Each year, Emerson Process Management seeks to recognize companies that best demonstrate the effective use of reliability-based technologies, effective work processes, return on investment, integrated maintenance best practices, and leadership in implementing a "best in class" reliability program. This year, Tucson Electric Company takes Emerson's top honors for "Reliability Program of the Year."
But it wasn't an easy choice. Four finalists made their presentations in two sessions at Emerson Exchange, in sessions hosted by Emerson's Augie DiGiovanni, vice president of reliability strategic accounts. Finalists were the winners of an extensive reliability program competition against their peers. This year's four finalists were Tucson Electric Power (USA), REC Silicon (USA), Suncor Energy (Canada) and EDF Energy (United Kingdom). Panelists with DiGiovanni for the final sessions included Emerson's Todd Schools and Chris Armitage.
The Reliability Program of the Year was established in 1989 to recognize the companies who apply the best reliability and maintenance practices worldwide. Companies submitting nominations complete an extensive questionnaire about their reliability program, participate in a one-day/no-cost reliability assessment and present their program to the Program of the Year Board.
Past winners were selected based on criteria ranging from integrating proactive maintenance practices and efficient work processes, executing effective communication, including development of KPIs based on reliability, and broadly applying predictive technologies on a wide range of production assets.