The Institution of Diagnostic Engineers (IDE) has announced that it is supporting easyFairs MAINTEC 2013 on 5-7 March at Birmingham’s NEC. As part of its involvement (stand H7), the Institution will host a spring conference during the show, on Wednesday 6th March.
Formed in 1981 the IDE boasts over 1300 members. Commenting on its decision to support MAINTEC, Bill Parker, Chief Executive of the Institution of Diagnostic Engineers said: "When we visited the show last year, we were impressed by the calibre of exhibitors and the real cross section of industries catered for. Diagnostic engineering is a very broad umbrella; it spans many sectors, so to find a show that is relevant to all of them was important.
"Having decided that MAINTEC is the perfect place for our members to congregate – we wanted to do more than simply provide a meet and greet space for members at the show. So we are deepening our commitment by running a conference there too."
Details of the IDE conference for MAINTEC are still being firmed up, but it will include various case study presentations delivered by members on topics such as vibration, failure analysis and predictive maintenance. At the conference, the winner of the IDE Young Engineer will also be presented with their award.
In addition to the IDE, a new and complementary organisation, the Institution of Local Exhaust & Ventilation Engineers (ILEVE), is also supporting the show and will take part in the IDE conference. ILEVE was formed a year ago in response to an HSE initiative to improve exhaust and ventilation at work to reduce asthma and other illnesses resulting from airborne workplace contaminants.
The HAZEX area at MAINTEC will be of particular interest to ILEVE’s members. HAZEX brings the UK’s top hazard prevention experts under one roof to address the growing health and safety responsibilities of engineering professionals.
Matt Benyon, Managing Director at easyFairs UK, commented: "We’re absolutely thrilled to have these two organisations so heavily involved in MAINTEC 2013. Their presence reflects how committed we are to developing the show, adding fresh content and ensuring that MAINTEC caters for all those involved in maintenance, engineering and asset and plant management."
Bill Parker agrees: "We’d urge all our members to put the dates in their diary. MAINTEC will be a good opportunity to discuss latest issues, meet all the suppliers they need, catch up with new technologies and refresh their knowledge."
When MAINTEC returns to the NEC in Birmingham next March it will also include the Maintenance Professional Awards plus a major conference featuring internationally renowned speakers. MAINTEC 2013 will also be exhibitor-packed. In addition to Schaeffler (UK), major names such as Flowcrete UK, R.Stahl, ERIKS, Idhammar Systems, SPM Instruments, PRUFTECHNIK and Prevost UK have already signed up to exhibit in 2013. Providing yet more show content will be the ‘free to attend’ learnShops seminar programme, plus the Dragons’ Den inspired contest ‘Lions’ Lair’ where new maintenance and engineering technologies, innovations and concepts are pitched to an expert panel.