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Steelmaker ArcelorMittal to reveal secrets of reliability at Feb. 1 SMRP seminar

Burlington, ON - The Ontario chapter of the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professions (SMRP) is holding a seminar on Feb. 1, 2012, in Burlington, ON, based on maintenance and reliability expertise at ArcelorMittal, a producer of flat...



Burlington, ON – The Ontario chapter of the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professions (SMRP) is holding a seminar on Feb. 1, 2012, in Burlington, ON, based on maintenance and reliability expertise at ArcelorMittal, a producer of flat carbon steel, long carbon steel and stainless steel; and that also handles processing, finishing and distribution of steel. The company, based in Contrecoeur, QC, is Canada’s fourth largest steel producer. One of its divisions is located in Hamilton, ON, another in Woodstock, ON.

Two topics will be covered in the SMRP seminar: Topic 1 is The Importance of Establishing a Reliability Culture in an Organization, and Topic 2 is Key Learnings From a Bearing Root Cause Failure Analysis.

Topic 1 – The Importance of Establishing a Reliability Culture in an Organization: Learn from reliability and maintenance master Gino Palarchio about the keys to success in improving equipment reliability and establishing a reliability culture at ArcelorMittal.

During the 2009 financial crisis, an Asset Reliability Improvement Strategy was implemented at the company to allow risk management of an asset base valued at $30 billion during a time of dramatic cost reduction. With advanced reliability software, a business process and supporting business practices, the company also cut its maintenance spending by about $1 billion.

The reliability initiative continues to progress while keeping maintenance costs down to historically low levels. To date, more then 300,000 potential equipment failure modes have been identified that could cause business consequence with all being monitored by the reliability software system.

In the past 12 months, 40% of equipment abnormalities that went into alarm were fixed during inspection, 10% fixed during planned outages and the remainder being monitored relative to pre-defined risk limits. The goal is to get to a point where over two million failure modes will be monitored with risk mitigation actions in place to avoid business consequence.

Topic 2 – Key Learnings From a Bearing RCFA: Experience through a video and discussion the results and learnings from the Root Cause Failure Analysis at ArcelorMittal Tubular Woodstock with Chuck Hendricks, president, J/E Bearing & Machine Shop, Tillsonburg, ON. He will discuss the RCFA conducted on the 9 Mill Cutoff Spindle. Bob DeVos, Timken Canada, will discuss the RCFA conducted on the 9 Mill Upper Weld Roll, and Jeff Pottruff, CMRP – reliability team leader, ArcelorMittalTubular Woodstock, will share his experience in the process and critical success factors.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

2:30 – 4:30 CMRP Exam sitting (register by Jan 27)

4:30 – 5:00 Networking, refreshments

5:00 – 5:45 Gino Palarchio, Importance of Establishing a Reliability Culture in an Organization

5:45 – 6:00 Q&A, networking break

6:00 – 6:45 Root Cause Failure Analysis, key learnings at ArcelorMittal Tubular Woodstock.

The event will take place at Ivara headquarters at 5046 Mainway, Burlington, ON. To register, contact Sandra Dimatteo at Ivara by telephone at 905-632-8000 or by e-mail at sandra.dimatteo@ivara.com.


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