McIlvaine Hot Topic Hours (HTH) and Recordings

Market Webinars

Between February 2017 and September 2018 Mcilvaine conducted 30 webinars. Each covered a specific industry and the opportunity for Combust, Flow, and Treat (CFT) product and service providers to expand their revenue potential by adding edge computing packages. The links below under previous webinars allow you to view and hear the presentations

The format of future webinars is being revised to insure high level discussions. Available data is being gathered in the Mcilvaine Global Decisions Orchard. This includes recorded interviews as well as magazine articles and conference presentations. Participants in future webinars will have access to this data in advance. This will make the discussions more productive. This data is being provided free of charge at

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You can search by industry, product, company and other ways. Here are the postings in a recent two day period. One of the important aspects is numerical identifiers of each combust, flow, and treat product purchaser such as EDL, Tereos, KGHM and Samsung.



Previous Webinars and Expected Round 2 Coverage

Gas Turbine, Reciprocating Engine IIoT and Remote O&M  This industry segment has made the most progress in leveraging IIoT for remote O&M services.  Turbine and component suppliers have remote monitoring centers operating around the clock.  We will be looking to fill in the uncovered subjects and provide the latest information on the subjects which were shown n the Gas Turbine Reciprocating Engine  IIoT and Remote O&M Agenda February 23

Recorded 50 Minute webinar on February 23, 2017
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Coal Fired Power IIoT and Remote O&M  This session built on nine hours of webinars recently conducted on optimizing NOx emissions,42 years of data analysis in Coal Fired Power Plant Decisions and a previous Mcilvaine report entitled Information Technology in Electricity Generation.  It discussed the basis for an $80 billion 2030 forecast for coal fired IIoT and remote O&M with a focus on the potential for utilities in developing countries to take advantage of the world’s expertise through services from international consortia.  An Agenda is shown at:Coal Fired Power Plant IIoT and Remote O&M Agenda March 2

Recorded 50 Minute webinar on March 2, 2017
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Pump IIoT & Remote O&M  The potential for pump suppliers to add $20 billion of annual revenue and create new market routes for pumps valued at $25 billion was discussed along with the evolution from vibration and lube oil monitoring to maximizing efficiency and minimizing maintenance costs.  Based on the research in N019 Pumps World Market the session discussed the various routes to market (system suppliers, third party O&M providers, and direct to end users)

Recorded 50 Minute webinar on March 9, 2017
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Industrial Valve IIoT & Remote O&M  The role industrial valves will play in expanding the market to $1.4 trillion while generating $20 billion in additional valve revenues and carving new routes for valve sales worth $30 billion is explained.  Insights from N028 Industrial Valves: World Market are leveraged to predict the evolution of smart valves, valve inventory management programs such as being offered by GE, integration with third party programs and the role for subject matter experts.

Recorded 50 Minute webinar on March 16, 2017
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Oil and Gas IIoT and Remote O&M   Mcilvaine predicts this market will grow to $168 billion by 2030.  Insights from N049 Oil, Gas, Shale and Refining Markets were used to describe the present disparate programs and the eventual amalgamation to interactive systems using open platform software. Safety, security, maintenance, environment, and efficiency were considered. The webinar included uses in the upstream, midstream and downstream segments of the industry.

Recorded 50 Minute webinar on March 23, 2017
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Filtration and Separation IIoT and Remote O&M   The basis for a $350 billion 2030 market is provided.  The broad range of applications as delineated in many market reports is analyzed.  This includes thousands of applications including ones as diverse as vibration monitoring and polymer dosage for centrifuges to filter condition monitoring for stationary IC engines.  Clarcor already provides a total filtration solution package which includes replacing of all filters in a plant as needed. Donaldson offers a filter program for off road engines.

Recorded 40 Minute webinar on March 30, 2017
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Water & Wastewater IIoT and Remote O&M   Municipal water and wastewater treatment systems are challenged by long pipelines subject to leakage, corrosion, odors, and blockages as well as by maintaining valves and pumps in remote locations. New wireless technologies are already enthusiastically embraced. Mcilvaine provided insights based on several of its services:  North American Wastewater Treatment Facilities and North American Public Water Plants as well as on ongoing private studies on subjects such as aeration compressors.  This market is projected to reach $168 billion in 2030.

