Plant & Works Engineering
The importance of maintenance skills
Published:  23 March, 2022

As the doors to the Plant & Asset Management Exhibition and the colocation of events open on the 5-7 April at the NEC, Birmingham, it is more important than ever that plant engineers have and maintain the skills and knowledge required for ensuring large complex systems and machinery operation is at ever higher levels of safety, efficiency, sustainably and ethical standards. These are the words from Ian Jackson – Chair of SOE’s IPlantE Professional Sector, who commented recently on the importance of the forthcoming show and how it is an opportunity to highlight these aims and support this everchanging part of engineering.

Therefore, the importance of visiting shows such as the Plant & Asset Management 2022 is now even more important than ever as industry spends huge sums of money maintaining its plant, machinery and building assets and, because of constantly increasing business, financial and energy pressures, there is an ongoing need to achieve the maximum performance from those assets.

Running alongside Plant & Asset Management Exhibition 2022 and the co-location of events will be Talking Industry Live and The Knowledge Hub seminar theatres. Of particular interest to those visiting Plant & Asset Management Exhibition 2022 will be the focus on Maintenance 4.0, which will be a key Taking Industry Live panel discussion. This important panel discussion will look at the arguments surrounding the benefits, challenges, and overall importance of implementing a Maintenance 4.0 strategy in today’s factories and plants. It will be chaired by Prof John Ahmet Erkoyuncu, Cranfield University who will be joined by by Dean Whittle, Senior Reliability Engineer, RMS Reliability, Matt Grogan, Technical Sales Engineer, SPM Instrument UK, and Daniel Phillips-Fern, IXON UK & Ireland Country Manager.

It’s really exciting to be able to return to the NEC to see friends and colleagues that it hasn’t been possible for over two years. If you are planning to attend, please visit the PWE stand at K25 - I look forward to seeing you there!

Aaron Blutstein, Editor