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Smart Sessions: Topics and Trends That Matter

  • Crane Engineering 2355 Polaris Lane North, #120 Plymouth, MN 55447 USA (map)

Join Crane Engineering for our first Smart Session – an afternoon of educational presentations that will provide valuable insights on trending topics that impact the work you do.

Following the series of educational discussions, the afternoon will feature a social event to serve as a prime opportunity to further chat with engineers and network with other guests. The event will also include tours of Crane's facilities for further insights on the technology and tools engineers use.



Smart Sessions Agenda

2:00-2:15 p.m.

2:15-3:10 p.m.
Rogue Particles: Sometimes It's the Little Things
Mark Weiss
This presentation will explore the analysis of small particulate contaminants and/or foreign object debris (FOD). In an effort to identify the FOD and its source, we'll be exploring the pros and cons of various analyses available when examining small contaminants, both as free and embedded particulate. We will also be looking at minimum sample sizes for various techniques.

3:10-4:05 p.m.
Virtual Testing: Use of Computer Simulation for Better Products
Christopher J. Brand, P.E.

Computer simulation software, such as Finite Element Analysis (FEA) or Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD), is widely used in the industry to do virtual mechanical tests. Using a 3D CAD model of a particular component or assembly, mechanical loads (e.g., forces, heat, wind) are applied and results are computed. These results give you deeper insight into the performance of your products than physical testing alone. Furthermore, test parameters can be changed and run easily, thus reducing the expensive investment of time and money for additional prototypes and testing.

4:05-5:00 p.m.
Reverse Engineering: If Only "Bob" Hadn't Retired!
Lloyd C. Meissner, P.E.

The techniques of reverse engineering are often required for a wide variety of reasons. These include:

  • Benchmarking a competitor’s product
  • Helping define legacy hardware not fully defined due to:
  • Source control drawing only
  • Supplier change, bankruptcy or catastrophic event (flood or hurricane)
  • Customer failures
  • Counterfeit hardware
  • Employee turnover

Reverse engineering will enable a much better description of the product to be defined to minimize design iterations.

5:00-6:30 p.m.
Social Event: Please stay for appetizers, beer and wine.