Novem­ber is con­fer­ence time

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - MAINTENANCE MATTERS - Craig Car­lyle sec­re­tary Main­te­nance En­gi­neer­ing So­ci­ety New Zealand

It’s Novem­ber and the 2014 SKF Na­tional Main­te­nance En­gi­neer­ing Con­fer­ence is upon us again. For our part of the world, this is the big­gest show in town and one that could not hap­pen with­out the en­thu­si­as­tic support of a stack of vol­un­teers who have a pas­sion for en­gi­neer­ing, in­dus­try and peo­ple like you.

Net­work­ing and sup­port­ing en­gi­neers is a core func­tion of the Main­te­nance En­gi­neer­ing So­ci­ety, so Novem­ber caps off an en­tire year of net­work evenings, we­bi­nars, ar­gu­ing with pointy hats and bleat­ing to bu­reau­crats as we try and de­fend the world from poor de­ci­sions and logic vac­u­ums.

From time to time we raise is­sues that seem out of step with the pop­u­lous only to dis­cover, such as with our appalling health and safety stats, that we are sim­ply ahead of the pack and with pa­tience, the rest will catch up.

This is the case with coun­ter­feit ma­te­ri­als, first raised by Larry Wiech­ern a num­ber of years ago. While the hor­ror sto­ries mount, get­ting trac­tion in the pub­lic arena is frus­trat­ingly slow so it is heart­en­ing to see that DEMM read­ers get it. Read­ers are adding to the dis­cus­sion with their own ex­pe­ri­ences and points of view, such as Gary Lewis’s com­ments (DEMM Oc­to­ber 2014 Point of View) re­gard­ing Paul Ad­lam’s ar­ti­cle on safety test­ing of im­ported fas­ten­ers.

Gary adds some sen­si­ble com­ments in­clud­ing a salient point that an in­spec­torate pre­vi­ously ex­isted that would have jumped on the is­sue with­out hes­i­ta­tion.

The MESNZ’s view is that an open mar­ket sys­tem akin to beef and lamb’s ‘Qual­ity Mark’ pro­gramme for im­ported ma­te­ri­als is the model to follow.

We also be­lieve the topic will not hit front and cen­tre un­til our in­sur­ers start de­clin­ing pay­outs due to coun­ter­feit ma­te­ri­als. It is only a mat­ter of time be­fore the tip of that ice­berg sur­faces.

While th­ese top­ics and oth­ers such as ap­pren­tice­ships, guard­ing, qual­i­fi­ca­tions, etc buzz around their heads, en­gi­neers con­tinue to do what they have done for gen­er­a­tions; keep the wheels turn­ing.

MESNZ recog­nises the need to pass on the learn­ing and ex­pe­ri­ence across work­places and on to newer gen­er­a­tions, so ac­tively cre­ates op­por­tu­ni­ties for en­gi­neers to meet, talk and lis­ten.

Far from be­ing di­nosaurs, we be­lieve en­gi­neers can step up and play a prom­i­nent part in in­dus­try, hence the so­ci­ety call to ‘lift your game’.

So, get out of your cave and trot down to Hamil­ton for the an­nual con­fer­ence. Bet­ter still, join up with the so­ci­ety and come along to one of our net­work events.

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