Meet The Speakers
We’ve gathered leading Australian and international experts in maintenance, reliability and condition monitoring, to share their knowledge on keeping industries flowing during COVID-19.
Ron Astall, Sales & Contracts Manager at United Pumps Australia
Ron has had a long career in the pump industry with experience in areas including engineering, contract management, applications, sales, marketing and quality assurance; process and petrochemical industries; and the development and implementation of related QA and Contract Management Systems. He is a co-author of the PIA Pump Technical Handbook and a regular trainer and speaker at Australian and international technical seminars. In his presentation, Ron will talk about identifying persistently problematic pumps and what to monitor to prevent trouble before it happens.
Heinz Bloch, Consulting Engineer at Process Machinery Consulting
Heinz Bloch has worked as a mechanical engineer in the US since 1962, and authored or co-written over 750 publications, among them 21 comprehensive books on practical machinery management, failure analysis, failure avoidance, compressors, steam turbines, pumps, oil mist lubrication and optimised lubrication for industry. In his presentation, Heinz will discuss turning reliability thinking into reliability implementation.
John Inkster, PIA President, Managing Director at Brown Brothers Engineers and Kelair Pumps
John Inkster is the President of Pump Industry Australia (PIA) and the Managing Director of Brown Brothers Engineers New Zealand, Brown Brothers Engineers Australia and Kelair Pumps Australia. Previously, he has worked for a New Zealand engineering consultancy, designing and constructing rural water supply schemes, and feasibility studies for large irrigation schemes. He has also worked in Western Samoa as part of New Zealand’s bilateral aid agreement with the Western Samoan Government, designing and constructing small village-based water supply schemes on the islands of Upolu and Savaii.
Ray Beebe, Speaker and author in machine condition monitoring and seasonal lecturer at Federation University
Ray specialises in machine control monitoring, having worked in power generation for 28 years before moving into university lecturing. He has taught condition monitoring at Monash University and the Federation University Gippsland campus. Ray has written three books and presented many papers.
Malcolm Robertson, Managing Director at Robertson Technology
Malcolm Robertson is trained as a physicist – obtaining a BSc from Queen Mary College, University of London and a PhD from the University of Surrey – as well as an electronics engineer. He has formed companies in South Africa, the UK and Australia for R&D, manufacturing, and marketing. Currently, he supplies innovative instrumentation to measure pump performance through his company, Robertson Technology based in Western Australia. Over the course of his career, he has obtained five patents and presented numerous technical papers. In his presentation, Malcolm will look at pump condition monitoring and remote support.
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