PIB 2016: The GrayMatter Annual User Group Conference

PIB 2016 is a solution-focused three-day event for professionals  interested in solving today’s biggest data-driven challenges held annually in Put-in-Bay, OH.

The event includes success stories and presentations from a wide array of industries including water/wastewater, manufacturing, food and beverage and many more. Additionally, water operators in Ohio can now earn up to 5 continuing education credits.

Looking for PIB 2017? Check out the Transform 2017 event page to register and learn more about the 2017 conference.

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Announcing the 2016 Agenda

Cracking the Code on Water/Wastewater Efficiency: Ask the Experts Panel

Panel members: Sally Gutierrez, United States Environmental Protection Agency; Terry Biederman, Johnson & Anderson; Stephen Singer, Singer Environmental; Alan Hinchman, Gray Matter Systems; Dan Page, Gray Matter Systems

Continuing education credit: OEPA-B8861330-OM– In this unique session, attendees are encouraged to submit and ask questions for a panel of water experts. Experts range from Sally Gutierrez, Director of Environmental Technology Innovation Cluster Development and Support Program for the EPA to Terry Biederman, Principal of Johnson & Anderson with more than 30 years in water/waster treatment and water quality for municipalities and several more. Learn More.

water wastewater PIB 2016

Customer Story: Brilliant Factory in Action with GE Transportation

Tod Virden, GE Transportation 

What does Brilliant Factory mean to you? For some, it’s increasing production efficiency, execution and optimization through advanced analytics 0r even just a long-term goal.

But at GE Transportation, Brilliant Manufacturing is more of a journey. Starting at ground zero and connecting machines that reveal critical data– whether it helps define quality of equipment or contextualize data over time.

Join this session to hear GE Transportation’s story on facilitating both MES and Brilliant Factory projects and the kind of innovative team collaboration it takes to go down the path of operational excellence. Learn More.

Brilliant Factory PIB 2016

The Ultimate Rebuild: How Baerlocher Put Their Trust in Gray Matter to Harness Faster, More Reliable Operations

Larry Kandel, Baerlocher

Imagine putting all your trust in your car mechanic to take out and service your engine and transmission, all before 5 PM. Chances are, you’d be a little apprehensive.

Join this unique session to hear Baerlocher’s story on ripping out their entire system, rethinking their operations and emerging with a process that’s reliable, more efficient and sustainable for years to come.

We’ll provide a rare look inside the physical and emotional journey involved when you dive into a project of this magnitude. Learn More.

Baerlocher PIB 2016


Water and Wastewater

Big Data Analytics

HMI/SCADA Controls

Operational Excellence


PIB 2016 Keynote: Taming the Complexity of a Digital World

There are now more computing devices in the world than there are people.

This is a staggering piece of information and it’s only a bite-sized example of the digital world we live in. With data being measured in terabytes, petabytes, zettabytes, etc., it can be a little dizzying.

We’re currently on the path to a complex, digital age. It may lead to many opportunities, or it may bring challenge. It’s up to us to make our choice. Can we harness that complexity to build a safer, profitable, better world?

Join us at our annual user group conference, PIB 2016, to find out. Our keynote speaker, Mickey McManus is a pioneer in the field of pervasive computing and human-centered innovation.

He’s passionate about taming the complexity of our digital world. Mickey is the chairman and principal of MAYA Design and co-author of the book, Trillions: Thriving in the Emerging Information Ecology.

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  • I’ve been coming to PIB for four years, and it’s an outstanding opportunity to network with other people using the same solutions.

    Robert Miller, Manager of Quality Engineering, PAR Pharmaceuticals
  • This event offers the unique chance to learn from others, but to also have members from the Gray Matter team on hand. It’s almost a one-stop shopping trip for insight.

    Missy Gatterdam, Superintendent, Cincinnati Metropolitan Sewer District
  • A lot of the people here do the same job I do, so they have the same problems I do. PIB allows you to learn from your peers.

    Jon McPeake, Plant Information Systems SCADA Supervisor, Region of Durham


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439 Lorain Ave.
Put-in-Bay, OH 43456
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