Practical Solutions of Continuous Improvement in Food & Beverage

Sponsored by: SKF

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    Date: 13 June


    Time: 3PM London/10AM New York

    Leading the way to increased levels of Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE) and reduced total cost of ownership.

    As Food & Beverage manufacturers try to squeeze more production from assets and in the same time keep costs down, there is an accelerating focus on lean manufacturing, TPM, World Class Maintenance and other approaches to continuous improvement. The types of issues addressed depend on the maintenance maturity and how effective the organization is in terms of OEE and other key performance indicators. But where to start?

    We will explore in this webinar some aspects of continuous improvement with direct impact on asset efficiency and cost control. Gilles Suter, head of factory engineering at Nestle plant in Harrismith South Africa will share how they embarked on the continuous improvement journey and their key learning.

    How well are operators and maintenance personnel prepared for the continuous improvement journey? We will debate this point in the second part of our webinar. Last but not least, we will highlight some practical ways reliability engineering can contribute to increased uptime and reduced costs, while in the same time addressing HACCP concerns.

    “You can’t look in a new direction by looking harder in the same direction” (Eduard de Bono).

    Come and listen to how SKF can give you new perspectives.

    Presented by

    Gilles Suter,

    Engineering Manager, Nestle

    Gilles is the engineering manager of a Nestle nutrition factory in Harrismith, South Africa. In his role, Gilles is responsible for all capital investments and for the maintenance strategy of the plant. Therefore, integration of new assets in the maintenance strategy is one of the areas he is in charge for. Before joining the Harrismith factory, Gilles led the construction of an infant formula factory for Nestle in Iran. He is holding a master degree in micro-engineering from the Swiss Federal institute of Technology in Lausanne.

    Paul Deighton,

    Manager, SKF Reliability Systems, UK

    Paul has worked in maintenance management and asset reliability roles for 25 years prior to joining SKF in 2005. His first challenge was to manage a major performance based reliability contract. Since then he has also been involved in maintenance assessments and bench marking and has assisted numerous clients in Food & Beverage industry improve their maintenance and reliability strategies.
    Paul brings valuable thought leadership with regard to asset efficiency optimization and maintenance strategy topics as well as practical experience with implementation

    David Oliver,

    Manager for UK & Europe Nordic, Food & Beverage Industry Segment

    David works at SKF within the global food & beverage industry segment as manager for the UK and Europe Nordic. He has 34 years of extensive experience within the bearing industry.
    Since joining SKF, David has worked closely with both Food and Beverage industry producers and machine builders in application engineering, key account and industrial segment management roles.
    Amongst others, his current duties include product and technology development aligned with industry needs. With an outstanding customer focused approach David is in a continuous search for the value he & SKF can bring to customers.

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    Key Learning Objectives

    • How to assess the current state of maintenance maturity, industry best practices
    • What aspects of asset efficiency optimization to address as first priorities and why
    • Practical skill level assessment and enhancement, as well as learning retention results after 1 year
    • Technology upgrades that can lead to continues improvement of asset performance and reliability


    • Plant Manager
    • Operations Manager
    • Engineering Manager
    • Chief Engineer
    • Maintenance Manager
    • Maintenance Planner
    • Reliability Manager
    • Line Manager
    • Factory Manager
    • TPM Pillar Leader