Addition to our handheld devices for Thermography
FLIR E8 XT wifi enabled Thermal Imaging Camera unboxed
Whilst Uptime Consultant is not into the 'services' aspect of Condition Monitoring we do invest in the occasional new instrument that are used lightly for demonstration purposes mainly.
One of the things that clients frequently ask is if a certain technology will provide benefits for them.
It makes sense then for me to have available the handheld equipment to show the true value.
Although I'm equipment agnostic (I don't re-sell for anyone) I do let people know what I choose to spend company money on and when it comes to industrial thermal imagers my money is with FLIR.
You get great value for image resolution and their MSX makes the images much more versatile, the software I find is excellent and the handheld devices are very ergonomic compared with the competition.
Look out for some Thermal Images in the near future.
NEC Birmingham Maintenance Show
RMS's Andrew Loder demonstrating Motion Amplification to Uptime and PepsiCo colleagues
Another show that I always try to attend as it is very local located at the NEC in Birmingham, it's just a 15 minute train journey away from Coventry.
It's a bit hit and miss this show, some years like last year it is very busy, unfortunately the location this year cut the footfall as it wasn't located near the Engineering Technology Show halls.
It was great to catch up with contacts again from RMS, Interflon, Pruftechnik and UE Systems, also good to make new ones at InVMA, InControl and others.
I also went over on the second day to catch up with clients and prospects as we were all available to attend.
Hopefully the feedback will get the organisers (who are new I believe) to get this show next to the Engineering Innovation/Technology Show next year, the bridge walkway is too far for many to make the trip.
See more photos below:
Collaboration - The Key to Scaling Predictive Maintenance
Hosted by Jonathan and Adam from Senseye with Uptime Consultant as guest speaker
This is the third webinar I have guested on with friends at SENSEYE down at their headquarters in Southampton.
For those that don't know I have been collaborating with Senseye for the past two years as they have what I consider to be the best (only) product that can truly scale prediction in the industrial sector.
I keep in touch at regular intervals and we run these webinars every six months with a different angle, they are great to work with and give me a lot of input into how the conversation is framed which I think works well for both.
This time we had agreed the webinar should look at collaboration and about the importance of leveraging partnerships to reduce the time to deployment and get quick and meaningful results.
If you have ever taken part in something like this you will appreciate the amount of time that goes into script, travel, editing, promoting and most importantly how to use the 40-50 minutes to add maximum value for the attendees.
If you would like to hear the recording send me a message or visit www.senseye.io
Here's a couple of other photos to give you an isight:
Jason Trantor founder of Mobius Institute bringing together CBM Professionals from across the world
This was a new event and one that I had on my calendar to attend since I got wind of it from Dean at RMS, thanks Dean.
The word was that if you go to just one CBM event in the UK in 2019 then this is the one.
It was a three day Monday-Wednesday show if you wanted the certified training that Mobius were running along side; I opted for the two day Tuesday and Wednesday and wasn't disappointed.
It was a very relaxed affair all about sharing knowledge and best practices; I would guess there was a 50/50 split of delegates who were already practicing CBM in one form or another along with others at the start of their predictive journey.
The choice of workshops was varied but in the main based around Vibration, Ultrasound and some software applications, alongside great real stories based on experiences using the technologies in industry.
There was a broad range of sectors in attendance that I spoke to including, power, turbines, food, automotive, pulp, chemicals, steel and that's just the people I spoke to.
They are looking at 2020 and if it revisits I will certainly get along if my calendar says yes!
Here are some more photos to give you an idea of what went on; the equipment stands were all bought in to the 'less sales more learning' approach so it was heavy on support but very light on selling.
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.
Great to catch up with old colleagues
The nearly total workforce taken back in the early 1990s at the Wolston factory
One of the most enjoyable periods of my time in engineering was with FFD Ltd from 1988 - 1994, here we all gathered for an anniversary photograph outside the main office; no digital or drones back then, I clearly remember the photographer perched on the tallest step ladders I had ever seen!
Last time we got together was 10 years ago and it was amazing to see how people had moved on or stayed in the same role, quite a few had transitioned to Ricardo who bought FFD in 1994 just as I left to move into the food manufacturing industry.
Ten years later and we are an older group with many attending last Friday at The Oak in Baginton well into retirement.
It was again great to catch up with old colleagues a couple of whom I served my apprenticeship with at Noel Penny Turbines Ltd which was in itself a feeder for talent to FFD, in fact part of the night could've been a NPT reunion as well.