Recorded 50 Minute webinar on April 6, 2017
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Air Pollution Control  The basis for a $60 billion 2030 IIoT forecast is explained. Continuous emissions monitoring systems are now required in many industries in many countries.  Typically minute by minute emissions of each pollutant are transmitted to owners as well as enforcement agencies. There is a huge potential to integrate the information from these systems with combustion and other process optimization systems to operate plants based on both total economic and environmental cost of ownership.  Mcilvaine provides insights based on analyses included in World FGD Market, NOx Control World Markets, World Fabric Filter & Elements Market, Electrostatic Precipitator World Market. Remote operation and maintenance of electrostatic precipitators is well established and successful. This success is a model for other IIoT initiatives and is examined in detail.

Recorded 56 Minute webinar on April 13, 2017
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Cleanrooms  Semiconductor, pharmaceutical and other manufacturers need ultraclean environments. The webinar covered the opportunity for continuous remote monitoring of recirculating air and water used in critical processes along with development of smarter mini environments and better sensors to track personnel activity and contamination. It also be covered activities of individual companies as illustrated from some of the headlines in a recent Mcilvaine IIoT and Remote Monitoring Newsletter --Vaisala Continuous Monitors Keep Pharma Cleanrooms Audit Ready--Terra has Wireless Control System to Minimize Cleanroom Fan Energy Consumption--Lighthouse Software Provides Tracking of Air Cleanliness and Conditions--Mahindra Remotely Monitors Indian Cleanrooms--ENVIRCO Controls Air Flow in Cleanroom Filtration Systems--ABB Robotics Has Introduced Its Smallest Ever Cleanroom Robot.

Recorded 38 Minute webinar on April 20, 2017
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Ultrapure Water  Power plants use ultrapure water to make steam, semiconductor manufacturers to wash chips and pharmaceutical manufacturers for making drugs for human injection.  Purifying water to meet these rigid requirements requires complex processes and expensive chemicals.  IIoT and Remote O&M provide the opportunity to better maintain water quality while reducing operating costs.  Since the manufacturing environments are also complex it will be necessary to integrate ultrapure water IIoT with the plant wide IIoT.  Remote monitoring is already routine for gas turbine generation plant operators. So adding ultrapure water is a logical progression. Coal fired and nuclear power plants, chip makers and pharmaceutical producers are going to embrace IIoT and will be expecting the contribution of the Industrial Internet of Wisdom (IIoW) by ultrapure water system and component suppliers.

Recorded 46 Minute webinar on April 27, 2017
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Treatment Chemicals  Most treatment chemicals suppliers are first of all knowledge and service companies and only secondarily are they suppliers of basic chemicals. With IIoT and Remote O&M these solutions providers can provide better service and reduce the travel and on site costs of their personnel.  Suppliers such as Kurita and Nalco have performance measurement software which allows them to supply the optimum amounts of chemicals. Nalco has a remote control center which operates 24/7. GE water is now part of Suez which has a worldwide remote control center in France. Some of the wastewater treatment suppliers such as Alfa Laval, GEA, and Andritz have optimization systems which need to be integrated with the supply of chemicals. The IIoW (Wisdom) to empower IIoT will turn sensor performance data into action items for treatment chemicals suppliers.  This should result in new chemicals and better tailoring of chemicals to each application.

Recorded 68 Minute webinar on May 10, 2017
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Mining  The mining IIoT and remote O&M webinar on Thursday revealed a major transition  toward IIoT.  Rio Tinto already has driverless machinery,  trains and vehicles and is developing automated processing plants.  The company envisions the day when nearly all its personnel are in Perth. It says the system will function as if it had a  brain the size of an iron ore province. This brain is comprised of  parts involving knowledge around  every piece of process equipment, pump, valve and fan. It includes the knowledge to best supply chemicals, filter media and other consumables.

