MRO Magazine

Maintrain rolls into Toronto


November 10, 2009
By PEM Magazine

With maintenance managers and their teams under greater pressure than ever before to deliver increased value to their businesses with shrinking budgets and limited resources, MainTrain Toronto is the industry’s can’t miss training, knowledge transfer and networking event. Here are just a few highlights of this year’s program.

MainTrain is Canada’s premier asset management industry event, organized by the not-for-profit Plant Engineering and Maintenance Association of Canada (PEMAC), Canada’s largest industry association that looks after the training, networking and business needs of Canada’s maintenance, reliability and physical asset management practitioners and professionals. This direct involvement from industry practitioners and true peer-to-peer knowledge transfer is what separates MainTrain from all other maintenance events.

By attending, you will learn about the latest technologies and strategies from industry leaders. MainTrain is designed to help you use proven strategies to deliver a measurable and positive impact to your company’s bottom line and competitive position.

Day One: Technical Training Courses
With the theme, "Cost Avoidance and Cost Saving" (Start Saving with Tools and Technology), a special full day of training will kick off the MainTrain Toronto 2009 event. The Training Day will provide attendees with valuable cost avoidance/saving information they can’t find anywhere else.


Led by moderator John Lambert, the Training Days goal is to give you the knowledge on how to save. The information that you will receive will help you implement a condition-monitoring program to improve the bottom line. Don’t miss these sessions:
. PdM and Thermography
. Oil analysis and lubrication
. Ultrasonic testing and tools
. Machinery installation and commissioning
. And more!

Keynote address: Maintenance Systems — necessary, but not enough alone for maximum reliability
Dr. Robert Taylor of Neucel Specialty Cellulose Ltd. is giving this year’s day two keynote address at Maintrain Toronto. Taylor has over 25 years of professional experience in the pulp and paper and chemical cellulose industry. He has held various senior management positions in operations at International Paper Company, including seven years with the dissolving pulp mill operations located in Natchez, Mississippi.

Taylor will explore the reasons why reliability systems and practices continue to fall short of delivering on their full promise and what can be done to resolve this challenge. Topics will include effective Planning and Scheduling, a solid PM and PdM program, attention to Root Cause Failure analysis and other proactive reliability techniques. A host of other maintenance systems and practices are all widely known but yet reliability results fall well short of expectations in most plants. This presentation will explore why this is so and offer suggestions as to what is missing and how you can effectively close this reliability gap.

Bear Pit Session: A new, interactive session this year!
NEW for MainTrain 2009 is a special Bear Pit Session. This, "roll up your sleeves" interactive peer-to-peer session will break up attendees into smaller groups. Delegates will share their challenges with each other and develop a better understanding of maintenance best practices through an exchange of experiences and successes. This was a very popular session at this year’s show in Edmonton, and promises to be just as thought-provoking in Toronto!

These are just a few of the many reasons to attend Maintrain 2009. Others include keynote speaker Joel Levitt, discussing "Reactive to Proactive Maintenance", Alan Quilley on "Making Safety Personal" and David Berger on how to improve CMMS system performance. For a full line-up of speakers, visit