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Reliability online session:

How to optimize system reliability by reducing environmental contamination

Annual corrosion costs disrupt product supply and eat away at the bottom line.  For example, a 2002 study of American industry estimates annual corrosion costs to oil and gas exploration and production at $1.4 billion, to petroleum refining – $3.7 billion, food processing - $2.1 billion, pulp & paper processing - $6.0 billion.   While corrosion is a natural, inevitable process, this same study estimates that the implementation of optimum corrosion management practices could save as much as 25-30% of annual cost of corrosion in the U.S.  In this session, learn how corrosion effects the reliability and lifecycle of electrical systems in harsh, industrial environments and how you can minimize this impact to improve system reliability and save operation costs.

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George Weihrauch

George Weihrauch is Product Manager for Severe Duty and Explosion-Proof AC Motors at Baldor Electric Co., a member of the ABB Group, in Fort Smith, Arkansas. Weihrauch has an extensive background in sales engineering, application engineering and project management during his 24 years with Baldor. He has published several articles related to electric motor applications and energy efficiency, and is a regular presenter at conferences and training seminars.


George Weihrauch

Mark Nowak

Mark Nowak,  Market Development Manager for Water and Infrastructure at Thomas & Betts, has over 30 years of experience in the electrical industry. He is responsible for developing and maintaining technical literacy across the company to drive corporate growth in the Water and Infrastructure vertical markets.  The MDM is considered the strategic advisor providing technology-based education and insight to the management and executive team to drive sales for company proficiencies. The Market Development Manager must speak multiple business languages (IT, marketing, strategy, sales, and business development) to create new revenue streams, higher efficiencies, and faster time-to-market with clear and measurable results

Previously, he has performed in roles involving design, testing, sales, product management and marketing of products from T&B.


Mark Nowak

Neil Henry

Neil Henry is Functional Head of Materials Engineering and a Principal Consultant in ABB Engineering Services, part of ABB Global Consulting. He has over 35 years of industry experience in equipment failure analysis, root cause analysis and materials selection.

Throughout his career, Neil has maintained a hands-on approach to technical problem-solving in a range of industries and specializes in helping clients manage deterioration of increasingly aged process equipment. He works closely with a range of customers, industrial associations and regulatory authorities, including preparing and presenting papers at numerous international conferences.

Neil is a Fellow of the Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining and a Chartered Engineer.

Neil Henry