PARTNERS 2019

Alstom Trimble

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WHY YOU SHOULD ATTEND

Learn how to:


  • Comparing And Contrasting Approaches To Long Term Vehicle Condition Based Maintenance
  • Replacing Legacy Equipment With State Of The Art Equipment And Understanding The New Requirements To Maintain And Operate This
  • Evolving A Workforce That Is Able To Maintain And Operate Rolling Stock As We Continue Through The Lifecycle And Have Newer Systems Installed And Acquired
  • Creating A Solid Structured Maintenance Plan To Achieve The Timely Completion Of Maintenance
  • Cost Analysis Of Different Predictive Maintenance Technologies And Establishing The Return On Investment Of Implementing These Technologies

Agenda - Day One

Day ONE: Tuesday, March 19, 2019

ANALYZING THE INDUSTRY PATH TO BETTER MAINTENANCE STRATEGIES - HOW ARE NORTH AMERICAN TRANSIT AGENCIES DEVELOPING IMPROVED APPROACHES TO LIFECYCLE ASSET MANAGEMENT AND OPTIMIZATION OF MAINTENANCE PROCESSES

08:45 Coffee and Registration

09:15 Chair's Welcome And Introduction

Clive Cashin, Rolling Stock Manager, Serco Middle East

09:30 Applying Continuous Improvement To Asset Management And Maintenance Strategies To Cut Costs Whilst Ensuring Greater Reliability

  • What are the current best practices in rolling stock maintenance strategy?
  • How can we continuously improve our maintenance strategies?
  • What is the future vision for rolling stock asset management and what will this deliver to agencies and customers?

Vernon Hartsock, Chief Engineer, Maryland Transit Administration

09:55 Questions & Discussion

Life Cycle Strategy Case Study

10:00 Preparing A Comprehensive Maintenance Strategy From Day One Of The Procurement Phase To Prolong The Lifecycle Of Your Rolling Stock And Cut Maintenance Costs

  • Writing specifications in the commercial requirements to protect yourselves from future issues
  • Developing a plan that is resistant to management change
  • Identifying successful lifecycle maintenance strategies to reduce spare ratio requirements
  • What kinds of tools are available to help with lifecycle analysis?

Frank Palmeri, Director Reliability Centered Maintenance Planning, Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA)

10:25 Questions & Discussion

10:30 Refreshment Break In The Networking And Exhibition Area

11:00 Session Reserved for Headline Sponsor

Keith Abate, Sr. Director of Sales and Business Development, Perpetuum

11:25 Questions & Discussion

Case Study - Utilizing Six Sigma In Maintenance

11:30 Maintenance Process Optimization: How To Remain Efficient And Identify New Ways Of Fixing Things By Performing Task Analysis Using Teachings In Six Sigma

  • Shorten your rolling stock downtime through implementing new Six Sigma processes
  • Save consistently on your maintenance costs, eg changing traction motor
  • Redirect your labor time to tackle tasks that haven't been undertaken for years and drastically improve your fleet

11:55 Questions & Discussion

12:00 Understanding The Latest Approaches To Asset Management And Maintenance Scheduling Optimization

  • How to complete your maintenance tasks on time
  • Using maintenance systems to minimize cost
  • Reduce downtime and increase reliability
  • How to prioritize your projects according to available budget and needs

Lee Braybrooke, Director of Marketing, Trimble Rail

12:15 Questions & Discussion

12:20 Lunch In The Networking And Exhibition Area

UNDERSTANDING THE RISKS AND CHALLENGES WITHIN THE LABOR FORCE AND HOW THESE CAN BE MANAGED TO FUTURE PROOF YOUR MAINTENANCE STRATEGY

13:30 Ensuring Your Maintenance Workforce Is Equipped To Adapt To The Changing Technologies Of Your Rolling Stock

With all these emerging technologies for maintenance, the industry is undergoing rapid change and the required skill sets are not currently coming in through the door.  How does the industry change from a basic mechanic with a basic toolbox to somebody that is working on a very complex, modern machine with complex on board equipment? Is the maintenance industry stepping up to meet these challenges? Equipment is changing and so we need to adjust in terms of how to maintain it. What does the rolling stock industry need to do when it comes to employee training, employee positions, categories, skill sets, and other factors such as human resources and union workforce issues?

  • How to help your workforce to evolve with your systems changes
  • What retraining is required?
  • What is most optimal? In -house training or external training?
  • How to deal with unions' issues on job reclassification

13:55 Questions & Discussion

14:00 Creating The Next Generation Of Rolling Stock Engineers

  • Attracting qualified engineers with software skills, what are the regional differences?
  • How do you attract young, new talent?
  • What programs are out there to promote the rail industry to the next generation and show that the rail industry has adopted leading edge technologies?
  • What can the industry do collectively to improve talent acquisition and compete with other more attractive industries such as aerospace?

