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  • Wisconsin Philharmonic Holiday Concert - December 5th, 2017

    Registration closes Thursday (11/30) for our December 5th Spouse's Night.  This year we have arranged for dinner at Michael's Italian Restaurant (Gather at 4:30) before driving 1/2 mile North to Carroll University for the Wisconsin Philharmonic holiday choral concert "Northern Lights." This concert features the combined women's choirs of Brookfield Central,Brookfield East & Muskego High Schools on stage at the Shattuck Music Center at Carroll University.

     For more information and to register, go to:

    http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=hpcqvigab&oeidk=a07ees65c265ba91724

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  • Student Night - UWM - November 8, 2017

         Registration is still open for our student night activities.  Join the fun and support our student chapters.

         This month, we meet at the UWM Engineering and Mathematical Sciences Building.  We have invited our local student chapters (MSOE, UWM, Marquette, UW-Madison and Michigan Tech) to do our second annual event. A mini-design competition! We'll form teams that will consist of members and students that will be making a structure out of toothpicks and small marshmallows. The winning team will have bragging rights and a prize for this honor. Come and enjoy an evening that entails fellowship, food and competition with fellow members and students.

          For more information and to register for this event, please click on the following link. Registration will be open through 11/6/2017.

    http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=hpcqvigab&oeidk=a07eeq48i5n6bfc64f1

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  • Tour of Kohler Power Systems - October 4, 2017

      This month we travel to the headquarters of Kohler Power Systems Northeast of Kohler in Mosel. The Kohler Co. was founded in 1873 and made cast iron and steel implements for farmers. Most employees were immigrants. They are now one of the oldest and largest privately held companies in the U.S.

      Because we are touring an industrial plant, we ask that you wear closed toe shoes and bring safety glasses if possible.

       Afterwards, join us for dinner at Newport Shores in Port Washington.

      For more details and to register, please click on the link below by OCTOBER 1, 2017. Space is limited so register early!

    http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=hpcqvigab&oeidk=a07eektzfye973b9fd2

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  • SAE Tour of Briggs & Stratton - Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017

    All ASME members and guests are invited to tour the Briggs & Stratton sound and vibration lab.  In addition, there will be a presentation of their new product development process.  For more information, visit: www.milwaukeesae.com or email herningg@hotmail.com

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  • Tour of Eskra Technical Products, Inc. - September 13, 2017

    On September 13, the ASME Milwaukee Section will travel to Eskra Technical Products, Inc. (ETP) in Saukville to learn about the packaged battery failure modes that are commonly being found in the field along with the best practices in preventing such failures. In addition, we will view a short video of the safety testing performed at ETP. A brief discussion of what new battery technologies are on the horizon and a short facility tour of what they do will follow.  Afterwards we will have dinner at Newport Shores in Port Washington.

    For more information and to register by midnight of September 7th, click on the following link:

    Register

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  • Potawatomi Bio-Fuel Facility - May 17, 2017 - Presentation and Tour

         For the final event of the year, ASME Milwaukee toured the Potawatomi casino bio-fuel facility.  Located in downtown Milwaukee west of the casino, two large 1.3 million gallon digester tanks dominate the complex.  In addition, six smaller 30,000 gallon feedstock tanks are also seen next to the power plant building.

         Prior to the tour, members and guests gathered in the Harmony Room for dinner and a presentation.  As we digested our meal, Charlie Opferman, who managed development of the plant, explained the digestive system of the facility.  First, the carbohydrates, fats and proteins in the liquid food waste convert into a mixture of carbonic and hydrochloric acids, CO2, ammonia and acetic acid.  This process produces a gas which is 65% methane. Two large "wonderful" GE engines then burn the bio-gas.  The 2 mega-watts of power is then sold back to WE Energies at a higher rate than the casino/hotel pays.

    Thank you to Charlie Opferman for taking the time to provide this presentation and tour to our members.

