The Turbomachinery Laboratory, a center of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) has entered into a collaboration with Petroliam Nasional Berhad (PETRONAS) to be the top sponsor of the upcoming Asia Turbomachinery and Pump Symposium (ATPS) scheduled for 7-9 April 2020 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Short courses will be held in conjunction with the symposium on 6 April. As the top-tier (Platinum) Sponsor, PETRONAS takes a lead role in assuring the success of ATPS through its extensive outreach and partnerships in the region.
Support from PETRONAS, furthers the Turbo Lab’s global footprint in turbomachinery and pump education, research and workforce development. PETRONAS is joined by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (Mitsubishi Compressor Corporation and Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems) as the ATPS 2020 Gold sponsor. Both organizations bring additional prestige to a world-class symposium now moving to Kuala Lumpur after two successful events in Singapore in 2016 and 2018.
Dr. Eric Petersen, director of the Turbo Lab, said that without this sponsor support, the Lab would not be able to sustain the vital ATPS program long-term.
“I am grateful for the leadership position that both PETRONAS and MHI are taking in support of training and education,” Petersen said. “We are heading into the 2020 Symposium with a strong foundation that we feel will support a sustained presence in Southeast Asia. Our mission of educating working practitioners in rotating equipment with up-to-date information, techniques, and trends in cutting-edge technology will be greatly enhanced with this association.”
ATPS is organized by the Turbo Lab and developed by the industry through a peer-review process steered by advisers of both Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) and end-user companies. ATPS follows the same structure as the annual Turbomachinery and Pump Symposia (TPS) in Houston, Texas. Now in its 48th year, TPS has built a stellar reputation of impacting company bottom lines through sharing of best practices and top-of-the line equipment and services.
As a precursor to the April 2020 ATPS, the Turbo Lab is hosting a free, two-day Industry Summit, 10-11 July 2019 at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre. The Industry Summit is an information-sharing and networking event that will introduce ATPS to a new contingent of engineers and technicians.
“The value of the ATPS program cannot be overestimated,” said Girish Kamal, ATPS adviser and principal rotating equipment engineer with PETRONAS. “ATPS advisers work hundreds of hours soliciting and reviewing papers for presentation and sharing ideas on improvements that can be made in reliability, maintenance, and performance of rotating equipment. Aside from attending technical sessions led by industry experts from around the world, delegates are able to network and share ideas among themselves, and this is a valuable, industry-focused platform that has no equal for our business. At the same time, the array of companies involved in the exhibit floor also provide valuable knowledge sharing opportunities.”
I am grateful for the leadership position that both PETRONAS and MHI are taking in support of training and education. We are heading into the 2020 Symposium with a strong foundation that we feel will support a sustained presence in Southeast Asia.
Dr. Eric Petersen,
Turbo Lab Director
The Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station (TEES) Turbomachinery Laboratory makes a vital impact on turbomachinery and related industries through research, education and professional workforce development.