ISWM University 2017, March 15-17, 2017, Nashville Airport Hotel, Nashville, TN


The ISWM will be holdings its 2017 Technical Conference on March 15-17, 2017 at the Nashville Airport Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee.  The two-day conference will feature expert speakers, tabletop exhibits, and networking opportunities for manufacturers, dealers, and technicians.

Randall Hardin, Program Chair, has assembled an outstanding group of presenters for the 2017 Technical Conference.  They include:

- Paul Batson, President of TSW Automation, Inc. on The Cloud and the Scale Industry.   “The Cloud” is the biggest disrupting force in our economy today.  It reaches to nearly every industry, including weighing and measurement.  This talk includes an overview of the technical impact of the Cloud on the scale industry today and insights into where things are headed.

- Rudi Baisch, Executive Vice President of Emery Winslow on Hydrostatic Load Cells and Their Impact on Heavy Industry Weighing.  This session will focus on Hydrostatic load cells and the advantages of this technology, particularly in harsh environments, including applications subject to heavy wash down or flooding, or exposed to corrosion, lightning, power surges, explosive conditions, and even rodents (think waste transfer facilities and landfills).

- Donald Newell, National Motor Freight Traffic Association on How & Why Does the North American Less-Than-Truckload (LTL) Industry Use Scales and Multi-Dimension Measuring Devices (MDMD)?  A variety of scales have been in use by the LTL industry of North America for decades.  LTL Carriers use the forklift mounted scales and platform scales on their freight docks to check the accuracy of shipment weights against the weight declared on the bill of lading by the shipper.  Why?  Why do they also use truck scales?  Why have LTL Carriers deployed hundreds of MDMD in their terminals?  Don will address both scale and MDMD use in the North American LTL industry and answer questions from the audience.

- Jim Daggon, Senior Product Engineer, Emerging Technologies, Rice Lake Weighing System on Ethernet Communications (hands on- Bring your laptop!) Jim will cover the basics and practical applications on: what Ethernet is and is not; what the different types of Ethernet that are found in the field; how to design and install an Ethernet System; how to connect to and troubleshoot Ethernet Systems with free tools; and wireless Ethernet and its different variants.

- Karl Cornelius, National Sales Manager, Powerforce, LLC the US Agent for PENKO Engineering on Know Before You Go. Today manufacturer’s partners are more and more concerned with “Increased Throughput”, “Reduced Downtime”, and “Avoidance of Unscheduled Downtime.”  Partners are becoming more aggressive to find advantages to improve the bottom line.  This demanding environment requires distributors and service groups to respond more quickly and efficiently.   With new technologies it is now many times possible to remotely test weighing systems, determine problems, and help engineers find the underlining issues.   Remote testing can many times be done over the Internet and allow the technician to “Know Before You Go,” saving time and resources.  This presentation will review some of the basics of preparation and also introduce new technologies, which will greatly enhance your knowledge.  These technologies allow weighing systems to be accessed through the implementation of T.E.D.S. Compliant Load Cells and Intelligent Load Cell junction units.  Specific fault diagnostic information can be provided from a control panel or even remotely via an internet connection.  This diagnostic information is available in minutes, which greatly reduces response time.   

- Terry Hopkins, Occupational Safety Specialist with Tennessee OSHA Consultative Services on Tennessee OSHA Consultative Services and Their Free On Site Evaluation Services.  This session will discuss the Tennessee OSHA Consultative Services. The program is offered to employers, especially smaller employers, to assist them in achieving a safe and healthful workplace for their employees without fear of citations or penalties. TOSHA Consultation offers both occupational safety and industrial hygiene services to manufacturing, construction, and other types of businesses in Tennessee. This no-cost service is designed to assist employers in developing or enhancing safety and health management systems.

Handbook 44 Training and Testing will be offered on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Ann Crowley will be conducting the six-hour session, which will include training on Handbook 44 followed by an open book test.  All participants in Handbook 44 training and testing will receive a copy of the 2017 Scale Code Field Manual (a direct copy of NIST Handbook 44). 

Attendees at the 2017 Technical Conference will enjoy networking opportunities throughout the conference, including Wednesday evening’s Opening Reception and Thursday lunch.  And you’ll have a chance to experience the sights and sounds of Nashville, “Music City” and the capital of Tennessee. Legendary country music venues include the Grand Ole Opry House, home of the famous “Grand Ole Opry” stage and radio show. The Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum and historic Ryman Auditorium are Downtown, as is the District, featuring honky-tonks with live music and the Johnny Cash Museum, celebrating the singer's life.

Download the Registration Brochure and Exhibitor Prospectus for the 2017 Technical Conference.  Early registration is open until February 14.  After February 14, registration rates increase.