              

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  • ASME Milwaukee Continuing Education Seminar (WCTC) March 25, 2017

         Trudging off early on a Saturday morning to attend an engineering seminar may not be first on your "most favorite" things to do.  But, the satisfaction of discovering something new is well worth the effort.  Our group was small (22), but enthusiasm was high.  Most who attended have attended our past seminars.  This seminar was #5.  Also, earning the four PDH’s for the morning is a side benefit—it should not be considered the main incentive.  All topics covered were interesting and that alone should motivate us to explore these subjects thoroughly.

         First to present was Bruce Weiss from Rockwell Automation.  The topic—Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing.  Bruce is an ASME certified Technologist (GDTP)—one of 300 in the world.  Bruce is definitely an expert which was evident from his clear illustrations and knowledge of how to use the many symbols.  He explained the importance of the system and how part yield and efficiency can be improved.

    Dr. Maruthi Devarakonda was next.  The topic--Energy Efficient Emission Control to Reduce the Impact of Global Warming.  Maruthi covered the effect of emissions on our health and the first regulations legislated by congress in 1963 and amended in 1970, 1977 and 1990.  The regulations resulted in a drop of CO concentrations since 1990 of 77%.  He then went on to describe the different types of emission control devices as well as catalysts.  

         Dr. Todd Parrish from Northwestern University spoke on the Fundamentals and Applications of Neuroimaging methods.  First he covered early methods of imaging to include X-rays and the CT scans which provided the first digital imaging.  He went on to explain how MRI scans and the variation in magnetic fields creates an image.  In addition, he showed how a stimulus to a specific region of the brain causes electrical activity and a corresponding change in blood flow.   Dr. Parrish has studied the brain of a convicted serial killer in an attempt to explain his behavior (under tight security).  A very interesting presentation.

         Dr. Subha Kumpaty and two of his graduate students presented the final portion of our seminar.  Operating under a grant from the National Science Foundation, the research goals were to determine optimum levels of molybdenum and the scan rates for laser metal deposition.  Properties on the resulting samples to include hardness and corrosion resistance were studied.  The advantages of utilizing molybdenum as a surface modification to a titanium/aluminum hip implant results in a harder surface and less corrosion in the human body.  Thank you to Dr. Kumpaty and students Beth Paoli and Arianna Ziemer for the excellent presentation.

            All of our presenters received a copy of Tom Fehring's recently released book, "The Magnificent Machines of Milwaukee", as well as a certificate of appreciation.  Thanks to those on our board who were involved in the planning of this event and especially to Dr. Subha Kumpaty who has organized all of our technical seminars.

     

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  • ASME/SAE Tour of UW-Madison Engineering Research Facility - April, 12, 2017

         The trip to Madison, WI, on a sunny Wednesday afternoon in April was well worth the effort.  With a combined eighty five ASME and SAE members attending, the tour of the Engine Research Center on the UW campus was well received.  UW Madison hosted the refreshments as we prepared for the presentation and tour—thank you!

         After gathering in the Chaney Room of Engineering Hall, the large group was split in half.  Forty started on the tour with Michael Andrie, Program Director of the Department of Engineering Professional Development, and three other guides—Ryan Walker, Glen Bower and Kieran Mc Cabe.  

         Members were able to tour the individual engine laboratories and learn about the many research projects.  In some cases, the research students were conducting tests and were able to answer questions directly.  Some of the many topics being studied include particulate emissions, knock measurement and construction of a direct injection engine with optical access.

         Susan Ottman provided a presentation for those not on tour.  The subject related to our professional development in the area of interpersonal relationships in the business environment.  The group earned ½ PDH for their attendance.

         After the tours and presentations, Philip R. O’Leary, Professor and Chair of the Professional Development Department, received a certificate of appreciation for their effort.  In addition, Tom Fehring’s book, “The Magnificent Machines of Milwaukee” was presented to engineering department staff.  A special thank you to the College of Engineering UW-Madison and especially Dr. Susan Anderson who was instrumental in the planning of this tour.

         Following the tour, members traveled to the Essen Haus for dinner.  With family size portions of German food including Sauer Braten, noodles, meat balls, sauerkraut and cake, the group did not leave hungry.  Thank you to Douglas Kiesling and Ken Derra for planning and handling the arrangements for the tour.  Also thanks to Phil Vincent in registration and Carol Perkins for assisting with the handling of the tour groups. 

