Pittsburgh Technical Council

Tech Talks: DQE Stage

Tech Talks: DQE Stage

Tech Talks: DQE Stage (Salon 4)


1:30 p.m.: Predictive Statistical Process Control

Rob DiNardi, President & Owner

Lauren Morlacci, Manufacturing Systems Engineer

L&S Machine Company

L&S Machine Company utilizes their Haas CNC machines to collect data and alert their operators when a statistically unlikely dimensional result occurs. Through the use of historical data, L&S’s machines are programmed to look for feature sizes that are out of 3 standard deviations of the mean. This allows L&S to prevent a part from going out of specification limits due to stimuli like tool wear, and implement appropriate safeguards.

2:00 p.m.: Transforming Operations, Empowering People 

Jim Gillespie, Chief Executive Officer, Gray Matter Systems

The Industrial Internet is very real and it’s here. Everyone is collecting loads of data, but the problem is only a small percentage of manufacturers are using that data to take action.  It’s time to digitally transform your operation using the wisdom of the machines you already have, with the information you’re already capturing. It’s time for manufacturing to unlock the data dollars.

2:30 p.m.: Citrine’s Citrination

Doug Ramsey, Vice President, Business Development, Citrine Informatics

Citrine Informatics' Vice President of Business Development, Doug Ramsey, will discuss Citrine's Citrination product, and how it excels at organizing diverse data repositories and applying Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to turn data into decisions. Citrine's Citrination Enterprise Platform focuses on materials discovery, processing, and application for R&D, Design, and Manufacturing organizations.  The Citrination Platform hosts the world's largest repository of material properties and helps users organize and connect their proprietary data to this repository to speed time to discovery and collapse design and manufacturing challenges. 

3:00 p.m.: Advanced Retail Analytics using Apache Kafka™ and Hadoop®   

Bob Liekar, Technical Director

Kevin Whitfield, Applications Group Director


This talk focuses on how MSA is using an Event Streaming platform that includes MapR’s Hadoop and Apache Kafka to deliver Advanced Analytics.  This platform was built to discover and deliver Just-In-Time high impact business insights from large datasets integrated at their most granular level for our clients in the fast moving consumer goods industries.

3:30 p.m.: Bridges: Converging High-Performance Computing and Big Data

Nicholas A. Nystrom, Senior Director of Research, Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center

Bridges is a uniquely capable, data- and memory-intensive high-performance computing (HPC) system designed to integrate HPC with Big Data, deliver “HPC-as-a-Service”, and help researchers facing challenges in Big Data to work more intuitively. Funded by the National Science Foundation and powered by state-of-the-art large-memory servers and Intel® Omni-Path Architecture (OPA) interconnect technology, Bridgesprovides an exceptionally flexible environment supporting databases, Hadoop, Spark, Python R, and other popular Big Data software. 

4:00 p.m.: North East Big Data Hub


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