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Seminars combat recession - Maintec

24 February 2009

A UK maintenance exhibition has launched a comprehensive seminar line-up designed to help maintenance and asset management professionals operate plant and machinery more efficiently. The show, March 17 to 19 at Birmingham’s NEC, will incorporate 36 ‘learnShops’.

36 sessions will instruct Maintec attendees
36 sessions will instruct Maintec attendees

A UK maintenance exhibition has launched a comprehensive seminar line-up designed to help maintenance and asset management professionals operate plant and machinery more efficiently. The show, March 17 to 19 at Birmingham’s NEC, will incorporate 36 ‘learnShops’.

Peter Heath, managing director of show organiser easyFairs, said the sessions offered a wealth of technical knowledge.

‘Attendees can get up to speed on the latest industry technology, trends and legislation, plus take away some practical advice on how to improve their work practices.’

Several sessions will focus on high energy prices and cost-saving initiatives designed to combat the recession.

Representatives from Kluber Lubrication and Shell UK Oil Products will discuss how an effective lubrication management programme can significantly reduce energy consumption, whilst delegates can also learn how to optimise their voltage use by micro-managing electricity at the point of supply.

Angus Robertson, chief Executive of powerPerfector, said: ‘Electricity is supplied at 240-volts in the UK but the optimum operating point of machinery tends to be 220-volts, which is what’s supplied in mainland Europe. Not only does this mean UK factories are paying for energy they don’t need, but the lifespan of equipment is reduced as the excess power puts unnecessary strain on parts. Effectively micro-managing supply generally saves between 10 and 20 per cent on energy bills.’

Up to 60% of remote assets ‘unlogged’
Kevin Boyd, managing director of Arnlea Systems, which specialises in mobile maintenance systems for oil and gas rigs, platforms and pipelines, highlights how traditional paper-based methods of tracking assets can leave a large percentage of equipment unlogged and liable to failure.

‘In extreme examples, up to 60 per cent of remote equipment can be overlooked or wrongly assessed using conventional tracking techniques,’ he said, ‘and that means these assets aren’t being inspected or maintained.

‘Companies may have up to 30,000 pieces of equipment they need to manage…it’s incredible how many still attempt to keep on top of this using paper systems when new maintenance technology affords huge efficiency savings, increased accuracy and improves safety.’

Many plant managers don’t employ any condition monitoring technology – in fact, Dr Trevor Holroyd from Holroyd Instruments estimates the figure to be around a third.

In his seminar, Dr Holroyd explains how CM novices can make quick, effective and affordable gains through simple initiatives. ‘Condition monitoring is a multi-disciplinary science and one that can be daunting to businesses that are new to the subject,’ he added. ‘However, even simple measurements can make a big difference.’

Harnessing in-house knowledge
Businesses often turn to consultants when formulating maintenance strategies but Quintin Thom, director at Siveco, argues in his presentation that harnessing the knowledge already existing within an organisation is the most effective way to instill best practice. ‘Knowledge tends not to be captured and shared amongst employees – that’s the problem,’ added Quintin, who will introduce iPod-like technology designed to store in-house examples, including video footage, of tasks being undertaken.

Legionella control will be discussed by water treatment experts Clearwater Technology as Tim Gaston explores alternatives to the thermal control – the standard control practice that’s both costly and difficult to achieve in plants with dated plumbing systems.

Elsewhere, Festo highlights ways to reduce compressed air use; the latest CMMS systems will be explained; lean maintenance case studies are put forward by Shire Systems; and experts will show how to better understand and use vibration analysis results.


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