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  • Presentation and Tour of the Potawatomi Casino Biodigesters - May 17, 2017

    TITLE: There is no Easy Street to Renewable Energy Development

    If you live in Milwaukee, you have certainly heard of Potawatomi Casino and Hotel.  You have also likely heard of the Forest County Potawatomi Community’s (FCPC) commitment to the environment.  During this meeting we will be learning about how they are committed towards achieving energy sovereignty, and built a two megawatt cogeneration plant powered with biogas created by anaerobic digestion.  This will include a presentation by Charlie Opferman, who managed the development of the cogeneration plant, and will conclude with a tour of the digesters.

    During this event, we will also hold our Annual Elections.

    WHEN: May 17, 2017; Gather at 5pm

    WHERE: Potawatomi Hotel & Casino – Harmony Room

    For more information and to register, go to:
    http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=hpcqvigab&oeidk=a07ee3ohrb1057a4fc3

    Registration is limited to 40 people.

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  • SAE Sponsors Workshop on Direct Metal Printing

    We wanted to pass along this opportunity to our SME Chapter 4 members and guests.   We decided this could be a valuable opportunity for you and your Company.
    - Randy Raikes, SME Ch 04


    90 Minute Workshop:
    Direct Metal Printing (DMP)

    May 3, 2017

    Two Sessions:

    10:30 am to 12:00 pm
    or
    1:00 pm to 2:30 pm

    Lunch 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm


    REGISTER TODAY
    Big Systems LLC and 3D Systems are teaming up to present a Direct Metal Printing Workshop. This informative and interactive session will open your eyes to what's possible - and how your product development and production needs can benefit from it.
    Topics include:
    • A technical overview of the metal printing process
    • Understanding how to design for DMP (learn important guidelines you must keep in mind!)
    • Applications that are ideal for DMP (some of them may surprise you!)
    Direct metal printing (DMP) is the next revolution in 3D printing. What if you could print functional parts - on demand? What if you could print metal parts that would be up to 60% lighter than their machined equivalents? What if you could significantly reduce waste in your manufacturing process? The possibilities of 3D metal printing are only limited by your imagination.
    REGISTER TODAY

    Big Systems LLC   N59W14053 Bobolink Ave, 
    Menomonee Falls, WI 53051   888-244-4177    bigsys.com
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  • Tour of the Engine Research Center - UW - Madison - April 12, 2017

    Registration closes on Friday, April 7, 2017, for the tour of the Engine Research Center.  Click on the following link for more information and to register.

    http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=hpcqvigab&oeidk=a07edw2gbhd64e33946

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  • The Magnificent Machines of Milwaukee

    New book available that tells the story of engineering innovation and enterprise creation in Milwaukee during the “Century of Progress.” 

    The Magnificent Machines of Milwaukee tells the story of innovation and enterprise creation in Milwaukee during the Century of Progress—the hundred years starting after the conclusion of the US Civil War. It was a remarkable era. Milwaukee was one of the principal centers of industrial innovation in the United States and became known as “the Machine Shop of the World.”  

    As the name of the book implies, the book features the incredible machines built in the Milwaukee area during this period. In the process, it highlights the engineers who created these machines and summarizes the history of the numerous companies that helped the greater Milwaukee area achieve prominence in industrial design and manufacturing.  
     
    In telling the story of Milwaukee’s industrial history, the book summarizes individual stories of over seventy early Milwaukee-area companies and discusses the significant machines designed by their engineers. Richly illustrated, the book contains hundreds of photographs and drawings to help tell the story of industrial Milwaukee.  

    Thomas Fehring, ASME-Milwaukee’s history and heritage chairman, wrote the book. It is available for sale at the Milwaukee County Historical Society, and through Amazon.com and CreateSpace.com.

