Compressed Air-Effective Asset Management Strategies for Industries' 4th Utility

Date/Time: September 5, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. ET

Speaker: Phil Beelendorf, Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP), Certified Reliability Leader (CRL)

Moderator: Thomas Wilk, Editor-In-Chief, Plant Services

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When you think about utilities, the first thing that comes to mind for most of us is water, electricity, or steam. While managing these utilities are critical aspects of an overall Asset Management Strategy, compressed air, which is commonly called “The 4th Utility”, is often overlooked. One of the reasons this may be true is that compressed air is a mystery to many of us; While most organizations wouldn’t dream of turning over control of their electrical or steam generating assets to a 3rd party, many have no problem doing so with their compressors.  OEMs are happy to oblige and offer turnkey packages for compressor and dryer maintenance. Operations treats compressed air like it is manna from Heaven, turning compressors on and off as they would a light switch in their homes.  To ensure adequate air supply is available, most organizations rely heavily on redundancy, and when a compressor goes down for any length of time, they turn to their OEM who is more than happy to supply rental units. By the time most organizations rid themselves of the rentals, they have paid for the cost of a replacement unit. But it does not have to be this way! Join us for this webinar and hear what one organization did to take control of its compressed air assets. Not only were we able to dramatically reduce our maintenance and energy costs, but we have also had no OEE impact from the loss of compressed air assets in well over 3 years.

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Meet the Presenter


Phil BeelendorfPhil Beelendorf
Certified Maintenance & Reliability Professional (CMRP)
Certified Reliability Leader (CRL)

Phil Beelendorf has 28 years of industrial experience and has spent the last 19 years in the maintenance and reliability profession. Phil was the architect of Roquette America’s original reliability excellence strategy and has given several maintenance and reliability presentations at SMRP and IMC conferences, as well as other venues. He has been published numerous times and has developed and facilitated several maintenance and reliability training classes and workshops throughout his career.

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