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Major maintenance conference teaches performance measurement

Toronto, ON -- Machinery & Equipment MRO has joined with the Plant Engineering & Maintenance Association of Canada...

Toronto, ON — Machinery & Equipment MRO has joined with the Plant Engineering & Maintenance Association of Canada (PEMAC) in co-sponsoring an upcoming maintenance conference in Toronto organized by Federated Press of Montreal.

The three-day Performance Measures for Plant Maintenance conference takes place May 28-30, 2003, at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel.

The conference is designed to be of interest to maintenance managers; maintenance engineers; plant managers; preventive maintenance staff (manager, specialist, supervisor, etc.); plant engineers; materials managers; quality managers; VPs, directors, and managers of operations; planning managers and facility managers.

Performance measures can help to improve productivity, reduce costs and increase competitiveness. The conference brings together senior maintenance, engineering and production professionals to discuss the challenges and tap into applied practices that can optimize maintenance programs and hold down costs.


Conference topics will be helpful in many areas:

* Gain insight into how setting appropriate maintenance targets can help make your organization more competitive

* Obtain critical information about balancing production commitments with downtime and maintenance activities

* Unearth winning strategies that will help you reduce the level of required downtime

* Get practical advice on how to tie performance measures to customer and market requirements

* Learn how to determine clear baseline measures and set effective targets

* Discover innovative ways to lower your maintenance costs

* Hear how to build a strong business case for employees and management

* Discover how to implement a complete condition-based maintenance program.

On May 28, Session 1 is titled Optimizing your Maintenance Program; Session 2 is Aligning Organizational Goals. On May 29, Session 3 is Controlling Maintenance Costs, and Session 4 is Downtime and Your Production Schedule.

Two optional workshops coincide with the conference and take place in the morning and afternoon of Friday, May 30. The morning session is Improving Your Equipment Availability with Total Productive Maintenance and Autonomous Maintenance, with Rodrigue Gilbert of Deloitte Consulting Inc./Braxton. The afternoon session is Keys to the Successful Implementation of Reliability-Centred Maintenance (RCM II), with Normand Champigny of IBM Business Consulting Services.

In addition, Performance Measures for Training is a PEMAC presentation on Education and Training being presented during the conference. Learn how collaboration between Industry, Education and Government is preparing for the future through the MMP (Maintenance Management Professional) certification program, providing the education and training for those aspiring to maintenance management positions and professional designation.

The conference will allow delegates to gain advice from many different industries. Representatives from more than 20 companies and organizations will make presentations. Participating companies include: Air Transat, Humber College, Asset Management Solutions, Hydro-Qubec, Atomic Energy Canada Limited, IBM Business Consulting Services, Aventis Pasteur Ltd., LTV Copperweld Corp., Blount Canada Ltd., Molson Canada, Bombardier Aerospace, Nestl Food Group Inc., Centec Inc., Nitrochem Corporation, Deloitte Consulting Inc./Braxton, Patheon Inc., EMA Canada Inc., Plant Engineering and Maintenance Association of Canada (PEMAC), General Motors of Canada Ltd., Purolator Courier Limited, Goodrich Landing Gear Division, Goodrich Corporation, Siemens Westinghouse Inc., Greater Toronto Airport Authority, and Uniroyal-Goodrich Tire Manufacturing.

The registration fee for the conference is $1,595 plus GST. Each optional workshop is $495. PEMAC members get 10% off. A free six-month membership in PEMAC is included for non-members attending.

To register, or obtain additional details, contact Federated Press at 416-665-6868, 1-800-363-0722, fax 416-665-7733, or by email at, or visit