Uptime Consultant Ltd is collaborating with Alpine Components this April
Alpine Components is always keen to add to the reliability discussion and one of the ways it does this is by running Predictive Maintenance seminars in locations around the UK.
After a 'Glastonbury' style year off in 2017 they have returned this year and have three seminars planned in Leeds, Coventry and Southampton on the 24th, 25th and 26th of April respectively.
Jonathan Hill has kindly invited me along as the warm up guy to kick off each day, with an hour slot about thinking and planning strategically neatly entitled, "Sustainable Reliability Strategy" imagine all things relevant about how to deploy PdM, capture ROI and sustain a reliability program.
Great to catch up with so many like minded businesses helping SMEs tackle their productivity issues with access to REACH funding.
Tim Andrews gave a very interesting presentation of the augmented realty kits MTC Transformation are working on. This will allow clients to use an out of the box solution anywhere in the UK so they can have interactive access to specialists at MTC.
This will enable more project work instead of motorway miles!
Rob Almond introduced us to a new offer that is the Product Manufacturing Incubator (PMI) where six units will be available for companies to base themselves at the MTC to work on product design and development phase, should be available from about April/May; get in touch at Rob.Almond@the-mtc.org for more information.
Made some new connections with consultancies in similar and different spheres, looking forward to working more with the MTC in 2018.
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.
Class of happy Nissan UK Engineers learning about PdM with Uptime Consultant
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.
Sometimes a business card is not enough, that's why I produce these trifold flyers to give more information
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
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.