Whether it is mining or coal fired power the functioning of the brain will be the key to success.  However, the anatomical differences between Einsteins brain and  that of the village idiot are negligible.  Is it possible that too much confidence is being placed in IIoT and not enough attention is being paid to the Industrial Internet of Wisdom ( IIoW). It is a big step forward to interconnect every sensor but what about interconnecting people.  Whether it is the mining industry or Power there are many thousands of people with unique niche expertise . In our world of silos there is much knowledge about the product and much knowledge about the process to which it will be applied but less knowledge about the optimum use of the product for each specific application.  There is even less knowledge of how a product can shape an application.

Two participants in the webinar on Thursday demonstrated that they are tearing down the silos between product and application.  Howden has complete solutions for mine ventilation. Solenis is using extensive process knowledge to optimize mining processes with their chemicals.

Howden is part of Colfax.  Over the last few decades Howden has acquired one fan company after another to become the worlds largest supplier.  Fans are critical to underground mining operations. Safety depends on minimizing CO levels. However fan energy is an important cost.  With IIoT a system can be designed with air quality and flow  sensors at every critical point in the mining. Multiple fans , each with variable speed drives, can vary the flow to and from  each point in the mine.  The variables caused by entry of vehicles and people can be taken into account in a software program which optimizes energy consumption while keeping  personnel safe and healthy. This system needs the expertise of mining ventilation engineers who thoroughly understand process variables.  So the question is who should put all this together. Cisco Connected Mining has a program but how close is its brain to the Einstein ideal? Howden has lots of fan experience but was not content to be a sub contractor.  It bought a software company (Simsmart) with the mining expertise.  It hired 15 ventilation engineers and has eliminated the silos between product and application. It provides the sensors, the software, the fans, drives and other components and provides an ongoing solution with 24/7 monitoring.

Revenues for the ventilation fans and repair parts over two decades may be X.  The revenue from a smart ventilation solution could be 3X or maybe even  6X. If the profits from fan and part sales are Y, the profits from total solutions could be 6y or even 12Y.

Solenis has made a big commitment to understanding mining processes and developing chemical treatment programs . One example is a gold mining operation in the Western U.S.  A thorough review of the existing process which was plagued with scale deposition led to the recommendation and use of Zalta™ anti scalants.  The downtime was considerably reduced and profits increased by $ 2 million per year.  Solenis recognizes the potential for remote O&M and is well positioned to further leverage its process knowledge for continuous support.

The webinar reviewed the offerings of software, component, chemical and equipment companies.  They included ABB, Andritz, BAGGI , Cisco, Eaton, Emerson,  Evoqua, F.L. Smidth, Grundfos,  Honeywell, Howden, ITT, Kemira, Nalco, Siemens,  Solenis, Source One, Symboticware and Xylem. Each has the opportunity to take a bigger slice of the pie.

Andritz has developed Brainwave for optimizing its flotation and thickening equipment.  Evoqua and Eaton each has a large number of products which if the silos are eliminated will provide.

Source One provides sourcing as a service for a range of components including filters and chemicals.  When all the components are continuously monitored global sourcing will be even more attractrive. However, it would seem that a provider such as Source One has a lot to learn and evaluate if it is going to optimize global sourcing in the IIoT world.

Recorded 73 Minute webinar on May 24, 2017
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Chemical Manufacturing   This industry transports, mixes, reacts and separates solids, liquids and gases.  Many chemical processes are complex.  Many are variable with different products being manufactured in the same equipment. There are also safety and environmental challenges.  International chemical suppliers are building new facilities where demand dictates which is Asia and other growing regions.  IIoT and remote O&M allow multi facility chemical companies to optimize product quality cost, and safety while maximizing sustainability.

Recorded 64 Minute webinar on June 7, 2017
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Pharmaceutical Manufacturing  This industry is under pressure to reduce costs.  One of the chosen options has been to build generic drug manufacturing facilities in India and China Many of the manufacturing processes are complex and require lots of domain expertise.  IIoT and Remote O&M allow the major U.S. and European companies to utilize their existing experts for facility management on all continents.  Rigid government regulations can also be met with the certainty provided by continuous sensing and data analytics.  A marketing program using the new digital tools and  focused on the top 20 pharmaceutical companies will be outlined.

