• Author of Risk-based Asset Criticality Assessment (R-b ACA©) Handbook: A practical guide to improve asset criticality by incorporating asset, risk, quality and business management principles!
• Certified asset, maintenance and quality management professional with 21 years of Canadian and international maintenance and asset management leadership. Experience in asset-intensive industries, including heavy manufacturing, power generation, waste water and consulting/professional services.
• Visionary in delivering results to large and established public and private sector organizations in identifying and realizing significant continuous improvements and maintenance process re-engineering. Consistent track record of generating dramatic profit increases through maintenance cost reductions, asset risk reduction, and maintenance effectiveness.
• Have an exceptional knowledge of and experience base in asset, maintenance and supply chain management, engineering, environmental, health and safety (safe work practices), quality control, change management and risk management principles. Extensive background in leading major capital projects.
• A strategic leader with a proven track record of inspiring multi-disciplinary teams of up to 60, including engineers, maintenance planners, tradespeople, apprentices, support staff, and contractors, coupled with expert knowledge of human resource best practices in unionized and non-unionized environments.
• Adept in procurement and contract management practices, including bid preparation, tender evaluation and selection, site inspections, project tracking, change order negotiations, and dispute resolution for contracts related to maintenance, operations and renovations for large facilities. Familiar with FIDIC contract clauses.
• Managed budgets up to $200 million U.S. Adept in financial analysis, financial planning, asset management, accounting standards for capitalization of turnaround costs, and KPI development and analysis.
George Simonoff, CMRP
I am an engineer with decades of hands-on experience with equipment, processes, and people across many manufacturing environments. My experiences range from shop-floor problem solving to implementing world-class processes in M&R, LEAN, and MRO.
Prior experience with plant turnarounds, disaster support, environmental compliance, MRO, and redesign engineering.
SME: Capital delivery process, life cycle asset management, Roadmap and strategy development and deployment, Implementation strategy, culture change, machine design, Leader Standard Work, manufacturing process, maintenance, LEAN and TPM, Mentoring/Coaching/Teaching, Craft skill development, MRO and Storeroom operations. Working expertise in glass, asphalt, fiberglass, food manufacturing, energy and wastwater systems. ERP, CMMS and MRO implementation
30 years of experience in manufacturing and process industry. Have developed many training programs and process to help companies increase the effective life cycle of there equipment and lower Maintenance costs.
Lubrication Excellence training
RCM and failure modes training
Predictive technologies training
Proactive maintenance techniques training
Asset Criticality training and software
Specialties: Designs, builds, and delivers portable lube storage rooms at a much lower cost than you can build on site.
Lubrication and failures modes training
Rick started his 27-year career in maintenance on board the submarine USS Baltimore SSN-704 in 1991. He discovered an ability to repair equipment and had a knack for figuring out why things were broken. After his time in the Navy was over, he began a career in Industrial Maintenance where he grew his skill set even more. After being promoted to Maintenance Technologist and attending RMC Bootcamp at the University of Tennessee, Rick obtained his CMRP certification. He has since held positions as Planner, Scheduler, and Maintenance Supervisor. Rick has also been a CMMS Administrator and was the lead consultant on the development of that project. He earned his RMIC certification from UT based upon quantifiable improvements made at his facility due to the successful implementation of that system. He has served or is currently serving on several committees within SMRP, including the SMRP Conference committee, the Best Practices Committee where he now serves as Chair, and the Maintenance and Reliability Knowledge Committee. He currently serves as the chapter Treasurer for the SMRP Middle Tennessee Chapter.
Klaus M. Blache, PhD, MBA, MS, CPE, RMIC
Dr. Blache has over 35 years of experience in various areas of manufacturing and continuous improvement (processes and people). Included are areas such as lean manufacturing, reliability & maintenance, competitive analysis, continuous improvement tools & techniques, new facility planning and implementation, industrial engineering, ergonomics, and change management. He has written and lectured globally in numerous technical and management areas.
Klaus is currently at the University of Tennessee as the Director of the Reliability & Maintainability Center (RMC) and Research Professor (College of Engineering). The RMC represents the College’s seven Engineering Departments. Prior to that, his most recent corporate assignments were Manufacturing Engineering Director (Cadillac), Engineering Launch Manager (new assembly plant), Global Manager of Manufacturing Reliability & Maintenance, and Corporate Manager – Industrial Engineering for General Motors.
Klaus is also a past two-year Chairman of SMRP (Society of Maintenance & Reliability Professionals) helping initiate it. His main focus is on implementing processes to enable operational excellence (top quartile performance) and sustainable continuous improvement. His most recent book is “The Relativity of Continuous Improvement: Learning How to Work on What Matters”.
Throughout my career I have been blessed with opportunities to use my creativity and drive to create new businesses, new sales channels or develop new territories. I find the challenge of creating a vibrant business or brand “from scratch” to be very rewarding.
My latest venture — Exiscan — combines my passion for start-up with another passion: electrical safety. Our infrared windows save companies huge money (90% or more of their budgets for infrared electrical inspections), while helping to ensure that condition monitoring engineers return home to their families every night. IR windows provide a more efficient and safer work process that complies with insurance mandates and regulatory requirements (OSHA, NFPA 70E, CSA Z462, etc).
Specialties: Exceeding expectations, and delivering real benefits to clients and sales channels.
