BEST PRACTICES CONFERENCE

Welcome to the 3-DAY CONFERENCE aimed at improving plant profitability through industrial utility optimization.

The BEST PRACTICES conference is designed to educate and provide tools to the people who make industrial utility projects happen at a factory. Factory personnel (General Managers, Production Managers, Energy Managers, Plant Engineers, Maintenance Managers) will convene here to identify Key Performance Indicators, learn to measure them and identify projects to reduce kW and H2O consumption per unit of product produced.

All levels of expertise from the compressed air, vacuum, blower and cooling system industries will attend to either share or enhance their knowledge of these systems. Sales engineers, in particular, will be trained on techniques to help their industrial accounts embrace these opportunities. Specifying engineers and utility incentive program representatives will also attend to learn to better advise their industrial accounts.

REGISTRATION

OPENING SESSION

Opening Session (November 2, 10:15 – 12:00 p.m.)

  • Welcome & Introduction, Rod Smith, Publisher, Best Practices Magazines & EXPO
  • CAGI Remarks, Chad Larrabee, Education Committee Chair, Compressed Air & Gas Institute
  • Chiller Right-Sizing Projects – A Look at Perceived Demand vs. Actual Demand, Rob Kirts, Global Energy Manager, Stanley Black & Decker
  • Innovations in Process Cooling Design, Bert J. Wesley, P.E., Sr. Principal, Industrial Plant Engineering Practice Leader, Woodard & Curran
  • Digital Innovation for Smart Water, Air and Energy Management, Meredith Englund, VP Water Partnerships, Ecolab & Aviran Yaacov, CEO, Ecoplant
Rod Smith
Rod SmithPublisher, Smith Onandia Communications
Chad Larrabee
Chad LarrabeeEducation Committee Chair, Compressed Air & Gas Institute
Rob Kirts
Rob KirtsGlobal Energy Manager, Stanley Black & Decker
Bert J. Wesley
Bert J. WesleyP.E., Sr. Principal, Industrial Plant Engineering Practice Leader, Woodard & Curran
Meredith Englund
Meredith EnglundVP Water Partnerships, Ecolab
Aviran Yaacov
Aviran YaacovCEO, Ecoplant

PLENARY SESSION

Plenary Session (November 3, 10:15 – 12:00 p.m.)

  • What’s Your Energy Mix and Energy/Water/GHG Reduction Strategy? Rod Smith, Publisher, Best Practices Magazines & EXPO
  • Collaborative Artificial Intelligence Drives Energy Conservation to Save California Dairies, Elhay Farkash, CEO, Zira Group
  • Commitment to a Collaborative Culture Key to Exceeding Sustainability Goals, Nancy McDonell, CEO, Value of the Person
  • Three Levels of Compressed Air Systems, John Bilsky, Facilities Specialist for Compressed Air, Purified Water and N2 Systems, Gentex Corporation
Rod Smith
Rod SmithPublisher, Smith Onandia Communications
Elhay Farkash
Elhay FarkashCEO, Zira Group
Nancy McDonell
Nancy McDonellCEO, Value of the Person
John Bilsky
John BilskyFacilities Specialist for Compressed Air, Purified Water and N2 Systems, Gentex Corporation

SHOW TRACKS

Track 1
Compressed Air Reliability, Automation & Efficiency

Rotary screw and centrifugal air compressors reliably power automation in modern production lines. Hear from experts including the Compressed Air & Gas Institute and the Compressed Air Challenge. Energy system assessment strategies, air compressor control techniques and demand reduction projects, like leak audits, are the focus of this track.

Track 2
Cooling System & Aeration Blower Energy/Water Conservation + Compressed Air Safety

Chiller and cooling towers provide HVAC and process cooling to support automation in modern industry. Aeration blowers are the #1 energy consumer at wastewater treatment plants. Compressed air purity and safety is a critical issue when in direct or indirect contact with food & beverage products.  Hear from chiller, cooling tower, aeration blower, and compressed air purity/safety manufacturers and experts.

