Check out these ConExpo 2020 educational sessions for equipment managers

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Updated Mar 3, 2020

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There are 18 education sessions planned for the Equipment Management & Maintenance track at ConExpo-Con/Agg 2020.

To attend an educational session, you must register for the show, and then separately purchase the sessions. Single sessions are $69. Educational sessions can also be purchased by the day ($195) and for the full show ($395). In addition, an all-access pass that includes both the show and a full education conference pass is $539 until Jan. 17th, $589 from Jan. 18 to Mar. 9 and $639 beginning on Mar. 10th.  (Note: use this link to register for the show and all classes.)

(You can see what equipment OEMs have in store for ConExpo 2020 in our show preview page by clicking here.)

Here’s an overview:

Tuesday, March 10

9 – 10:30 a.m

The Fleet Maintenance Journey: The Importance of a Robust Fluids Management Program — Today’s fluids requirements for newer equipment are more high tech and complex. Learn proper fluid storage and handling, understand that the cultural change required to improve your maintenance program has to be done in incremental steps and discover how oil analysis is an essential metric to measure maintenance program performance. Speakers: Michael Holloway, Strategy & Training, ALS Service USA; Jami Melani, technical services manager, BP Lubricants USA/Castrol.

11 – 12:30 a.m.

Making Data Useful: A Telematics End User’s Journey — There’s so much data coming off today’s machine that it can be difficult to manage in a way that provides useful information. And yet using this information is critical in making smart decisions about repairs, maintenance, rates and equipment life cycles. Learn how to receive buy-in from all stakeholders, understand how to approach data and programs with a result in mind and how heavy civil construction contractor Branch Civil has streamlined data and technology in a Situational Awareness Room. Speakers: Tim Morgan, equipment operations, Branch Civil; Chris Caldwell, equipment superintendent, Branch Civil.

1 -2:30 p.m.

Leading in an Age of Disruption — Despite managing the largest asset on the balance sheet that has the greatest impact on the bottom line, equipment mangers are often under resourced and less trained. Equipment leaders will need a new skill set to operate effectively in the future. This interactive presentation will identify the key skills leaders need to survive in this new environment, explore how to manage change across your organization and help you develop a personal plan for developing yourself and others. Speaker: Gregg Schoppman, principal, FMI.

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3 – 4 p.m.

Best Practices in Equipment Maintenance: Learning from the Fleet Masters — A panel of Associated Equipment Management Professional’s Fleet Masters will examine what they did to drive new ideas and improvements in their organizations. How did they meet challenges in implementing technology, getting management buy-in and overcoming talent shortages? Speakers: Gregg Schoppman, principal, FMI; Kevin Schlangen, fleet manager, Dakota County Fleet Management; Michael Brennan, principal asset consultant, CDMB Consultants; Gil Gilbert, director of fleet operations, infrastructure and integrity, Strike LLC; Barry Schlouch, president, Schlouch Incorporated.

3 – 4 p.m.

Key Elements of Life Cycle Cost Analysis — Determining the total cost of ownership can help you track your bottom line. In this session, you’ll learn about acquisition, depreciation, resale value and maintenance cost. You’ll also gain an understanding of how companies can pay only for the part of the equipment/fleet they use and gain insight on the resale market. Learn about loans and leases and how they directly impact life cycle costs. Speakers: Matt Lang, AVP, account executive at The Bancorp; Scott Lubischer, corporate sales executive, FleetEvaluator, Sandhills Publishing.

3 – 4 p.m.

The Value of a High Performing Equipment Manager — What factors go into winning bids to ensure your company’s long-term profitability? The organizations that give more authority to their equipment management teams have the competitive advantage. Your equipment manager can help you significantly reduce costs, forecast properly and maximize the efficiency of your fleet. Speaker: Ernest Stephens, corporate equipment manager, Superior Construction.

Wednesday, March 11

3 – 4 p.m.

Fuel When the Price is Right — Fuel costs present an ongoing challenge. Bulk fuel pricing offers potential savings, but fuel storage and distribution challenges can reduce the actual savings. Learn how new data from fuel distribution sites can help identify potential savings. See an example of how you can track fuel purchases and refueling operations. Speaker: Roberta Wright, CEM, fleet contract administrator, City of Lynchburg, Virginia.

