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ERIKS MAINTEC SUMMIT to feature asset management and maintenance issues

The keynote speaker line-up for a two day Summit Conference at ERIKS MAINTEC
SUMMIT has now been confirmed – and it features some of the UK’s foremost
authorities on asset management and maintenance issues.

Scheduled for the 30th and 31st March 2011 during easyFairs MAINTEC, taking
place at Birmingham’s NEC, the Summit, sponsored by ERIKS and chaired by the
Institute of Asset Management (IAM) will include papers and case studies from
leading lights in the fields of ‘lean’ plant management, process management,
health and safety and thermal technology.

Between them they’ll address the need to understand the key challenges and
opportunities impacting on the asset management and maintenance functions going
into the next decade. And they’ll give guidance on how to get board-level
attention to change the behaviour of front-line employees in order to deal with
these challenges and exploit the opportunities.

easyFairs UK Managing Director Matt Benyon, said: "This year’s SUMMIT has
attracted a line-up of pre-eminent voices in the maintenance sector; the case
study presentations will show how many of the UK’s leading manufacturing and
process industries are responding to their challenges.

"The ERIKS MAINTEC Summit promises delegates an opportunity to benchmark their
asset management capability, set performance expectations, better manage the
risks and regulatory pressures, and build a business case for change. And
crucially it will highlight why asset management should be considered a value
adding operation, not merely an overhead. The conference is sure to add to what
already looks set to be a great MAINTEC show."

The IAM will be chairing the event over the two days. IAM are a not for profit,
professional body for those involved in acquisition, operation and care of
physical assets.
David McKeown, CEO at IAM, commented: "Maintenance is a crucial part of the
lifecycle and whole life costs of most assets. Too often maintenance activities
are perceived as overheads that should be cut as much as possible. The IAM sees
maintenance as another aspect of investment to achieve the right outcomes for
the owners and stakeholders and is working to help organisations take this view
– in other words that CAPEX and OPEX need to be balanced.

He continued: "Many leading organisations now use BSI PAS 55:2008 and have
started to gain from embedding asset management thinking in their business. An
important idea is the ‘Line of Sight’ that should exist between boardroom
policies and activity at every level and enables the relative importance and
value of maintenance to be seen. The Institute has a long-standing association
with MAINTEC and is delighted to be helping develop the profile and reputation
of the ERIKS MAINTEC Summit. This year’s theme should interest every business
that spends a significant proportion of its turnover on maintenance."
The first case study to kick start the proceedings will be looking at how
maintenance thinking has evolved over time, the introduction of Reliability
Centred Maintenance (RCM) and the lessons learned by earlier pioneers of the

The paper will be presented by Richard Kelly, Managing Director at EMS Ltd. He
commented: "The presentation, titled ‘Putting the Lean in Reliability Centred
Maintenance (RCM)’ will be looking at why RCM is so drastically different to
traditional maintenance and what results can be expected, I’ll also be
discussing how Lean thinking has transformed the application of RCM and why the
transfer of skills and ownership is key to sustainability."

To date, Richard has trained several hundred maintenance managers, engineers,
maintainers and production team members in the theory and application of Lean
RCM. Through EMS, Richard has facilitated many successful site based RCM
implementation programmes in diverse industrial sectors.
The second Case Study being presented at the Summit on Day 1 comes from Idhammer

Alan France, Operations Director at Idhammer Systems commented: "For our
presentation we will be presenting a joint paper called ‘Process Improvement –
Its Role within Asset Maintenance. This will show how Premier Foods & Idhammar
Systems worked together to improve production performance in over 40 factories.
Premier Foods launched, some time ago, a project to measure and improve the
production process in all their factories. This paper will show the basics
behind their OEE Attack Loop Process and how it impacted on their asset
maintenance. The presentation will also show the decisions made, methods used
and the progress attained."

Rounding up Day 1’s Case Study presentations will be IAM who will be talking
‘Product Design and Maintenance – The Vital Balance.
On Day 2 the opening case study will be presented by Neal Stone Director of
Policy & Research at the British Safety Council. Neal’s presentation will be
looking at ‘People – An Asset to be Managed and Maintained.’

Elsewhere, IAM will be talking through another Case Study of theirs titled
"Maintaining the UK’s Infrastructure – Maintenance in the Public Sector, whilst
Summit sponsors ERIKS will be concluding the conference with a presentation on
‘Risk Based Approach to the Frequency of Thermographic Surveys on Electrical

To book a place at the ERIKS MAINTEC SUMMIT, and to take advantage of ‘early
bird’ delegate prices, call Lucy Daley NOW on 020 8843 8808 or email

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