Plant & Works Engineering
Plant and Asset Management 2016 to showcase future of maintenance solutions
Published:  03 March, 2016

The biennial Plant and Asset Management Exhibition, co-located alongside; Drives & Controls, European Offshore Energy, Air-Tech and Fluid Power & Systems Exhibitions – is once again set to return to Birmingham’s NEC (Halls 3/3A) from 12-14th April 2016, alongside MACH 2016 and National Electronics Week 2016. Collectively the exhibitions will be the largest manufacturing and engineering events of 2016, and will create an unmissable event.

With only weeks to go until the Plant & Asset Management Exhibition returns to the NEC as part of the co-location of events which includes; Drives & Controls, European Offshore Energy, Air-Tech and Fluid Power & Systems Exhibitions, show organiser DFA Media is excited about the prospects for the upcoming events.

The 2014 co-location was highly praised by exhibitors and trade bodies alike, with an official attendance figure of 12,793.

In addition the co-location’s growing international status is now firmly established and can be gauged from the number of exhibitors arriving from as far afield as China, India and the US.

Plant & Asset Management 2016

Plant & Asset Management 2016, the UK’s premier event for plant, asset, maintenance and works management engineers and directors, will once again open its doors to showcase the very latest in condition monitoring, computerised maintenance management, outsourcing/contract maintenance, energy efficiency, boilers/burners/combustion, handling and storage plus much more.

Industry spends huge sums of money maintaining its plant, machinery and building assets and, because of constantly increasing business and financial pressures, there is an on-going need to achieve the maximum performance from those assets. The combination of the exhibition and concurrent seminars really is a one-stop shop for all industrial engineering professionals to source solutions to these problems, with many of the leading companies in the sector represented at the show.

Free technical seminars

Complementing the Plant & Asset Management 2016 will be a full programme of FREE technical seminars in the Maintenance Seminar Theatre, sponsored by Shell Lubricants, with speakers offering expert insight and practical advice on important and topical issues concerning today’s maintenance professionals. At a time when engineers are under increasing pressure, and time out of the office for attending exhibitions needs to be balanced against heavy workloads, one growing justification is attending a well-balanced and focused seminar programme where gaining further industry knowledge is at the core.

The anticipated variety and scope of the seminar programme for 2016 is extremely exciting, adding real value. The combination of leading manufacturing events, with a highly focused seminar programme, will give visitors a genuine opportunity to keep abreast of the latest industry developments.

The Plant & Asset Management 2016 free seminars will include sessions on; Improving maintenance: how a combination of condition monitoring technology and international standards can help; The convergence of calibration activities with maintenance inspections to drive efficiency; Quantifying the business case for timely maintenance or asset renewal; Managing plant availability & lifecycle cost; Oil sampling and analysis – online and onsite tests; Steam trap management; Challenges and opportunities in lubricating modern integrated systems; One-stop maintenance, repair and overhaul of rotating equipment; Learn how less can be more: develop a multi-skilled workforce; De-risking your electrical infrastructure by identifying problems early; New horizons in asset reliability.

In addition Paul Sacker, Crimson Industrial Vision, will present an overview of the current status of the thermography technology market. Specific references will be made to the increased user choice of resolution; an explanation of the technology used in various image overlay and resolution enhancement incorporated in thermography cameras; and their increasing use in production quality and NDT applications.

Other presentations will include: Jyoti Sinha from the University of Manchester who will look at vibration-based condition monitoring of rotating machines; Andrew Starr, Cranfield University, will present a session on autonomous maintenance scheduling. While Tom Berry from GE, will look at production asset reliability (PAR) - predictive maintenance to better manage your assets; and Geoff Walker from Artesis will present a session on improving maintenance: how a combination of condition monitoring technology and international standards can help. George Varga, SPM Instrument, will also look at the economic benefits of condition-based maintenance.

These are just a few of the range of seminars being presented at the 2016 Plant & Asset Management Exhibition. The full seminar programme, including full session synopses, can be viewed at:

Industry Entrepreneurship Network (IEN)

New for 2016 - exhibition organiser, DFA Media has teamed up with The Industry Entrepreneurship Network (IEN) to put on a series of three panel discussions during the three-day exhibition, which will run alongside DFA Media’s other seminar programme. The three sessions will cover the topics of ‘Bridging the skills gap’ (chaired by Susan Scurlock, CEO, Primary & Secondary Engineer), ‘Financing innovation and entrepreneurship in industry’ (chaired by Lee Hopley, Chief Economist, EEF), and ‘Developing UK innovation and entrepreneurship’, with panels formed from the network’s membership of established entrepreneurs, industrial companies and leading UK trade, science, education and engineering organisations.

The Network provides an umbrella framework for a diverse group of organisations, businesses and media to come together and provide high quality outputs that bring together ideas, campaigns, initiatives and expertise for promoting and developing industry entrepreneurship and tackling important associated issues such as STEM education and equality.

IEN is supported by many of the leading trade bodies and membership organisations, including, among many others; Primary Engineer; GAMBICA; IMechE and the EEF, the manufacturers’ organisation, as well as other influential thought leaders and influencers.

The IEN is therefore a natural choice to assemble the panels for three high profile forward-looking seminars at DFA Media’s co-located events (Drives & Controls, Plant & Asset Management, Air-Tech, Fluid Power & Systems, European Offshore Energy 2016) taking place between the 12-14th April 2016 at the NEC, Birmingham.

Ian Atkinson, DFA Media managing director, commented: “Global initiatives and the technological paradigm shift associated with the Industrial Internet of Things, shows that there is a growing opportunity for industry to take advantage of the creativity and entrepreneurial nature of UK companies. Our seminar programme fully reflects that and will provide a fascinating insight into the workings of the sector.”

Co-location of events

Running alongside Plant & Asset Management 2016 will be the regular biennial free-to-attend shows including Drives & Controls, European Offshore Energy, Air-Tech and Fluid Power & Systems Exhibitions.

Drives & Controls Exhibition & Conference 2016 will again bring together key suppliers of state-of-the-art equipment representing the multi-tasking culture of today’s design engineer, covering critical areas such as energy efficiency, machine safety, drives, motion control, robotics and automation plus much more, all under one roof.

The Exhibition will, for the first time, also include a dedicated area where some of the latest industrial robot technology will be demonstrated. Interest in robotics is growing rapidly as prices come down and capabilities increase.

In addition European Offshore Energy 2016 will bring together under one roof, suppliers, manufacturers and service providers for the entire upstream offshore energy marketplace – exploration, production, design, maintenance, upgrade, procurement and energy generation. European Offshore Energy is filling an important space in the European exhibition calendar, serving the whole upstream offshore energy market at a single event.

Fluid Power & Systems 2016, returns as the UK’s only exhibition totally focused on hydraulics, pneumatics, systems and related equipment, has the full support of the British Fluid Power Association (BFPA), and as such continues to be the popular choice for fluid power system manufacturers and distributors.

While Air-Tech 2016 is set to highlight current key themes related to the very latest in air compressor and related technology from companies from around the globe.

The event is supported by the British Compressed Air Society (BCAS), and is the UK’s only dedicated event for the compressed air and generators market.





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