Keynote speakers

During EuroMaintenance, Maintenance Managers, Asset Managers and board members will share their knowledge, experience and best practices. The programme is taking shape and the speakers will be announced in the coming period. So keep an eye on the newsletter. Below you will find a few top keynote speakers who already have been announced.


Maria Ryytty

Maria RyyttySenior Manager Strategic Maintenance at LKAB

Data-driven maintenance in world class

LKABs transformation towards a sustainable future. Three important areas are leading the transformation: New world standard for mining, Carbon-free sponge iron with hydrogen technology and Extract critical minerals from mine waste. The maintenance has a large financial impact where we create predictability, enabling better planning for fact-based decisions. Three important areas for achieving results are people (the business), processes and technology.

Pierre Dehombreux

Pierre DehombreuxProfessor and Head of the Labrotory for Machine Design and Production Engineering at the University

How to ensure the quality of an intelligent maintenance deployment from FMEA to prognostics? Machine tools as a practical case.

Predictive maintenance plays a vital role in enhancing the productivity of machine tools in the 4.0 manufacturing context. The management of the replacement of parts (including the tools) needs to rely on a global procedure including basic steps like Failure Mode and Effect Analysis. Detection, diagnosis and prognosis (residual useful lifetime) may be addressed by reliability-based approaches (Weibull and Cox models), physical degradation models, or measurement data driven approaches using machine learning techniques. Results obtained for tool wear will be presented and discussed with pros and cons of each approach. The presentation will conclude on the need for decision aid platforms as the maintenance management cannot be reduced to the reliability issues and should include sustainability aspects as well.

Jeff Versterre

Jeff VersterreChief Operating Officer at Victrex

The essential role of Asset Management for operational excellence

Victrex is a British-based supplier of high performance polymers. The company's headquarters and manufacturing facilities are based in the United Kingdom with technical and customer support facilities in multiple markets, serving over 40 countries. Victrex’s solutions are used in a diverse range of industries including aerospace, automotive, electronics, oil and gas and the medical field. Jeff Versterre, COO of the company, has initiated a maintenance and engineering excellence program due to his belief that asset management and maintenance can significantly contribute to operational excellence. This program is part of a bigger strategy involving the connected excellence programs for process safety and Capex planning & execution.

Jeff Versterre shares how Victrex has created an improvement roadmap for maintenance and engineering excellence that touches all the bases of data, systems, processes and people. The deployment is underway and involves seven workstreams including change management. Quick wins and results are made visible (quantitatively and qualitatively) through dashboards, regular reporting and the sharing of best practices.

Diego Galar

Diego GalarProfessor at Lulea University of Technology

Social and cognitive digital twins. A metaverse approach

A digital twin is not a static model but a responsive system connecting physical and digital systems, with numerous potential applications in industry. Other terms for digital twin are digital shadow, digital mirror, digital model, and digital avatar.

However, this is a one-to-one digital twinning process, and industry demands a more attractive proposition i.e. the creation of a virtual scenario where virtual instances gather together with the twins of real ones. We call this scenario the 'metaverse,’ a digital replica of our reality where all physical assets are twinned along with entities that only exist in the digital dimension.  The metaverse is the digital dimension where the digital entities interact. The metaverse is the expansion of DTs with more content and social meaning.

Importantly, the metaverse has a scalable environment that can accommodate many entities, thus reinforcing social meaning among the DTs coexisting in the space, immersed in that space and participating in it. That is why maintainers have to keep an eye on the evolution of DTs and how they transfer those replicas to the metaverse, as degradation mechanisms, maintenance plans, and prognostics will seriously affect the DT once it starts interacting in the digital arena with its counterparts.