14:25 Questions & Discussion

14:30 Session Reserved for Sponsor

14:45 Questions & Discussion

14:50    Refreshment Break In The Networking And Exhibition Area

DEVELOPING EFFECTIVE LONG TERM MAINTENANCE OVERHAUL STRATEGIES - MINIMIZING THE DOWNTIME WHILST ACHIEVING MAJOR REPAIRS

15:20    Comparing And Contrasting The Cost Benefits Of Midlife     Overhauls Versus Series Of Overhaul Campaigns And Buying New Stock

The cost to continue to maintain and keep vehicles in good service gets high as you approach the midlife of the vehicle and you reach the point where, it may be more viable to give up the vehicles early and buy new ones. Alternatively it may be more cost effective to do a series of overhaul campaigns throughout the lifecycle of the asset and overhaul specific systems on a timely basis in order that the asset is taken out of service for a limited period of time only. With major midlife overhauls done halfway through the lifecycle of the rolling stock, and addressing all aspects of the vehicle, you lose possession of the asset for sometimes a month or several months until the overhaul is done.

  • Analysis of the benefits and costs of each strategy
  • Establishing the feasibility point for a major overhaul versus new vehicle purchase from a financial perspective
  • What are the challenges of both strategies?
    When is a strategy better than the other, and why?
  • Is it better and easier to just buy new trains?
  • Understanding the capital planning perspective. If you replace the car too soon, you don't get as much out of your capital investment. If you replace it too late, you will impact your systems reliability
  • How do you predict and schedule these type of rail car replacements?

15:45    Questions & Discussion

Case Study - Outsourcing

15:50 How to Optimize Your Maintenance Strategy Through Outsourcing Of Maintenance Activities 

  • How to determine whether an activity should be conducted in-house or outsourced?
  • Are long-term maintenance contracts financially justifiable?

Nicolas Flix, Maintenance Engineering Director, Alstom

   16:15    Questions & Discussion

Case Study - Spare Parts Solutions

16:20 How To Ensure Minimization Of Rolling Stock Downtime Through More Effective Spare Parts Management And Obsolete Parts Solutions

One of the major issues that will confront any railroad or modern transit agency is the fact that they may purchase a brand new electronic train with a thirty year life cycle, but in less than seven years time, they cannot obtain the electronics parts for it anymore.

  • How to forecast enough spare parts
  • How can we shorten the delivery time of spare parts especially during a time of increased maintenance production?
  • Re-engineering parts to overcome obsolescence issues
  • olution-Based Case Study- alternatives for obsolete parts

16:55    Questions & Discussion

UNDERSTANDING THE IMPACT OF THE REGULATORY LANDSCAPE ON THE INDUSTRY AND IDENTIFYING TECHNICAL AND FINANCIAL SOLUTIONS TO THE COMPLIANCE CHALLENGES POSED BY FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

17:00    Understanding The Impact Of, And Adapting To The Latest Regulations Concerning The Rolling Stock Industry, Including MAP 21, PTC Requirements And Buy America

How rolling stock is being maintained clearly impacts new system-wide reliability performance measures for the transit industry that were set by federal government in 2018, and are due to be made public next year. What new issues does the compliance process raise for maintenance? How is the industry taking account of the different aspects of the vehicles that will actually meet the targets and how is this making them change their maintenance priorities and their recapitalization priorities?

  • Compliance with the Buy America requirements when purchasing parts for railcars
  • Challenges in sourcing cost-effective suppliers that meet all the needs of your system and also meet the Buy America constraints
  • MAP-21 and the state of good repair initiative
  • PTC Requirements update

17:20    Questions & Discussion

17:25 Extracting The Maximum Value From Your Taxpayer Financed Maintenance Budget And Maximising Opportunities For Obtaining New Funds

  • How to predict how much budget will be needed for your maintenance activities to avoid a deficit in your accounts
  • How to increase your opportunities to get funding
  • How to formulate a timely proposal or application in response to a grant opportunity
  • Understanding and responding to the scope of the available grants, quickly
  • How do you come up with required sums for capital investment?

17:40    Questions & Discussion

17:45  Chair's Conclusion to Day One

Clive Cashin, Rolling Stock Manager, Serco Middle East

17:50  Networking Drinks Reception For Speakers And Delegates

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TOPICS AT A GLANCE

Day One

  • Asset Management And Maintenance Strategy Continuous Improvement. Analyzing The Industry Path To Better Maintenance Strategies To Cut Cost Whilst Becoming More Reliable
  • Forming A Winning Maintenance Strategy From The Start To Prolong The Lifecycle Of Your Rolling Stock And Cut Maintenance Cost
  • How To Stay Efficient and Find New Ways Of Fixing Things By Performing Task Analysis Using Teachings In Six Sigma
  • Asset Management And Maintenance Scheduling Optimization
  • Ensuring Your Workforce Adapts To The Changing Technologies Of Your Rolling Stock
  • Creating The Next Generation Of Rolling Stock Engineers
  • Comparing And Contrasting Cost Benefits Of Midlife Overhauls Versus Series Of Overhaul Campaigns And Buying New Stock
  • Outsourcing Your Maintenance
  • How To Ensure Minimization Of Rolling Stock Downtime Through More Effective Spare Parts Management And Obsolete Parts Solutions
  • Understanding the Impact of, and Adapting to the Latest Regulations Concerning The Rolling Stock Industry, Including MAP 21, PTC Requirements And Buy America
  • Extracting the Maximum Value From Your Taxpayer Financed Maintenance Budget And Maximising Opportunities For Obtaining New Funds

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