Lean, Reliable and Lubed 2008 Kicks Off in Nashville

The city of Nashville, Tenn. offers many reasons to visit a location filled with history, culture and southern attractions. And on May 20 through 22, you will have one more reason to enjoy the Nashville experience: Noria Corporation presents "Lean, Reliable and Lubed 2008", the premiere international event for plant management, maintenance and reliability professionals.

This mega-convention is being held at the Nashville Convention Center, and registration is open to anyone interested in identifying a full range of effective, cost-saving opportunities to keep their business in the mix of utilizing best-practice strategies and in the competition.

Local Attractions
Attending the convention can be a family affair. Nashville offers a variety of attractions including The Grand Ole Opry, a landmark that has been the launching pad of numerous country music careers.

If you love country music, the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum is located in the heart of Nashville's entertainment district. If the kids want to have some fun, trips to the Valley Fair Amusement Park, Cheekwood Botanical Gardens and the Music Valley Wax Museum are sure to keep them entertained.

The Lean, Reliable and Lubed exhibition features products and services from more than 150 companies, with suppliers available to answer questions and demonstrate solutions to problems. Activities scheduled in the exhibit hall ensure opportunities to see new products, network with peers and have some fun while visiting the show.

Lubrication Conference
Lubrication Excellence is the leading conference devoted exclusively to using effective lubrication practices to get the most from a plant's physical equipment assets. More than 50 unique presentations, delivered by subject matter experts and successful lubrication practitioners, demonstrate how to achieve the efficiencies and financial benefits of a proper, proactive lubrication program.

During this three-day conference, each session falls under a specific focus, which includes lubrication basics, oil analysis, contamination control, or lubricants and lubrication.

Lean and Reliable
The Lean Manufacturing conference and Reliability World conference will be going on at the same time, same place. Attendees will learn how best-in-class companies are utilizing lean tools to improve the reliability and performance of the mechanical assets and overall operations. Case studies are presented to show where the use of effective reliability strategies has led to measurable economic and productivity benefits.

Industry Celebrities
The Lean, Reliable and Lubed 2008 conference kicks off with a general session led by Mark Emkes, the chairman and CEO of Bridgestone Firestone North American Tire. He will highlight Bridgestone's pursuit of innovation, reliability and lean manufacturing, and will provide an in-depth look at the plant-floor initiatives that position this well-known manufacturer for continued success.

Another notable keynote speaker presenting in the conference is Noria CEO Drew Troyer. In this keynote session, titled "Diversify - Get the Entire Team on Board", Drew will discuss the roles various organization functional groups play in the solution equation for maximizing overall business effectiveness and return on net assets. He will focus on strategies for engaging the entire team of functional players in the pursuit of a lean, reliable and lubed plant.

Other keynote speakers presenting at this convention include Mark Calkins, site maintenance manager of The Boeing Company, Ross Robson, executive director of Shingo Prize, and Richard Schonberger, president of Schonberger and Associates. Among the many other valued presenters, published authors Terry Wireman, Ricky Smith and R.D. (Doc) Palmer will be contributing their in-depth knowledge of improving maintenance strategies.

Jump-start Your Knowledge
Although the conference is presented as a three-day event, beginning May 20 and ending May 22, attendees can jump-start their convention experience by taking advantage of full-day or half-day specialized pre-conference workshops offered on May 19. Full-day workshops are given by top presenters Drew Troyer, Doc Palmer and John Kravontka. Half-day workshops include topics such as:

  • How to Strategically Set Oil Analysis Alarms and Limits

  • How to Design a Lube Room from A to Z

  • 11 Principles for Effective Cultural Change Leadership

What You Get
By attending this conference, you will take home processes and tools that can instantly increase the productivity, performance and profitability of any size manufacturing business. Additionally, by participating in the Take Home the Tools Game, you might go home with one of three Snap-on/J.H. Williams 125th anniversary special-edition tool sets (valued at more than $11,200 each) that are being given as a daily prize for the garage or workshop.

If you are interested in:

  • Hearing about world-class lubrication practices - selection, storage, handling and dispensing

  • Expanding your oil analysis skills

  • Understanding how lubrication affects maintenance costs

  • Achieving effective lubrication program design

  • Building reliability through effective contamination control

Then you cannot miss this Lubrication Excellence conference!

Lean, Reliable and Lubed 2008 offers more than 100 sessions, case studies and keynotes; more than 150 exhibiting companies; seven interactive pre-conference workshops; daily networking events; and industry certification exams. For information on this event, conference fees, hotel, airlines and car rental, please visit www.driveyourplant.com.

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