wednesday, March 26, led by Natalie Gelder of BASF.
TNO is an active laboratory, working on a multitude of projects that could be of interest to processing industry companies. “It’s a great chance to look at TNO’s innovation center,” says Ford. After Monday’s behind-the-scenes excursion, TNO will share information on some of the other projects that it is working on during special presentations throughout the program.
The agenda also includes a preview of and discussion on MTI’s upcoming 2015 Aging Plants Summit. EuroTAC participants will have the unique opportunity to help shape this exciting event, which will focus on many different CPI-critical topics, including a broad spectrum of age-related deterioration phenomena that operating companies need to understand to safeguard their plants.
The last time that EuroTAC convened, Exxon’s John Houben stirred the crowd by sharing the idea for an international flange standards project. Houben will deliver a presentation and make a project proposal at the meeting.
In addition to project discussions, EuroTAC will feature its own structured forum, including a presentation on Inspection Techniques. John Lilley, General Manager at Sonomatic (A Division of Becht), will share recent technology developments for Non-Intrusive Inspection of Process Equipment, specifically on using statistics and corrosion mapping to improve confidence in the integrity of vessels and storage tanks.
Ford and fellow Associate Director Heather Stine have worked with the member-led committee to develop a preliminary agenda that includes several other interesting topics. The full list of presentations and other activities along with registration information (easy-to-use online forms) are available in the members’ area of mti-global.org. Contact the MTI office with any questions regarding the meeting, including help with registration at firstname.lastname@example.org.
25-26 March 2014
TNO Eindhoven, The Netherlands
24-27 February 2014
Fort Worth, TX
16-19 June 2014
20-23 October 2014