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    IBM Maximo Asset Management for Reliability Leaders – Solutions 2.0 Keynote Presentation

    Solutions 2.0 – Virtual Reliability Conference

    December 7, 2016 – 1pm ET

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    Note: Recorded Session Available Here

    Quinton GoForth will be leading a keynote address on “IBM Maximo Asset Management for Reliability Leaders“. Although the examples will be demonstrated in Maximo, the methodology is geared for all leading CMMS, including Infor EAM, Oracle eAM, and SAP PM. Quinton will be discussing subject matter focused on the following topics:
    The engine behind a leading-edge maintenance and asset management program is the CMMS.  Although IBM Maximo Asset Management functionality has been enhanced with each new version, there are still a number of external analyses required to optimize the system’s use, such as FMEA.  The key to optimizing your program is linking the output data from each analysis to the proper Maximo field.

    Safeguard Robustness for Operational Excellence – Educational Webinar

    GenesisSolutions, An ABS Group Company, hosted a webinar on Safeguard Robustness for Operational Excellence on Wednesday, November 2, 2016.

    Click here to request access to recorded webinar. 

    Managing risk for achieving operational excellence is both challenging and essential. This webinar provides an overview of how our new service offering, Safeguard Robustness for Operational Excellence, helps organizations manage this risk.

    Our Asset Performance Optimization team has decades of real-life field experience supporting more than 1,000 global customers in diverse industry sectors. As reliability practitioners, we recognize that traditional maintenance metrics tell only half the story. Given the complex operating environment and integrated supply chains in which we operate, Safeguard Robustness will positively impact right first-time quality, end-to-end cycle time, operator care, employee morale, OEE and schedule adherence.

    Our Safeguard Robustness for Operational Excellence service provides organizations with the ability to focus efforts on critical asset performance optimization. We look at the operating context with a 360-degree view, beginning with the core of operation, followed by the supporting equipment, and finally the surrounding operating envelope. We utilize our LEADER™ PHA software, which enables organizations to apply a standard tool for quantifying risk and evaluating safeguard robustness.


    Mike Greenholtz is the Vice President of Reliability Solutions at GenesisSolutions, An ABS Group Company. Mike’s role is to create operational and financial advantages for customers across all industrial sectors. This includes implementing strategies that enhance asset reliability, increase capacity, extend asset lifecycles, while reducing cycle time and operating costs. Previously he was the Assistant Vice President, Global Engineering Operations, for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, where he worked for 28 years. At Wyeth, Mike was responsible for integrating the Wyeth/Pfizer Engineering, Maintenance and Capital programs during their merger.

    Mike has created and implemented a Global Maintenance Excellence Community of Practice spanning more than 30 plants across four continents to promote identifying, developing and sharing operation best practices that improve supply chain operations.

    EAM & Reliability Strategy Seminar – Atlanta, Georgia – November 7, 2016

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    Mike Greenholtz leads Leadership for Reliability EAM Seminar.

    GenesisSolutions and Noria Corporation are hosting a complimentary, one-day EAM & Reliability Strategy Seminar in Atlanta, Georgia on Monday, November 7, 2016.

    Please note: this event has been temporarily postponed. 

    For those interested in learning how strong and effective Leadership influences every level of an organization as it relates to operational performance and objectives, this event is a perfect starting point.

    Agenda topics include:

    • EAM Maturity Continuum Overview and Analysis
    • Implementation Models for Operational Excellence
    • Reliability Based Maintenance Components and Applicability
    Asset Criticality Ranking: Value for Each Management Level (Uptime Magazine)

    Asset Criticality Ranking: Value for Each Management Level (Uptime Magazine)

    Asset Criticality Ranking Article Uptime Magazine 300x226 Asset Criticality Ranking: Value for Each Management Level (Uptime Magazine)Asset Criticality Ranking: Value for Each Management Level

    By Ralph Tileston, Principal Reliability Engineer

    Published in Uptime Magazine August / September 2016

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    Asset dependent organizations need to be continually educated and diligent about the importance of classifying assets in terms of the impact of asset failure on the organization. By using a prescriptive method to identify and classify failure consequences, organizations can most effectively allocate asset care resources within their enterprise asset management (EAM) model. Within the reliability-based maintenance (RBM) asset management model, this prescriptive means is a facilitated process called asset criticality ranking (ACR).