    As noted by John Gurda, Milwaukee writer and historian, “Until the Magnificent Machines of Milwaukee, the stories of these innovations and the men behind them had been told largely in fragmentary fashion—an article here, a scholarly reference there. Tom Fehring has assembled the entire cast of characters in a single book that is a testament to talent, an ode to ingenuity, and a singular contribution to the history of American industry.”

    https://www.amazon.com/dp/1542549167/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1488485790&sr=8-1&keywords=magnificent+machines+of+milwaukee

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  • Technical Educational Seminar - March 25, 2017

    On Saturday March 25, 2017 - The ASME Milwaukee Section will be holding an educational program at the Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC) in the RTA Education Center. This is a half-day program put on by the ASME-Milwaukee Section for the benefit of ASME Members and their guests as well as ANY Professional Engineer. The day will begin with registration at 7:30 am, continue with four 50 minute long presentations and end around 1pm with lunch. Attendees will have the opportunity to leave with a certificate for 4 continuing education PDH's for the four topics offered that can be used for their Professional Engineer license renewal. If you are only able to attend one or two presentations, you can register for that and get PDH's for those presentations attended.

    However, we strongly recommend that you register online on/before March 20, 2017.

     For more information and to register, go to:

    http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=hpcqvigab&oeidk=a07edvgtt0a0623adc8

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  • ASME Milwaukee “Duck Feet” Presentation

              Wednesday evening, January 18th, 2017, brought 32 members, guests and family to Alioto’s Restaurant for our monthly program.  Especially welcome were two students from MSOE, Zachary Sopata and Dennis Biesiada, and, a student from UW-Madison, Jordan Black, our ASME regional liaison.  In addition, Liam Coen, GE, brought 5 students wearing their “Animal Allies” T shirts of the Lego Robotic Team (see photo 2nd row left).  They attend Saint Peter’s School in East Troy.

     

             Students, members and guests with Brandon and Alyssa (front row).

              Speakers were Alyssa and Brandon Herbst, owners of Autumn Farm Sanctuary, an animal rescue facility located east of Cedarburg.  These charismatic caretakers of almost 100 animals are most noted for their appeal on behalf of Phillip the Duck.  Phillip, who has appeared on Good Morning America and in newspaper articles, lost both feet to frostbite.  His first feet were unfortunately outgrown—thus the appeal to engineers in ASME for a workable and comfortable alternative.

              After hearing about Phillip’s needs and viewing a video, member enthusiasm ran high.  Ideas and questions were flying as fast Phillip’s beating wings and a sign-up list of people willing to help filled quickly.

          

              For those interested in Autumn Farm Sanctuary, it will soon have 501 (c) 3 non-profit status making any donation tax deductible.  The farm will be open to visitors by appointment the first Saturday of each month.  Anyone interested may call 262-376-3833 or email: alyssa@autumnfarmsanctuary.org to verify time and availability of spots.

      

              Begun in 2008, Alyssa and Brandon originally rescued companion animals such as dogs and cats.  They now specialize in farm animals in need.  Due to their program of re-adopting animals out when possible and trading with other sanctuaries for their population may include horses, goats, sheep and many species of fowl, currently hens, turkeys, geese and of course Phillip and friends.  Most of the animal residents were rescued from hoarders, farm owners who became ill, or were found sick, injured or in abusive situations. 

              Since Brandon and Alyssa both work full time, they are especially grateful to their 40 dedicated volunteers, or, as one ASME member quipped, “The things we do for ducks”.

              Design and manufacture of new prosthetic feet is ongoing with version 2.0 currently under testing.  Our group will be updated at our next monthly meeting.  Hope to see you all there.

    Al/Carol Perkins





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  • ASME/Milwaukee Section January Dinner/Presentation - January 18, 2017

    This month, the ASME Milwaukee Section presents the story of Phillip the
    duck, who lost his feet and was given a second chance to walk.

    Brandon and Alyssa Herbst, co-owners of Autumn Farm Sanctuary in
    Cedarburg, took Phillip in. Phillip, a Muscovy duck, was given prosthetic
    feet after losing his own to frostbite. The feet were made by an Oshkosh
    Middle School teacher.

    What does Phillip the duck have to do with Mechanical Engineering? More
    than you can imagine!!!  Come and hear the story first hand and find out
    what happens next for Phillip!

