April 2015

Industrial Maintenance Management: A Rational Approach

Status: This seminar has been cancelled due to low registration.
Date: Thursday, April 23, 2015
Time: 8:30 AM-9:00 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM-5:00 PM: Industrial Maintenance Management: A Rational Approach
Location: Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Donald S. Armstrong, P.Eng. – President, Veleda Services Ltd.
Credit: 7 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $425.00 + GST = $446.25 until Apr 9, 2015

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $495.00 + GST = $519.75

Non-Member Price: $495.00 + GST = $519.75

Student Member Price: $247.50 + GST = $259.88
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Industrial maintenance has been performed since the industrial revolution, so why is maintenance still often seen as the best place to reduce costs and improve plant performance? Here's an opportunity to stand back and look at all aspects of maintenance from a new, logical viewpoint.

Based on experience in many manufacturing industries, this intensive one-day seminar covers a unique and rational approach to the core maintenance functions of work selection, planning, scheduling and materials management. The focus is on achieving high equipment reliability while minimizing administrative and other costs.
Workshop summary
JFK once said to his 1st Lt on the PT 109 "If we want the men to do a good job for us, we must do a good job for them". The same philosophy applies to industrial maintenance management, where the focus must always be to provide the people who perform work on equipment with the training, information, tools, materials and expectations that they need to best support the goals of the organization.
Global competition, the introduction of computers to managing maintenance, the complexity of modern production machinery and the loss of technical skills has increased the need for maintenance departments to improve their overall performance in both technical and administrative activities.
This seminar provides a fresh, logical new look at all aspects of maintenance, from business processes to the completion and recording of maintenance work. Many old ways are challenged and the ways to use modern tools to keep maintenance activities organized and focused on real results are presented.

While this seminar is focused on industrial maintenance, most of the content transfers readily to the management of maintenance in institutions, such as universities, schools and hospitals.

Content overview
Topics to be covered include:
  • Measuring both long- and short-term maintenance performance in a way that supports the overall objectives of the organization and encourages the integration of maintenance, operations and engineering to build a strong, focused production team.
  • Establishing and maintaining priorities so that work of the highest value is always done first.
  • A structured process for "thinking through" the details of a job as part of work planning.
  • Scheduling all resources completely and with enough flexibility to accommodate the changes in scope and priority that are inherent in all industrial maintenance work.
  • Changing the focus of maintenance materials management from "looking after parts in Stores" to "making sure that the right materials get to the right place at the right time".
  • Re-defining spare parts lists as equipment resource documents, making them a powerful maintenance tool.
  • Building a preventive maintenance process that ensures equipment is inspected at an appropriate frequency with a minimum of administrative effort.
  • Exploring rational options to the use of work orders to minimize costs and delays.
  • Selecting and implementing maintenance-management software to serve as a maintenance tool, not just as a cost reporting system.
  • Applying simple database rules to ensure that maintenance-management software provides accurate, results-focused reporting.
  • Determining the right number of maintenance people needed to achieve reliable plant performance.
  • The critical importance of using the right maintenance procedures and achieving this through appropriate training.
  • Combating "government disease", or the sense of entitlement that can develop in maintenance departments in established industries, increasing the resistance to change.
  • Simple "system tests" that managers can use to ensure that the correct maintenance processes are being followed.
Benefits of attending
This is an opportunity to get past traditional thinking in the management of maintenance activities, from the application of computer systems to addressing key reliability issues to improving the management of materials and manpower.
Attendees will leave with new ways of assessing the systems and procedures in their own operations and with some new rational tools for improving all aspects of maintenance performance.
Who should attend?
This seminar is for manufacturing and mining executives and maintenance, production and engineering leaders who see opportunities for improving reliability and reducing costs through better management of maintenance resources.

Managers responsible for maintenance in non-manufacturing institutions will find that most of the content is applicable to their organizations.
Mr. Donald S. Armstrong, P.Eng. – President, Veleda Services Ltd.
Don Armstrong has 35 years of experience managing maintenance and developing maintenance systems in the pulp and paper industry in Canada and New Zealand. He has had line responsibility for maintenance and engineering in five large operations, managing departments of up to 700 people with annual budgets of up to Can $100MM.
In addition to successfully eliminating restrictive practices, improving safety performance and substantially reducing downtime, he has introduced and documented new planning and scheduling processes, prepared standards for maintenance and set up teams to successfully share best maintenance practices across a large 4-mill paper company. He was actively involved in plant safety programmes and there were no serious accidents in more than 5,000 man-years of trades effort in his departments.
Other initiatives included mill surveys to assess the level of preservation of mill assets, maintenance computer system selection and implementation and the development of a unique process for measuring mill performance against a world-class standard.
With this background, Mr. Armstrong formed Veleda Services Ltd in 2003, providing maintenance training and consulting services world-wide. He is the author of IDCON Inc's Planning and Scheduling and Storeroom management text books and training programmes.

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