Helping the worlds favourite snack food brands with Asset Management
Some very nice box hedge topiary at the Pepsico Global R&D site in the UK
Another visit to my previous employer to talk about assisting with the Asset Management program to ensure the availability of their critical assets for partners all around the world in the Snack Food arm of the Pepsico business.
That's all I can say really other than it's great to work with some ex-colleagues and new people that share the same drive for improvement as myself. I'm sure we will achieve some better than expected results here.
Great two day event with CRL Training Workshop and presentations
The attendees, presenters and supporters of the two day symposium on the lawn, Uptime Consultant at the back there!
An excellent two days immersed in Reliability with the Reliabilityweb organisation and supporting partners Pruftechnik, IRISS, Emerson, Interloc, Stork (Fluor Company) and ARMS Reliability.
Billed as the "Reliability & Asset Management Training Symposium" with world leaders in reliability like Terrence O'Hanlon and Dave Rieber from Reliabilityweb presenting keynotes and running training classes, supported by the associated companies mentioned above is was bound to be a successful event and it was.
Some delegates had been studying for their CRL (Certified Reliability Leader) exam that was to take place on the afternoon of the second day after attending three workshops to support that. This is the basis for many in industry to take the first steps in their reliability journey and from seeing the content is a great way to start.
The team from Reliabilityweb were just as I expected, warm, friendly and helpful with a schedule that ran like clockwork thanks mainly to Maura Abad who kept things on track.
I chose to attend the first two hour workshop with Martin Robinson, CEO of IRISS with 'How to Create an Effective Electrical Maintenance Program' which was eye opening for many attendees especially when we looked at risks of Arc Flash and electrocution.
The afternoon of day one I then took in a session from Oliver Booth of ARMS Reliability with his presentation 'How to Get Optimal Strategies on Every Asset All The Time' most of the content I already use when training or talking to my clients including, RCM, Criticality, Risks vs Rewards and Consequences of Failure.
Another well balanced session from a top presenter.
Day two started with three RAP talks, similar to a TED talk that last about 20 minutes and were presented by Ian Higham, Michael Whittaker from Emerson Automation and Terrance O'Hanlon CEO of Reliabilityweb.com
The morning workshop was from ARMS Reliability and Steve Vardy explaining their own 'Apollo' RCA approach to problem solving, basically more than 5 Whys and Fishbone; imagine mixing both with 5W branches on the Fishbone to broaden the analysis.
After another excellent lunch provided I took in a session for two hours with Dave Rieber of Reliabilityweb entitled 'How to Support, Promote and Sustain an Asset Condition Monitoring Project' another great presentation saying most of the things I already share; drive ROI, report the wins, act with integrity, sell the Condition Monitoring benefits relentlessly in your business.
Reliabilityweb.com are going to return to the UK in 2018 so look out for those dates, I know I will be there either taking in the presentations or presenting if they will have me!
Highly recommended and if you are looking at a formal qualification for Reliability this is the place to look.
Great catch up with Jonathan & Alex
Flying visit to take in two shows in one morning at Birmingham NEC.
Straight in off the train to visit Jonathan and Alexander from Senseye to catch up on how things are going in the world of Prognostics in the automotive sector.
Had a nice chat with an engineer from Ricardo about their battery development facility in Cambridge and a blast from the past visiting Grainger and Worrall looking at automotive CNC machining; I once procured transmission casings for the Jaguar XJ220 supercar back in 1996?
Snackfood central of Walkers brands
Beautiful sunny day for a trip up to Skelmersdale to drop in and visit a former Predictive Maintenance colleague at the site.
Spent a very enjoyable couple of hours sharing ideas and methods to drive Reliability in Food Manufacturing processes.
Really good to hear how the Skem' site has developed over the past few years.
Some great work and further challenges, hopefully I gave Norman a few ideas!
Excellent site and the usual PepsiCo welcome.
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I always say to new clients, start with getting your Lubrication practices right can save a lot of heartache.
Was great to be back at PepsiCo Global R&D to work with an old colleague from the lubrication industry improving the Lubrication Strategy for this important Pilot Plant.
Thanks to Russ Brown from Interflon UK for drafting the schematics and handling the supply of the specialised lubricants to enhance these assets. This work will remove many man hours of intrusive Planned Maintenance and lengthen the cycle between replenishment or negate changes all together.
Can't share any of the details here due to the sensitive nature of the operation but if you are thinking about addressing your Lubrication program get in touch directly.
The variety as a consultant is what makes the job so rewarding.
Only a couple of days ago I was talking about food manufacturing equipment and by the end of the week I'm in Poole Harbour helping with the challenges of building a reliability program for trimaran ferries!
Extremely interesting for me as I am used to assets that are bolted down, all assets share the same fundamentals just different environments impact their reliability.
Looking forward to working with the team in the future at Condor Ferries.
Introduction to PdM & CBM Course
This was like going back to my roots training back at Pepsico R&D!
It's nearly three years since I left the PepsiCo business (after 21yrs!) to set up Uptime Consultant Ltd
and it felt like I had never been away.
This is due to the PepsiCo welcome and the attendees enthusiasm to learn some new techniques.
I can't share much about the visit really as it's all under wraps, but I can say that I had a great day catching up with old colleagues and meeting some new ones who took part in the days training.
This includes an introduction to proactive and predictive maintenance, why we would want to do it in the first place, strategy, planning, return on investment, sustainability, application as well as covering the basics of Uptime Consultant's Top 5 PdM technologies.
We then spent some time out on plant demonstrating the application and limitations of three of those technologies.
It's a lot to cover and take in but they all past their multi choice test and were awarded an Uptime Consultant Ltd certificate of achievement.
Full house at Chilworth Manor Hotel near Southampton
Here's Jon Willis starting his presentation with a walking with lions experience in South Africa.
Last day of three took place down in Southampton just off the M27 was another well attended event with the most diverse mix of the week, MOD were present, metal smelting, crane operations, network rail, maritime, automotive, paper milling, power stations, pharma, environmental services and food.
Another receptive audience with loads of great conversations around how to develop, start and sustain a predictive program, right up my street really.
Setting was perfect with the use of two large rooms and lunch in the hotel restaurant, conversations over lunch were around a new industry for me, paper milling with two reliability engineers that were front line so just the type of people I can help out with issues.
Again the beauty of these events is we all have our sales hat off and just enjoy sharing best practices or shortcuts to get ahead quicker. I'm pretty sure that all 100 attendees this week at least got their ticket fee back in the course of the day.
Spoilt with three leaders in their chosen fields of Vibration, Ultrasound and Thermography.
Looking forward to the next series of seminars if Alpine Components need me to warm up the audience in the future!
Alpine Components seminar at historic Weston Hall near Coventry
Looked forward to day two as I got to sleep at home just 7.5 miles away from the venue.
This was the largest attendance of the three days with 40 managers, engineers and maintainers from another broad cross section including two automotive companies, food, power, paper, utilities, cement, OE suppliers, communications and more.
Same format in another stunning location with some great conversations around lunch about maintenance strategy with a three way conversation between bearing OE, paper mill engineers and Uptime Consultant.
This is something that can only happen at these type of events, sharing solutions over chicken and leak pie!
Dean stole the show again with Motion Amplification with audible Wows from the audience as he went live with his demonstration.
Personally it was great to catch up with three ex colleagues from PepsiCo and Walkers Snack Foods to talk about their challenges and discuss their future plans.
Here's a few more photos taken on the day including the Motion Amplification new technology.