Panel Sessions

The PHM Society provides an opportunity to hear and interact with recognized industry leaders in relevant areas for our PHM work. These 90 minute panel sessions will consist of presentations and open discussion by 4-6 panelists directly engaging with the conference audience on the different topics listed below.

These sessions add an enriching dimension to the conference experience and a welcome networking alternative to traditional paper presentations, which dominate some conferences. We believe balancing the conference time in this fashion provides participants a much more engaging experience and increased opportunity to gain unique knowledge.

Panel Session Topics:

  • Unlocking the Potential of Automotive PHM
  • Cybersecurity and PHM: Challenges and Solutions
  • PHM for Space Applications
  • PHM Standards—Why are they important for your work and how to participate
  • MRO / Hangar of the Future

Panel Committee Chairs:

Brian A. Weiss (National Institute of Standards and Technology)

Panel Session Details

Unlocking the Potential of Automotive PHM
Lead: Steven W. Holland (VHM Innovations, LLC)

Description: The automotive industry has proven to be one of the most fertile application domains for PHM technology in terms of financial impact, analytics sophistication and sheer scale. Successful examples have been implemented for both manufacturing systems and the automotive vehicles, themselves. The case has been made for even greater opportunity in coming decades as the continuing electrification of vehicles takes place. Similarly, the potential impact for fleets is anticipated to be huge. This applies to conventional automotive and trucking fleets as well as for future autonomous fleets. But, the pace of PHM introduction continues to lag behind what it might be. This panel seeks to understand the key enablers for recent industry successes as well as the barriers that have limited more rapid progress. The discussion will be centered on strategies that effectively exploit those enablers while mitigating the barriers.

List of Panelists:
  • TBD

Cybersecurity and PHM: Challenges and Solutions
Leads: Timothy Zimmerman (National Institute of Standards and Technology) and Radu Pavel (TechSolve)

Description: PHM systems, along with numerous other systems and technologies, were not inherently designed with cybersecurity in mind. These types of systems must be protected from vulnerabilities that may arise as a result of their increased connectivity, use of wireless networks and sensors, and the wide distribution of sensitive PHM data. Exacerbating the problem, especially in the industrial process control domain, is the potential for negative performance impacts resulting from the integration of common cybersecurity technologies into existing systems. Internet of Things (IoT)-based PHM provides its own set of unique security challenges including data integrity, data leakage, privacy, and the potential for unauthorized access.

This panel will explore the fusion of cybersecurity and PHM, how to enable secure operation of PHM systems while maintaining system performance, and discuss the integration of existing cybersecurity standards and guidance on PHM systems. The panel also seeks to understand specific cybersecurity challenges faced by operators of PHM systems and their potential solutions.

List of Panelists:
  • TBD

PHM for Space Applications
Leads: Derek DeVries (NGC) and Andrew Hess (The Hess PHM Group)

Description: The planned use of manned and long-term crewed space platforms, as well as quick to launch and reusable space vehicles, is increasing at a very accelerating rate. After the legacy NASA developed Space Shuttle and LEO ISS; among many things, there are near term NASA plans for: a lunar Gateway station, a permanent lunar base, asteroid present, and Mars bases. Vehicles and platforms to accomplish these far reaching goals will include: crewed space and surface based stations and habitats; various types of launch, long range transportation, and orbit to surface vehicles; and all kinds of support subsystems and technologies. Beside NASA and other government directed organizations; commercial based entities are aggressively developing systems to achieve these same and additional space related goals. These commercial focused applications include tourist to space and LEO, space based hotels, and lunar and deep-space resource mining. This panel will focus on issues and challenges associated with these applications; and how PHM capabilities can be applied to reduce risks, increase efficiencies, and ensure resilient sustainment of these vehicles, platforms, habitats, and systems.

List of Panelists:
  • TBD

PHM Standards—Why are they important for your work and how to participate
Lead: Jeff Bird (TECnos)

Description: The PHM Society mission emphasizes free and unrestricted access to PHM knowledge, promotion of interdisciplinary and international collaboration in PHM and leading the advancement of PHM as an engineering discipline. Standards need to be seen and readily used by the PHM community as enablers for development and implementation of PHM technology. The extensive and long-term work by a wide variety of Standards Developing Organizations like ASME, IEC, IEEE, ISO, NIST, SAE, SCC is essential but perhaps not accessible by new and even seasoned members of our community. From the PHM18 panel, “there must be hundreds of standards applicable in PHM”. A review last year looked at standards in a digital age.

The panel format will be a review and discussion for standards impact: Reviewing the Society standards information portal content- as a start on what products and coordination the Society can provide to make PHM standards enablers for your work. We will discuss your questions like: What are some success stories? How to get involved in the development and review of evolving guidelines, best practices and standards? How users and smaller organizations participate? How are the community’s pain points shared? What should the Society’s role be- Requests for Concepts, Portal, Success Stories, Gap Analysis? Completion of these objectives will be planned within the Standards User Group established in the Society.

List of Panelists:
  • TBD

MRO / Hangar of the Future
Lead: Frank Zahiri (U.S. Air Force)

Description: The key focus for the PHM MRO Sector panel will be on the capabilities for an integrated aircraft sustainment process in order to enhance and increase customer support. The panel will include experts in life cycle management, product support, supply chain management, and maintenance services. They will bring expertise in the area of improving aircraft availability and reduction of associated costs thru MRO/Hangar of the Future. Collaboration on key elements in the sustainment process is essential and can be achieved by integrating with an optimized supply chain process thereby driving efficiencies. The speed at which aircraft move through the hangar results in higher availability. This examination of the processes which impact aircraft maintenance, include maintenance production execution, maintenance planning and optimization, asset health and performance monitoring, supply chain and logistics. Driving digital transformation on the shop floor (digital factory), modelling (combine data-driven and physics-based), quality and test will be presented to support execution of maintenance, repair, overhaul, modifications/retrofit, and modernization of processes.

List of Panelists:
  • TBD

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