    TOPIC: Duck Feet Discussion
    WHEN: January 18, 2017
    WHERE: Alioto’s in Wauwatosa
    TIME:  Gather starting at 5pm with Dinner at 6pm.  Presentation to follow.

    For more information and to register:

    http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=hpcqvigab&oeidk=a07ednn3e1n64760cbb

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  • ASME Milwaukee Piano Concert - December 8, 2016

         Changes were afoot on Thursday evening, December 8th.  A banquet room at Alioto’s Restaurant was transformed into a “Carnegie Hall”.  With fifty-eight members/families and guests attending, we were treated to a special event.  With our younger students, we turned “Spouse’s Night” into “Family Night”.


         After an excellent dinner, Stephen Swedish, an international concert pianist and Yamaha Artist, was introduced.  Playing on a brand new Yamaha grand piano brought in special for the occasion, Mr. Swedish started with a classical piece by Claude Debussy – “Pour le Piano”.  The music moved quite rapidly with glissandos and quickly moving passages.  Next, he slowed things down with the much beloved “Clair de Lune” (Moonlight)--a familiar piece that captured the audience.

         George Gershwin, the 20th century American composer was next – several shorter pieces (“Embraceable You” and “Someone to Watch Over Me”) were followed by the entire piano solo version of “Rhapsody in Blue”.  This is an extremely difficult and virtuoso piece--Steve Swedish performed the piece brilliantly.  The lyrical section we all know so well brought tears to the eyes of some and led to one of two standing ovations.


         With the Christmas season upon us, Mr. Swedish showed us that yes, he can also play Christmas music.  At the conclusion of the concert, Abagail
    Derra, daughter of Ken, presented flowers to the performer and received a kiss in return.  All in all, everyone enjoyed themselves with one lucky person at each table receiving the floral arrangement.  To remind Mr. Swedish that we’re engineers, we presented a “T” shirt with the patent for the grand piano on the front.  Thanks to all on our board who contributed to the planning of this event – and Happy Holidays to all.   
















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  • Technical Educational Program November 5, 2016

    On    Saturday, November 5th, the ASME Milwaukee Section hosted a technical seminar at the Grohmann Tower on the MSOE campus.  From 8:30 am thru 1:00 pm, sixteen of our engineers earned four PDHs and a glimpse into four new subject areas.  Dr. Subha Kumpaty from MSOE organized this seminar and arranged the venue.  With ample open lighting, the fourth floor conference room proved to be an excellent choice.  In addition, an honorable mention goes to our food preparers--not a box lunch this time--but home cooked chicken, rice and vegetables.  Also, the endless supply of chocolate chip cookies provided us with additional energy.

       First up--the design and development of medical packaging by Mr. Sung Kwon.  In this session, Mr. Kwon explained three critical functions of properly designed packaging: (1) maintaining the sterile barrier: (2) preventing product damage, and (3) providing for traceability.  To do this, he reviewed all of the steps involved in the design phase including the quality reports and feedback review.  With the examples he provided, it was apparent by the end of the lecture just how important the packaging is to insure safe product delivery.  Comments from our participants included, "This is subject matter not often covered, well done!"  Thank you Mr. Kwon for taking the time to prepare and deliver this presentation.


       In the next session, principal engineer Aaron Lynn of Oshkosh Truck, provided information on the design, production and testing of military as well as other commercial vehicles that they manufacture.  Of particular interest was the M-ATV program (Armored All-Terrain Vehicle).  Within a year from the initial request for proposal, Oshkosh Truck was producing over 1000 vehicles a month!

       From heavy equipment military transport vehicles costing $500 per hour to drive, to specially designed snow throwers handling 5000 tons per hour (up to 150 feet), Mr. Lynn provided detailed information and dramatic videos.  We appreciate his willingness to provide us with an outstanding presentation.  In recognition of these engineering accomplishments by Oshkosh Truck to saving lives, Aaron Lynn received a standing ovation at the completion of his talk.  This was an emotional moment for all that attended.  Comments from participants included, "Extremely interesting--an incredible story." 