With our increasing age it was agreed it may become an annual gathering as nearly everyone said how much they had enjoyed the evening.
I'm far left front row with the design boys wearing a moustache and boiler suit!
Excellent Workshop by Iconsys
Over twenty delegates made the day for this first collaborative workshop organised and hosted by iconsys at their Telford, UK headquarters. Here Andy Bunce the Sales Director introduces the mornings presentations.
This collaborative event was all about knowledge sharing with interested parties from across sectors including Automotive, Steel, FMCG, Food, Utilities and representatives from confederations.
I opened up the conversation with a 15 minute keynote on how with the advent of accessible sensors, cloud and artificial intelligence prediction will become more affordable and widespread in all industrial environments.
My job was to set the scene for the following three presentations that were more about the applications and hardware whereas I talked about the cultural shift in the workforce and a joined up approach.
Next up was Paolo Sermisoni from PCB Piezotronics to talk about why Vibration as a sensor technology is ubiquitous and for many is the application of choice where a lot of domain knowledge and experience already exists.
Paolo was accompanied by an old friend of mine David Smith the UK & ROI Sales Manager and the MD of PCB UK Bob Barrett; they had lots of interaction with delegates so it was a good job there were three of them!
After a short comfort break it was time to hear from Tom Hammond representing Siemens Mindsphere the Cloud part of this scalable predictive solution. The main trust of his presentation was more about how secure Cloud based technology is and the benefits it brings to accessing applications that are hosted on its platform.
It was good to see Simon Kampa CEO of Senseye giving an excellent overview of how and what their predictive maintenance software does in the real world, no blue sky thinking here but evidence of real results with major blue chip companies.
I believe this is the way forward to scale from tens and hundreds of data points to thousands of points of interest, checking the wellness of complete plants on multiple continents and highlighting those critical few that require the attention of a technician.
Andy Bunce then closed the presentations with a piece on how iconsys is working from the user end to design in or retro fit predictive devices to their control systems. This was followed by live demonstrations of sensors in their technical lab along with another live demo by Simon from Senseye of the software at work in real time on assets throughout the world.
I believe this is the first collaboration of this kind in the UK where all the domain experts in collaboration have put on an event that can talk about an actual working solution and more importantly how to get from proactive to predictive.
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Visiting Senseye Headquarters to deliver Predictive Maintenance Workshop
Kenneth Dibben House at Southampton University Science Park
It was a bit of a race to get back from the Reliability Ireland 2019 conference in Cork to be in Southampton by Friday morning but with some careful planning and a quick pit stop in Coventry I arrived there the night before.
Senseye have been friends and collaborators now for about two years and this has proved of benefit to us both.
I get to learn from groups of data scientists whilst sharing my 40 years of front line experience with the last 15 spent specialising in predicting asset failures and strategies of how to mitigate them.
This was the second half day workshop I had delivered to Senseye's team, both ran around the same format with the overall aim being to transport a group of software engineers, data scientists and product support specialists into what it feels like at the sharp end of manufacturing.
Having worked for many years in production industries, utilities and other areas I can field most questions about how things work, break and how to best mitigate future failures.
My last full time position working for PepsiCo I specialised for almost 10 years with predictive techniques and how best to deploy ever constrained resources; this usually comes down to how many hours, people and revenue was available.
In this environment there was only so much you could sense check with hand held instruments and a trained data collector, something has to give and this usually catches you out.
My vision back then was ideally an automated process that could handle 100s and 1,000s of outputs from disparate sources and trend them against each other in near real time.
This is what a good PdM Technician can do via spreadsheets and in their heads, but they can only cover 10s to a 100 and have to go home to rest and reboot; automation does not, it's 24/7.
This would for me be akin to the 'holy grail' of Predictive Analytics, we are now ten years on from those thoughts I had and I believe SENSEYE have designed and formulated the solution, a truly scalable predictive maintenance solution and at an affordable cost.
The workshop went very well with a lot of new faces as Senseye is growing at a fast pace.
Some attendees had experience of working in the connected industries but the speciality of Predictive Maintenance is somewhat new to them so this is where I come in.
In less then three hours I take them on this journey into a production environment, look at how people work, examine the interface between the technology and end user whilst fielding those all important questions they have about prediction, risks and consequences.
Many thanks to all the team at Senseye for being so welcoming, see you in April 😉