The Packaging & Processing event
Great day out for Uptime Consultant at PPMA catching up with old and new contacts!
If we are available this is always a show that is on the fixture list for us to visit.
Great to catch up with contacts from Yamato, Ishida, Flo Mech, Schneider and OEE Systems.
We usually head for the weighing and packaging as it takes us back to our roots with some vivid flashbacks of shifts spent battling banks of TNAs and Ishidas, interesting to see how some of these have now developed vision systems which for me is adding too much complexity to an already sophisticated asset.
This year there was a massive choice of multi-head weighers compared with previous years, there seems to be a glut of them in the marketplace at the moment.
It was also interesting to see the amount of 'pick and place' options with many manufacturers, new to me was the offering from Schneider with their modularised integrated solution.
If you are interested in Packaging or Processing then this show is one for your diary for 2020.
Mexico, Monterrey 🇲🇽 Maintenance
It's never been part of the UPTIME Consultant strategy to work internationally.. although the requests arrive on a weekly basis!
When it comes to our most important client though we always try and cover all bases, this is difficult as the UPTIME business is built on knowledge transfer and not a formula that anyone can deliver, it's our USP that differentiates us from the rest but is limited by our available time.
I even had commemorative sports t-shirts printed that went down well 🇲🇽
I had only visited Mexico as a tourist some years ago with a week in Cabo so this was going to be very different.
I was looking forward to working with the people as my previous experience had been vey positive, I wasn't disappointed as they were extremely helpful and open to new ideas about how to frame a new maintenance strategy in a research and development environment.
It was also nice to get fine weather as the UK was lashed by heavy rain storms for a full week.
Unfortunately I can't share anything about the actually work other than we made a great impact in just five days, thanks to the receptive nature of the workforce and my main contact being fluent in English!
We are going to reduce our air miles now by supporting via regular Zoom calls to support the initial work laid out in just the one week.