Thursday, March 12

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

How to Manage Rising Equipment and Rental Costs — There’s more to the rent versus own question than just tracking utilization. Look at six key components of a rental strategy as a way to keep your projects and budget on track. Find out the total cost of rental transparency, discover that utilization equals productivity and learn how to implement a culture change. Speaker: Gregg Christensen, United Rentals.

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Maximizing Shop and Facility Efficiency — Equipment managers are responsible for planning the efficient use of shop time, resources, information technology, space and personnel to manage a company’s fleet. Learn how to apply work standards to schedule resources, work sites, information technology and facility cost, and how to reduce expenses. Understand the role of preventive maintenance inspections in shop productivity. Speaker: Michael Brennan, principle asset consultant, CDMB Consultants.

11 -12:30 p.m.

Conveyors 101 — Conveyors are the lifeline to any aggregate plant’s productivity. In this session, you’ll gain an understanding of conveyor systems, learn about conveyor belts and understand how different conveyor components work and how they affect your plant’s performance. Speaker: Jeff Jurasits, ASGCO.

1 – 2:30 p.m.

Life and Death Cycle: How to Identify Engine and Transmission Failure — This presentation focuses on the reasons for these failures, how to identify their root cause and how to correct them. It will include hands on/workshop segments. Speaker: Michael Holloway, strategy and training, 5th Order Industry.

1 – 2:30 p.m

Your Internal Equipment Triangle: The Key to More Successful Fleet Management — Effective collaboration between operations, fleet maintenance and accounting (or your company’s internal equipment triangle) results in a more successful fleet management process. This interactive session will use real life examples to provide insight into how to execute best practices in acquisition strategies, maintenance, disposal and more. Speakers: Don Swasing, CEM, chief operating officer;  Rich King, treasurer/chief financial officer; Kevin Reimert, CEM, fleet coordinator, all with Schlouch Incorporated.

3 – 4 p.m.

Maximize Your Spend: Procurement and Acquisition of Equipment — Understanding the procurement process and adeptly negotiating to meet your company’s equipment needs will make you an indispensable member of the equipment management team. Learn how to minimize owning and operating costs, increase the quality of services delivered and boost the use of capital. Speaker: Gil Gilbert, director of fleet operations, infrastructure and integrity, Strike LLC.

Friday, March 13

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Preventive Maintenance to Predictive Maintenance — The transition from a preventive maintenance to predictive maintenance will further drive down the cost of unneeded labor, parts, and downtime. This session explores the techniques and methods in order to make the transition seamless and valuable. Speaker: Michael Holloway, strategy and training, 5th Order Industry.

11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Electronic Inspections: A Universal Communication Tool — Keeping track of what needs checking, tweaking, and repairing can be tricky to communicate across a jobsite. This session will highlight the importance of electronic inspections within the maintenance process and demonstrate their value in guiding inspections. Speaker: Jeff Bremer, CEM, vice president of fleet, GeoStabilization International.

1 – 2:30 p.m.

DPF Cleaning: Protecting Your Tier 4 Investment — Diesel particulate filters are designed to trap soot until it is regenerated into a gas, but this process still leaves ash behind. This ash will remain in the filter until it is cleaned out. If not, it destroys the filter, which can lead to significant downtime and a shorter life cycle for that machine. Learn how to develop a preventive maintenance approach to the aftertreatment system. Speaker: Jeremy Anderson, national sales manager, FSX Equipment.

1 to 2:30 p.m.

Optimizing Fleet and Asset Management with Usage-based Equipment Financing — Smart approaches to financing equipment allow for increased collaboration between end users, manufacturers, dealers, distributors and resellers. This includes using digital technology to stay optimized, usage-based financing solutions and increased transparency that are a positive aspect of the new IFRS / GAAP accounting regulations. Speaker: Theodore Rennenberg, fleet solutions account manager, DLL Group.

3 – 4 p.m.

Service Application Through System Performance — Examine the proper way to use crushing and screening equipment such as jaws, HSIs, cones and screens. Identify the do’s and don’ts and how to properly balance a system by making the correct choices with wear parts and settings. Learn how to develop a good maintenance program that includes documentation of historical data. Speaker: Wade Lippert, field service representative, KPI-JCI.