Past Events

Asset Optimization Through Maintenance, Reliability, Lubrication and Hydraulics

Attendees at the Asset Optimization Through Maintenance, Reliability, Lubrication and Hydraulics conference; winners included (left to right): Brian Angel, California Steel Industries; Greg McMain, CMC Steel Arizona; Jim Restifo, Butech Bliss; Jim Welshans, Jersey Shore Steel Co.; John Murphy, Gallatin Steel; and Robert Chipman, Nucor Steel–Arkansas.

The AIST Maintenance & Reliability Technology Committee (MRTC) and Lubrication & Hydraulics Technology Committee (LHTC) held a joint Specialty Training Conference on 22–25 September 2013 in Greenville, S.C., USA. There were approximately 75 attendees. This workshop-based training seminar provided attendees with hands-on instruction, tools, producer interaction via roundtable discussions, and the best available technologies for mechanical, electrical, and management system maintenance and reliability solutions. With three concurrent tracks of presentations, a wide range of topics were covered. Areas addressed included: life cycle engineering, system reliability, equipment optimization, lubrication and hydraulics fundamentals/testing covering mechanical, electrical, lubrication, and hydraulic components and systems. The Reliability Achievement Award Gold, Silver and Bronze winners also presented their respective award-winning papers. The conference included a roundtable discussion where the attendees could pose discussion topics and questions to a panel of experts in the wide range of topics covered. The conference concluded with a Jeopardy® game in which the attendees competed against one another by answering questions taken from the various presentations given during the course. At the conclusion of day two, the group developed a trip report. This report summarized the key points of each presentation, to provide a useful reference for the attendees. The conference ended with a tour of the Timken bearing plant.