Tuesday, April 17, 2012

More catching on to Maintenance Crisis

In a recent interview with Ashley Halligan, an CMMS software analyst, we discussed what the maintenance crisis means for the future of, well, maintenance. Furthermore, Halligan wrote an article that talked about the crisis in detail along with some of the innovations that are changing it, including the recently launched Occupy a Job app, camps and courses for young folks to encourage interest into the skilled labor force, and gamification of maintenance training.

Read Halligan's full article at the Software Advice blog.

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Nifty Fifty Session for US Science and Engineering Festival

Hope more volunteer to speak to students and encourage them to pursue Reliability and Maintenance Career paths, so that we have a viable pipeline of future workers.

THANK YOU! From the USA Science and Engineering Festival Nifty Fifty Program

Dear Mr. Leonard,

Thank you so much for taking time out of your busy schedule Tuesday, March 13 to visit Patapsco High School! It was a great presentation and you were definitely a crowd pleaser. The students were engaged and inspired by the experiences and hands-on activities you shared. Your topic "Maintenance - Its Not Just Mops and Buckets" opened the students eyes to the desperate need and opportunities that are available to those who are interested in careers using science and technology. The use of the infrared camera and sound detector was truly the highlight of your presentation. I commend you on your high energy presentation and your ability to manage and engage the teens of today.
We can't thank you enough for devoting your time and energy to making this event a success and most especially for your stellar presentation. Your participation has been seminal to getting the festival off to a great start! The fact that you are willing to serve as a role model is so very important to bringing science back to center stage and inspiring our youth to literally reach for the stars.

I enjoyed meeting and working with you on this. Attached are some photos from the event.

Thank you again!

Best Wishes,
(on behalf of the USA Science and Engineering Festival)

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Heil Maintenance Professionals

 Last year at the Maintworld Conference in Helsinki, a cameraman snapped a pic while Joel Leonard was polling the audience about who was going to retire in the next 5 and 10 years. Over 80% were or entering retirement age. Considering the amount of accrued knowledge, experience and wisdom walking out the door, and the lack of successsion development and formalized mentorship programs in the LEAN corporate environment we are truly in a Maintenance Crisis. However with the virtual simulation development efforts, Break Through Training, Occupyajob app and numerous skilled workforce campaigns underway, there is plenty of reason to be optimistic about the future. However much more needs to be done.  Tune in regularly to Plant Services Magazine for regular updates on the Maintenance Crisis!
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Friday, March 9, 2012

India's first Reliability Maintenance Council is formed

Check out the link above to get more details on the newly formed India Reliability Maintenance Council- IRMC- Builds Capacity

New Indian Reliability Maintenance Council Forms

MUMBAI, INDIA -- When confronted with the enormous task of maintaining large, aging infrastructure and dealing with the equipment failures, production outages, budget cuts, deferred maintenance expenses, skilled workforce challenges and increasing inflationary costs, attendees of the “Fighting the Maintenance Crisis Workshop” decided to form the Indian Reliability Maintenance Council (IRMC).

The Engineering leader Mr. Sanjay Sorte says “IRMC forms to support the maintenance people who are fighting to get replacement for them and to create the awareness in new generation about maintenance. The motivation can be given to new people who think that the maintenance is a dirty job. We want to spread the awareness and the necessity of maintenance to the society and industries and we found that this is the platform to begin with. It starts with small group but I am sure one day it will be huge.”

This new organization plans to meet regularly to discuss challenges, tour industrial facilities throughout India and work to certify members. According to Mr. Sorte “This organization was created out of the frustration of lack of respect, appreciation and support for maintenance personnel and to help others realize that without proper reliability and maintenance programs our businesses and national economies will literally crumble before our eyes.”

Joel Leonard, a workforce development consultant based in the United States supports the board’s efforts and is connecting them with resources worldwide to help accelerate the growth and implementation of the IRMC. Leonard has been dubbed by American media as “The Maintenance Evangelist” because of his passion to elevate awareness of maintenance and engineering career paths.

Mumbai based JIF Communication PVT Ltd will be supporting IRMC by coordinating future conferences, workshops, certifications and industry tours.

For more information about JIF CPL email 'info@jifcpl.com'.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

EuroMaintenance 2012 Congress

EuroMaintenance 2012 Congress
14-16 May 2012 in Belgrade

it is a must attend event that will bring on important issues of maintenance and asset management,
with purpose to stimulate reflection and debate on both the challenges and the solutions.
It is not only an informational gathering, but strong opportunity for business networking.

Registration for Euromaintenance 2012 is now open!
Use the unique opportunity of early payment discount that can be followed here
Exhibition info

21st EuroMaintenance Congress will take place from 14-16 May 2012 in Belgrade Congress Venue Sava Centar offering:
Two Conference days - Dedicated program per industry / expertise
One Workshops day - 4 high power workshops at industrial sites
Two Exhibition days - Cutting-edge suppliers from all major industry sectors

* Dedicated program per industry / expertise
* Newest insights and best practices that really can boost performance and efficiency of the- maintenance department
* 86 world class speakers
* Dedicated tracks and sessions for different profiles
* 30 minutes sessions for efficient knowledge transfer
* Key note speakers and Maintenance management gurus from around the world
* Practical case studies presented by leading Maintenance Managers from inside and outside of Europe

Congress opening will welcome distinguished guests:
Mr Milos Petrovic, Congress president
Mr Alexandae Stuber, EFNMS Chairman
Dr Jezdimir Knezevic, MIRCE Akademy, England speaking of Maintenance - Management of Failures and Provision of Profit
Ms. Katalin Sas, European Agency for Safety and Health at Work, speaking of Safe Maintenance Campaign results
Mr Ajro Klijn, Salvetti Foundation, handing out prestigious maintenance prizes to:
- Winner of EuroMaintenance Incentive Award for exceptional achievements in maintenance and contribution to the sector &
- Winner of EFNMS Excellence Award for best Master Thesis in Maintenance.

To nominate individuals, teams or institutions please contact your National Maintenance Society, following this link

At EuroMaintenance 2012 you will have plenty opportunities to meet hundreds of high level maintenance and asset managers,
as well as some of the most important industrial companies in Europe and beyond.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Call to Action

Other movements are trying to Occupy Wall Street; we want everyone to Occupy a Job!

Spread the word. Skilled Trades seem to have been overlooked career choices in the last 20 years. They can be the right choice for many people. These jobs offer mental and physical challenges, very good pay, and a secure future.