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Manufacturing leaders from facilities in the United States, Canada and Indonesia attended Reliable Plant magazine's fourth annual "Lean Tools for Maintenance & Reliability" conference. The event was held October 6-8 at the Marriott Hotel in Chicago.
Among the companies that sent plant leaders and/or teams to the event were Abbott Laboratories, AstenJohnson, BAE Systems, Frito-Lay, Georgia-Pacific, Kimberly-Clark, Kolbe and Kolbe Millwork, Novartis Health, Novelis, Pratt & Whitney and Shell Oil.
Sponsors of the conference were Brady Corporation, Dow Corning Molykote, General Physics and W.W. Grainger.
The event featured three days of keynote addresses, case studies, panel discussions and white papers.
Keynote addresses were given by:
Dr. Klaus M. Blache, cost reduction manager, General Motors Corporation ("Implementing lean tools for long-term success - Are you ready?")
Samuel Bethea, director of North American reliability, Campbell Soup Company ("The impact of leadership on TPM - Creating an effective program")
Wayne Vaughn, formerly director of maintenance at Harley-Davidson Motor Company ("Establishing a maintenance & reliability process for lean success")
Dana Fluet, lead maintenance and reliability engineer, and members of the plant M&R team, Harley-Davidson ("Harley-Davidson and reliability: An interactive discussion")
Pat Bartholomew, director of EHS management systems, Baxter Healthcare ("Lean, clean and green: Baxter Healthcare at work")
Drew Troyer, chief executive officer, Noria Corporation ("You simply can't be lean without reliability")
Highlight sessions were delivered by:
Rick Fox, operations and maintenance manager, and members of the plant M&R team, Alcoa Power ("Lean reliability pays off big for Alcoa power plant")
Mark Steward, Operational Excellence team leader, Eaton Corporation ("Eaton Lean System increases productivity, uptime")
Dean Jones, training supervisor, Grede Foundries, and David Townsend, manufacturing specialist, WMEP ("Casting a mold for lean success")
Bob Hafey, director of manufacturing, Flexible Steel Lacing Company ("Using lean tools to improve safety and reliability")
Todd Bennett, president, United Southern Industries, and Sam McPherson, lean enterprise and public sector consultant, Shingo Prize ("Zone control: Laying the foundation for lean success")
Rick Reed, director of Continuous Improvement, WIKA Instrument Corporation ("WIKA maintenance: A vision to the future")
Townsend, WMEP ("When lean fails - Getting back on track")
Mike Bresko, managing director and principal consultant, General Physics ("How lean streamlines maintenance planning")
Troyer, Noria ("Reliability tools in the lean journey - A practicum")
David Hicks, PE, outreach faculty member, Auburn University ("Leading the lean reliability initiative")
Jay Lee, director, University of Cincinnati/ National Science Foundation Center for Intelligent Maintenance Systems ("Tools to achieve zero-breakdown lean maintenance systems")
Kevin A. Hartler, director, Grainger Consulting Services, W.W. Grainger ("Improve your productivity and reduce your total cost")
To view a slide show of pictures from the event, visit www.reliableplant.com.
|CASE STUDIES, PAPERS HIGHLIGHT SMRP'S 16TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE|
More than 900 people attended the 16th annual Society for Maintenance & Reliability Professionals conference, held October 20-23 in Cleveland. Highlights of the organization's 2008 event included:
Presentations: Industry leaders provided 54 white papers, forums and case studies October 21-22. The presentations were divided into six tracks — Business and Management, Manufacturing Process Reliability, Equipment Reliability, People Skills, Work Management, and SMRP Initiatives/Values.
Companies that provided case studies included Sunoco Chemicals, U.S. Sugar, Eli Lilly, Dow Chemical, Xcel Energy, Cargill, BP Chemical, U.S. Pipe, Ontario Power Generation, Texas Instruments, Minnkota Power, Ametek, Shell Oil, Domtar Paper and Gallatin Steel.
Among the companies that provided conference papers were General Physics, Management Resources Group, Vesta Partners, Reliability Management Group, ABB Reliability Services and Ivara.
Plant tours: This year's tour sites were Cargill, Swagelok, Timken and Insight Oil Laboratories.
Workshops: Topics this year were "Maintenance Planning and Scheduling", "Implementing SAP as a CMMS", "KPIs for Managing Maintenance", "Business and Finance for M&R Pros" and "An Introduction to Project Management".
Certification: Examinations for the SMRP Certifying Organization's Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional designation were held on October 20, 22 and 23.
The 2009 SMRP conference is October 19-22 in St. Louis. For more information, visit www.smrp.org.
|SPEAKERS, TOURS PACK AME LINEUP|
The Association for Manufacturing Excellence held its 2008 conference October 20-24 in Toronto. Highlights of the event were:
Nine keynote speakers, including author Marcus Buckingham; John Dineen, the president and chief executive officer of GE Healthcare; Ken Goodson, the executive vice president of operations for Herman Miller; and Stan Askren, the president/CEO of HNI.
Case study presentations from companies such as Steelcase, Ventana, Caterpillar, Polycon Industries, United Airlines, Thomas & Betts, Interface, Columbia Plastics, ThedaCare, Loewen Windows and Northrop Grumman.
Plant tours of Research In Motion, Kraft, Steelcase Canada, Cogent Power, Labelad, Nordco and Procor.
The 2009 AME conference will take place October 19-23 in Covington, Ky. To learn more, visit www.ame.org.