The Maintenance Innovation Conference began today under the title “The Challenge of Innovating and Industry 4.0”. This conference sets out to make it clear that maintenance is a key factor in the context of Industry 4.0, in terms of making the most of the new possibilities offered by the data, cloudfarming, 3-D printing, machine learning and augmented reality in order to do business in new ways.
The official opening was chaired by Alex Arriola, the General Manager of SPRI (Basque Agency for Business Development) and Xabier Basañez, General Manager of the BILBAO EXHIBITION CENTRE. They both stressed how valuable predictive maintenance has become as a particularly important factor in adapting maintenance processes and methods.
In the words of Mr. Arriola, “even though there is positive growth in the economy, we must be cautious. At the Basque Government we have based our support for technology on three fields: bioscience, energy and advanced manufacturing, in what we have called “Basque Country 4.0″, and we can see that companies have been exceptional in the way in which they have put this into practice”.
The opening addresses were given by José María Borda, a member of the Management Board of AEM (Spanish Maintenance Association), who spoke about “Funding the shift to Industry 4.0: Trends and Opportunities”, and by Carlos Toledo of the Energy, Transport, Manufacturing and Digital Society Department of the Directorate for Promotion and Cooperation at the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology.