Nissan UK Sunderland Staff Training facility, ready for PdM/CBM number three.
Third visit for Uptime Consultant to train a group of Engineers and Managers in Predictive Maintenance and Condition Based Maintenance strategy, techniques and technology.
Based over one day with three classroom based sessions followed by the all important practical on the shop floor. In this we practiced using the tools and techniques we learnt about in the morning on known or suspect issues in their plant.
We all had a great time and were able to confirm some concerns over one or two assets using three technologies as complementary tools.
Immediate return on investment.
Second visit to Nissan UK Sunderland in just a few weeks to deliver another 'Introduction to PdM & CBM' with Maintenance Techs and Managers this time from the Trim and Chassis Department.
Impressive manufacturing set up and enthusiastic classroom made for a very enjoyable visit to the North East again.
Covered my Top 5 technologies in PdM linked into RCM and continuous improvement to show return on investment.
Some of the issues were around Vibration sensor placement which Uptime Consultant could give additional advice on deployment to attain the best outputs for the team.
When a business card is not enough but you have no room for brochures, try a flyer.
Ready for the printers next week, the new trifold flyer for Uptime Consultant
Very easy to produce your own copy, it is you that knows your business best so why wouldn't you!
I use a local printer that I can talk to face to face, sort out any production problems on the spot whilst supporting a local business.
These are great for getting your message across if you are time constrained or if you forget to mention something, much better than a normal contact business card in my opinion.
Excellent couple of days spent up in the north east at the impressive Nissan Motor Manufacturing facility to talk about their existing Predictive Maintenance practices and how they will develop over the next few months.
I must say I have never come across such a friendly switched on group of engineers, from the PdM Techs their line Managers and the Training Department it was a pleasure to work with them.
As part of Uptime Consultant's "Introduction to PdM & CBM" we had hands on time on the shop floor examining suspect assets and confirming suspicions whilst narrowing down to the specific fault mode.
I'm looking forward to a return visit in a couple of weeks to carry out some follow up work and hopefully train another department on strategy, return on investment as well as the techniques and technology that provides the best value in their operations.
Excellent couple of days at the Manufacturing Technology Centre discussing the future of Industry 4.0
Some great presentations from UK government, Swedish ministry, Mexico and Germany.
Panel discussion with Cecilia Warrol "Produktion 2030", Sweden, Markus Hess, Ministry of Economic Affairs & Energy, Germany, Tim Page, Policy Officer, TUC, UK, Phil Smith, Chairman Cisco UK & Eire and Dick Elsy CEO of High Value Manufacturing Catapult.
Lovely way to end the week in brilliant sunshine by the side of a lake of effluent
It's always great to visit a new process, well new to me anyway.
Today I had the pleasure of visiting a water company that had some concerns about some assets that operate in relatively harsh conditions on a 24/7 basis.
A recent outage had proved to be a major headache for the operation so they wanted to investigate mitigating any future equipment degradation.
Uptime Consultant returned to the tools for a morning taking Oil Samples, Thermal Images, Vibration and Acoustic Emission samples to ascertain a baseline of where their equipment was at.
I have some great ideas for opportunities that were obvious to save them time, resource, manpower and stop that equipment failing again.
Watch this space!
Something different is always refreshing, this show was about Waste, Recycling, Energy and Water Industries.
I was impressed with these eye catching transmission units from Turkish manufacturer YILMAZ some great cutaways and that dark pink colour made a change from grey, blue or orange.
Had some interesting conversations and made some great new connections in a pleasant two hour visit around halls 4 &5.
Interesting and informative visit to the WMG to discuss future collaboration with Uptime Consultant Ltd
WMG International Institute for Product & Service Innovation on Warwick University campus
Great to be back again at the amazing WMG site at Warwick University that is developing and expanding all the time.
One of the things that I love doing is helping SMEs that haven't the budget for in-house Reliability or Predictive Maintenance departments. I can usually identify quick wins, and with changes in work practices that provide long term improvements and solutions.
