RYAN BERTRAM


“Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not: nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not: the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." -Calvin Coolidge

After a 12 year-old Ryan visited the Corvette factory in Bowling Green, Kentucky, he knew he wanted to part of how America makes things. With continued interest in the art and science of manufacturing, Ryan pursued his Bachelors in International Business at Calvin College. After graduating, he realized his dream of working with manufacturing by holding client relations positions throughout the manufacturing industry. At Malisko, Ryan enjoys bringing together the right people for the right job to tackle complex projects, and helping to bring the total solution to the client's plant floor.

Personal Passion
He likes spending time with his family and helping his children to blaze their own trail.

Dream Job
Build houses for Habitat for Humanity

Interesting Fact
He secretly likes the handy-man "fix-it" list his wife gives him every weekend. (Shhh! don't tell her that though!)

CARRIE LEINICKE


"Do not worry about your difficulties in mathematics; I can assure you that mine are still greater" - Albert Einstein

Numbers have always come easy for Carrie. With her natural ability and interest in numbers, Carrie achieved her Master of Science in Accounting from Fontbonne University and then her Master of Business Administration from Webster University. Joining the Malisko Team in 2019, Carrie is very customer service focused and being committed to finding answers for clients. She's passionate about providing accurate financials and forecasting to support high-level business decisions and strategy.

Personal Passion
Being outdoors as often as her schedule allows.

Hobbies
Camping/Traveling with her Siberian Husky, Sailing at Carlyle Lake, and antiquing mid-century/art-deco items.

DAN HARDER




TBD

Personal Passion
TBD

Hobbies
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CASE STUDY

CEMENT MANUFACTURER UPGRADES OT SERVER PLATFORM TO INCREASE UPTIME

Objective

A client was experiencing unacceptable downtime due to critical computer servers crashing during their 24x7 operation. Existing servers were not located in a computer-friendly environment. Technical support and service of the legacy server hardware was not typically available on a timely basis. Client desperately needed a robust and stable OT platform to maintain client commitments. Malisko was tasked with the OT platform replacement while keeping production interruption at an absolute minimum.

CHALLENGES

  • Very aggressive delivery schedule.
  • Documentation and naming conventions on the legacy system followed no standard or method.
  • Minimize the amount of time for transitioning to new the system.
  • Modify the system while running production.
  • Plant did not have all necessary documentation for their existing software licensing as well as some licenses were not “current”.
  • Scheduling, minimizing interruptions.
  • Multiple dell-mount server hardware including a failed RAID Array.
  • Existing server rack was inadequate to protect the investment (server hardware) to support their plant’s automation system.
  • Tightly coordinate delivery of new server and licenses in a very short timeframe – in our office, set it up, configure and test, ship it, install, site test, GO LIVE.

SOLUTIONS

  • This project was executed by Resources from across Malisko’s three (3) offices to leverage the depth of experience, knowledge and skills to meet the demanding needs of this conversion. Coordination was key. The cross-skilled team made executing and delivering this solution very efficient and effective for the client.
  • Specify, configure, test, install and deploy a Dell VRTX Server system.
  • Services ported to new system: SCADA (Wonderware), Software Configuration, Virtualization (hyperV), Controls, Production Support, Process, Veeam
  • Remote tech support.
  • Full replacement and transfer of control systems were required.
  • Server was a cluster server configuration.
  • Developed naming standards for server and server images.
  • Identify Network changes required for new system (Domain/Security, etc..).
  • Worked with Dell Tech Support to configure cluster server.
  • Install Hyper-V software.
  • Create Hyper-V images for required servers being replaced.
  • Migrate existing system from physical to the new Hyper-V images.
  • Modify Wonderware system to work with the new images
  • Installed/applied latest patches to legacy WonderWare software
  • WonderWare software update – Brought old software up to date to “newest” version
  • Modify Wonderware for improvement
  • Provided Veeam backup solution.
  • Provided a new NEMA12 air-conditioned enclosed server rack to enhance the server’s integrity and longevity of operation.
  • Tight coordination with Plant operations.
  • Migrated current plant system in parallel to running live system for testing.
  • Worked closely with plant engineer and their operators.
  • Systematically swapped over one (1) system at a time with a little run time between different systems to allow run time.

RESULTS

  • Swap-over from “old” to “new” went very well with little to no issues.
  • System has been running without the old issues of communication problems and servers shutting down.
  • System now has backups and images that can be easily transferred if a hardware issue does occur.
  • Previously if there would have been a failure, the recovery time would have been multiple days if not more because lack of resources.
  • The new server rack improves the life expectancy of the new hardware that “lives” in the environmentally-controlled server rack.
  • It’ll live out its life in an appropriate environment to provide resiliency and reliability until it’s replaced at the next service interval.

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