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MeditMaint 2018 Consultation took place in Vodice, Croatia PDF Ispis E-mail
Autor Krešimir Brandt   
Petak, 01 Lipanj 2018 19:31


Despite the growth of exports and industrial production, the Croatian economy stagnates in the plan of global competitiveness. In the future this can have far-reaching consequences. Today, competitiveness is closely related to the processes of automation, digitisation and the use of IT and communication technology in production. Long-term global vision for the development of production – called Industry 4.0 – is based on the linking of online technology, management, industrial facilities and machines. The accelerated change in the way of production and the rationalization of manufacturing processes are not a barrier to the Croatian industry, which has stuck somewhere in the labyrinths of the so-called the second and third industrial revolution, but the chance to overcome the now-abandoning management principles. That is an opinion of world's experts and Croatian engineers, managers and university professors, who have gathered this year at the Symposium MeditMaint in Vodice.

For several years Croatian Maintenance Society points to the urgent need much greater investment in education, science, economy, further to the need for lifelong education of engineers and managers. Also on the importance of regulatory agencies and necessarily certifying the necessary knowledge.

 Promovirana knjiga 'Strategija održavanja' Maria Cikojevića

These were some of the highlights of MeditMaint's Counseling, which took place from 16 to 18 May at Hotel Olympia Sky in Vodice. The conference was opened by Croatian Maintenance Society (HDO) President Drago Frković, who was pleased to welcome the participants from Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Lithuania, France, USA, Belgium, Luxembourg, Australia ...

During the first day, lecture topics were about digitization, Industry 4.0, Internet of Things.

An interesting lecture had ing Siniša Brajković from SKF Group. As part of the issue of digitization and Industry 4.0, there is an example of the installation of wheel sensors, ie rolling bearings of trains. The project is being implemented in Germany, but sensors are also installed on several Croatian trains. Wheel sensors are connected to the Internet of Things and send data on vibrations and bearing temperatures, train location, at a certain time interval. The software processes data, creates tables, graphs, data is stored on so-called Cloud storage and authorized workforce are available at any time and in every place. If the sent data is significantly different from the normal values, the alarm is triggered. In other words, you can be on the other side of the world and from the beach in Mauritius stop the train in Split because it needs urgent preventive action and prevent the breakdown. The only thing you need is a smart cell phone.

Known US expert Joel Levitt gave lecture why Big Data analytics and smart technical systems are important but not sufficient to the World Class Maintenance. Applying new technologies is a necessity, digitization has no alternatives, as well as quality analytics. However, one should be aware that no technology has a chance without basic business culture, quality management, good organization of work, constant education of employees and the environment that encourages and rewards commitment and inventiveness.

 Promovirana knjiga 'Strategija održavanja' Maria Cikojevića

Dr Jadranka Polović's thoughts on artificial intelligence and ethics were also interesting. Is man sufficiently ethical, humane, intelligent to use artificial intelligence for the benefit of mankind and for personal gain. Will artificial intelligence and robotization end jobs, and will the monopoly on knowledge yield unseen power centers so far? We are already witnessing today that robots are cleaning rooms, they produce, repair themselves, drive cars, fight – that means they kill live forces – people ... Situation is potential generator of utter frustration, unemployment, the illness of individuals and society, misery ...

Attention was drawn to the lectures by Prof. Dr. Nedjeljko Štefanić from the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering and Naval Architecture as well as Prof. Dr. Igor Kuzle of ETF. The topics were the Importance of Industry 4.0 for Maintenance and Advanced Technology in equipment maintenance – internet stuff.

Prof. Štefanic stressed, among other things, that maintenance is one of the areas where significant effects of digitization and other technologies implemented by Industry 4.0 are expected. Significant resources will be invested in maintenance thanks to which maintenance costs will be reduced in the long run and the availability of equipment will increase. It also means transforming maintenance jobs. Virtual and expanded reality, large data analysis, artificial intelligence, 3D printing – until today's science fiction, are now becoming reality.

