Uitkomst WCM Summer School: modulaire Marine-fregatten

In totaal ontvingen vrijdag 4 augustus 35 young maintenance professionals het certificaat voor Smart Maintenance & Engineering Management. De studenten hadden in de week voorafgaand aan 4 augustus college gekregen van diverse hoogleraren van zeven Nederlandse universiteiten op het gebied van smart maintenance. Gedurende de week hebben de studenten zich ook gebogen over een praktijkcase: het onderhoud van de nieuwe serie M-fregatten van de Nederlandse Marine. Op vrijdag 4 augustus presenteerden ze hun verfrissende inzichten en het aanwezige publiek koos een winnaar: de groep van Francesco Castaldi Cuppari (University of Pisa), Bas Pelssers (SPIE), Arjan van der Palen (Schiphol Group) en Sander Cords (Tata Steel).

Praktijkcase: onderhoud van M-fregatten
De onderhoudsorganisatie van de Koninklijke Marine in Den Helder, DMI (Directie Materiële Instandhouding), verzorgde de case waaraan de studenten van de WCM Summer School dit jaar gewerkt hebben. De Koninklijke Marine heeft een aanzienlijke vloot van zeer complexe schepen die wereldwijd worden beheerd en onderhouden. Denk aan fregatten, patrouilleschepen, onderzeeboten, landing platform docks en duikvaartuigen. De studenten van de WCM Summer School krijgen de unieke gelegenheid zich een week lang bezig te houden met de nieuwe serie M-fregatten. Deze multipurpose schepen worden ingezet bij het vervoeren van materieel, er kunnen helicopters op landen en ze zijn uitgerust met hypermoderne sensor- wapen- en commandosystemen. De belangrijkste vraag en uitdaging voor de studenten was om na te denken over hoe DMI het onderhoud van de schepen kan optimaliseren door het introduceren van onderhoudsinnovaties zoals predictive maintenance, life cycle management en design for maintenance. Deze case had, zoals elk jaar, niet alleen technische aspecten maar gaat ook zeker over organisatorische onderdelen.

Modulaire fregatten

De winnende groep bedacht voor de multipurpose fregatten een nieuwe naam, namelijk modulaire fregatten. Alleen de ‘shell’ blijft vast, alle verdere equipment aan boord zou modulair op te bouwen moeten zijn, waardoor zowel functie als onderhoud van de schepen flexibel inzetbaar worden. Met condition based maintenance zou elke module dan zelf in staat moeten zijn om aan te geven of, wanneer en wat voor onderhoud nodig is. Volgens de winnende groep: “Het concept is gedurfd, maar als je klaar wilt zijn voor de toekomst, dan is dit de weg die de Marine in moet.”

Er waren dit jaar deelnemers van Alliander, MaxGrip, Ministerie van Defensie, NS Techniek, Schiphol Group, Shell, Sitech Services, SPIE, Stork, Strukton Rail, Tata Steel, Thales, Universiteit van Tilburg, Universiteit van Pisa, Universiteit van Twente en Utilities Support Group.

Ook voor 2018 staat er weer een WCM Summer School gepland, een ander bedrijf zal dan wederom een praktijkcase inbrengen.

Bekijk hier meerdere foto’s (onderaan bericht).

“Passenger Experience was the aim for new maintenance solutions”

For the fifth time in a row, a group of over 50 young professionals participated to the WCM Summer School, which took place from August 1-5. The program consisted of theoretical lessons compiled by professors from seven Dutch universities, a leadership training given by the Dutch Ministry of Defense and a case study, provided by Schiphol Airport. “I was genuinely surprised by the approach during the week; not the traditional maintenance solutions were central, but rather the passenger experience as a whole,” says Lars Wouters, manager client projects of Schiphol Airport.summerschool2016-397_web

Renovation of Pier C Schiphol

Schiphol Group is the company that offered the business case to WCM Summer School. The topic was focused on asset management, regarding a wide range of renovations, new constructions and maintenance of departure halls, piers, airstrips and offices. The main question and challenge for the participants of the Summer School WCM was how Schiphol can face the asset life cycle of its buildings and installations and how to optimize the process adopting a design phase approach?

