Energizer Receives Gill Award For Excellence in Oil Analysis

Suzy Jamieson

Energizer's battery manufacturing plant in Maryville, Mo., was the recipient of this year's International Council on Machinery Lubrication Augustus H. Gill Award for Excellence in Oil Analysis. Rick Staley, the predictive maintenance steward at the Maryville plant, and Ernie Flanders, Energizer's manager of World-Class Maintenance, accepted the award during a ceremony at the recent RELIABLE PLANT 2009 conference and exhibition in Columbus, Ohio.

ICML congratulates Energizer for its vision and support of its lubrication and analysis technicians in the development of its best-in-class program.

The focus for the ICML awards (which includes the Gill Award as well as the John R. Battle Award for Excellence in Machinery Lubrication) is not just to identify award recipients, but to encourage performance of excellence and create a means to share best practices among user organizations on a global scale. Energizer's team, like previous Gill and Battle award recipients, is not only a role model to be followed, but a compassionate organization that is willing to mentor other professionals pursuing excellence in oil analysis.

ICML awards are open to organizations worldwide, and a company does not need to be involved with ICML in any way to receive the award. At present, there is no charge to participate in the awards process, however, in order to avoid bias, ICML has chosen a policy by which it does not nominate companies. Nominations must come from the companies directly via application for an award. In the case of Energizer, Staley nominated the Maryville battery plant for the Gill Award.


Energizer PdM steward Rick Staley (center) and maintenance leader Ernie Flanders (left) accept the Augustus H. Gill Award from ICML executive director Suzy Jamieson at the recent RELIABLE PLANT 2009 conference in Columbus, Ohio.

If you know of an organization that deserves to be recognized for its machinery lubrication or oil analysis program, encourage them to apply for an ICML award. The opportunity to apply for the awards is available to you and your organization, and with that comes the opportunity to be recognized by industry worldwide.

To apply, contact info@lubecouncil.org. For additional information, visit the ICML Web site at www.lubecouncil.org.

About ICML

The International Council for Machinery Lubrication (ICML) is a vendor-neutral, not-for-profit organization founded to facilitate growth and development of machine lubrication as a technical field of endeavor. Among its various activities, ICML offers skill certification testing for individuals in the fields of machine condition monitoring, lubrication and oil analysis. ICML is an independently chartered organization consisting of both paid professional staff members and volunteer advisors. It provides lubrication and oil analysis standard development support, scholarship, skill-based testing and certification, and recognition of excellence.

Past Recipients of Gill Award Palo Verde Nuclear Generating Station (Arizona Public Power) J.R. Simplot Smoky Canyon Mine Georgia Power (Southern Company) Kennecott Energy Company - Maintenance and Reliability Group (Rio Tinto) Clopay Plastic Products Company of Augusta, Ky. Great River Energy of North Dakota Energizer Battery, Maryville, Mo., plant

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