Sunday, December 28, 2008
Believe it or not, in the Disney Movie, "Bedtime Stories", Adam Sandler plays a maintenance worker at a hotel. He overcomes being taken for granted and branded as loser, only to win the girl, Kerry Russel, and also own his own hotel. By the way, his character's name is Skeeter.
In the new Will Smith movie, "Seven Pounds", Will plays an MIT graduate who wins his girls heart by fixing a 150 year old Heidelburg Press.
Plus with cable shows "Dirty Jobs", "How Its Made" and "The Big Fix", it appears that Hollywood is finally listening that we need to show more respect to skilled workers.
Tuesday, December 23, 2008
As Joel said over 6 years ago, the Maintenance Crisis Song has no borders, the message affects us all so everyone needs to hear it. Therefore, he is delighted that they are willing to exert the effort to join in the crusade against the Maintenance Crisis.
Also in the JW Marriott Hotel was a German restaurant that had live musicians from Berlin performing to entertain the diners. They too, have offered to perform a Polka version of the song. So the message continues to grow and expand so that more efforts to fix it forward are mobilized.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Joel was actually quite apprehensive about coming to the Middle East with all of the news reports and daily barrage of negative activities. He said this is a totally different world than America. However, when the attending engineers started divulging their frustrations about maintenance not getting respect, maintenance being a target when in an economic downturn, that maintenance people need more training and finding qualified resources is difficule, Joel realized well maybe a different part of the world but in the maintenance world it is absolutely the same the world over.
He was flattered to learn that new facilities director at the Malaysian airport came to this event just to hear him and has been following his articles in Plant Services Magazine and really is excited to implement these strategies.
Saturday, December 13, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
WELCOME TO TOMORROW!
As it is 9 hours ahead of EST it is often the next day. And when you see the buildings and newness, cleanliness and energy, it does actually feel like tomorrow.
Kind of wild to see signs for CASTROL, TIMKEN and other American companies all over the place. Everyone is extremely friendly and helpful to make sure that tourists have a great time!
Will add more as time permits!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Regardless, Joel is very optimistic that all will work fine. Please keep Joel in your prayers, and tune in this blog as he will be reporting as often as possible.
Monday, December 8, 2008
Plant managers, engineers, research analysts drove from all over Italy to hear the Maintenance Evangelist from America and later several gathered around for a group picture at Intellimech, a research industrial park that is funded by 20 Italian and international corporations. http://www.intellimech.it/index.php
They revealed to Joel that they too have difficulty locating qualified technicians to work on modern machinery, willing to work third shift and weekends and willing to pursue the education needed to advance their careers on their own. And were delighted to learn of an online resource center to gather more information about this event. They loved the Maintenance Crisis Song!
"Once you visit Italy, you will never be the same again."
Above Joel Leonard stands with Laura Salvetti of Salteco Corporation. Joel said that although it already been two weeks since his momentous trip to Italy, he still can't get back in the groove in the US, forgeting names, addresses, items he just laid down,(worse than normal) and he blames it on the fact that Italy made such a powerful impression upon him that he still carries these strong images of the beauty in his brain and in his heart he is longing to visit again to meet even more charming engineers and other talented resources.
This is a must see museum for anyone interested in artwork or engineering. At this facility they not only display Leonardo Da Vinci's artwork, engineering designs, replicas of his designs, but also displays of a variety of modern technologies. Many items can trace their origin or inspiration by previous works by Leonardo Da Vinci.
While attending the Salteco 60th Anniversary Celebration, Maintenance Evangelist, Joel Leonard wondered if Italy faced similar challenges of a Maintenance Crisis that he discovered in the US. All he had to was look up and see masterpieces that are deteriorating because of recent water damage caused by roof leaks at the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology. These paintings were made by mixing paint and plaster together and thus preserved beautiful images for centuries. However, with the recent introduction of water, the pigments are beginning to fade, flake and wash away. Meanwhile the museum, struggle to figure out to preserve this building with limited funding. With all of the advances we are making in modern technology, there has to be a cost effective methods to preserve our priceless images of the past.
Helmut Aretz CEO Wear and Fusion Technology in Europehttp://www.mec-holding.com/
Arjo Klijn – segretario generale della Fondazione Salvettihttp://www.salvetti-foundation.org/
Direttamente dagli Stati Uniti:L’evangelista della Manutenzione: Joel Leonard (Curriculum Vitae)
Monday, December 1, 2008
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Learned that a young man of 17 years old died last week because a poorly maintained roof collasped in Turin, Italy. Also viewed a 500 year old fresco paintings that are fading away because of roof leaks that are too expensive to repair. It is literally a crying shame to see masterpieces deteriorate because ineffective preventive maintenace programs. There has to be some inexpensive technology to help preserve our vestages of the past.