Recorded 69 Minute webinar on June 28, 2017
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Semiconductor ManufacturingThe semiconductor industry is already benefiting from IIoT and Remote O&M due to many processes involved in chip manufacture. This webinar will focus on the potential relating to the ultrapure water, gases and liquid chemicals used in the processes, air pollution control, water reuse, and movement of granular materials.  Special valves, pumps, and piping are needed.  IIoT can address challenges in maintaining high purity air in critical areas.  A marketing strategy based on the top 10 semiconductor companies will be outlined.

Recorded 55 Minute webinar on July 19, 2017
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Food Processing  Nearly 50% of food processors are moving ahead with IIoT.  This webinar covers the potential for IIoT and Remote O&M relative to all the liquids, slurries, gases, water, air, granular solids and resultant products. The potential ranges from the simple temperature measurement of food to the control of forward osmosis systems to reduce alcohol content.  A marketing program based around the 20 largest food companies is also outlined.  ConAgra is used as an example.  This company has IIoT potential not only for plant operations but for the municipal wastewater treatment which it conducts in many of the small towns where it operates.

Recorded 55 Minute webinar on August 2, 2017
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Pulp & Paper  Flow and Treat companies such as Andritz, Solenis, Kemira and others are already remotely monitoring and providing predictive maintenance for pulp and paper processing. The potential to expand and integrate these activities in open platform cloud based systems will be discussed.  A marketing program based upon the top 20 pulp and paper companies and taking advantage of all the available digital communication tools are explained.

Recorded 62 Minute webinar on August 23, 2017
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Renewable Energy  Mcilvaine tracks every wind, solar, biomass and hydro project.  Technology advancements such as combined heat and power plus CO2 additions for indoor agriculture are analyzed.  This industry knowledge will be used as a basis to chart the future of IIoT and Remote O&M.  Progress is rapid.  Duke formerly had remote O&M systems provided by multiple wind turbine suppliers.  All of this data is now analyzed in one open platform cloud system.  A marketing program based on the digital tools now available to target the largest providers will be explained.

Recorded 46 Minute webinar on September 13, 2017
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Nuclear Energy  Most of the combust, flow and treat decisions are made by less than 50 companies.  EDF has more than 75,000 MW of nuclear capacity. Exelon is the U.S. leader with more than 15,000 MW. Exelon’s partnership with GE is taking a vertical and horizontal view fleetwide and across all equipment of the same sort across the fleet.  McIlvaine tracks all nuclear activity on a weekly basis in 41F Utility E-Alert.  The Mcilvaine custom website identifying each of the 5000 critical valves in an Areva design nuclear plant is an example of the contribution of IIoW.  China is leading in new capacity and has recently expanded its plans.  Many of the plant owners also operate other types of power plants.  The purchases of valves, pumps, filters, automation and instrumentation for some of the largest buyers will be revealed.

Recorded 54 Minute webinar on October 18, 2017
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Combustion Flue Gas Treatment  Sixteen power companies will buy 55 percent of the flue gas treatment systems next year.  The top Waste to Energy system suppliers are building and operating multiple plants. The individual owner purchases of wet systems with lots of pumps and valves and dry systems with pneumatic conveyors and dry solids flow control will be assessed.  The role of catalyst, lime, and ammonia suppliers will be covered. The purchases of instrumentation and reagents will be changed by the trend toward remote O&M. Also the role of user groups and McIlvaine services in creating clear total cost of ownership analyses will be probed.

Recorded 107 Minute webinar on November 8, 2017
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Desalination  Previous webinars on filtration pumps and treatment chemicals shed light on the potential of combust, flow and treat products and for remote monitoring and operation of desalination systems. Pump energy is a major cost.  Chemical injection to keep membranes clean is critical.  Remote O&M enhanced by process wisdom can make desalination more cost effective.  A McIlvaine metric to compare the value of clean water in arid areas provides a useful addition to data analytics.  A marketing program focused on the largest operators is included.