AGENDA AT A GLANCE

9:00 am–3:00 pm
Exhibitor-Only Pre-Registration

9:00 am–6:00 pm
Exhibitor Move-In

3:00 pm–6:00 pm
Conference Registration Open

6:00 pm–8:00 pm
Welcome Reception

7:00 am–11:00 am
Exhibitor Registration and Move-in

8:00 am-10:00 am
Conference Session #1

8:00 am–10:00 am
Level 1: Fundamentals of Compressed Air Systems (Part 1)

10:15 am–12:00 pm
Opening Session

12:00 pm–6:00 pm
EXPO FLOOR OPEN

1:00 pm–4:45 pm
Expo Floor: New Technology Classroom Sessions

2:30 – 4:30 pm
Level 1: Fundamentals of Compressed Air Systems (Part 2)

3:00 pm
CAGI Certified Compressed Air System Specialist Examinations

5:00 pm-6:00 pm
Show Floor Reception

5:30 pm
Energy Treasure Hunt Raffle

7:00 am–8:00 am
Continental Breakfast

8:00 am-10:00 am
Conference Session #2

8:00 am-10:00 am
Level 1: Fundamentals of Compressed Air Systems (Part 3)

10:15 am–12:00 pm
Plenary Session

12:00 pm–6:00 pm
EXPO FLOOR OPEN

1:00 pm–4:45 pm
Expo Floor: New Technology Classroom Sessions

3:00 pm
CAGI Certified Compressed Air System Specialist Examinations

2:30 – 4:30 pm
Level 1: Fundamentals of Compressed Air Systems (Part 4)

5:00-6:00 pm
Show Floor Reception

5:30 pm
Energy Treasure Hunt Raffle

TBD EXPO Closing Networking Event

6:00 pm-10:00 pm
Exhibitor Move-out

7:00 am–8:00 am
Continental Breakfast

8:00 am-6:00 pm
Exhibitor Move-out

8:00 am–10:00 am
Conference Session #3

8:30 am
CAGI Certified Compressed Air System Specialist Examinations

10:15 am–12:15 pm
Conference Session #4

10:30 am
CAGI Certified Compressed Air System Specialist Examinations

12:15 pm
Conference Adjourns

SPECIAL WORKSHOPS

Compressed Air Challenge

Level 1: Fundamentals of Compressed Air Systems

Limited capacity – Register early!

Tuesday, 11/2, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m., 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday, 11/3, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m., 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Must attend all sessions to complete training

Instructors

Steve Briscoe

Frank Moskowitz

Limited to 60 attendees

This is a two-day introductory course designed to teach facility engineers, operators and maintenance staff how to achieve 15-25% cost savings through more effective production and use of compressed air. Participants will learn how to:

  1. Calculate the energy cost of compressed air in their facility;
  2. Improve compressed air system efficiency and reliability;
  3. Identify inappropriate uses of compressed air;
  4. Establish a baseline by which they can measure improvements in compressed air performance and efficiency;
  5. Match system supply to actual production requirements for pressure and flow;
  6. Find and fix leaks;
  7. Establish a leak prevention program, and
  8. Better control compressed air to improve productivity and profitability.

Workshops only open to distributors, engineering firms/consultants and manufacturing personnel who are paid registrants of the full conference package. Not available to single-day registrants.

REGISTER

Compressed Air & Gas Institute (CAGI)

Certified Compressed Air System Specialist (CCASS) Exam

CAGI’s personnel certification program for compressed air system specialists provides a means of verifying the capabilities of professionals in the compressed air systems industry.  The program will allow customers, utilities, employers, and others to have confidence in the skills and abilities of the professionals in the industry who design, service, sell, and install compressed air systems and compressed air systems equipment. The program has been designed to comply with the ISO 17024 standard, Conformity Assessment – General Requirements for Bodies Operating Certification of Persons. Schedule coming soon.

* The CCASS exam is available to any compressed air professional, regardless of education, background, or work experience.

CAGI CCASS Exam Schedule at the Best Practices 2021 EXPO & Conference
Tuesday, November 2, 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 3, 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 4, 8:30 & 10:30 a.m.

*The exam takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. Students must be seated 15 minutes prior to exam time.

** The CCASS exam is available to any compressed air professional, regardless of education, background, or work experience.  Limited to 10 per exam.

Step 1: Register for the CCASS exam on the CAGI website. Tap “Register for Exam,” Tap “CCASS Logo,” Tap on “Exam Catalog” to access registration for on-site exams at the Best Practices EXPO. Cost is $450.

REGISTER

Step 2: Register for the Best Practices EXPO and/or attend the Conference.

REGISTER

MORE THAN AN EXPO & CONFERENCE

Technology Classroom

Located on the show floor, the Technology Classroom will offer exhibitors time and space to meet with guests, present their latest products, projects or studies.

Agenda Coming Soon

Daily $1,000 Energy Treasure Hunt Raffle

Stick around for the 5:30 p.m. Energy Treasure Hunt Raffle Drawings on the show floor on Day 1 and Day 2!

