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Focus on: Productivity and availability of machines and systems: “Maintenance Day” at FMB: The programme has been finalised

When it comes to investments, the key factor affecting the decision of the majority of buyers of ma-chines is not acquisition costs but rather life-cycle costs.

The focus of their attention is thus on aspects such as productivity, the costs of spare parts and expenditure for maintenance and servicing.


Many exhibitors will be addressing these issues at the 14th FMB – the supplier show for mechanical engineering, which will be held in Bad Salzuflen from 7 to 9 November 2018. They will be showcasing established and innovative tools for the maintenance and service of production systems. They range from measurement engineering to software solutions through to sophisticated services targeted at ensuring the availability of machine parks.

The increasingly complex nature of these solutions thus also makes it increasingly necessary to explain them to the users. Three examples which will be shown at FMB: SKF offers its customers complete systems for preventive maintenance. Pirtek has developed IT-based hose management solutions for industrial purposes. And Wieland lends its support to the users in the modernisation of machines in conformity with the relevant standards and safety requirements.

These three topics will not only be presented at the stands of the respective companies but also in lectures to be held on Wednesday, the first day of the show. They are an integral part of the “Maintenance Day”, which will be highlighting individual aspects of machine maintenance and servicing at half-hourly intervals from 10.30 a.m. to 3.30 p.m. – whereby the motto is: “New ideas and services for maintenance: condition monitoring, predictive maintenance & Co.”

The lectures cover a broad range of new instruments employed in the field of maintenance. These include online monitoring of robots (with the Kawasaki Trend Manager) and the support of maintenance staff by means of augmented and/or virtual reality (with the solutions offered by Raumtänzer GmbH, a spin-off of Bielefeld University).

The second day of the event will be just as fascinating for trade visitors as the first. Christian Enßle, Portfolio Manager of Clarion Events Deutschland GmbH: “On Thursday, eight speakers from the exhibiting companies will be presenting exemplary solutions for production in line with Industry 4.0. And, on Friday, in keeping with tradition, the lecture programme will be led by the key players of the Leading-edge Cluster it’s OWL. Here, they will be dealing with the issue of practice-oriented modules for digitised production. The halls are virtually fully booked. There are currently 507 exhibitors and we only have a few stands available for late bookings.”

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