Wooden Rollercoaster, PNE

Old Rides New Tricks: How and When Advanced Engineering Analysis

Presenter’s Name

Timo Klaus

Instructor Bio As the co-founder and Executive Vice President of KumbaK, Timo is leading his team of engineers in the upgrading of existing amusement rides and providing technical assistance to the various operators and owners of attractions.  It is his passion to assist these ride operators and owners in finding the best ways forward in keeping their older attractions safely and successfully in operation.

Timo has been involved in the amusement industry since 1 January 2000.  Before his involvement in the amusement industry, he was the sales and service manager in The Netherlands for NEG Micon (later acquired by Vestas Wind Systems).  Timo started his career as a development engineer for Stork Pumps in Brussels, Belgium.

Timo has been involved with AIMS International since attending his first safety seminar in 2008 as a presenter.  Since then, he has been presenting various different classes during the AIMS Safety Seminars, including a class on bearings, chains, blueprints for pneumatics & hydraulics and engineering.

In 2011, Timo was voted onto the AIMS Board of Directors and in 2012 was elected as Second Vice-President.  After being promoted to First Vice President in 2014, he was the President of AIMS International from April 1, 2015 until March 31, 2017.  Currently, Timo is AIMS Internationals Treasurer.

Timo is a graduate of Eindhoven University of Technology in The Netherlands with a Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering and also holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Catholic University of Leuven in Belgium.

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Presentation synopsis Old Rides New Tricks:  How and When Advanced Engineering Analysis
In this class, an introduction is provided on the (partial) upgrading of older attractions, also in the case that the original designer and/or manufacturer is no longer available to provide the necessary support.  In this process, modern technologies can be used to support the redesign and/or optimization of the existing ride or its components, which will be briefly introduced.