The 2019 Conference Agenda

Reliability Ireland 2019 offered a packed 2-day agenda, combining the conference programme, featuring an excellent line up of Irish and international speakers, an exhibition area and entertaining networking and social programme, as detailed below.

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Pre-conference workshop on Best Practices for Oil Sampling, with Martin Williamson, MD, KEW Engineering

Complimentary workshop for early arrivers to the conference. Pre-booking essential. Read more …

Pre-Conference Welcome Drinks in the Radisson Blu Bar






08:00 to 08:45

08:45 to 09:00


09:00 to 10:00



10:00 to 10:30



10:30 to 10:40

10:40 to 11:00


11:00 to 11:45



11:45 to 12.15



12.15 to 13.00



13:00 to 14:00

Registration, Tea/Coffee & Welcome

Opening Address: Deirdre Clune, B.E. MEP for Ireland South


Keynote: Dr Sinead Kane, Double Guinness World Record Holder

Goal-setting, leadership, team work and remaining focused 


Lee McFarlane, Technical Director – Asset Management, AVT Reliability

Embedding a reliability roadmap & driving value-added maintenance


Product Demonstration with Polar IceTech

Tea/Coffee n the Exhibition Area


Rendela K. Wenzel, Global Reliability & Maintenance Leader, Eli Lilly, USA

Eli Lilly’s 2020 Condition Based Monitoring Approach to Industry 4.0


David Miny, Reliability Consulting, Emerson Automation Solutions

Operational excellence is the enabler of digital transformation


Ciarán Dunne, Technical Operations Manager, Ryanair

An aviation industry perspective on proactive reliability maintenance


Lunch in the Exhibition Area


Parallel Sessions

14.00 to 14.30




14.30 to 15.00




15.00 to 15.20


15.20 to 15.50




15.50 to 16.20




Great Island Ballroom

John Bolger, Value Stream Lean Facilitator, Integer, New Ross

Using ‘Lean’ to achieve world-class maintenance

Nilesh Shrivastava, Managing Director, Asset Analytix

Achieving analytics-driven asset performance management




Carles CG, Data Scientist, Reliable Dynamics, Denmark

Collecting clean and usable data for better reliability modelling 


Bill O’Leary General Manager, CONFIRM – SFI Research Centre

Using digitalisation to increase overall equipment effectiveness

Fitzgerald Suite

Patrick Liddy, Founder, UtilityAR

Using AR to reduce costs and train the modern workforce


Tom Murphy, Managing Director, Reliability Team, UK

Vibration measurement and ultrasound as condition monitoring tools




Wojciech Majka CEO & Tomáš Klíma, Ecol Sp. z o.o.

Key factors for successful turbo-machinery commissioning


David Doyle Thermographer, Butler Technologies

Using infrared cameras to see the heat in processes

Complimentary networking and social programme:

16:30 Bus leaves for Tour and Comparative Whiskey Tasting at Irish Distillers, Midleton.

20:00 Buffet Conference Dinner and Casino Night in the Radisson Ballroom.





08.00 to 09:00

09:00 to 10:00



10.00 to 10.30



10.30 to 11:00


11:00 to 11:45



11:45 to 12:15

Registration, Tea/Coffee & Welcome

Keynote Speaker: Michael Kingston, International Maritime Lawyer

Reliability as a safety issue, 40 years after the Whiddy Island disaster


Austin O’Kelley, Director of Global Operations, Noria Corporation, USA

How to cost justify your reliability programme


Tea/Coffee in the Exhibition Area


Keith Edwards, Kaizen Support & Maintenance Training, Toyota  (UK)

From reactive to pro-active maintenance at Toyota, Deeside


Christopher Hallum, Regional Manager, UK & Ireland, UE SYSTEMS

Ultrasound Technology for Condition Monitoring & Energy Management

Parallel Sessions

12:20 to 13:00




13:00 to 14:00



14.00 to 14.30




14.30 to 15.00




15.00 to 15.20



Great Island Ballroom

Jude Carey, Head of Asset Management at Irish Rail

Embedding value into reliability at Irish Rail Infrastructure



Stephen Hayward, Isograph & Gary Tyne, Pro-Reliability Solutions

Modelling Condition-Based Maintenance Using Predictive Analytics


Rich Wurzbach, President, MRG Labs, Pennsylvania, USA

Improving Reliability in Biomedical Research and Manufacturing



Fitzgerald Suite

Martin Williamson, Director, KEW Engineering

Understanding solid particle monitoring and the ISO 4406 code




Toon Van Grunderbeeck, CEO Lubretec & Coowner Enluse

Lubrication storage and dispensing lube room design


Leslie Fish & Rendela Wenzel, ICML 

Introducing ICML55 in relation to lubricated asset management and ISO 55000


15.20 to 15.50


15.50 to 16.20

 Janez Tomažin, Vice-Chair, EFNMS 

Enforcing/improving the status of the “maintenance function” 


Bob Berry, Managing Director, Thermal Vision

Overcoming problems and getting the most from thermography

Conference close: Competition prize draw in exhibition hall. Delegates must be present to win the prize.

The Exhibition Area

Running concurrently with the Reliability Ireland conference, we will have a dedicated exhibition area for providers of reliability and maintenance centred products and services.

  • View their latest reliability; proactive maintenance; asset management; Industry 4.0; lubrication & lube oil analysis and condition monitoring  products and services.
  • Get users tips and have your equipment questions answered.

2019 Social Programme

The complimentary social programme included welcome drinks in the Radisson Bar on the evening before the conference, allowing participants to relax their  journey and network with fellow conference delegates.

After the first day, we co-ordinated a Guided Tour and Comparative Whiskey Tasting at the nearby Jameson Distillery, Midleton, where attendees got to compare three leading whiskeys of the world and enjoy a Jameson Signature drink at the end of the tour.

That evening, we  hosted a seated five-course buffet dinner in the Radisson Ballroom, celebrating the best of local  and Irish produce, followed by a fun Casino Night, to try your luck on the roulette, blackjack and Texas holdem tables.