Invited Lecture: Prof. Diego Galar

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Diego Galar

eMaintenance and Industry 4.0: Knowledge Extraction in Industry and Transportation

Prof. Diego Galar
Professor & Former Director of Academic Innovation and Subsequently Pro-
Vice-Chancellor; Division of O&M Engineering, Lulea University of
Technology, Sweden; Head, Maintenance and Reliability at TECNALIA, Spain;
VOLVO Chair for Reliability and Maintenance, Skovde University, Sweden
Date & Time: July 18 (Tuesday), 2017; 06:00pm - 07:00pm

Location: Copper Room


Information is key to successful and cost effective management of maintenance process. Therefore the integration of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) into the maintenance process is essential to achieve excellence in maintenance performance. e-Maintenance solutions provide platform for seamless integration of ICT with maintenance. In short, development and implementation of eMaintenance solutions can be considered as a fusion of various technologies and methodologies.

The general opinion among the asset managers is that the application of information technology brings dramatic results in machine reliability and O&M (operations and maintenance) process efficiency, however only few operations and maintenance managers can show or calculate the benefits of such applications. Technology providers are trying to develop more and more advanced tools while the maintenance departments seem to struggle with the daily problems of implementing, integrating and operating such systems. The users combine their experience and heuristics in defining maintenance policies and in the usage of condition monitoring systems. The resulting maintenance systems seem to be a heterogeneous combination of methods and systems in which the integrating factor between the information and business processes is the personnel. The information of the assets goes through these human minds forming an organizational information system and creating a high reliance on the expertise of the as-set management staff.

Indeed, the contribution of operation and maintenance data to the different asset management stages has been triggered by the emergence of intelligent sensors for measuring and monitoring the health state of a component, the gradual implementation of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), and the conceptualization and implementation of e-maintenance.

During the last decade, the global competition and advancement of ICT have forced Production and Process Industries through a continuous transformation and improvement process. The business scenario is focusing more on e-business intelligence to perform transactions with a focus on customers’ needs for enhanced value and improvement in asset management. Such business requirements compel the organizations to minimize the production and service downtime by reducing the machine performance degradation. The above organizational requirements stated in ISO 55000 necessitate the development of proactive maintenance strategies to provide optimized and continuous process performance with minimized system breakdowns and maintenance. With these changing systems of the busi-ness world in the 21st century, a new era of data e-services coming from asset data has emerged.

The goal of this tutorial is to provide a timely review of research efforts on the topic of e-Maintenance covering both theoretical and applied research that will contribute towards understanding the strategic role of eMaintenance solutions in the business and create a volume of recent work on this subject. We hope that this tutorial will stimulate new areas of thinking in management of complex maintenance processes which are increasing the relevance in the organizations.

Indeed organizations are under pressure to continually enhance their ability to create value for their customers and improve the cost effectiveness of their operations. In this regard, the maintenance of large-investment assets, once thought to be a necessary evil, is now considered a key function for improving the cost effectiveness of operations and creating additional value by delivering better and more innovative services to customers.

With the change in strategic thinking of organizations, the increasing amount of outsourcing and the separation of OEMs and asset owners, it is crucial to measure, control and improve the asset maintenance performance.  Today, with the advances in technology, various maintenance strategies have evolved, including condition based maintenance, predictive maintenance, remote-maintenance, preventive maintenance, e-maintenance etc. A main challenge faced by most organizations is choosing the most efficient and effective strategies to enhance and continually improve operational capabilities, reduce maintenance costs and achieve competitiveness in the industry. 


Prof. Diego Galar holds a M.Sc. in Telecommunications and a PhD degree in Design and Manufacturing from the University of Saragossa. He has been Professor in several universities, including the University of Saragossa or the European University of Madrid, researcher in the Department of Design and Manufacturing Engineering in the University of Saragossa, researcher also in I3A, Institute for engineering research in Aragon, director of academic innovation and subsequently pro-vice-chancellor. 

He has authored more than two hundred journal and conference papers, books and technical reports in the field of maintenance, working also as member of editorial boards, scientific committees and chairing international journals and conferences.

In industry, he has been technological director and CBM manager of international companies, and actively participated in national and international committees for standardization and R&D in the topics of reliability and maintenance. 

Currently, he is Professor of Reliability and Maintenance in Skovde University, holding the VOLVO chair for maintenance, and Professor of Condition Monitoring in the Division of Operation and Maintenance Engineering at LTU, Luleå University of Technology, where he is coordinating several EU-FP7 projects related to different maintenance aspects, and was also involved in the SKF UTC center located in Lulea focused in SMART bearings. He is also actively involved in national projects with the Swedish industry and also funded by Swedish national agencies like Vinnova. 

In the international arena, he has been visiting Professor in the Polytechnic of Braganza (Portugal), University of Valencia and NIU (USA), currently, University of Sunderland (UK) and University of Maryland (USA). He is also guest professor in the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.


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