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PEM winner of Maintenance Award for Best Maintenance – Large Plant or Facility

The winner of the 2014 Maintenance Awards for Best Maintenance – Large Plant or Facility goes to the Glencore's Sudbury Nickel Rim South Mine in Ontario.



Workers who spend time in underground spaces face unique challenges. But over a period of about five years, the mobile maintenance group at Glencore’s Sudbury Nickel Rim South mine has transformed three separate stopes into a single location, 1,480 metres underground. The workshop is a state-of-the-art maintenance hub.

With proper facilities, tools, processes and leadership, the mobile maintenance group have raised the bar when it comes to safety and equipment reliability. The team’s list of examples demonstrating cost-saving efforts that have been successfully implemented in the now integrated maintenance shop is commendable. Today, the team is scheduling 73% of its labour on preventive and predictive maintenance and conservatively estimates that they are achieving at least 85% of that work. These savings are significant because preventive maintenance is cheaper than breakdown maintenance.

PEM, along with category sponsor, Siemens Canada Ltd., congratulates Glencore’s Sudbury Nickel Rim South maintenance team.

PEM would like to thank the 2013 sponsors — Flir Systems Canada, Siemens Canada Ltd. and Fluke Electronics Canada — and join them in applauding the winners and all of the finalists for their outstanding dedication to maintenance best practices.

The PEM Maintenance Award recognizes Canadian manufacturing facilities for their maintenance excellence and asset management professionalism and rewards facilities for unique initiatives in their maintenance and reliability practices.


Category winners were announced in the March/April 2014 issue of PEM magazine. Read all of their success stories:

2013 Best Use of Technology/Maintenance Innovation
All Companies
Innovative Automation Inc.
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2013 Best Maintenance Large Plant/Facility
Companies over 50 Employees
Glencore Sudbury Integrated Nickel Operations — Sudbury Nickel Rim South Mine
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2013 Best Maintenance Small Plant/Facility
Companies under 50 Employees
Memex Automation Inc.
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If you would like your facility to be nominated, please contact me at rbegg@annexweb.com.