Stay tuned for future pictures of the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology. This was truly a fascinating museum and a great inspirational tool to get more interested in engineering and technology.
Saw in the New York Times that Hezobollah has developed an army of future soldiers in their terrorist quest.
That is when I realized we need to create a Tech army and start young and get them active. We can build on existing programs Robotic contests, Youthbuild and Skills USA competitions. The world needs an army of technicians to battle senseless casualties caused by preventable disasters.
Yes, we have to do more to fix it forward and hopefully after this weeks series of events and the launch of PAS55 more will help repair for tomorrow. We need a new generation of innovations to conquer these challenges.
Hopefully, more will join in and step up to the plate to fix it forward.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
As I was catching up on some work at the business center met Javier Valla, a GM Lead Technician from Fremont, California who is taking his first trip to Europe to recharge his batteries. He was busy searching the web to chart his trip and research the historical locations of old europe.
We got to talking. His mom was the first lady to pass the electricians certification at the GM plant and she was a maintenance woman and Javier is a maintenance technician who is looking to prepare for changes in his career. Although the current economic situation looks bleak, he has a positive attitude and knows that if he continues to elevate his skill sets to handle the new technology and he will have a bright future.
His mom Martha Quesada is now an electrical instructor at the GM plant and Javier can't wait to share with her the song "Find me a Maintenance Woman." http://www.mpactlearning.com/maintenance_crisis_song/FindMeAMaintenanceWoman.wma
Stay as tuned we hope to post this video on SkillTV soon and who knows who else I might bounce into.
Friday, November 21, 2008
If Jay Leno or Letterman ever got to tour or visit postal services perhaps they would not be as brutal with their jokes.
Major Breakthrough against corporate apathy and ignorance toward maintenance and reliability performance-
Above is a link to the launch to of this new standard called PAS (Publicly Available Specification) 55 . We will be discussing and sharing more details on this in future updates and videos on SkillTV.net.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
While taking in the sites of the canals, buildings several hundred years old, modern buildings and watching ducks fish in the canals, a group of bike riders almost mowed Joel down. And he couldn't get out of the way without getting hit by the other lane of traffic that appeared out of nowhere, so he wisely just stayed put and let them move around him.
He said it was kind of wierd to get cussed out in Dutch-- as he had no idea what they said but knew what they meant.
Well, he hopes the collisions he causes at tomorrow's Enterprise Asset Management conference is the crash of new ideas against status quo and outdated business processes. And Leonard hopes not to cause too many international incidents.
Monday, November 17, 2008
Many of these same processes can be implemented in other discrete manufacturing and process industry operations.
Friday, November 14, 2008
He begins his visit by speaking at the Salteco Company's 60th anniversary party http://60anni.salteco.it/ita/home.asp at the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum of Science and Technology. http://www.museoscienza.org/
Then he will be visiting several Italian factories and will be speaking to students, researchers, engineers and Italian business leaders at Intellimech-KilometroRosso. He is planning on gathering lots of videos, interviews and pictures of his travels.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
This video will be shared with attendees of the Rockwell Automation next week in Nashville, Tennessee to give them insight on the complexities of the maintenance crisis. Plant Services Editor Paul Studebaker will be leading several round table discussions and using these videos to prompt debate.
After a morning of talking to a couple at a time, he later came up with an ingenious idea that not only got all of the kids talking but also the other employers came by to learn more about SkillTV.net.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
After talking with several he is encouraged that several could move down these career paths.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
We also encourage companies who are struggling to locate qualified engineers to sponsor events like these in order to identify potential talent.
Joel Leonard looks forward to possibly visiting Russia in the future and seeing first hand some of the improvements and processes that are being implemented. Check SkillTV.net in the future to see this interview.
In order to convert green ideals into today's reality the US Green Building Council created LEEDS Certification to benchmark and promote green building approaches. In a future episode on SkillTV main page you will be able to learn more about what Proximity Hotel in Greensboro, NC did to earn the first Platinum level certification.
Friday, November 7, 2008
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Friday, October 31, 2008
The difference between a wiener and a winner is just a couple of letters.
This morning I proctored Wayne Pulliam's CPMM Exam. He passed with flying colors. However, this activity got me thinking. How many of us are or going to get certified? That is the quickest method to upgrade and advance our profession and your careers.
As we discovered recently, even the new symbol of skilled tradesmen, Joe The Plumber, does not have a license.
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Check out the news at http://www.plantservices.com/industrynews/2008/137.html
Video that explains purpose of this unique event.
Above is a picture of longtime proactive maintenance management proponent, Jack Nicholas. He spoke at this year's SMRP conference but announced that he is going to be phasing out to enjoy his retirement.
So not only do we no longer have skilled workers available, we are also losing our trusted resources. So as we fight the maintenance crisis, we not only need more workers, but also need more practioners mentoring with advisors.