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Opportunities to look, listen and learn

20 January 2014

Maintec 2014 returns to the NEC, Birmingham from the 11th to 13th March. The event, which targets the maintenance, plant and asset management industry is now in its 39th year and features a wide range of exhibitors, content-rich seminars and plenty of opportunities for networking.

Exhibitors at Maintec 2014 will include many major names in the industry and show regulars, such as Schaeffler (UK), Fluke UK, Hansford Sensors, FLIR Systems, SoftSols and Valveforce. These will be joined by a plethora of new exhibitors including Matthews Engineering Training, IRISS and KDP Systems.

Business Strategy Forum 

Visitors will also have plenty of learning opportunities at Maintec, including a return of the Business Strategy Forum which made such an impressive debut at the last show. This is once again being hosted by Dr. Andrew Starr from Cranfield University, and will feature sessions with expert speakers from across industry.


Tahir Ayub, ‎senior design authority engineer at Network Rail will outline the innovations in railway low voltage power distribution systems, while Ian Daniels from Sellafield will discuss disciplined maintenance. The keynote speakers include Paul Gibbons, asset management principal at Gatwick Airport who will present ‘Flying colours at Gatwick’, Andy Bates from Heathcote Associates will consider embedded and virtual systems, and Charlie Dibsdale, chief of engineering research and intellectual property at Osys will discuss a holistic approach to prognostics. 

The Exchange

There will also be The Exchange which features a packed programme of practical presentations delivered by leading industry names. Free to attend, The Exchange will feature 21 content-rich talks, packed with advice, new innovations and case studies for maintenance professionals, engineers, plant and asset managers to learn from. For instance energy consumption is a major industry issue and Jit Patel, technical sales manager at Fluke UK, will explain how companies can reduce energy costs by up to 20% by identifying and quantifying energy waste. 

Managers who rely on modern maintenance software systems will be interested in the presentation by John Atkinson, technical director, Russell Sion, managing director and Toby Smith, software director at C-Cubed. They will examine how to make valuable data readily accessible to all those who are permitted access to it, while keeping those who are not, out of the loop. The presentation will raise questions about data security and is expected to get people discussing the future direction of this technology.

Dave Anderson, company director at Score Diagnostics, will focus on the importance of valve condition monitoring, with a look at the equipment, techniques and systems available. As part of this, he will outline how to move away from reactive maintenance and towards a more proactive approach, in line with the new Asset Integrity Management Standard.     

In theory, Computerised Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) are powerful tools, for instance allowing companies to determine which machines require maintenance and which storerooms contain the spare parts needed. However, up to 80% of CMMS implementations fail to meet expectations in the first 12 months. To combat this Roy Rothwell, implementation account manager at eMaint Enterprises, will explain the top 10 keys to success in CMMS implementation.


Those weighing up the benefits of adopting a proactive rather than a reactive approach to plant maintenance will find the session from Ian Pledger, IAM field service engineer, and Ian Taylor, director, at Schaeffler UK invaluable.They will help attendees understand the key principles of a proactive plant maintenance regime, and how to select condition monitoring tools and techniques. 

When maintenance engineers encounter leaking process equipment, the simple gasket is all too often blamed, whereas frequently it is the bolted jointing assemblies that are at fault. Adrian Jefferies from James Walker will illustrate best practice when it comes to such assemblies. This will include the benefits of measuring installed bolt loads, the factors affecting the reliability of bolted joints, along with examples of how leaks on problem equipment have been eliminated. 

Many maintenance teams find themselves facing premature failure on their pumping systems due to high operational demands. To help them, Chris Dean, global technical trainer for AESSEAL, will provide some key strategies and solutions to everyday challenges. He will also introduce some of the latest advances in seal and support system design and technology.

Dean Whittle, director at Reliability Maintenance Solutions, will explore the challenges posed, and vibration analysis used, when monitoring complex gearboxes. He will particularly focus on testing situations such as gearboxes on wind turbines.  

Anyone looking to improve plant reliability will not want to miss the talk by Andrew Fraser, managing director of Reliable Manufacturing. He will explain how putting reliability at the top of the agenda reduces the need for reactive maintenance, cuts injury levels and creates a safer working environment. He will use client case studies to show how the best plants are competing globally thanks to a holistic top-down and bottom-up 'reliability strategy’.

Lion's Lair 

There will be a return of the Lions’ Lair competition to find the most innovative product at the event, plus The Business Strategy Forum – where experts from some of the biggest names in the industry debate the most significant maintenance issues. What’s more, thanks to clever co-locations with Facilities Management and the Health & Safety Event, there will be two other complementary shows for attendees to see whilst at the NEC. 



easyFairs has also secured two smart co-locations designed to give Maintec visitors even more products to evaluate, experts to speak to and seminars to attend. The first of the complementary shows is Facilities Management. This new show is seen by easyFairs as a neat fit as many Maintec visitors also have a wider facilities management remit. 

Marcus Davey, Amey’s facilities manager comments: "I deal with both industrial maintenance and facilities management, so having the show co-located with Maintec will be a major pull – knowing I can source the latest products and services in one day”

Bell Plastics, Fireco, Innovise, Lex Autolease, Mobileworxs, Scot Young Research, Higham Roofing, WD-40, Merlin Environmental and Trust K9 are among the exhibitors at Facilities Management.

Maintec 2014 is also co-located with the brand new Health & Safety event. Along with event partners, Ansell, Arco, DuPont and NQA and title sponsor 3M, the Health & Safety event is supported by the British Safety Council and officially endorsed by the International Institute of Risk & Safety Management (IIRSM). 

The show’s comprehensive conference programme, which is free of charge and is put together by the British Safety Council, will deliver the latest news and legislative updates within the health and safety industry. The Health & Safety Event will also feature the Safety Dialogue Live Panel. Through this visitors can get involved with live debates throughout the event. The panel of experts will focus on: ‘Noise Induced Hearing Loss - protect at work, educate for life’, ‘Improving PPE compliance’ and whether ‘Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE) selection can be simplified’.



Attendees to Maintec can attend both The Health & Safety Event and Facilities Management free of charge. The show is free to attend and registration is now open. Please visit www.easyfairs.com/maintec for your free admission voucher.