25 January 2013

easyFairs has attracted a wealth of maintenance specialists, all willing to share their winning techniques and vast experience with visitors of the MAINTEC 2012 show, taking place from Tuesday 28 February to Thursday 1 March 2012 at the NEC, Birmingham.

easyFairs has attracted a wealth of maintenance specialists, all willing to share their winning techniques and vast experience with visitors of the MAINTEC 2012 show, taking place from Tuesday 28 February to Thursday 1 March 2012 at the NEC, Birmingham.

There will be around 30 learnShop seminars running over the three days, with speakers from major brands such as Siemens, Schaeffler, and Britvic, all revealing their secrets to help those visiting succeed in 2012.

Simon Hatson, Regional QSE Manager - East at Brtivic will be providing an insight in to how maintenance of both new and old equipment has been approached within one company in the food and drink industry. He comments: “I'll be providing improvements to both people and plant while also delivering tangible differences to health and safety performances and culture development.”

Ian Pledger, Field Service Engineer for Schaeffler UK, and who will be opening the learnShop programme, says: “In today's challenging economic climate, it is even more important to introduce an effective condition monitoring (CM) regime that enables engineers to keep their machinery running efficiently.”

He continues: “We talk to many industry professionals who are considering CM for their facility but who are not sure at first how best to go about it, or feel that CM may be too complicated or costly. With actual case study examples, we can demonstrate that it is possible to start off slowly with a few techniques and then develop them over time to suit their plant equipment and their maintenance budgets.”

Dr Lee Renforth from High Voltage Partial Discharge Limited, specialists within the field of on-line PD testing and monitoring technology, will be discussing on-line partial discharge case studies for cables, switchgear, generators, motors and transformers.

Dr Lee Renforth comments: “The presentation will discuss experiences from over 15 years of on-line partial discharge field testing and monitoring of medium voltage and high voltage cables, switchgear, transformers and rotating machines. The presentation will include a summary of the different economic drivers which apply to both public utility and industrial networks. I will share some of the techniques used by our engineers through an interesting range of project case studies from around the world.”

Health and safety, and wireless technology are another two topics that will be in discussion over the three days. Ian Dormer, Managing Director at Rosh Engineering Ltd, who will be speaking on health and safety issues, comments: “Ensuring your organisation has a positive health and safety culture is better than having rigorous rules and regulations. A positive culture not only improves staff loyalty but improves profitability.”

And talking all things wireless will be David Stefanowicz, Technical Manager at The Electrical Contractors' Association. He adds: “Wireless systems are fast becoming mainstream and are also a maintenance team's dream window into the production process. I will reveal how they work and what pit falls are to be avoided.”

Staying with the wireless systems theme, Paul Sacker, from Crimson Industrial Vision will be discussing 'remote visual inspection.' He comments: “I will be speaking about the latest advances in minimally invasive inspection using video endoscopes and inspection cameras - and sharing some of the experience gained from a wide variety of applications. Where users can reduce the need to strip down equipment for maintenance through remote visual inspection techniques, significant benefits can be delivered in speed of turnaround and reduced maintenance induced faults.”

Robin Buller, who joined KRR ProStream in 2011, will also be talking about remote services, with his presentation 'Maintaining optimal performance in power generating plant'. The company's 'performance tracker' service allows the experienced engineers at KRR ProStream to monitor critical plant data remotely. Robin explains: “I'll be discussing the cycle of analysis and activity that KRR ProStream adopts in order to deliver this service, including an insight into which parameters should be monitored in the different areas of a plant and an overview of the indications and trends that can be used to determine when intervention is required.”

Other speaker highlights include Brian Back, Managing Director at Radio Data. The first paper he will be discussing is the major threat to business facilities from the threat of pollution and in particular, firewater. He will also be introducing low power radio and the LPRA trade association - explaining the virtues of wireless technology as a safe tool for use in hazardous areas for data communications and monitoring.

Luke Barnes, Marketing Manager at Reactec Ltd, will be discussing the dangers of Hand Arm Vibration across a multitude of industries in the UK and the prevention measures that companies can undertake in order to protect their workforce from the crippling condition. He comments: “The most significant is the award winning HAVmeter system that can automatically record the amount of vibration exposure when an operative is using power tools. The information gathered can be transformed into reports analysing employee exposure and tool usage protecting entire organisations through accurate monitoring and reliable auditable management.”

Elsewhere, Dean Whittle of Reliability Maintenance Solutions Ltd will be discussing 'Demystifying the spectrum: How does the vibration spectrum indicate fault conditions?' Dean explains: “In this presentation we will reveal why vibration changes as the condition of the machine changes. Supported by 3D animations that highlight the source of the vibration, every attendee will come away with a clear understanding (and belief) that the spectrum can reveal the nature and severity of fault conditions in rotating machinery.”
Graeme Coyne, Business Development Manager at Siemens plc, will also be speaking at the show, focusing on the value of customer service to your maintenance operations. He comments: “Our business is based on 24 hour, seven days a week availability of highly skilled engineers who support clients either on site, or remotely, to help them to improve their plant availability and increase operational effectiveness.”

And finally, if you're looking to reduce your asset downtime, then SRO Solution's presentation is not to be missed. Keith Bostock from the company, and who has been providing software systems to improve productivity and reduce costs in the process and manufacturing industry worldwide for 20 years, will be discussing how asset management software can provide benefits for most maintenance organisations.

MAINTEC 2012 takes place from Tuesday 28 February to Thursday 1 March 2012 at the NEC, Birmingham. There are 30 learnShops seminars spread across the three days. To see the full learnShops programme please visit: www.easyFairs.com/MAINTECUK

For any more information or to register for the show please visit www.easyFairs.com/MAINTECUK, and for stand bookings and exhibiting enquiries contact Jerry Dawson on +44 (0)20 8843 8823 or email jerry.dawson@easyFairs.com