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Drowning in Data? Learn to Swim in the Digital Age

During this webchat, explore how to successfully implement condition monitoring technology to harness the power of data and drive effective decision-making.

June 4, 2024 

2:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM CT / 11:00 AM PT / 6:00 PM GMT

Duration: 1 hour 

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The digital transformation presents both opportunities and challenges. As continuous monitoring becomes more ubiquitous, we are collecting exponentially greater amounts of data than ever before. At the same time, our industries are losing experience and facing reductions in manpower. It’s natural to think that digital technologies could fill that gap, but many are realizing that without a thoughtful implementation strategy more data doesn’t always translate into greater reliability. During this webchat, we’ll explore how to successfully implement condition monitoring technology to harness the power of data and drive effective decision making.

Discussion Points:

  • What are the first steps for a successful digital implementation strategy?
  • Quality vs quantity: How do we ensure that the data collected is meaningful and useful?
  • What resources are needed to analyze and act on information?
  • AI's role and the role of human experience
  • How do you establish alerts and alarms (alarm management)
  • I've got a problem, it's (insert failure mode), what should I do?


Ares Panagoulias- Director of Condition Monitoring & Test Lab- Hydro, Inc

Ares Panagoulias directs the sales, operations, and engineering of IIOT Condition Monitoring products and services for Hydro in the Hydro Centaur business unit. He works directly with customers to analyze data to improve rotating equipment maintenance strategies, increase availability, and reduce downtime.

Ares is also responsible for operations and management of all functions related to testing of high energy pumps, primarily for the Nuclear (safety and non‐safety related), Power Utility, Pipeline, Chemical, and Oil & Gas industries at Hydro’s Pump Test Lab. He has contributed to numerous internal and external R&D projects, including ongoing efforts to improve condition monitoring equipment in field installations.

Robert McCowan- Strategic Accounts & Business Development Manager- Hydro, Inc

Robert McCowan serves as the Strategic Accounts and Business Development Manager at Hydro, leveraging his decade-long expertise in sales focused on industrial systems and reliability practices. A Florida native and proud father, Robert holds a degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Florida. 

After college, Robert served in the US Navy as a commissioned officer before turning his passion back to mechanical engineering, which resonates in both his professional and personal pursuits. His early career achievements are attributed to his proficiency in developing new business, executing growth strategies, and his strong network built on relationship-centric principles.

Christen Mancini- Director of Marketing- Hydro, Inc

Christen Mancini was raised in the pump industry and is the third generation of her family to be working in pump systems. She started her career working for the family business of pump-focused engineering consulting, where she developed training tools, wrote specifications, and helped create strategic programs to support customers in increasing pump reliability and efficiency.

Christen currently manages the marketing department at Hydro, Inc, where she helps promote Hydro’s mission of helping customers achieve operational excellence by engineering safe, efficient, and sustainable solutions for their rotating equipment.


Traci Purdum | Editor-in-Chief | Chemical Processing

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