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Download PDF During our recent Global Solutions Symposium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, a panel of Knowledge Management experts, led by Author Peggy Salvatore, gathered to discuss KM issues confronting our industry. Now, just two months later, we can see how important this topic has become and how valuable knowledge resources are to our member companies. MTI online TAC Forum use has spiked as members look for answers to their technical questions during the current COVID-19 crisis. Although the pandemic has changed nearly everything in the business world, the urgent need for reliable answers to engineering questions from Process Industries professionals hasn't ...
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COVER STORY Business Continuity in the Age of Coronavirus – Seize this Opportunity to Enact Your Knowledge Management Plan (BY PEGGY SALVATORE) "'We’re too busy doing the work to document it!' One of the main complaints I hear from people who are trying to get some time with their subject matter experts to work on knowledge gathering and training is that the experts are so busy doing the work at hand every day, they don’t have time for tasks like working with the training department or cataloging their knowledge. Well, they might be available now. If you want to know where to start, think about the things that would be most damaging to lose, the information ...
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The Stainless Steel World Americas team is excited to announce the third bi-annual Managing Aging Plants USA Conference and Expo, taking place on October 6th and 7th, 2020 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, U.S.A. The two-day event will bring together Principal Engineers, Materials Engineers, Corrosion Engineers, Metallurgists, Reliability Inspectors, Asset Integrity Managers, and Maintenance Directors to explore a vast range of subjects related to the management of aging plants and infrastructures. With both a conference and exhibition, the event will be an opportunity for anyone connected to the oil and gas, chemical and petrochemical, ...
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Preventing Aluminum Corrosion – A proposed ASTM International  standard ( https://www.astm.org/DATABASE.CART/WORKITEMS/WK67493.htm ), initially created by a Materials Technology Institute  project team, aims to help industries obtain properly coated thermal spray aluminum coated carbon steel pipe, used to mitigate corrosion under insulation.  Read More: https://www.astm.org/standardization-news/?q=update%2Fpreventing-aluminum-corrosi
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St. Louis, MO – The Materials Technology Institute (MTI) has canceled the Spring EuroTAC Meeting scheduled May 25-27, 2020 at the Institute de Soudure due to the impact of COVID-19. The EuroTAC leadership committee has been monitoring the situation closely and made the decision today. The Fall EuroTAC Meeting is currently scheduled November 17-19, 2020 at the BASF facility, Ludwigshafen am Rhein. More information about the fall meeting will be made available at a later date
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St. Louis, MO – The Materials Technology Institute (MTI) has canceled the Spring AsiaTAC Meeting scheduled for the week of May 25, 2020 in Vietnam due to the impact of COVID-19 in the region. The committee has been monitoring the situation closely since reports of the virus spreading in China and the region. The meeting, which was originally scheduled April 8-10, 2020, was postponed until May. As the situation has continued to grow, the committee announced it will cancel the event this year and plan to instead visit Vietnam for the Spring 2021 meeting. The Fall AsiaTAC Meeting is currently scheduled for September 2020 near Shanghai, China. More information ...
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 29, 2020 St. Louis, MO – Jerry Lebold, Senior Vice President and General Manager at BASF’s Geismar, Louisiana site will discuss “How to Optimize Assets while Assuring Safety” at MTI’s Global Solutions Symposium in Baton Rouge on February 19, 2020.  As the general manager of BASF’s largest chemical manufacturing complex in North America and one the largest facilities globally, Lebold and his team are faced daily with maintaining the integrity for billions of dollars in equipment and assets for one of the top chemical companies in the world. “We must optimize these assets to achieve profitability while balancing the responsibility ...
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According to Ed Naylor, a Materials Scientist and Asset Strategist for Nouryon, the required speed of decision making is increasing exponentially, but so are the safety and regulatory ramifications of those decisions. "We have to be faster and more efficient but no less accurate," points out Naylor. "MTI technical symposiums are becoming all the more vital to keeping pace with developing technologies, critical production challenges and the loss of expert knowledge. The MTI Global Solutions Symposium keynotes focus directly on today's challenges." He adds that the subject tracks are loaded with relevant technical content and knowledge sharing that can contribute ...
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St. Louis, MO – The Materials Technology Institute (MTI) will host a Global Solutions Symposium at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, in Baton Rouge, LA, February 18-20, 2020. The information-packed event will feature 23 presentations on Emerging Technology, Turnarounds, High Temperature Corrosion, Corrosion Under Insulation, and Knowledge Management.  The technical program, organized by MTI members from leading companies in the Process Industries, is designed for engineering, operations, and management personnel in Chemical Production, Refining, Mining, and other Processing Industry organizations. Jerry Lebold, Senior Vice President BASF, Geismar, ...
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By Peggy Salvatore We are firmly in the grip of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (see upcoming topic  at the Global Solutions Symposium 2020). Today, emerging opportunities include elements of artificial intelligence, robotics and quantum computing taking us well beyond the information age to the age of analytics where data becomes actionable intelligence. During this transition, as in all transitions, a few early adopters are champing at the bit to bring the world up the curve while the majority looks on cautiously. You might even say the majority are wary, if not downright skeptical, of what is coming that will disrupt the world as they have known it. ...
