IBM sponsors reliability, asset management and asset performance conference

By | 2 minute read | December 13, 2016

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banner for the 31st international maintenance conferenceWhile much of the eastern portion of the US was dealing with the polar vortex of cold and snow, asset management, internet of things, asset health and reliability were hot topics at the 31st Annual International Maintenance Conference in Bonita Spring, Florida. The event is organized by the team at and Uptime Magazine and its publisher Terry O’Hanlon. According to Terry, the goal of the IMC is “to create an ecosystem designed to deliver new ideas, innovation, fundamentals, networking, knowledge, paths forward and new relationships.”

And IBM is fully integrated into the entire event, with a Maximo Forum track, IBM Learning Labs, a short course on Watson Analytics, expo presence and an I8 minutes RAP talk on Watson IoT later in the week.

Paula Hollywood, ARC Advisory on manufacturing and IIoT

Paula Hollywood from ARC Advisory spoke in the topic of IT/OT Convergence Reshapes Asset Performance Management. During her session, she noted “Manufacturing will change more in the next five years than it has in the previous 20 as a result of greater connectivity and an explosion of internet-connected, ‘smart’ devices.” And, how the Industrial Internet of Things is accelerating IT/OT convergence and ARC Advisory believes IT/OT convergence is a key element to Digital Transformation. Paula comments on Donald Trump’s promise to bring back manufacturing jobs to the US, noting that “88% of manufacturing jobs have been lost to automation.”

Honda North America on defect elimination

Did you know that Honda measure product line downtime in ‘seconds’?  A new car rolls off the assembly line every few seconds, so any interruption is quickly noticed by management. Randy Rhine and Keith Huffman from Honda presented ‘Managing Defect Elimination in Maximo’ explaining why capturing all efforts to eliminate defects is key in order to produce results in a continuous improvement environment.

honda presents at international maintenance conferenceThe Honda team present ‘Managing Defect Elimination in Maximo’

Honda’s definition of a defect is even interesting – “As it pertains to the world of business, a defect is anything that deviates from perfection and leads to customer dissatisfaction. Defects are anything that create waste, erodes value, reduces production, compromises health, poses safety risks or negatively impacts the environment.” The operative word here is ‘waste’ – could be wasting time as well as materials or parts.

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Look for an update tomorrow on how IBM offers a ‘complete toolbox for asset maintenance, prescriptive analytics and connected manufacturing’.