Upcoming & Recent Events

Maintaining good business in the North East and beyond

It is now nearly 4 years since AMAP first brought the concept of the Maintenance Forum to the North East and in that time the forum has grown from a handful of local companies, to a UK wide network promoting and sharing best practice in all areas of maintenance and asset management. Over 350 companies of all sizes and from all sectors, have now engaged with the North East Maintenance Forum (NEMF) and the quarterly meetings always spark lively and informative discussions around the topics, with the benefit of networking with like-minded professionals.

The North East Maintenance Forum recently held two events in the region. The most recent quarterly forum meeting took place in collaboration with CDEMN, County Durham Engineering and Manufacturing Network, as part of their Durham Oktoberfest exhibition at the Excel Centre in Newton Aycliffe. The underlying subject of the forum on this occasion was generally around Industry 4.0 (I4.0) enabled applications and technologies to benefit the maintenance sector, which was woven into a seamless dialogue via the case studies.

Roger O’Brien, Director of AMAP, facilitating the October NEMF at Newton Aycliffe around applications of I4.0

Attendees at NEMF received some great presentations: Firstly, from Total Water Solutions, part of Northumbrian Water, on how they manage their own and their client’s assets to ensure efficient operation and development of bespoke solutions for monitoring consumption to identify unusual patterns which would trigger maintenance activity. The forum also heard from Ecusol who discussed a pilot project ran with AMAP to look at the energy monitoring on machine tools to identify trends or unusual activity that could be early warning signs for potential problems. Next the audience received a briefing on the Big Data project, LeaD4Value, being undertaken in AMAP funded by a Marie Curie Scholarship and working with local companies to extract key decision data from untapped information (full details in a separate story here).
Finally our research project on the application of Augmented and Virtual Reality (AR/VR) for maintenance training was brought to the attention of the forum and AMAP welcome interested companies to engage on this.
(Please contact us if you wish to know more on this and engage in the early stages of this project).

All presentations highlighted different areas from the subset of I4.0 technology, which led to interesting discussion with the audience about how these can be deployed cost effectively and the benefits to be had. The emphasis being that I4.0 does not have to be expensive and can start small based on the needs of a particular company and scale up from there.

Delegates preparing for the special maintenance forum organised between NEPIC and AMAP at Hardwick Hall to highlight best practice from other sectors to process industry delegates.

Earlier this month, AMAP ran a special Maintenance Forum with NEPIC, (NE Process Industry Cluster) at Hardwick Hall in Sedgefield, to share and promote best practices from sectors outside the process industries.
Here speakers from our NEMF network presented at the all-day event in collaboration with some speakers from the process industry. Case studies were again, as always with Maintenance forum events, the theme of the day.
Over 100 attendees were at the event and engaged enthusiastically in the cross fertilisation of ideas between sectors. AMAP started the event by presenting its work undertaken with a well-known Scottish whisky distiller to bring significant productivity and cost reductions about through implementing a best practice based approach to maintenance. Essity, SCA Hygiene, talked about their procedures in place at their site in the north east and how they approach all things maintenance related. Siemens gave an updated presentation on their use of knowledge capture that is being rolled out across their organisation based upon success pioneered in the Heaton works. The day was rounded off with Technip FMC presenting their maintenance journey as they move from reactive to world class maintenance practices. In between were some interesting and informative presentations including Fujifilm on their approach to getting the most from their plant to remain competitive with sister plants in their own organisation and indeed becoming a reference site for best practices. (A presentation we are looking to bring to an upcoming NEMF meeting soon).

As the NE maintenance Forum has established its place for the premier network of maintenance professionals in the UK then the model has been rolled out around the UK, under the UK Maintenance Forum, co-ordinated by AMAP. Already similar UK forum events have been held in London, Manchester, Cambridge and Strathclyde, with more events planned. The UK Maintenance Forum has formally been endorsed by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and they have agreed to sponsor and fund a number of additional events around the UK during 2018, which we will keep you updated on as they are confirmed.

In addition to our own next NE Maintenance Forum which will be held on Wednesday 7th February at AMAP, events already lined up for early 2018 include another London and SE maintenance forum, which will be held at Ford Dunton, and an event scheduled with the University of Hertfordshire also. We are always open to suggestions for topics and from companies to present their own case studies at our Forums so please get in touch with AMAP to engage in this growing and successful network.

We look forward to seeing you at our events across the UK in 2018.

Previous Maintenance Forum Events

North East Maintenance Forum – 6th July 2017 at MENE Exhibition.




The most recent NEMF meeting was held on the morning of Thursday 6th July 2017, with our session being hosted as part of Manufacturing and Engineering North East exhibition at the Newcastle MetroRadio Arena.

