The easyFairs MAINTEC show will return to the Birmingham NEC next year for what will be its 37th year. Industrial Compliance magazine looks at what to expect in 2012 – The 2011 MAINTEC show hosted more than 1,700 chief maintenance officers, engineering and plant managers, many from UK blue chips like Astra Zeneca, BAE Systems, NHS Trust, Royal Mail and Walkers Crisps, all eager to get their hands on the latest kit and talk to the developers making advances in condition monitoring, asset management and hazard detection.

Similarly, the 2012 show will once again play host to all the major players within the sector such as Fluke (UK), Idhammer Systems and Panasonic UK, as well as smaller growing companies such as 2011 debutants Business Development Strategic Maintenance.

Colin Wilson, consultant director at the company, commented, “At MAINTEC 2011 we had 59 conversations of note over the three days with several potential companies interested in using or reselling our products. This was our first MAINTEC exhibition, having last year come as visitors to assess its suitability as an exhibition for a small, growing company like ours. We’re certainly glad we came as exhibitors.”

easyFairs UK managing director, Matt Benyon, added, “Maintec is the perfect platform for both large and small companies to showcase their latest maintenance and engineering offerings to key decision makers within the industry, as well as visitors wanting to witness first hand the very best in maintenance technology.”

Exhibitors and visitors will get all the benefits of the easyFairs approach to trade shows, including convenient and cost effective all inclusive stand packages and free learnShops that focus on practical knowledge sharing and cover the latest trends, issues and technological developments.

The show also has the support of key sector organisations including the British Compressed Air Society, the British Institute of Non-Destructive Testing, the Institution of Diagnostic Engineers, Institute of Asset Management, the Facilities Management Association, United Kingdom Thermography Association and The Institute of Engineering and Technology.

HAZEX

MAINTEC 2012 will also house a new specialist hazardous area event called ‘HAZEX’, in association with Hazardous Engineering Solutions. The new area is being introduced at the show for the first time to reflect the growing responsibilities of engineering professionals and the growing concerns and tighter legislation over the health and safety of industrial, commercial and government sites and facilities.

HAZEX will offer visitors the opportunity to discover the latest products, legislation, case studies and the latest techniques applicable to engineers working within hazardous areas and handling hazardous materials.

Exhibitor highlights

MAINTEC 2012 will see a number of exhibitors launching new products and showcasing their latest offerings.

On display at the bespoke stand presented by RO-DOR will be a number of industrial doors, including a fully functional Dynaco Rapid Roll door. Building a reputation for providing huge energy savings and reduced maintenance costs, one of the major benefits of the Dynaco range is the safety aspect of its design.

Peter White, Ro-Dor business development manager, commented, “The DYNACO range is the perfect fit for any number of businesses, providing a high quality product that will out perform its rivals. The opportunity to show people the benefits of this range over the shortcomings of their existing rapid action doors, will enable everyone visiting our stand to evaluate the self repairing performance of the door and the unique safety aspects first hand.”

A positive outlook

Steve Driver, director at asset management solutions provider, SRO, explained, “Although we are being bombarded almost daily with bad news about the economy, there are still companies that are going from strength to strength such as SRO Solutions, who will also be exhibiting at the show. The last 12 months have seen rapid growth for us. Not only have we taken on new staff in all parts of the company, but we have had to move to larger premises to cope with the increased demand for our asset management solutions based around IBM Maximo.”

SRO’s consultants have visited many parts of the globe in the last year from Canada to Malaysia and Aberdeen to Los Angeles – offering its skills to organisations wishing to get the most out of their Maximo asset management solution, and Driver believes this trend is only going to continue.

He commented, “An organisation can make significant savings by maximising the return on their existing assets. An integrated and sophisticated asset management solution like Maximo automates the processes surrounding routine and one-off maintenance tasks, helping to ensure maximum up-time and profitability. This is important at any time, but particularly with the current world economy. We can already see from the increased number of enquiries we are receiving that organisations are waking up to this fact and we believe that Maintec 2012 will be really busy for us.”

Siveco UK is the British subsidiary of European Siveco Group, the European developer and producer of Computerised Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) and Asset Management Software. The company, whose software is used across many applications to record and maintain asset history efficiently and effectively, will also be exhibiting at MAINTEC 2012, and is extremely proud of its ‘mid-market’ system. The company claim that no application or interface is too big or small – whether you are looking for a desktop friendly interface, or a complete corporate system, Siveco UK can provide a tailored solution to suit.

The company will be showcasing its latest mobile technology which allows flexible access management on the move for every customer. Businesses all over the country will be able to make the best of Siveco software on their smart phones, iPads and 3G activated mobile devices. This development is just one of many designed to make life easier for customers across all market sectors.

Also on offer

Another exhibitor showcasing its latest products will be Testo, which will be introducing its new thermal imaging SuperResolution technology, which effectively doubles the geometric resolution of thermal images. No artificial intermediate values are generated. True readings are utilised, which can be regarded as comparable to a higher detector resolution. The thermal images captured with the resolution of the camera detector are intensified, providing greater detail and clarity.

The infrared images from Testo Thermal Imaging Cameras allow even the smallest faults in difficult to access places or dangerous zones in industrial systems to be identified precisely, reliably and from a safe distance. The Testo 435 measures all the key parameters needed to determine indoor air quality and the efficient installation and maintenance of ventilation and air conditioning systems.

MAINTEC 2012 takes place from Tuesday 28th February to Thursday 1st March 2012 at the NEC, Birmingham. To find out more information about HAZEX or the main show, visit www.easyFairs.com/MAINTECUK, and for stand bookings and exhibiting enquiries contact Jerry Dawson on +44 (0)20 8843 8823 or e-mail jerry.dawson@easyFairs.com.