Past Events

Building the Future of Excellence Through Maintenance, Reliability and Lubrication

The AIST Maintenance & Reliability Technology Committee, along with the Lubrication and Hydraulics Technology Committee, held its Specialty Training Conference, Building the Future of Excellence Through Maintenance, Reliability and Lubrication, on 24–26 September 2012 in Charleston, S.C. The program comprised presentations from a wide range of mechanical and electrical maintenance subjects that included troubleshooting, safety, planning, scheduling, and preventive and predictive maintenance techniques. A separate track that covered lubrication and hydraulics was added to the conference. This section included topics covering fundamentals of grease and oil, seals, bearing lubrication, hydraulics fundamentals, filtration and system diagnostics. 
This combined conference provided a comprehensive view of mechanical, electrical, lubrication and hydraulics information. The attendees could attend any of the sessions within three different tracks, which were arranged by focus: mechanical, electrical and lubrication/hydraulics. Various topics included the latest trends in maintenance and reliability, improving the performance of fluid power systems, testing of transformers, asset criticality, extending gearing and driveshaft life through effective maintenance, troubleshooting and forensics of electric machines, precision maintenance, equipment optimization programs, and troubleshooting hydraulic systems. In addition, manufacturing reliability was presented as an integral part of sustainability in the metals industry.
The conference also included presentations by the 2012 Gold, Silver and Bronze Reliability Achievement Award winners, as well as an “ask the experts” case study pertaining to Gallatin Steel. Another highlight was a Jeopardy game, which was based on information learned at the conference.
In addition, “Proactive Maintenance — The Mount Holly Story,” was presented by David Thompson of Alcoa. The group toured the Alcoa – Mt. Holly plant the next day. The seminar concluded with a wrap-up session in which a written trip summary of the conference was developed so that attendees could disseminate the information upon their return to work.

A plaque of appreciation was presented to Alcoa – Mt. Holly (left to right): Jeff Blankenship, Maintenance Reliability Solutions Inc.; David Thompson, Alcoa – Mt. Holly; and Randy Heisler, Life Cycle Engineering.
Attendees of Building the Future of Excellence Through Maintenance, Reliability and Lubrication view a presentation.