       We shifted gears with our third presentation and learned about pattern and core box design.  Of particular interest was the use of CFD simulation software used to predict problems arising during the fill process.  By showing the computer simulations, we observed how the molten metal would fill the mold cavities and what design changes would be required to minimize porosity, voids and shrinkage problems.  Comments included, "Nice overview on casting techniques and simulation software."

       We wish to thank Mr. Olivier Moreau for an interesting presentation.  Mr. Moreau is the Foundry Casting Engineer and Pattern Shop Supervisor at Milwaukee Valve in Prairie du Sac, WI.  Milwaukee Valve has over 720 employees in four locations--two in China and two in Wisconsin.

       The final session was presented by Denise Gergetz, librarian and archivist at the Milwaukee School of Engineering.  With her presentation, we learned the importance of an efficient search.  Ms. Gergetz guided us through the many search tools and different websites available--from open source to subscription services.  We then learned about the different types of technical resources--from books and journals, papers and conference proceedings--through institutional research, codes and patents/intellectual property.  Comments from some of our participants included: "I was unaware of many of the resources--this should help me with further research." and, "good news to know that some research resources are available without a fee, even to non-MSOE grads."

       Thank you Ms. Gergetz for sharing your knowledge and practical experience with us.

       In closing, all of us at the ASME Milwaukee Section wish to express our sincerest gratitude for the efforts of Dr. Subha Kumpaty.  Not only has he organized this seminar, but his work in developing our entire seminar program has been invaluable.  With our fifth half-day seminar to be held on Saturday, March 25, 2017, our section has provided PDH programs covering many interesting engineering topics.


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  • Spouse's Night Entertainment - Thursday, Dec. 8th, 2016

         It has been an annual tradition of the ASME Milwaukee Section to hold a "Spouse's Night" event in December before the holidays.  Typically we try to get away from the world of Mechanical Engineering and offer a program that can be enjoyed by all.  In the past we have toured wonderful museums and watched enjoyable plays (amongst other things).  This year is no exception as we have arranged for dinner and a private piano concert for our Milwaukee Section at Alioto's in Wauwatosa.  As the room will accommodate around 80 people, feel free to bring a few guests.

          The entertainment for this event will be provided by Stephen Swedish who is an internationally renowned concert pianist.  He will perform on a CFX Yamaha grand piano that is to be delivered to Alioto's Restaurant for this performance only.  Music of French composer Maurice Ravel and that of American composer George Gershwin will be featured.  This will be a fun event before the holidays so expect some surprises!

     For more information and to register, please go to:

    http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=hpcqvigab&oeidk=a07edgfcgza81fa6e92

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  • OpenFoam Technical Seminar - October 15, 2016

         On Saturday, October 15th, the ASME Milwaukee Section assisted with the OpenFOAM User’s Group 2016 Mini-Conference.  Actually, the seminar was organized by Daniel Mather, Ph.D., (Digital Engines) and held at Madison College—just south of Truax Field.  Ron Olson, the Program Director for Mechanical Design/Technology, provided me with a tour thru the well-equipped laboratory prior to the start.

         Dan Mather welcomed everyone with a brief introduction to the training and we broke up into two separate groups.  Although only seven registered for the “hands-on” software training, a total of about 25 participated in the conference. 

         The computer lab was well-equipped allowing us to work “hands on” with this open-source CFD software.  At first, we were given the software on a thumb drive and practiced working with and loading programs of OpenFOAM.

         Sessions of training included the following:

    • An instructor from UWM, Ali Bakhshinejad, provided the basics of C++ programing using the OpenFOAM libraries.
    • A professor from the University of Iowa, Marcela Politano, illustrated a steady laminar solution to a simple flow problem.
    • An experienced user showed how to setup and use the automatic mesh generator.
    • AMR (arbitrary mesh refinement) was discussed showing mesh adjustment between fine features and coarse features.
    • The mini-conference, separate from the lab training, featured additional presentations on applications of the software.

