SMRP: 13th Annual Maintenance & Reliability Symposium

The 13th Annual Maintenance and Reliability Symposium kicked off Wednesday, August 7th at the Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston, TX. The event focused on delivering education in Business Management; Manufacturing Process Reliability; Equipment Reliability; Networking and Work Management.

The Symposium opened with a golf tournament to benefit trade scholarships and two optional pre-conference workshops, SMRP Best Practices Metrics and An Overview of the Productive Leadership System.

The keynote presentation and track sessions offered attendees several options for Reliability, Business and Management and Operations, and Maintenance Best Practices.

Hydrocarbon Processing contributor Heinz P. Bloch opened the Symposium Thursday with a morning keynote session as well an afternoon track session.

Heinz P. Bloch speaks at the SMRP 13th Annual Maintenance & Reliability Symposium in Galveston, Texas.
Heinz P. Bloch speaks at the SMRP 13th Annual Maintenance & Reliability Symposium in Galveston, Texas.

Mr. Bloch’s presentation focused on training successful asset reliability engineers as well as how to use trade journals, presentations, networking and “away” conferences to create an environment of ongoing development and support in the workplace.

Bloch noted that good reliability managers wisely budget and guide project engineers early in cycle, see the impossibility of imparting reliability to weak designs, anticipate random failures and costly downtime, implement, and supervise Machinery Quality Assessment and closely cooperate/communicate with counterparts to ascertain that designing and manufacturing of a reliable asset is progressing well.

In both the keynote and track presentations, Mr. Bloch stressed the importance of reading and sharing relevant literature with colleagues to stay up to date and knowledgeable. He shared several magazines and books he views as great resources for this phase of training.

Each speaker of the Symposium received a certificate recognizing a donation that was made in their name to trade scholarships.

The event closes Friday, August 9 with question and answer panels focusing on Industrial Internet of Things, Professionalism in Maintenance and Reliability and Budgeting for Maintenance.

The Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP) is an international organization of over 3000 members worldwide. SMRP was formed in 1992 and has become the premier global resource for education and knowledge transfer for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals. 

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