Plant & Works Engineering
Maintenance insights at Maintec
Published:  30 October, 2018

A host of senior engineering professionals will be taking part in the Insights keynote theatre at this year’s Maintec Exhibition in November to discuss and debate the latest challenges influencing maintenance engineering. PWE reports.

Held at the NEC, Birmingham on the 6th and 7th November 2018, Maintec’s seminar programme will have a theme ‘The future of reliability, maintenance and asset management’. The 2018 programme will feature over 34 leading engineering speakers delivering ten hours of free CPD accredited conference sessions across two theatres:

Maintec Insights and Reliability Dialogue

Maintec Insights theatre will include a combination of case studies, technical insights and state-of-the-nation presentations delivered by key high-level experts from the world of maintenance engineering including keynote sessions from Dr Jenifer Baxter, head of engineering at IMECHE, Paul Adams, maintenance strategy manager at GlaxoSmithKline, Verity Davidge, head of education and skills policy at EEF and Stephen Lewis, Consultant in Rail Technologies at British Steel.

Effective maintenance is crucial to the performance of the railways, with advances in rail welding techniques for activities such as gauge corner restoration delivering extended rail life. Stephen Lewis, consultant, rail technologies, British Steel, will look at how intelligent maintenance can improve the performance of the railway network, and describe how the railways can navigate the shift from a ‘find and fix’ philosophy towards one of ‘predict and prevent’ in his session Next-generation rail technologies and maintenance activities. Technical expertise for building stronger railways.

Dr Jenifer Baxter, head of engineering at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, will present an overview of how good maintenance programmes can improve sustainability and reduce the long-term cost of engineering equipment, delivering a boost to the bottom line. Her keynote session titled How maintenance can improve performance and reduce costs, will also discuss emerging technologies such as Internet of Things, looking at how digital technologies can give plant managers more visibility of assets.

While Paul Adams, maintenance strategy manager, global manufacture and supply, at GlaxoSmithKline, will present a session titled: Building a winning plant maintenance strategy for modern operational needs. He will draw on his experience in the field to present on how to build a winning plant maintenance strategy for modern operational needs. Looking specifically at how maintenance can act as a driver of value in an operation, the presentation will highlight the seven things all winning maintenance strategies have in common, delivering results and sustaining long term performance.

Reliability Dialogue Theatre

New for 2018, the Reliability Dialogue theatre, will address the changing face of reliability, automation and impact this has on the future of maintenance engineering. Over a mix of presentations and panel discussions, experts will discuss and debate key topics facing end- users in the industry and will feature an opportunity for the audience to join in the discussion and ask questions of the panel.

Tim Else, show organiser director, commented: “It is vital that Maintec remains a platform for the maintenance, reliability and asset management communities to meet, learn and do business.

“Following feedback from our audience, we have made some important changes to the format of the event this year. One of our commitments to the Maintec visitor audience is to increase the range of manufacturers and suppliers that they can meet during the event.”

For further information and to register for free please visit: