International Maintenance Conference Growth Reflects the Importance of Reliability Best Practices To Company Performance and Earnings

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Community Awareness Fueling 10% Annual Growth for Plant Maintenance and Reliability Products, Service and Technology, a community of maintenance and reliability professionals and the producer of IMC-2007 the 22nd International Maintenance Conference, announced today that early registrations for the December conference are exceeding the pace of all previous years and that another sold-out event is expected.

According to publisher and reliability expert Terrence O'Hanlon, CMRP, "Smart companies are realizing the bottom line value that can be delivered through proactive maintenance and reliability programs, while the laggards are still focused on "cost cutting" their way to profitability. IMC-2007 includes workshops and case studies that provide a roadmap for participants to 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:

1) A senior level executive is directly responsible for plant asset maintenance and reliability

2) Proactive strategies such as predictive condition based maintenance and reliability-centered maintenance have largely replaced reactive and time based maintenance strategies

3) Use of advanced technologies to monitor and report leading key performance indicators (KPIs) across the enterprise with all stakeholders in real time (example: IVARA EXP)

The International Maintenance Conference traditionally held each December in Florida is the world's longest running maintenance focused conference. It has developed a reputation as "the place to be" for maintenance and reliability professionals seeking an opportunity to recharge and find innovative initiatives to take into the New Year. It is also become a major hub for leading solution providers who not only closed several large contracts in prior years, many form lasting partnerships and alliances with other solution providers.

"The trend with legacy companies who provide products and services for the maintenance and reliability community is to view this community as a market to be sliced, diced and scaled from inside ivory towers. They seem to miss the point that although a recent study by ARC Research confirms's estimate of strong 10% annual growth for maintenance and reliability products and services, this is a relationship based community and deals are done one handshake at a time" continues O'Hanlon. "It is very difficult for the legacy suppliers to scale to one handshake at a time and that creates a dynamic opportunity for smaller entrepreneurial suppliers to create significant revenue. You find many of those companies at the International Maintenance Conference."

The International Maintenance Conference is held from December 4-7, 2007 at the Daytona Beach Hilton and seats are still available. Call toll free (888) 575-1245 or visit for program details

About includes a network of maintenance and reliability web sites serving over 55,000 maintenance and reliability professionals from around the world. The also publishes Uptime Magazine a bi-monthly publication for maintenance and reliability professionals. The network serves as a resource for Senior Reliability Executives, Plant Managers, Maintenance Managers and Reliability Engineers. Online tutorials, articles, case histories and news items are updated daily.


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