ALEXANDRIA, Va. — August 3, 2016 — Tours of three nearby textile services industry production facilities including an equipment manufacturer highlight the agenda of TRSA’s annual Maintenance Management Institute (MMI), October 26-28 in New Orleans. These plant visits and ensuing discussion will focus on fulfilling MMI’s mission to provide maintenance and engineering personnel with ideas to optimize operational efficiencies and performance, minimizing downtime and maximizing equipment life.
On Oct. 26, MMI participants will join attendees of TRSA’s Production Summit and Plant Tours, which starts one day earlier at the same New Orleans hotel (Harrah’s), in visiting hospitality laundry Starr Textile Services and food and beverage linen specialist TLC Services. Two days later, the MMI agenda concludes with an optional visit to Pellerin Milnor Corp., recognized as one of the most significant outbound (export) manufacturers in the New Orleans area.
Tours will enable MMI participants to observe these facilities’ approaches to maintenance challenges and discuss with these plants’ management pressing issues the attendees face in their own operations. Debriefing sessions at Harrah’s following the laundry visits will feature these managers providing further insight into techniques demonstrated at the plants, prompting participants to consider adopting new strategies in their everyday work.
Such interaction has become an MMI hallmark. Two interactive panel sessions will facilitate this personal attention, as a “Safety Nuts and Bolts” panel will answer questions attendees submit before MMI starts. The panel will evaluate for them any safety-related maintenance issue in their facilities, whether it’s a matter of compliance or voluntary improvement.
A facilitated open forum will enable participants to inject topics of their choosing into the agenda for collaboration with panelists and other attendees in a group exercise to address a concern specific to their business. Participants can submit their topics on their registration forms or at the event (any time before this session) and ask questions during the session.
MMI classes and interaction foster evolution of laundry maintenance operations by balancing discussions of technical knowledge with exploration of management and leadership styles. In addition to the panel session, safety will be covered in the opening session, when participants will learn from TRSA resources including statistics and documented best practices to better protect personnel and equipment. A third safety presentation will be dedicated to electric arc flash.
Other session topics:
- 5S Methodology to Organize Your Work Space
- Boilers: Basic Operations and New Technologies
- Computer Networking Basics
- Dealing with Difficult Employees
- Preventive Maintenance with Minimal Resources
MMI participants can leverage their travel by attending the first day of the Production Summit at Harrah’s on Oct. 25, the day before MMI starts. Sessions will be dedicated to disaster planning and recovery, presentations that deliver guidelines for planning business continuation following catastrophes such as:
- Devastating fires
- Prolonged utility outages
- IT/computer data loss
- Chemical spill
- Ruinous publicity
Posted August 3, 2016