2021 CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

Don’t miss the Welcome Reception from 6 – 8 pm on Monday, November 1st.

Two Conference Tracks

Track 1: Compressed Air Reliability, Safety, Automation & Efficiency
Track 2: Cooling System and Aeration Blower Energy/Water Conservation & Compressed Air Safety

7: Registration Open

7 – 11: Exhibitor Registration and Move-in

7 – 8: Breakfast

8 – 10: Level 1 Compressed Air Challenge Training (Part 1)

8 – 10:  Session #1

Track 1: Maximizing Efficiency and Reliability in Compressed Air Systems, Chair: Chad Larrabee, Global Product Management Leader
Speaker #1: Maintaining for Reliability, David Sleeman, Aftermarket Sales Manager, FS-Elliot
Speaker #2: The Industrial Digital Revolution and Compressed Air: Part 2, Jan Pingel, Product Leader, Digital Solutions, Ingersoll Rand
Speaker #3: Centrifugal Control Strategies to Deliver Optimum Efficiency with High Variable Demand, Chris Nacrelli, Business Development Manager, Atlas Copco Compressors
Speaker #4: Maximize Energy Savings and Improve the Bottom Line, Chris Knuffman, Business Line Manager, Reciprocating & Rotary Screw Compressors, Quincy Compressor

Track 2: Chiller & Cooling Tower Process Cooling Optimization, Chair: Tom Stone, National Sales Manager-Industrial, Thermal Care
Speaker #1:  Industrial, Variable Speed Control – Energy and Water Consumption Savings for Cooling Systems, Tom Stone, National Sales Manager-Industrial, Thermal Care
Speaker #2: VFD Motors in Cooling Systems: Shaft Voltage Causes and Effects and Solutions, Tom Hedrick, Engineer, International Commissioning Engineers
Speaker #3: Water Efficiency and Evaporative Cooling Systems, Dustin Cohick, Product Manager Water Systems, Evapco
Speaker #4: Lessons Learned from Two Cooling System Audits, Tim Dugan, Principle Engineer, Compression Engineering Corporation

10-10:15: Coffee Break

10:15 – 12: Opening Session

10:15-10:20: Welcome! Rod Smith, Publisher, Smith Onandia Communications
10:20-10:45: CAGI Remarks, Chad Larrabee, Education Committee Chair, Compressed Air & Gas Institute
10:45-11:10: Chiller Right-Sizing Projects – A Look at Perceived Demand vs. Actual Demand, Rob Kirts, Global Energy Manager, Stanley Black & Decker
11:10-11:35: Innovations in Process Cooling Design, Bert J. Wesley, P.E., Sr. Principal, Industrial Plant Engineering Practice Leader, Woodard & Curran
11:35-12:00: Digital Innovation for Smart Water, Air and Energy Management, Meredith Englund, VP Water Partnerships, Ecolab & Aviran Yaacov, CEO, Ecoplant

12 – 6:  Expo Floor Open

12 – 2: Lunch

1 – 5: Technology Classroom Presentations

2:30 – 4: 30: Level 1 Compressed Air Challenge Training (Part 2)

3:00: CAGI CCASS Testing

5 – 6:  Show Floor Reception

5:30: Energy Treasure Hunt Raffle Winners Announced!

Two Conference Tracks

Track 1: Compressed Air Reliability, Safety, Automation & Efficiency
Track 2: Cooling System and Aeration Blower Energy/Water Conservation & Compressed Air Safety

7 – 8 Breakfast

8 – 10: Level 1 Compressed Air Challenge Training (Part 3)

8 – 10: Session #2

Track 1: Compressed Air System Automation & Measurement, Chair: Stephen Parry, International Sales Manager, Bay Controls
Speaker #1: Selecting the Right Flow Meter is Vital Compressed Air & Technical Gas Measurements, Pascal Van Putten, CEO, VPinstruments
Speaker #2: Robotic Press Automation in Compressed Air Systems, Aviran Yaacov, CEO, Ecoplant
Speaker #3: Batteryless Sensors Unlock the True Potential of the IoT, David Wentzloff, CEO, Everactive
Speaker #4: The Future of Compressed Air Control – a Giant Leap Forward, Stephen Parry, International Sales Manager, Bay Controls