Recorded 56 Minute webinar on December 6, 2017
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Refining A small number of companies make the decisions relative to combust, flow and treat purchases for refineries. The refinery IIoT and Remote O&M market will rise from $18 billion in 2018 to more than $36 billion by 2024. Companies building new refineries are well aware of the benefits of using IIoT through pervasive sensing applications.  A typical modern facility will thus have about 50,000 inputs and outputs to and from control and monitoring systems, with all connections made through plant intranets, which replaces the Internet in these IIoT applications. But an older refinery will typically have closer to 20,000 inputs and outputs, with the 30,000 shortfall the root cause of much inefficiency, operational issues and safety incidents.  So, the IIoT potential at existing plants is bigger than for new plants. McIlvaine tracks all refinery projects daily. There are relatively few refining companies. Many of them also own chemical plants and or extract gas and oil.  A marketing program for refining combust, flow, and treat products and services will be discussed.

Recorded 41 Minute webinar on January 10, 2018
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Shale Oil and Gas  Unlike conventional extraction shale oil and gas involves large numbers of small wells with very complex extraction processes.  This combination makes IIoT and Remote O&M very cost effective. There are also many more combust, flow and treat products and services required. McIlvaine tracks all the oil and gas activity on a daily basis.  N049 Oil, Gas, Shale and Refining Markets and Projects  Remote monitoring of pumps and valves is very important due to the high pressures and abrasive environment in which these components must operate.  The cost of shale and gas extraction has been falling due to process and component innovation.  Greater use of IIoT and Remote O&M will make this technology even more competitive.  This webinar provides an extension of the March oil and gas webinar which can be viewed at

Recorded 54 Minute webinar on February 7, 2018
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Offshore Oil and Gas Extraction  
Offshore and particularly deep subsea extraction involves challenges not found elsewhere.  The need for remote O&M is absolute in deep subsea applications.   Evolving technology is critical to reducing costs.  The McIlvaine Choke Valve Decision Guide and Oil and Gas Gate Valves Greater than 5000 psi Decision Guide are examples of the contribution of IIoW (wisdom) to IIoT.  Subsea IIoT includes a network of smart, wireless sensors and devices configured to provide actionable operational intelligence such as performance, performance, condition and diagnostic information.  McIlvaine tracks offshore projects on a daily basis.  This resource is used in a marketing plan focused on the large offshore operators.

Recorded 35 Minute webinar on February 28, 2018
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Municipal Wastewater Markets and Decisions
This will be a follow up and expansion of the discussion of the Water and Wastewater IIoT webinar of April 6, 2017.  You can view the table of contents and listen to the previous recording from the links below   this will include market forecasts for municipal wastewater combust, flow and treat products and services but also cover the municipal wastewater decisions system with specific emphasis on aeration blower options.  Markets for pumps, valves, chemicals, filters and instruments impacted by IIoT will also be covered.

Recorded 53 Minute webinar on March 28, 2018
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Coal Fired Power IIoT and Remote O&M    An update of the webinar conducted on  March 2, 2017 provides the latest S.E. Asia projects along with conclusions being reached in Coal fired boiler Decisions and specifically dry scrubber options.  It also covers the markets for systems and components and the impact of IIoT.

Recorded 72 Minute webinar on April 25, 2018
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Gas Turbine, Reciprocating Engine IIoT and Remote O&M  An update of the webinar conducted on February 2, 2017 will cover the markets and projects for gas turbine and reciprocating engine systems and components world wide.  The impact of IIoT and the booming third party remote monitoring and  O&M  will be analyzed. There will also be coverage of Gas turbine Decisions and challenging issues such as desuperheater reliability and maintenance.

Recorded 41 Minute webinar on May 23, 2018
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Industrial Valves: The first segment will be a review of N028 Industrial Valves: World Market with forecasts by location, industry and product.  Analysis of the top 100 corporate purchasers will be discussed along with all the subjects listed above under the general agenda.