3 year electronic technology course from 1981-1984
4 Years in the US Air Force – Aerospace Ground Support Equipment Technician 1984-1988
1 Year Shipyard Electrician Bath Iron Works, Bath, ME construction and testing of electrical, communication, and combat systems on the US Naval Aegis Cruiser program 1988
Nearly 10 years in the central Florida phosphate mining, chemical fertilizer, and co-generation mines and plants working as and maintenance electrician, instrumentation technician, process controls, DCS and DDS systems, PLC process design, installation, programming, and commissioning from 1988-1997. Also involved in the preventative maintenance program for plant equipment that included Infrared Thermography as a tool.
4 years at a steel pipe production plant as an electrician/instrumentation technician, PLC programming, troubleshooting, repair, and data highway maintenance, electronic and radio control repairs from 1997-2001
1 ½ years in a titanium mill as a plant electrician that manufactured raw material for the commercial aerospace industry (Boeing and Airbus), the US Military for combat aircraft components, and the medical industry from 2001-2002
Over 17 years at TEGG Corporation in Pittsburgh, PA as Manager, Director, and Vice President of the Operations department’s Technical Training and Support Division with a network of international electrical contractors in the United States, Canada, Bermuda, Australia, the United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Denmark, Norway now numbering over 160.
David Butler has worked at Hexpol, Colonial Rubber Works in Dyersburg, Tennessee for 35 years with over 20+ years in the Mechanical Maintenance Field. He has been instrumental in the house services side of the department in recent history. David has been trained to use ultrasound and has been gradually changing up the “Timed Based Lubrication Preventative Maintenance Program to a Conditioned Based task. David was Level I certified through the UE Systems Level I course that was offered last August in Louisville, Kentucky. He is constantly looking for ways to use the ultrasound instrument to save time and cost.
David is very involved with his local church. He is also very involved with the world’s largest service but yet the world’s youngest service organization, Lions Clubs International. David served 2 terms; 2010-2011, and 2014-2015, as District Governor for all of West Tennessee. During his term of 2010-2011, he had the great pleasure in securing a disaster relief grant for those affected in Tennessee due to the recent flooding. David is enthusiastic with any task that he is afforded. David and wife Ann, with son Garrett, reside in Newbern, Tennessee. David and Ann, has 2 older children, Mandy and Jacob. Oh, Let us not forget the 3 grandchildren. They are just that, GRAND. The Butler family loves go to the gym, take vacation getaways, just to reflect, relax and refresh.
Mr. Waetjen has been with UE Systems Inc. since 1988. He has lectured about the technology of Airborne / Structure borne Ultrasound in most of the industrialized world, published numerous technical articles, and has been instrumental in the program implementation of Ultrasound for multiple companies worldwide. In addition to his efforts to educate and lecture, Mr. Waetjen is the Vice President of Global Operations for UE Systems, with direct responsibility for operations in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Asia, Europe, and India/Middle East. Mr. Waetjen is a part of UE Systems training development team, is a certified Level III Ultrasound inspector, and is a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) through the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP).
Joe Anderson is a partner and Chief Operating Officer for ReliabilityX. Joe helps companies reach their full potential through improvement gains and lowering costs, giving them competitive advantage on their journey to excellence.
As an active columnist in Plant Services Magazine, Joe shares his over 20 years experience in maintenance, reliability and management excellence in various industries with the world through his writing. He has also brought humor to the world through his experiences and it can be seen in the character creation of Captain Unreliability. Captain Unreliability also has a monthly column in Plant Services as well as a podcast called “The Not So Motivational Minutes” which can be heard on 11 platforms worldwide including iTunes and Google Podcasts.
He is a CMRP, CRL, CARO, MLT2, MLA1, LSSGB, IAM-55k, CRL Black Belt and was recognized as one of the top 50 leaders in the country by the United States Congress, being awarded the National Leadership Award.
When he is not working as a consultant, Joe loves to do podcasts and create video content, as well as harass his kids and take orders from his wife, with interests in doing the dishes, taking out the garbage, and cleaning up after himself (only due to fear of his wife).
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As a Principal for T.A. Cook, Lance Bisinger works to enable a compelling vision that delivers unique expertise by defining specific deliverables for meeting clients’ needs and priorities, and how the company will achieve those goals. A 30-year practitioner developing and implementing consulting solutions affords him unparalleled insight when partnering with clients to optimize reliability solutions. In 2018, he joined forces with T.A. Cook Consultants, an industry-leading asset management consulting firm that is headquartered in Berlin Germany, with operations around the world, with it’s North American headquarters in Houston, TX. Lance’s experience includes working both domestically and internationally for organizations such as Bayer, Pfizer, Cargill, US Army, Grace, Nyrstar, BASF and Pennsylvania State University, managing reliability solution implementation while maintaining focus on the clients’ core needs. He’s a Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP), and Submarine Warfare insignia recipient (SS). Lance is a United States Navy nuclear qualified submarine veteran.
Dr. James Neale, PhD, CMRP
James is a Mechanical Engineer and CMRP with 19 years experience in a range of industrial applications form power electronics, food processing, pulp and paper, industrial energy efficiency and customized energy systems management solutions. The Waikato Energy Research Centre specializes in working closely with industry to deliver real tangible benefits in form of reduced energy costs, increased plant capacity and improved plant reliability. James’ work covers the full spectrum of opportunity identification, problem solving and high level research right through to project implementation and staff training.
James has been using airborne and structure borne ultrasound for over 10 years, working with multiple plant owners and operators over that time to establish and enhance condition based maintenance programmes. James has a PhD in computational aero-acoustics and is a happily married father of 6 children.