To help Uptime Consultant Ltd and WMGs existing SME partners we have started to collaborate on a project to bring some of my industry skills in to enhance their knowledge and understanding of PdM Techniques and CBM.
WMG have kindly offered to host a proposed 3 day Masterclass that I have developed in conjunction with some other industry specialists that aims to cover a broad range of Reliability and Predictive Maintenance (PdM) subjects with leading industry experts from a wide ranging background.
WMG staff will be supporting and attending to network and share some of their expertise and case studies with information about Catapult funding helping SMEs from various backgrounds.
If you are interested in attending then get in touch directly as I have discounts available for multiple delegates, past clients, ex military and organisations from the SME sector.
The dates for the first Masterclass are the first week in October so if you would like to attend register your interest here:
The Masterclass infographic gives a good idea of what you can expect over three days
The WMG campus is expanding at a rate and the newest building will be the home for Automotive Design and Research, an awe inspiring looking building nearing completion, see below:
Jaguar XJR9 No.2 the Le Mans winner from 1988
My first visit to The British Motor Museum at Gaydon and it's only down the road off the M40. I was most looking forward to revisiting some iconic Jaguars that I was fortunate to work on back in the 1980s.
Back then I was a prototype machinist working on motorsport and pre production rally and race cars.
My speciality included machining the complete Gearbox and Transaxle assemblies.
The transaxle on this was developed from work we did on the prototype and production Jaguar XJ220 supercar, another vehicle I had come to see that was over the way in a newly built Jaguar showroom display building.
The beast that stole the NEC Motor Show in October of 1988 is still impressive, it's a shame they never produced this concept version:
The timescales were always tight on concept vehicles and the XJ220 was no exception.
There was no time or need to heat treat the transaxle and from differential casings because this car would never turn a wheel in anger. It was known back then as "The Saturday Club" car as the group of companies that supported Jaguar and Tom Walkinshaw Racing gave their time freely just to be involved and produce something this ground breaking. It was never envisaged as a production car until it was unleashed in October of 1988.
I remember TWR and Jaguar actually turning up at FFD Ltd at the weekend to see the progress as we had the XJ220 chassis in a test house secreted away to build the four wheel drive system, something the production car lost along the way.
The whole workforce was given time off to travel over to the NEC and see this massive Jaguar that looked bigger because of the raised plinth it was displayed on, it certainly stole the show back then and still does now when you see it in the flesh.
The amazing 1954 Jaguar D-Type Prototype, I wonder if they know the connection with the Jaguar XJ220?
This D-Type prototype was driven to a Le Mans lap record when Jaguar works driver Tony Rolt slashed five seconds off the previous best time.
To me he was known as 'The Major' as he also founded the Coventry then Warwickshire based company FFD Ltd, who worked on the design and development of four wheel drive vehicles including the Jaguar XJ220 Prototype and subsequent production cars.
A great chap that had a background that film makers and biographers would have loved to have recorded but he was too modest; he had a hand in the glider plot to escape Colditz amongst others things!
Great to meet with likeminded people to discuss possibilities to collaborate bringing together our experience in RCM, CBM & PdM strategies
Uptime Consultant slide showing where Predictive Maintenance (PdM) fits into the asset lifecycle
Excellent morning spent with Gary Kristensen of K2 RCM and Chris Hallum from UE Systems, UK & Ireland discussing the many aspects of Condition Based Maintenance (CBM), Predictive Technologies, Reliability Centred Maintenance (RCM), Asset Criticality, Ultrasound, Acoustic Emission (AE), Training and TPM from a strategic angle, targeting Cost Benefits, Business needs, Return on Investment (ROI) with a holistic approach.
Chris was able to demonstrate a couple of UE System instruments including the Grease Caddy for front line use and the impressive Ultraprobe 15000 with FFT, Spectra capability and route trending. See below:
Routes into Ultrasound with proven technology haven't been easier with UE Systems range of ultrasonic equipment.