Prof. Kuzle spoke about the importance of the Internet of Things, which, with the help of sensors, software and telecommunications, enables the integration of huge amounts of devices and physical objects. Technical systems and objects more or less communicate with one another, with different applications and databases. The concept will have a significant impact on the organization and maintenance practices that will be based on the realistic state of the equipment in real time. This technical revolution allows for a rise in quality and a fall in sensor prices. They were sometimes built into the most expensive parts of the system (eg on rotor generators). Today their price fell to EUR / month so they can be literally incorporated in every technical system. The next important factor is to reduce the size of the computer (the size of the button – PC capacity). You can place it anywhere and spend very little energy.

Fredric Beghain, general manager of EASA, the largest international association dedicated to electro-mechanical services, warned that 70% of energy in industry consumes motors. Reducing cost of exploitation and effectively maintaining the mission is EASE, and their daily practice is how organizations can contribute to Industry 4.0. David Kreft of Mersen has presented new solutions in the exploitation and maintenance of electric motors with innovative solutions for removing dirt and dust from the engine. Paul Daugalis, a Lithuanian expert of Australian origin, presented the auditorium of the so-called knowledge catalog (Book of Knowledge, BoK) by EFNMS. The BoK's result is an overview that details and adjusts the needs of maintenance processes. BoK provides a platform for Continuous Learning, Competence Certification (European Expert in Maintenance Management) and encourages recognition of methodologies to improve maintenance organization.

 Promovirana knjiga 'Strategija održavanja' Maria Cikojevića

At the end of the first day of the Counseling, Joel Levitt held a workshop on How to get there – Case Study from Corrective to World Class Maintenance. Here are some of the accents: Precise maintenance is one of the basic starting points, the implementation of new technologies second, knowledge third. In order to prevent defects, we need to know their cause. And that is bad material, poor work discipline, lack of tools and knowledge, bad parts, bad design of the technical system. And now we come again to the already mentioned important detail – corporate culture. If we want to eliminate the failures it is not enough to fix it but to improve it. The method of small improvements, small steps, brings incredible results. Statistics have shown that by improving only one percent of the problematic parts of the technical systems, for three years the failures are reduced by 50%.

On the second and third days of the Counseling, domestic authors kad lectures. If the first day was spent on theory, new technologies, the second day in the center of attention was practice, which also rounded up the Counseling MeditMaint 2018 thematically and meaningfully. We could see how innovations come through the practice, and how (as in the aforementioned theory) small enhancements can increase the availability and reliability of technical systems.

 Promovirana knjiga 'Strategija održavanja' Maria Cikojevića

The presentations are divided into thematic units: Reliability, Availability and Maintenance Opportunity, Maintenance Technologies, Electrical Engineering, Power Plants and Maintenance, Materials and Facilities Management, IT Maintenance Systems, Ecology, Maintenance Management and Organization, and Management of Property and Facilities. It was an opportunity to present the company's exhibitors as well. We mention interesting solutions for managing work orders presented by Andrej Uranić (Pliva) and Ivan Juras (Gdi). The Consultation was also attended by Kolomejec d.o.o. (process and conveyor belts, belt transfer), Eco Consult / Mersen (an international company that designs, implements and servicing sustainable energy-efficient solutions), Daikin Croatia (efficient heating, cooling and air conditioning solutions), Terad (authorized representative of the world's leading manufacturers innovative solutions in the business segments of telecommunications and tribology), Belmet 97 (representing and selling measuring and testing instruments and measuring instruments of various uses). Inauguration of INA Lubricants should be especially emphasized, not only because of ubiquity in the Croatian industry, but also because of the presentation of interesting topics on HDO's consultations.

On the third day the participants of the Consultation visited the Memorial Center Faust Vrančić on the island of Prvić. Vrančić is known in the world as the constructor of the first parachute (Homo Volans) and the very first chain bridge. He also wrote the first multilingual dictionary in Europe.

 Promovirana knjiga 'Strategija održavanja' Maria Cikojevića