Track 2: Safe Compressed Air for the Food & Beverage Industry, Chair: Brian Mann, Air Systems Business Development Manager, Sullair
Speaker #1: Factoring in the Sustainability Impact of Oil-Free vs Oil-Injected Compressed Air Systems, Brian Mann, Air Systems Business Development Manager, Sullair
Speaker #2: Best Practices for Compressed Air / Process Gas Non-viable & Viable Sampling & Testing, Johnny So, Project Manager, Commissioning Agents
Speaker #3: Energy Efficiency through Dew Point Switching for Desiccant Regeneration, Justin Walsh, Application Sales Engineer, Vaisala
Panel Discussion

10 – 10:15: Coffee Break

10:15 – 12: Plenary Session

10:15-10:20: What’s Your Energy Mix and Energy/Water/GHG Reduction Strategy?, Rod Smith, Publisher, Best Practices Magazines & EXPO
10:20-10:45: Collaborative Artificial Intelligence Drives Energy Conservation to Save California Dairies, Elhay Farkash, CEO, Zira Group
10:45-11:10: Commitment to a Collaborative Culture Key to Exceeding Sustainability Goals, Nancy McDonell, CEO, Value of the Person
11:10-11:35: Three Levels of Compressed Air Systems, John Bilsky, Facilities Specialist for Compressed Air, Purified Water and N2 Systems, Gentex Corporation
11:35-12:00: TBD

12 – 6: EXPO Floor Open

12 – 2: Lunch

1 – 5: Technology Classroom Presentations

3: CAGI CCASS Testing

2:30 – 4:30: Level 1 Compressed Air Challenge Training (Part 4)

2:30 – 4:30:  Value of the Person Workshop: Collaborative Cultures Reach Sustainability Goals

5:00 – 6:  Show Floor Reception

5:30: Energy Treasure Hunt Raffle Winners Announced!

Two Conference Tracks

Track 1: Compressed Air Reliability, Safety, Automation & Efficiency
Track 2: Cooling System and Aeration Blower Energy/Water Conservation & Compressed Air Safety

7 – 8 Breakfast

8:30: CAGI CCASS Testing

8 – 10:  Session #3

Track 1: Compressed Air Audits and Demand Reduction Projects, Chair: Jon Jensen, Energy Conservation Group Manager, SMC Corporation of America
Speaker #1: Low Hanging Fruit: Demand Side Projects for Energy Efficiency, Jon Jensen, Energy Conservation Group Manager, SMC Corporation of America
Speaker #2: Planning & Performing a Successful Compressed Air Leak Survey Using Ultrasound, Dean Wolever, Regional Manager, UE Systems
Speaker #3: ASME EA-4 – 2010 Energy Assessment for Compressed Air Systems, Tom Taranto, Owner, Data Power Services
Speaker #4: Compressed Air Challenge Training Today, Steve Briscoe, President, Compressed Air Challenge

Track 2: VFD’s and Aeration Blower Energy Savings, Chair: Tom Jenkins, President, JenTech
Speaker #1: Automated Solutions for Optimizing Aeration Blowers by Properly Using VFD, Bob Kisler, Sales Manager, Gardner Denver
Speaker #2: Formulas for Sizing Aeration Blowers, Part 1, Tom Jenkins, President, JenTech
Speaker #3: Formulas for Sizing Aeration Blowers, Part 2, Tom Jenkins, President, JenTech
Panel Discussion

10 – 10:15: Coffee Break

10:30: CAGI CCASS Testing

10:15 – 12:15:  Session #4

Track 1: Implementing Turn-key Energy System Integration Projects for Maximum Success, Chair: Tim Dugan, Principle Engineer, Compression Engineering Corporation
Speaker #1: Definition, Technical Services, Models and Team Players for Successful Turn-key Energy System Integration Projects, Tim Dugan, Principle Engineer, Compression Engineering Corporation
Speaker #2: Case Studies of a Small Firm Implementing Complex Compressed Air Piping Projects, Jason DuPriest
Speaker #3: Case Studies of Large Company implementing Large Design-Build Central Cooling Projects, Chris Workman, Industrial Sector Business Development Director, Willdan
Speaker #4: Case Studies of Turn-key Compressed Air Projects with Verified Energy Savings, Benjamin Mamola, Managing Director, BPT Energy

Track 2: Cooling Water & Compressed Air Filtration and Standards, Chair: Roderick Smith, Publisher, Best Practices Magazines & Expo
Speaker #1: Selecting Water Filtration Devices For Your HVAC Process Cooling Loops, Keith Karl, Filtration Product Manager, AquaPhoenix Scientific
Speaker #2: TBD
Speaker #3: The New 3-A Sanitary Standards Recommendations for Compressed Air, Roderick Smith, Publisher, Best Practices Magazines & Expo
Panel Discussion

12:15: Event Adjourns

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