2015 SKF Na­tional Main­te­nance En­gi­neer­ing Con­fer­ence all set to in­spire and in­form

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - MAINTENANCE MATTERS -

The count­down to the 2015 SKF Na­tional Main­te­nance En­gi­neer­ing Con­fer­ence is on with regis­tra­tions fill­ing rapidly. The much her­alded event, pro­vided by the Main­te­nance En­gi­neer­ing So­ci­ety of NZ and spon­sored by SKF has re­lo­cated to a new per­ma­nent base at the Claude­lands Event Cen­tre in Hamil­ton on Novem­ber 18, 19. The move to the world class Claude­lands venue is one of a brace of changes de­signed to ac­com­mo­date growth and fur­ther evolve the event to re­turn value to the del­e­gates.

Hav­ing sold out ev­ery ex­hi­bi­tion venue in re­cent years, the or­gan­is­ers have taken the step of sep­a­rat­ing the con­fer­ence venue from the ac­com­mo­da­tion. Del­e­gates are now pre­sented with a range of dis­counted op­tions at ei­ther the Novo­tel or Ibis Ho­tels, a short walk from the venue com­pli­mented w3ith a con­fer­ence shut­tle bus.

At the core of the event, the con­fer­ence agenda is a trib­ute to the work of the MESNZ team, who with SKF’s sup­port will present a wide range of in­ter­na­tional and ex­pert speak­ers pre­sent­ing real life case stud­ies on rel­e­vant top­ics to main­te­nance, man­u­fac­tur­ing and line man­age­ment. As ever, the ethos is to in­form and in­spire.

In ad­di­tion to the con­fer­ence pa­pers, the event will fea­ture the pre­sen­ta­tion of the MESNZ’s Bill Buck­ley Schol­ar­ship for en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents and the Com­pe­tenz spon­sored Stu­art Tol­hurst Tro­phy, whilst the MESNZ AGM will pro­vide an op­por­tu­nity for those in­ter­ested in be­com­ing more in­volved in MESNZ ac­tiv­i­ties to put their hands up.

Key be­hind the move to Claude­lands is the enor­mous ex­hi­bi­tion area. The sheer size of the halls is stun­ning and del­e­gates will be treated to the largest ar­ray of in­dus­try ex­hibitors ever seen at this event. From re­li­a­bil­ity en­gi­neer­ing to valves, fil­ters, gas­kets, com­pressed air, ser­vices and con­sult­ing, the ex­hi­bi­tion hall presents a unique an­nual op­por­tu­nity for del­e­gates to ex­plore a mul­ti­tude of so­lu­tions to take back to their work­place.

Reg­u­lar at­ten­dees to the Na­tional Main­te­nance En­gi­neer­ing Con­fer­ence will be fa­mil­iar with the unique per­son­able ethos of the event, mir­ror­ing the so­ci­ety it­self in bring­ing di­verse peo­ple to­gether. The so­cial evening is the epit­ome of this ethos, pro­vid­ing leg­endary mirth and mem­o­ries with­out sore heads the next day. The so­cial event is tra­di­tion­ally a closely guarded se­cret, but in yet another step change, this year the or­gan­is­ers have gone public with the de­tails. The DEMM 100, a soap box trol­ley derby, will be staged at Claudle­ands with teams of del­e­gates build­ing, pre­par­ing, schem­ing and rac­ing soap box trol­leys in a bid to win ex­cep­tional prizes. MESNZ have en­listed in­dus­try sup­pli­ers to pro­vide com­po­nents and spon­sor­ship for the pre-pre­pared trol­leys. NMEC ex­hibitors Kem­bla used their ver­sa­tile KemPress Stain­less Steel pip­ing sys­tem to pro­vide roll/push bars, whilst SAFE En­gi­neer­ing pro­vided de­sign and fab­ri­ca­tion re­sources and SKF are look­ing af­ter the rolling bits. Given the history of NMEC, the night prom­ises fun for all tastes and laugh­ter for all.

NMEC has for some years, strived to pro­vide con­tigu­ous ac­tiv­i­ties lead­ing up to the main con­fer­ence, in­spir­ing del­e­gates to ar­rive early for the main event. This con­tin­ues in 2015, with the pre­con­fer­ence Tues­day pro­vid­ing lots of ca­sual and public ac­tiv­i­ties. Del­e­gates can at­tend short course train­ing in the Train­ing Vil­lage, take an af­ter­noon

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