John Coleman- Alliance Facilitator, Rusal’s Aughinish Alumina Refinery

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    Presentation Title:

    Maximising profitability through Physical Asset Reliability

    Presentation Synopsis:

    Maintenance to most people is any activity carried out on an asset in order to ensure that the asset continues to perform its intended functions.
    Ineffective Maintenance programs produce unnecessary downtime due to asset failures, resulting in higher maintenance and operations costs, lower quality, and lower productivity. These consequences mean that optimising your Maintenance program isn’t just an objective, it is a must have for all organisations.
    Effective maintenance of plant equipment can significantly reduce the overall operating cost, while boosting the productivity of the plant. Although many management personnel often view plant maintenance as an expense, a more positive approach in looking at it is to view maintenance works as a profit centre. The key to this approach lies in a proactive maintenance approach.
    The maintenance function is not only to maintain but also to improve the reliability of operating plant. Rather than just restoring the equipment to its original performance maintenance must be aimed at enhancing the performance of a plant and equipment.
    This presentation will look at how to maximise the potential benefit of a maintenance activity. The idea might be very different from the conventional philosophy of maintenance but this might be something that well worth considering in a competitive environment.

    Speaker Bio:

    John Coleman BSc. (Hons) MEng. MIEI, MIAM, M.I. Ref. Eng. Is employed as Alliance Facilitator (Contractor Management Department) at Rusal’s Aughinish Alumina Refinery. Previous to this John was Maintenance Facilitator in the Central Workshop of the Refinery. The Workshop is the central facility which provides a repair and overhaul service to the operating plant. He has in excess of 30 years’ experience at Rusal Aughinish. During that time he has worked within their maintenance and engineering departments. He has worked on both major engineering projects and maintenance of plant and equipment.
    He is current Chairman of MEETA, the Irish Maintenance Society. He is also a member of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health (IOSH), the Institute of Refractories Engineers and the Institute of Asset Managers (IAM). John also sits on the Engineers Ireland Executive.
    John has extensive experience, including working for several years in the construction / contract sector as both a fitter and supervisor installing and maintaining mechanical equipment. He worked on the construction of Aughinish Alumina Ltd., the largest construction site in Europe at the time (1978 – 1983). He was subsequently employed by Aughinish Alumina Ltd on completion of construction as a fitter in the maintenance workshop. John studied many aspects of maintenance while studying for hi degree and subsequent Masters. John developed his experience while working in several areas of the plant prior to being promoted to a staff engineering role. John regularly speaks on maintenance at conferences in Ireland and abroad. He has presented papers at Euromaintenance 2006, 2008 and 2010. He also presented at the world maintenance conference in 2006. John was nominated for the Euromaintenance Incentive Award at Euromaintenance 2010. John was also a working party member in formulating the first issue of the Competency Requirements published by the IAM.

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