We thank our partners MA Exhibitions for inviting us to hold the forum as part of their event and for providing the breakfast catering for our delegates.

And we thank our exceptional speakers and members for their continued support as our network continues to grow.

The agenda for this meeting was as follows:

9-15 Welcome and Introduction plus what is NEMF (and UKMF) – Roger O’Brien – AMAP
9-25 Maintenance Planning and Scheduling at SCA Hygiene – Simon Miller – SCA Hygiene
9-45 Utilising I4.0 for Maintenance with Hydraulics systems  – Dave Stirling – Bosch Rexroth
10-05 Using energy data to track Maintenance and Productivity issues: an I4.0 pilot study Adrian Morris  – AMAP (in conjunction with Ecusol)
10-20 Q&A Session 1
10:30 Trends in Maintenance from a UK perspective plus UKMF updates – David Baglee – AMAP
10-45 Application of AR and VR in Manufacturing Maintenance – Rab Scott – AMRC
11-05 Identification of user requirements for AR/VR in Manufacturing Maintenance – Helen Scott – AMAP
11-20 Q&A session 2
11-30 Summary and closing remarks – Roger O’Brien – AMAP

We were also exhibiting at the exhibition, showing just a little of some the new Industry4.0 equipment we are investing in as a university with experts on hand to discuss this, as well as some of our partners with us on the stand with us.


NEMF at Oktoberfest 2016

We were delighted to hold the recent NEMF meeting in conjunction with the Durham Oktoberfest event and in partnership with the EY North East Manufacturers League.

As ever, we had an interesting and full programme for this quarters meeting, which we hope you found beneficial and informative:

NEMF Oktoberfest

Agenda: Q3 2016
8:30am  Registration, Breakfast and Networking
9:00am  Introductions and Welcome, Roger O’Brien, Director of AMAP & NEMF
9:10am  Case Study Presentation, Maintenance Practices, Sean Scott, Bridon-Bekaert
9:30am  Best Practice Presentation, Facility and Fixture Design for Maintenance and Industry 4.0, Dave Bartell, Expert Tooling and Automation
9:50am Case Study Presentation, Industry 4.0 and the impact on Maintenance, Richard Chamberlain, Bosch Rexroth
10:10am  Questions for Speakers and Discussions, facilitated by Roger O’Brien
10:30am  Updates from the Forum and member news, Dr David Baglee, Chair of NEMF
10:45am  University Engagement – New Manufacturing MSc and Opportunity for Student Projects, Dr Michael Knowles, University of Sunderland
10:55am  Closing remarks and Networking

View the October NEMF Presentation slides here

The forum is an excellent opportunity to come together with like-minded individuals to advance your knowledge of advanced maintenance techniques.

If you would like to know more about this event, please contact:

Tel: 0191 515 3888
email: nemf.enquiries@sunderland.ac.uk

NEMF at Nissan SASMI : February 2016

The North East Maintenance Forum (NEMF) held it most successful event to date at the Skills Academy for Sustainable Manufacturing and Innovation (SASMI) building on 25th February.  Over 110 delegates from 70 companies from across the region met to share ideas and examples of best practice in maintenance.   An aim of NEMF is for the delegate to gain an insight on how to develop their own, or create new, maintenance practices by listening to inspiring speakers and discussing issues of importance as a region from our networking event.

The conference started with an excellent presentation by Dr Paul Kitson from the Materials Processing Institute (MPI) on the use of condition monitoring techniques.  This was followed by an interesting and insightful presentation by Trevor Metcalfe of Calsonic Kansei on their new strategic and long term vision for maintenance which involves a team based approach to data collection, analyses and performance monitoring.  The final industry presentation was by Chris Miller from Nissan Manufacturing UK.  The presentation highlighted their innovative and often ‘unique’ approach to maintenance which was seen by a number of companies as inspirational.  To conclude George Belias from the University of Sunderland provided an overview of potential opportunities via the Knowledge Transfer Partnership programme.

Dr David Baglee announced the development of the UK Maintenance Forum (UKMF) which includes a number of universities who will plan and deliver their own regional forum based upon the successful model at Sunderland.  This has attracted support from the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and a number of UK wide organisations.   More news to follow.
Dr David Baglee concluded the meeting by thanking the exceptional speakers and the support of the delegates not just for this event but for their support over the past 18 months.

The networking continued for over an hour after the event where discussions between delegates included new intelligent maintenance systems and the difficulties in linking investments in maintenance to financial performance metrics.  This information is invaluable when deciding upon speakers and networking for future events.

NEMF 25022016 PhotoShoot