Arlanxeo, ArcelorMittal and Imec win the first BEMAS Asset Performance Awards

Arlanxeo, ArcelorMittal and Imec win the first BEMAS Asset Performance Awards

Brussels, 20 June 2019 - After 20 years of Maintenance Manager of the Year, BEMAS, the Belgian Maintenance Association asbl, is organising the Asset Performance Awards for the first time. With three awards instead of one, the association is responding to a number of important trends in the maintenance sector, such as maintenance that fits in with the asset management strategy in the long term, so that the assets deliver the desired performance.

After an interesting afternoon where the 9 finalists presented their cases, a keynote speech by futurist Patrick Dixon followed and then the final award ceremony. The award for Best Improvement in Maintenance & Asset Management rewards organisations that have taken a major step forward in the applied maintenance and asset management practices. The finalists were Arlanxeo, Aquafin and NLMK. However, achieving excellent results in the field of Asset Performance will not be possible without an excellent technical team. That is why we are also honoring a Technical Team of the Year, with finalists such as Bionerga, Fluvius and Imec. In times of industry 4.0, with the Asset Performance 4.0 Award we also want to highlight a digital transformation that focuses on the maintenance, reliability and availability of the assets. The finalists were ArcelorMittal, Infrabel and SPG Dry Cooling.

Arlanxeo: Best Improvement in Maintenance & Asset Management
Arlanxeo received the award for improving reliability in the 16 extruders in the finishing department. When an extruder comes to a standstill, which is a rather complex installation, the repair often takes 7 days, resulting in a loss of € 1 million. There were 4 failures per year to the extruders, the cause of which was unknown in half of the cases. By means of vibration measurements, it is not always possible to find the correct cause. In addition to the standard solutions available (improving the alignment, reinforcing structures, adapting the material of the anchor bolts), there were still problems. Thanks to a combination of further root cause analysis and the motion amplification camera, which magnifies minimal vibrations, the malfunctions could be tackled more successfully. Christophe Van de Maele and Kristof Van Den Berghe received the award for Arlanxeo.

ArcelorMittal: Asset Performance 4.0 Award
Andy Roegis and Pieter Van den Branden of ArcelorMittal presented their case on re-engineered condition monitoring in the hot strip mill. The hot strip mill is the bottleneck for production in Ghent, every extra hour of production means extra output. The challenge was to maintain these transport rolls predictively in order to increase the availability of the line. The difficult operational conditions, such as the high temperatures and the amount of steel that easily disturbs signals, were the main obstacles to selecting a condition monitoring solution. The solution of accurate current measurement in combination with machine learning was applied to +50 drive rollers. This resulted in improved efficiency, increased availability and a boost in quality. The downtime was halved. 

Imec: Technical Team of the Year
Imec's maintenance team, active in R&D in the field of nanoelectronics and digital techniques, has completed a whole process of change. Within the company, little attention was paid to maintenance, which resulted in an unclear organisation, many vacancies, a lack of systems and resources, and a negative attitude. In order to change this, Imec worked on five pillars, while keeping the focus on people. In a very short time, they have already achieved great results and brought more atmosphere, efficiency and motivation to the team. That is why Tom Van den Broeck received the award for Imec.

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