         The seminar closed around 5:30 pm with Daniel Mather providing an overview of CFD along with a discussion of the Navier Stokes relationship.  This seminar was an excellent opportunity to learn more about computational fluid dynamics and its application.

         Thank you Dan Mather for providing us with this seminar.

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  • Greendale Lego Team Competition

    The Greendale Lego Team placed first out of fifteen teams in their first competition on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016, in Cudahy, WI.  Love that shirt!

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  • SPX Transformer Tour - October 5, 2016

        On Wednesday, October 5th, 2016, the ASME Milwaukee Section toured the SPX facility in Waukesha at 400 S. Prairie Ave.  Thirty of our members attended including three students—Jordan Black and Ryan Quinn UW-Madison, and Lorne Nix who is attending North Carolina State University on-line.  In addition, three guests from the Public Service Commission attended.

       From the outside, the facility is huge and impressive.  With over 650 employees, the plant covers 449,000 square feet.  Portions of the building are climate controlled to ensure moisture control during production.

       Prior to our tour, Chris Dobner, the HR manager, discussed the corporate structure.  Headquartered in Charlotte, N. C., SPX consists of three divisions— (1) HVAC products; (2) detection, measurement, and technical equipment; and (3) power product lines.  The company has over 6000 employees worldwide in 20 countries with 1000 in the United States.  The largest power transformer they manufacture is rated at 1200 mva and 345 kV.

       For the technical presentation, Dharam Vir, Vice President of Engineering, provided an overview of the operating characteristics of a transformer.  In addition, he described the types and classes of transformers and design considerations.  Also, an overview of the design software was presented.  After a question and answer session, we broke into groups and began the tour.

      

       During the tour, we witnessed the production process as the tour guides led us thru the plant and described:

    • Two large core cutting machines that sheared .2mm thick steel for the laminations.
    • Three vertical and two horizontal core winding machines.
    • Special climate controlled rooms that applied heat and vacuum to extract the moisture.
    • Assembly of the laminates accomplished manually.
    • Final testing of the transformer.
    • Shipping considerations, in some cases only by rail.
    • Operation of a million pound hoist costing 1 million dollars.
    • The eight million dollar “Faraday Room” used to isolate and simulate lightning strikes and overload conditions.         After the tour, we presented our host with a “Certificate of Appreciation” and ASME Milwaukee polo shirts for their effort.  Also, the tour guides--Chris Plott, Jeff Lex, Matt Kownick and Matt Brian--received ASME coffee mugs.  A sincere thank you to SPX for hosting this tour.

       Next stop—dinner at the nearby La Estacion, a Mexican restaurant.  Our group occupied two railroad cars and enjoyed a complete buffet meal.


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  • Continuing Education and Technical Seminar - November 5, 2016

    The ASME Milwaukee Section will be holding an educational program on
    Saturday November 5, 2016 at the Grohmann Tower 4th Floor Conference Room
    at MSOE.
    This is a half-day program put on by the ASME-MIlwaukee Section for the
    benefit of ASME Members and their guests as well as any Professional
    Engineer.  The day will begin with registration at 7:30 am, continue with
    four 50 minute long presentations and end around 1pm with lunch.
    Attendees will have the opportunity to leave with a certificate for 4
    continuing education PDH's for the four topics offered that can be used
    for their Professional Engineer license renewal.  If you are only able to
    attend one or two presentations, you can register for that and get PDH's
    for those presentations attended.  However, we strongly recommend that you
    register online on/before November 2, 2016.

    Below is the Schedule for this event:
    •       7:30-8:25 AM Set-up, registration and breakfast
    •       8:25-8:35 AM Welcome by the Section Chair, Al Perkins and seminar
    coordinator Subha Kumpaty
    •       8:35-9:30 AM Session 1 Medical Device Packaging Development by Sung
    Kwon, Project Engineer, Vesta Inc.
    •       9:35-10:30 AM Session 2 Design, Development and production of M-ATV by
    Aaron Lynn, Principal Engineer, Oshkosh Defense, LLC
    •       10:30-11:00 AM Break
    •       11:05-12:00 Session 3 Pattern and Core Box Design and Conception by
    Olivier Mereau, Foundry Casting Engineer, Milwaukee Valve Co.
    •       12:05-1:00 Session 4 Technical Library Research by Denise Gergetz,
    Librarian and Archivist, MSOE
    •       1:00 PM Lunch

    Please note free temporary parking permits will be provided at the door
    for placement in dashboard (valid 7 am to 2 pm) at the WATER ST LOT
    (opposite to Grohmann Tower where the event is taking place).


