Asset reliability experts to speak at strategic workshop


Mar 19, 2007

Experts on asset reliability are scheduled to address some three-dozen senior-level executives in operations, engineering and finance at a strategic workshop for capital-intensive industries, June 21 and 22 in Las Vegas.  The workshop is hosted by Burlington, Ontario-based Ivara, an industry leader and innovator in asset reliability solutions, and USC Consulting Group (USCCG), an operations management firm specializing in business performance improvement headquartered in Tampa, Florida.

At the event, executives from such capital-intensive industries as metals and mining, pulp and paper, energy and utilities, and automotive and industrial equipment manufacturing can discover how leading companies are gaining a competitive advantage by adopting a low-risk, proven asset reliability strategy to deliver measurable results without increasing capital investment.

John Mayberry, past CEO of Dofasco, Inc., a former USCCG client, will deliver the keynote address following opening remarks by Ivara President and CEO, Gerry Bleau. USCCG Partner David Riggs will discuss “Why the Market Demands Change and Urgent Response.”

Internationally renowned reliability expert Al Weber will reveal how capital-intensive companies are utilizing a reliability strategy to get more from their existing capital assets. Mr. Weber will uncover “the hidden plant” and show how using state-of-the-art asset reliability technology and consulting expertise increases capacity, reduces variance in capacity, improves quality, and ensures safety and environmental integrity.

On the second day, Jim Littlefield, USCCG business development executive, will walk attendees through “The Business Case for Reliability,” focusing on three key areas:

  • developing a reliability-based financial improvement plan;
  • fast-tracking return on investment; and
  • identifying leading and lagging performance metrics.

In addition, workshop attendees will learn how such companies as Domtar Paper and Quebec Cartier Mining have achieved a competitiveness advantage by embracing asset reliability as one of their key corporate strategies.

To register for this strategic workshop, call 877-746-3787, ext. 312.