Recorded 30 Minute webinar on June 20, 2018
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Pumps: The first segment will be a review of N019 Pumps World Market with forecasts by location, industry and product.  Analysis of the top 100 corporate purchasers will be discussed along with all the subjects listed above under the general agenda.

Recorded 32 Minute webinar on July 18, 2018
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Power Plant Air Pollution Control: The first segment will be a review of N018 Electrostatic Precipitator World MarketN021 World Fabric Filter and Element Market,  N027 FGD Market and StrategiesN035 NOx Control World Market with forecasts by location, industry and product.  Analysis of the top 100 corporate purchasers will be discussed along with all the subjects listed above under the general agenda.

Recorded 31 Minute webinar on August 22, 2018
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Cartridges: The first segment will be a review of N024 Cartridge Filters: World Market with forecasts by location, industry and product.  Analysis of the top 100 corporate purchasers will be discussed along with all the subjects listed above under the general agenda.

Recorded 40 Minute webinar on September19, 2018
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Why should I consider participating in Interwebviews™?

The Industrial Internet of Wisdom (IIoW) will empower IIoT. Interwebviews™ will be as important to IIoW as wireless transmitters are to IIoT.  Interwebviews™ are a foundation of IIoW Decision Systems.  A rule of thumb is at least one Interwebview™ per year for each $1 million in sales.  In the new digital world your client will be watching these through his iPhone and then using the Decision Systems to select bidders and make decisions.

What is an Interwebview™?

Interwebviews™ are hosted discussions with recorded presentations by salesmen or engineers. The recordings are uploaded to YouTube and the McIlvaine Decision Systems as well to the IIoT and other McIlvaine Newsletters.  They can also be linked to the company website.

The best information is no longer in brochures and catalogues.  It resides on your laptop power point presentations. Here are some tips on leveraging this resource;

  • Think outside the box. There is a unique communication route which dictates an informal engineering oriented recording with a presentation by your application engineer or salesman.
  • Don’t make the mistake of striving for image rather than substance.
  • Make the presentation short and focused on why the client should consider a specific product.
  • Create multiple recordings with combinations of industries, products and languages.

Cost and Process

  • The cost is $80/minute with a minimum of 8 minutes.  McIlvaine sets up a GoToMeeting for recording an interview. 
  • The presenter sends his PowerPoint slide deck to McIlvaine in advance.
  • The introduction by the McIlvaine host is informal.
  •  McIlvaine sequences the slides as the presenter speaks.
  • McIlvaine asks one or more questions to add to the simulation of a customer presentation.
  • Recording is then prepared and posted as explained above.


The following presentations have averaged more than 400 viewers, and some have experienced over 1000. But remember it is not quantity it is quality of listener which matters. The links in the newsletters assure targeted audiences.

There are a range of formats available.  The Burns & McDonnell and Sick presentations are power point based.  The Snowpure and Atlas Copco are discussions while explaining the website displays. The Chicago Bridge & Iron (CBI) presentation is in Mandarin with introductions in English. It resulted in one month of meetings with interested Chinese prospect.

The following presentations have averaged more than 400 viewers and some have experienced over 1000. But remember it is not quantity it is quality of listener which matters. The links in the newsletters assure targeted audiences

Company Language Subject (Click title to view recording)
Golden Specialty English EPA 325 Rule
Danfoss English Variable Frequency Drives
WIN-911 English IIoT Alarm Systems
Burns & McDonnell English Implications of U.S. utility ELG and CCR regulaitons
Yokogawa English Nh3 Measurement
Sick English Cement MACT Monitoring
Tekran English Mercury Monitoring
Snowpure English Electrodeionization
Atlas  Copco English Screw Compressors
Boerger English Rotary Pump
CBI Chinese Mercury Removal
Wahlco Chinese Urea to Ammonia

To set up an Interwebview™ or to ask questions please contact Bob Mcilvaine, Ross Ardell or Denise Flasch at 847-784-0012 or email us at:
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