Mainstream 2017 Video Interviews

Gary Parr | June 26, 2017

Efficient Plant’s Mainstream 2017 Video Interviews in collaboration with Eventful Conferences, developers of the Mainstream Conference series


The 2017 Mainstream Conference, held in May in Nashville, TN, featured a strong lineup of speakers who are leaders and trendsetters in the reliability and maintenance arena. Editorial Director Gary L. Parr had the privilege of interviewing eight of those speakers so they could each share some of their story with those who were not able to attend the conference. Below are links to those video interviews. Thanks to the Eventful Conferences people for making this possible.

Rodney Pervier, Asset Planning Leader
Boeing Corp
Asset Planning: Linking Utilization & Condition for Investment Planning

Boeing’s Site Services has been on an asset-planning journey for the past four years. Rod Pervier shares their successes and recent deployment in the Northwest Region, how they use T.R.A.P. (Tool for Reporting and Analyzing Project), and what it brings to the process. He also discusses their Asset Condition Room, which has provided a wealth of new insight and aided in decision making.

Cliff Williams, Global Corporate Maintenance Mgr.
ERCO Worldwide
Journey to Excellence: Off the Beaten Path

Williams takes us through the six steps in his CREATE process, which is designed to lead professionals on a journey to maintenance excellence. The principles of CREATE apply in any scenario:

• Communicate: openly, often, ‘onestly
• Respect: earned, equal, exercised
• Educate: pertinent, people, practical
• Authority: important, influence, inherent
• Trust: developed, deserved, demonstrated
• Exercise: completely, consistently, carefully.

Larry Bryant, Director of Reliability
Domtar Paper Co.
Journey to Reliability: Alignment, Training, Results, Empowerment, Ownership

Domtar is one of the largest pulp and paper manufacturing companies in North America. Although reliability was not new to the company, building a sustainable reliability culture was. Bryant talks about how his team developed a universal understanding of reliability and used that to evaluate and change their processes, systems, and workforce skills. One lesson they learned was the benefits they would realize from employee empowerment, pride, and confidence.

Mary Jane Van Hoesen, EAM and CMMS Specialist
Alcoa Corp.
Taking the Mobile Journey with Alcoa

Van Hoesen shares how Alcoa has transformed their entire maintenance operation, bringing users together across the maintenance functions and mapped out process enhancements enabled by mobility. She describes how the implementation and roll out of their mobile software has enabled them to complete more timely emergency work-order requests, resulting in time and cost savings as well as more accurate repair data.

Harvey Henkel, Supervisor, Condition Monitoring
Transalta Generation Partnership
How to Build & Maintain a World Class Condition Monitoring Team

Harvey Henkel describes how, starting in 2000, he and his team began a journey toward becoming a world-class  condition-monitoring team and how they have sustained the program through several years and a management change.

Brian Ricker, Director of Operations
Martin Operating Partnership
From Radio Work Orders to Mobile PMs: A Plant’s Journey & Road Forward

In the mid-summer of 2014, Ricker’s refinery maintenance culture was completely reactive, using a terribly outdated CMMS. He describes how they took a top-shelf CMMS, purchased at the  corporate level, and developed a predictive-maintenance program that changed their culture.

Steven Lallensack, Director of Operations
Empire Level
Revitalization of an Operation: Empire’s Obsession with Continuous Improvement

Empire Level has been in business since 1919, but there had been essentially no investment in the company for more than a decade. When Milwaukee Tool acquired Empire Level in the summer of 2014, they began a process of upgrading and automating all aspects of the operation, while developing a culture of reliability and finding positions for all of the existing employees. Lallensack tells how they did it. The Empire story was the subject of our Nov. 2016 Plant Profile article

George Parada, CMRP & Maintenance & Reliability Leader
Cargill Salt
Addressing the Skills Gap Issue with our Manufacturing Leaders

To address a significant skills gap, Cargill Salt developed a technical boot camp at one of their facilities to teach new engineers and supervisors specific aspects around reliability, operations, maintenance, and engineering. Parada describes the 4.5-day, hands-on and in-class workshop that is helping the company establish reliability and productivity improvements that are realizing 3% to 5% cost improvements.




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