    To register or for more information, please go to the following link:

    http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=hpcqvigab&oeidk=a07edbodrfca9e939ee

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  • Continuing Education and Technical Seminar - October 15th, 2016 - Madison, WI

    All members are welcome to the upcoming seminar for continuing education and professional development. There is a provision to earn credits (6 PDHs).   We have excellent speakers lined up to provide entry-level training for OpenFOAM.

    OpenFOAM is a free and open source engineering analysis software used primarily for fluid dynamics, but is also for solid mechanics, electromagnetics, and even quantitative financial analysis.  The funny name is an acronym: Open-source- Field-Operation And Manipulation.

    The seminar will be held at the Ingenuity Center, Madison College, 1701 Wright Street, Madison WI.

    For more information and to register:

    https://sites.google.com/site/midwestopenfoamusersgroup/home/meeting-announcement

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  • Rexnord Innovation Center Tour - Sept. 14th, 2016

    On Wednesday, September 14th, 2016, the Milwaukee Section toured the Rexnord facility in West Milwaukee, 5101 W. Beloit Rd.  Thirty-three of our members attended including three students—Jordan Black, UW-Madison; Tom Madden, Marquette and Brendan Reed, MSOE.  We appreciate and encourage participation by students as we continue to support their chapters with financial as well as professional assistance.  On February 8th, 2017, we hold our “student night” at UWM.

    To begin the evening, Joe Hamann, the Advanced Engineering Manager of the center, started with an overview of the Rexnord corporate structure.  With over 7,400 associates worldwide, Rexnord, founded in 1892, is headquartered in Milwaukee.

    After breaking into smaller groups, first stop—the testing of massive chains.  It’s hard to imagine that these chains ever fail—but they do.  One goal of the center is to accurately predict when these failures occur.  Replacing a chain, belt or other transmission product at the appropriate time is far less expensive than waiting for the product to fail.  To this end, our members observed various products undergoing fatigue and tensile testing on massive machines.  Additionally, Environments are systematically varied to accelerate this testing process.  We even observed a 300 lb. force repeatedly applied to a wall mount for a commode.

    When a product does fail, the information is documented and analysis begins.  Among equipment at their disposal, a scanning electron microscope.  Chemical analysis and hardness testing are also used to assure that quality standards are being maintained.

    One of the last stops on the tour was product testing of flat top chain belts.  To determine which belt material is best, forces are measured under simulated production conditions—plastic bottles, cans and other customer products can be damaged by use of the wrong belt.

    A huge thank you to Joe Hamann, associate Mike Mitchell and staff for providing our members with a memorable tour.

    After the tour, the group raced to Meyer’s Restaurant—we were hungry!  An excellent “family style” meal was served.

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  • Tour of SPX Transformer Solutions - October 5, 2016

    This month, the ASME Milwaukee Section will tour the  SPX Transformer Solutions manufacturing facility in Waukesha.  After, we will have a buffet dinner at La Estacion.

     SPX Transformer Solutions, Inc. is one of the largest U.S. manufacturers of power transformers and a valued supplier of complete transformer service solutions, components and replacement parts as well as a variety of substation-applicable training classes for all skill levels including a large number of comprehensive LTC maintenance courses.  They employ approximately 1,000 people throughout the United States and operate manufacturing facilities at their headquarters location in Waukesha, WI as well as Goldsboro, NC and Dalas, TX.

    CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK FOR MORE INFORMATION AND TO REGISTER.  REGISTRATION CLOSES ON OCTOBER 3, 2016.  SPACE IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 40 PEOPLE!

    http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=hpcqvigab&oeidk=a07ed8aw579edc12aeb

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