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In Transitional Times, Engage Experts to Capture Critical Knowledge that Ensures Continuity of Operations BY PEGGY SALVATORE A corrective and preventive action (CAPA) plan addresses problems, issues and deficiencies after they have occurred. However, companies can be proactive in avoiding the defects and problems that precipitate failures, product rejections, recalls and even regulatory action. By engaging your experts and experts-in-training to capture what they know and do, you can make critical information available to the employees who must access it at the point of need and avert the need for correction later. Knowledge Transfer as a Preventive Step ...
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REGISTRATION AVAILABLE! AsiaTAC Fall 2019 Date: September 17-20, 2019 Location: Nanjing, China   Special Event: In-Service FRP Inspection Training Materials Technology Institute (MTI) is sponsoring a two-day training program on Inspection of In-Service FRP Equipment & Piping. This unique program will provide a comprehensive overview of the areas that are of critical importance for evaluating the quality and conformance of plant FRP equipment and piping, as well as provide some basis around Fitness for Service. Meeting Information AsiaTAC Meeting 17 September 2019 Welcome ...
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Congratulations to MTI Champion Jay Schickling, Chemours, for leading and completing the Ceramics training project, Condition Assessment and Repair of Refractory Systems, on Monday, June 17, 2019. Mark Cook (Dow), AmeriTAC Chair, presents Jay Schickling (Chemours) with a project completion certificate. The successful one-day training session focused on condition assessment, failure analysis and repair techniques of refractory lined vessels and ceramic components. It included a morning visit to the Harbison-Walker International Advanced Technology and Research Center (ATRC) with gunnite and casting demonstrations and a tour of the analytical lab. ...
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The Materials Technology Institute (MTI) is offering a new opportunity to connect with our diverse technical community comprised of key companies and leaders in Chemical Processing, Refining, Mining and other industries. In 2020, MTI will host the Global Solutions Symposium, February 19-20, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The symposium is a technical two-day conference designed with the focus on Upgrading Technology and Addressing Challenges in the Chemical Process Industry. In addition to the technical tracks and workshops, the symposium will feature an Exhibit Hall. With nearly 12 hours of exhibition and networking available, including all receptions, meals ...
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MTI is excited to announce the MTI Global Solutions Symposium 2020! The symposium is a technical two-day conference, which will take place February 19-20, in Baton Rouge, LA. Designed with the focus on Upgrading Technology and Addressing Challenges in the CPI, it will feature tracks on aging infrastructure and plant management, a program on utilizing subject matter experts and knowledge transfer, and an exhibit hall. Participants will have the opportunity to attend a variety of sessions and panels with topics in Emerging Technology, Turnarounds, High Temperature Hydrogen Attack (HTHA), Corrosion Under Insulation (CUI), Knowledge Management and Case Studies. ...
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ST. LOUIS, MO – The Materials Technology Institute is announcing new staff changes effective immediately. Lindsey Skinner, current Communications and Publications Manager, will become the new Director of Communications and Business Development and Kirk Richardson, current Director of Marketing, will become the new Director of Marketing and Sales.  As Director of Communications and Business Development, Skinner will be responsible for the planning, development and implementation of all the organization’s marketing communications and public relations activities, both external and internal. She will assume the editor’s role for the MTI CONNECT Magazine and annual ...
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MTI successfully hosted it's first-ever meeting in the Middle East, April 2-4, 2019, in Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia.  The meeting featured a two-day training session on FRP and a day-long roundtable focused on issues faced in the Chemical Process Industries for this region with approximately 30 members and non-members in attendance. The In-Service FRP Inspection Training, instructed by Pradip Khaladkar (MTI), was a two-day interactive training session, featuring nine training modules. The training topics included: FRP Design Overview Preparing for Inspection (Internal & External) Quality Assurance – New Fabrication Visual In-service Inspections ...
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Couldn't make it to past MTI webinars or want to see the presentations again? You’re in luck – MTI now offers webinar topics on-demand! Registration is free to MTI members and $50 for non-members. Webinars are located on the Education page under the Resources section of the MTI website. Past topics include: Webinar 1: Fitness for Service Determination of Polymer Based Materials Webinar 2: Understanding How to Use Corrosion Resistant Nickel Alloys Webinar 3: Inspection & Repair of Reactive Metal Equipment Not all topics are available yet; however, they will be added soon. In the future, most topics will be made on-demand approximately ...
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ST. LOUIS, MO – In 2019 (to date), MTI is pleased to add four new member companies – two producers and two suppliers – to the ranks of global materials experts. Let's give a warm welcome to ARKEMA, Chevron Phillips Chemical Company, Andronaco Industries and Enerfab! Modern-day engineers need real-time access to reliable answers and information, and for more than 40 years, MTI has has been tapping into a global network of industry experts to help member companies improve their safety, reliability, sustainability and profitability.  Interested in how MTI could help your company improve? Click here to learn more about th
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Connect. Participate. Collaborate. – Website Tutorial and Quick Start Tips Member Guide Login: Visit mti-global.org and click the green login button in the upper right corner of your screen. Profile: After logging in, access your profile in the upper right corner and add your photo so fellow members can recognize you! While you’re there, go ahead and add some information about yourself so everyone can get to know you better. Communities: Begin signing up for * project teams. Simply visit the “Communities” tab from the main menu and click the "Join" button for each project team, PDC or other community ...
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