    Using a list of all assets to be managed, ACR defines the relative importance of asset failure consequences to the overall business. This is accomplished by evaluating asset failure consequences against graduated criteria within several business impact factors. Typically, the business impact factors of safety, quality, throughput and cost are used for an evaluation, but ACR is unique from other asset criticality assessment tools because it allows for a completely customizable format. ACR recognizes input from a variety of sources, but is primarily a facilitated dialogue between subject matter experts (SMEs).

    Regardless of the business impact factors and criteria applied, ACR results in a numerical criticality score for each asset, which then can be put to use in a variety of ways, from daily maintenance workflow management to capital project funding decisions. The ACR numerical results can be scaled and grouped, making it possible to classify the asset groups by their functional importance to the business, such as non-essential to operations, essential to operations and critical to operations (listed in groups of least critical to most critical, respectively).

    By using ACR, asset management stakeholders can systematically arrive at an agreement about which assets are important to the business and why, thereby appropriately applying resources for their care.


    Ralph D. Tileston, CMRP, is a Principal Reliability Engineer and Project Leader for GenesisSolutions, An ABS Group Company. Ralph is located in Charleston, South Carolina.

    Ralph has over 30 years’ experience at various management levels in telecommunications, electrical construction and maintenance support. His responsibilities have included operations and service for regional areas of the United States, material management at the sourcing and distribution levels, and training and process development. During his military career in the US Air Force, Ralph worked in cargo and logistics support and air delivery for all branches of the military service.

    Strategies for Overcoming Asset Management Implementation Barriers – White Paper

    Strategies for Overcoming Asset Management Implementation Barriers – White Paper

    Removing Barriers Strategies for Overcoming Asset Management Implementation Barriers – White PaperStrategies for Overcoming Asset Management Implementation Barriers, by Mark Wolfgram, Senior Manager, Reliability Services, GenesisSolutions, An ABS Group Company

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    The best asset management strategy ever created will never be successful unless and until it is embraced by the entire business enterprise. Knowledgeable and forward thinking maintenance managers too often struggle to drive positive change within their internal organization, only to be stymied by their peers and superiors in other parts of the larger business unit. Over and over we see solid strategic asset management plans and well thought out implementation tactical executions fall prey to organizational “culture” issues that refuse to allow change; and ultimately fall victim to the fatal “flavor of the month” initiative syndrome. In this presentation we will touch briefly on effective asset management strategies, but will focus most of our attention on some keys to driving understanding and commitment from strategic parts of the larger business organization. In short, you will learn how to sell the sizzle while delivering the steak.


    Mark Wolfgram is a Principal Reliability Engineer and Project Manager for GenesisSolutions, An ABS Group Company, specializing in asset reliability and leveraging the CMMS to make data driven decisions. Mark has extensive knowledge of asset management processes and practices holding positions in engineering, maintenance, operations, logistics, and quality throughout a career spanning over three decades. He has been providing Asset Management and Reliability consulting services for the food & beverage, and life sciences industry for the past 15 years; serving dozens of organizations large and small. Most recently, Mark has led a multi-site Asset Management Master Plan implementation project from the assessment phase through pilot studies and full scale roll out. He will share his experiences in moving a large, ambivalent organization from hostility, to skepticism, to caution, and ultimately, to commitment. Mark has a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University and has done post graduate studies in advanced vibrations and acoustics, statistical methods, and business management. He is a member of the Society of Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP), a Certified Maintenance and Reliability Professional (CMRP) and former member of The Association for Facilities Engineers (AFE), American Society for Quality (ASQ), and American Production and Inventory Control Society (APICS).

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