The winning group had a number of unique features: an integrated approach where the land area is used optimally and even increased by adding an element on the sides of the pier. This feature ensures that sunlight can be better utilized or kept out. Wouters about this: “Climate is an important topic within the airport. Besides, we urgently need additional space at the gates, so therefore I voted for the winning group myself.”

Maintenance as a multidisciplinary subject

Henk Akkermans, WCM director, discussed the multidisciplinary aspect of maintenance which was presented by all groups: “It is hopeful to see groups of young professionals who are not dissuaded by the old ‘parochialism’. This case study provided by Schiphol contained several components, but instead of thinking from the different departments, such as finance, HR, operations, maintenance, marketing, energy or IT, the groups one by one have chosen to look at the case-assignment from an integrated approach. With the passenger and other Schiphol stakeholders Schiphol central.” Wouters adds to Akkermans: “Engineers are usually accustomed to look at the Schiphol passengers from a technical perspective, at the WCM Summer School the opposite happened: the young professionals started with the passenger experience, that was the aim for new maintenance solutions.”

Some innovative solutions

The groups presented various and innovative solutions: maintenance based on the user intensity by measuring crowds with heat sensors, physical stores exchanged for shopping systems with large screens and an innovative logistics approache, personal routing through using user data from the existing Schiphol app, specific floor lighting and floor games in the terminal that are able to generate energy by movement.

WCM Summer School

The WCM Summer School is jointly organized by the chair of maintenance and engineering of the University of Twente and World Class Maintenance, the case was provided by Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. This year the WCM Summer School took place this year from August 1-5. Knowledge about smart maintenance acquired through the seven major technical universities is made applicable to business young professionals in the WCM Summer School. That is important because smart maintenance ensures that assets are readily available and reliable: they last longer, investments are being prevented, safety and durability are ensured and yields increased. Moreover, with intelligent maintenance solutions we develop a new export product where the whole world is waiting for: Dutch World Class Maintenance.

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51 highly motivated participants made fourth edition WCM Summer School a great success

Early august 2015, a group of over 50 young professionals followed the five-day program of the fourth edition of the WCM Summer School of which the program is composed by professors from seven Dutch universities. Glenn Ackermans, maintenance engineer at Sabic, looks back on an inspiring edition: “Participating in this summer school has taught me that maintenance is needed everywhere and is becoming increasingly important. Dutch installations are generally quite old and should last longer. Innovative maintenance involving multiple disciplines that work together is therefore a must.” 

Multidisciplinary character of maintenance

Ackermans says: “The first two days I thought I was in the wrong place. There were colleagues from different technical disciplines present, not all maintenance engineers. From the second day I worked with my group on the business case NedTrain had provided. I found out that we actually all had the same issues at work and that we could all make a valuable contribution to the solution. That was the moment I realized the value of the Summer School.” NedTrain provided a case on a smooth introduction of new trains. NS is working on large-scale modernization of the existing fleet. In the coming years the double-decker will be fully modernized, 118 new Sprinters will be introduced and also NS is working on new intercity trains. Cock Liefting, NedTrain: “We want to smoothly introduce all the new trains. So all phases of the journey between purchases until delivery and drive trains are to be seamlessly connected. We call this a smooth introduction.”

Mix of maintainability, data monitoring and communication

The group Ackermans wins the prize for the best case solution with an approach in which three teams are needed: a maintainability team, a data-monitoring team and a communications team. All three are evenly important for a smooth introduction of new trains according Ackermans. “When dealing with these three teams we see three important key points: communication and training, data management and the dedication and commitment of all levels within an organization. We were trying to look a lot broader than the technologic aspects such as having your spares in place. That makes maintenance as a profession really interesting, maintenance is always part of a greater whole. But very important, after all, an investment in an installation that cannot be maintained, it is a lost investment.” Leo van Dongen, NedTrain, adds to this: “In several cases solutions I see maintenance is not just about technology but also about processes, human factors and communications. That made the solutions very valuable to us. “ 

New Challenge for a next edition?

Young professional Ackermans thinks the aging of assets is the biggest challenge for the maintenance sector in the coming years. He is not talking about the knowledge in education, but “I mean the experience, the common sense that evolves in working years, I see this experience leaking away. There is not automatically room within organizations to handle this. While we as youths can learn a lot from experienced maintenance engineers. Maybe this is a good idea for the WCM Summer school next year?