Bryan Johnson (Chairman)
Predictive Maintenance and Lubrication Engineer
Arizona Public Service (Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station), Tonopah, Arizona
Bryan Johnson has twenty four years’ experience as a Predictive Maintenance and Lubrication Engineer at Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station with primary responsibility to evaluate and specify lubricants for plant use and to perform Predictive Maintenance/Condition Monitoring duties related to lubricant testing and data evaluation. Secondary responsibilities included establishing programmatic requirements for station lubrication program to include lube storage/handling, cleanliness requirements, usage documentation, root cause determination and laboratory testing specifications. Cross trained into other Predictive technologies. Previously he spent six years as a maintenance engineer at a Naval training facility in Upstate New York.
He holds an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, with emphasis in Tribology. He is Certified (CLGS) by National Grease Lubrication Institute (NLGI).
Mr. Johnson is the current Chairman of ASTM’s sub-committee D02.CS96, International standards committee which develops Standard Practices, Guides and Test Methods related to Predictive Maintenance and the monitoring of in service lubricants. Bryan has been awarded Fellow status by ASTM for contributions made. He is also a Board member of the Engineering Program, Tribology Minor of Auburn University. In addition to that, Bryan also serves in ICML’s LLA Committee, having been a part of the team developing the curriculum for ISO 18436-5.
Richard N. Wurzbach (Vice Chairman)
MRG Laboratories, York, PA
Rich Wurzbach has 25 years of experience in the development of Predictive Maintenance programs and the applications of diagnostic technologies for industrial equipment. His expertise lies in the applications of Infrared Thermography and Lubricant Analysis, and the integration of various diagnostic technologies for equipment assessment.
His past experience includes work at the Three Mile Island, Limerick, and Peach Bottom Nuclear Plants. He also has worked in the biomedical research and pharmaceutical manufacturing industries in the applications of Predictive Maintenance and Maintenance Optimization. He has published over 40 technical papers, has been the editor of peer-reviewed scientific journals for the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), and has authored research studies for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) and the Centre for Energy Advancement through Technological Innovation (CEATI).
Mr. Wurzbach holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry from Millersville (PA) University, 1988. He is certified by ICML as a Machine Lubrication Technician (MLT-I), and Machinery Lubricant Analyst (MLA-II). Mr. Wurzbach also serves in ICML’s LLA Committee, having been a part of the team developing the curriculum for ISO 18436-5.
He was responsible for the design and development of the Peach Bottom Oil Analysis Laboratory, and designed numerous innovative products to improve the practice of oil sampling and analysis. He went on to design and assemble the laboratory and procedures for MRG Labs in York, PA. He also invented and developed the Grease Thief, a tool for sampling and analysis of lubricating greases. He currently serves as co-chairman of the ASTM In-Service Lubricant Testing and Condition Monitoring sub-committee on Integrated Testers.
David E. Lange (Treasurer)
Deputy Executive Director
American Association of Petroleum Geologists, Tulsa, OK
David Lange is a strategic thinking, creative, team building leader with extensive multifunctional executive level global experience in both for profit and not-for-profit organizations. He is currently the Deputy Executive Director of The American Association of Petroleum Geologist, a 501C 6 organization and the AAPG Foundation, a 501C 3 organization. Mr. Lange served as President of Purolator Canada, Ltd, and VP International for Purolator Products, Inc., a NYSE firm. His background includes global start-ups, strategic alliances, joint ventures, acquisitions, and strategic & short term planning and execution.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Southeast Missouri University and an MBA from the University of Missouri Graduate School of Business.
Mr. Lange served 8 years on the Board of Directors and 3 years on the Executive Committee as Treasurer of the Automotive Aftermarket Industries Association, a 501 C 6 association headquartered in Bethesda, MD. He also has further volunteer experience as Board member for a variety of organizations, such as the Sunshine Home Health Services, Leadership Tulsa, and Citizens Crime Commission.
Rendela K. Wenzel, CMRP
Associate Senior Consultant Engineer (Global) - Reliability
Eli Lilly and Company
Rendela Wenzel (LTC- GPEMR) provides reliability and engineering expertise in mechanical systems, Root Cause Analysis, Reliability Centered Maintenance, and reliability modeling. She also provides expertise in mechanical systems troubleshooting, lubrication and condition based monitoring program development and implementation.
She has applied her expertise across many Lilly sites globally to improve site reliability and predictive maintenance programs, and to reduce equipment deviations associated with mechanical systems failures. She also provides lubrication, pump fundamentals, and reliability training. Rendela has also been a key contributor in advancing her discipline through leading the global Reliability Technical Team, and the President of the Indiana Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals. She has mentored numerous individuals and developed several engineering best practices and management of standards and master specifications.
Jim C. Fitch (Past Chairman)
Founder and CEO
Tulsa-based Noria Corporation
Jim C. Fitch is the founder and CEO of Tulsa-based Noria Corporation, a consulting and training organization that specializes in machinery lubrication, oil analysis, tribology, and machine reliability. The firm has served thousands of clients since 1997.
Noria is publisher of Machinery Lubrication magazine. Mr. Fitch has been awarded numerous patents and has published over 200 books, journal papers, and technical articles. He is a technical consultant on wide-ranging subjects related to tribology and lubrication.
Mr. Fitch is also founding director of the International Council for Machinery Lubrication.