Predictive Maintenance Conference Growth Reflects the Importance of Reliability Best Practices During Adverse Economic Times

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Best practices for industrial plant maintenance shows higher uptime, lower cost and better return on invested capital.

Keynote Address by Heinz Bloch PE

Some companies are waking up to the incredible value that can be delivered through proactive maintenance programs while the laggard companies are still focused on, an online community of maintenance and reliability professionals and the organizer of PdM-2008 Predictive Maintenance Technology Conference, announced today that early registrations for the September conference are exceeding the pace of all previous years and that another sold-out event is expected.

According to conference organizer and reliability expert Terrence O'Hanlon, CMRP, "Some companies are waking up to the incredible value that can be delivered through proactive maintenance programs while the laggard companies are still focused on "cost cutting" their way to profitability. PdM-2008 includes training workshops and case studies that provide a roadmap that attendees can use to put their company in the top 20% performance category. Earnings per share are directly affected by maintenance and reliability practices for each asset intensive company."

O'Hanlon stated that research shows that the top performing 20% share three common traits:

  •     A senior level executive is directly responsible for plant asset maintenance and reliability
  •     Proactive strategies such as predictive condition based maintenance and reliability-centered maintenance have largely replaced reactive and time based maintenance strategies
  •     Use of advanced technologies to monitor and report leading key performance indicators (KPIs) across the enterprise with all stakeholders in real time

"Senior executives who may not fully understand predictive maintenance technologies like Vibration Analysis, Infrared Thermography, Ultrasonic Detection, Motor Testing or Oil Analysis can relate to the way a modern doctor performs diagnostic tests using stethoscopes, thermometers, blood tests and EKG's on a patient to determine overall health. When you have millions of dollars deployed in manufacturing assets, you must be able to know the plant asset health condition at all times. Predictive Maintenance (PdM) technologies deliver on that promise" continued O'Hanlon.

"With the US Dollar at a historic low against currencies like the Euro, management can no longer keep their heads in the sand about available maintenance strategies,' urged O'Hanlon, "We have seen the affect of "reactive" and "fire fighter" maintenance as some our largest US companies fall into the hands of overseas competitors who use proactive technology to increase production and uptime while lowering overall operating costs."

The Predictive Maintenance Conference is being held September 15-18 at the Qwest Center in Omaha Nebraska, the same location as the recent US Olympic swimming trials.

It has developed a reputation as "the place to be" for maintenance and reliability professionals seeking an opportunity to begin or restart an effective predictive maintenance and machinery condition monitoring program. Workshop and conference seats are still available. Call toll free (888) 575-1245 or visit for program details

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