Wooden Rollercoaster, PNE

Reviewing the Lifetime of a Ride Control System

Presenter’s Name

Donnelly Williams

Instructor Bio Donnelly is a professional engineer that has been involved in the design, construction, and commissioning of attractions in the entertainment industry for the last 14 years.  He has worked on large scale attractions in the following engineering roles:  Mechanical Engineer, Sr. Mechatronics Engineer, and Sr. Project Manager
Donnelly holds a Mechanical Engineering degree, an Electrical Engineering Technology Diploma and 5 years’ experience as a Sr. Project Manager
Altec is an ISO certified company that has been involved in the entertainment industry since 2003, and Altec’s control systems can be found on some of the premier attractions at theme parks around the world such as Universal Studios Orlando, Universal Studios Hollywood, Universal Studios Japan, and many more in Europe, the Middle East, and China. In addition to providing new rides, Altec has also been involved in the obsolescence upgrade and/or replacement of attractions of all sizes.
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Presentation synopsis Reviewing the Lifetime of a Ride Control System
A discussion around the mission time of a ride control system or the lifetime of a ride control system. There are two industry standards ISO 13849-1 and IEC 62061:2005 that both have unique definitions and formulas around the reliability of a control system and the “useful life” of the control system. This session will review these standards & discuss this data, the mission time/useful life of control systems and how after 20 years the components in a control system should be replaced as the component reliability decreases and the failure rate of the parts increases exponentially as components are used beyond their useful life.