Wim Vancauwenberge (BEMAS) about Asset Performance 4.0 Conference & Exhibition
On 26, 27 and 28 October 2021, BEMAS (the Belgian Maintenance Association) will organise Asset Performance 4.0, a hybrid conference and exhibition in Antwerp. The focus lies on the digitalization of maintenance; reliability and all other disciplines that influence the performance of assets.
Wim Vancauwenberghe, Director of BEMAS, explains the context of the initiative: "Our world is in the middle of an extremely exciting phase of continuous digitalization. Sensors are becoming cheaper, machines and installations are getting a digital upgrade, data is being unlocked via the Internet of Things. The good old creed 'to measure is to know' is becoming more important than ever! Thanks to digitalization, this 'measuring' is done on an increasingly large scale, more accurately, more thoroughly ánd at a lower cost.
The next step after measuring, the “knowing”, has also evolved greatly in recent years. Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence allow sensor measurements and other data sources to be handled very differently. Thanks to smart algorithms, all data can be combined to detect deviations at an earlier stage, to predict what might go wrong and even to propose the necessary measures to predict problems. This may concern quality issues, abnormal energy consumption, and of course technical malfunctions. Digitization thus helps to take reliability and maintenance to a higher level.
Vitamin D for Data
Capturing and processing data is one thing. But the big challenge for an organisation is what you DO with it. The AP 4.0 conference will therefore also bring new insights and inspiring examples of how concrete benefits can be gained from the advanced digitization of the production process and asset management. "We see that organisations often already dispose of a lot of data. It is therefore especially important to set up those data and data flows correctly and to link them to intelligent algorithms. This allows all business processes to be boosted with the vitamin D of Data. We see that more and more organisations are combining existing good practices with new data-driven insights in order to create additional added value with their assets."
Hybrid Conference & Exhibition
"Since its launch in September 2020, the Asset Performance 4.0 platform has become a digital source of inspiration where more than 900 users can find information and inspiration on digitization in asset intensive organisations. At the end of October 2021, we invite everyone with an interest in this topic to the FMCCA in Antwerp. Those who participate on site can network and have in-depth discussions with the guest speakers and colleagues. However, it is also possible to follow the presentations online. Both asset owners and experts bring inspiring insights and share their experience with the new technologies. We also organise a hackathon, where companies can present their solution to the case live on stage. At the exhibition (also open for visitors who aren’t attending the conference), specialised companies present their best practices and digital solutions in maintenance, reliability and asset management.
During the Asset Performance Awards, companies can win a prize with a case about a (digital) improvement project. Of course everything will be organised in accordance with the COVID-19 measures in force at the time.
"We are strongly committed to interaction and the exchange of experience. AP 4.0 will be an inevitable appointment for anyone who wants to gain new insights into the current digitis not only limited to the conference on 26, 27 and 28 October, but will also continue to offer weekly webinars via the AP platform. All presentations made during the conference will remain available digitally. Participating therefore means keeping up to date.", concludes Wim Vancauwenberge
Asset Performance Awards Night 2021
On the 27th of October, the first day of the Asset Performance Conference & Exhibition, BEMAS (the Belgian Maintenance Organisation) organizes the AP Awards Night. The goal is to highlight achievements in maintenance and asset management. Asset owners and service providers can participate in three categories:
- Asset Performance 4.0 Award
- Best Improvement in Maintenance and Asset Management
- Technical Team of the Year
After the presentation of the cases, Peter Hinssen will kick off the Awards Night with a keynote on “The day after tomorrow in Asset performance”. After the winners’ announcement, you can enjoy the rest of the evening with a luxurious walking dinner and an opportunity to network at the exhibition.
09h00 : Reception
11h00 : 3 cases ‘Best Improvement in Maintenance & Asset Management‘
14h00 : 3 cases ‘Asset Performance Award 4.0‘
16h00 : 3 cases ‘Technical Team of the Year‘
17h30 : Reception
18h30 : Asset Performance Awards Night with keynote by Peter Hinssen
19h15 : Announcement of the winners
20h00 : Walking dinner and networking at the exhibition floor
Sign up now to be present at the Asset Performance 4.0 Awards Night (in Antwerp or online!) via www.assetperformance.eu/2021 !
You can still participate as a contestant!
Do you have an inspiring case in one of the three categories? Sign up before July 15th, and get a chance to:
- Show that you are proud of the achievements of your organisation and the employees in your team.
- Increase the image of your technical department and/or your team and company.
- Give a nice incentive to your technical team
- Win a fantastic prize and put your company in the spotlight for one day long.
Get more info & register via www.assetperformanceawards.eu
Who should attend the Conference & Exhibition?
Asset Performance 4.0 provides a comprehensive and attractive agenda of learning opportunities for anyone with a keen interest in increasing asset performance. The Asset Performance 4.0 initiative offers essential insights on how to increase Reliability, Production Output and Quality by using smart solutions and new technologies without omitting the essential basics and best practices.
We address both technical and managerial practitioners active in asset intensive industries across Europe and throughout the world. The audience includes Operations & Maintenance Managers, Plant Managers, Production Managers, CTO’s, Asset Managers, Maintenance & Reliability Engineers, Service Managers, Quality Managers and of course Digitisation Managers, Industry 4.0 Program Managers, AI & Data Engineers and IIoT specialists.
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