CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – September 22-25

Our PinnacleART water and wastewater team members were back for yet another stellar year at the Water Environment Federation’s Annual Technical Exhibition and Conference (WEFTEC) in Chicago, IL. WEFTEC is recognized as one of the largest conferences of its kind in North America offering water quality professionals from around the world access to the best water quality education and training available today. Through unique educational opportunities, meetings and special events, exhibition, operations challenge, and young professionals’ program, WEFTEC has something to offer to each and every one of its attendees.

We came ready to bring it this year in the exhibition hall at booth #8217 with Director of Reliability, Alan Rasmussen, Partner of Water Services, Paul Hughes, Principal Reliability Consultant, Ralph Stevens, and Solutions Analyst, Laura Hudson, present each day to explore solutions with attendees. If you weren’t able to swing by and grab a cup of coffee with us, here is what we heard from those who were able to chat with us:

Only 40% of our audience said that they use a reliability driven approach to meet regulatory targets and maximize value to ratepayers.

34% of our audience said that the most common problem with typical reliability initiatives that their facility faces is improper implementation.

On average, our audience rated their satisfaction with their facility's current Asset Management Program as a 4.9 out of 10.

Our goal here at PinnacleART is to help our clients tackle the core challenges above with an integrated, reliability-centered approach. A proactive asset management program can not only help you meet regulatory targets and maximize value to ratepayers, but it can also increase the reliability of aging equipment, minimize risk, optimize Operations and Maintenance (O&M) costs, and improve O&M standards & overall performance. Click here to connect directly with one of our experts and discuss how we can help you transform your program or click here to learn more about our reliability solutions for water and wastewater.

Better Managing Human Assets for Improved Plant Performance

In addition to exhibiting, Laura presented Better Managing Human Assets for Improved Plant Performance specifically focusing on Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM).

RCM delivers a set of reliability-based, proactive tasks, focused on sustaining functionality of systems and equipment. Our approach directly facilitates scheduling and planning tasks so that a clear, concise priority can be assigned to proactive maintenance and corrective tasks. The approach also identifies cost benefits for allowing low-risk equipment to “run-to-failure” due to the low economic, safety and/or environmental impacts. In return, the process yields a maintenance program with the lowest base (proactive and reactive) cost that produces results that exceed the effectiveness of other more resource-intensive processes.

Our RCM process involves key client personnel who have a history with the systems and equipment under analysis. In coordination with our clients, PinnacleART can generate reliability-based maintenance strategies and implement them into relevant Computerized Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) and Enterprise Asset Management (EAM) systems to ensure programs are delivered on schedule, evergreened and within budget. Check out how our process works:

Our Process


Gather Information, Training and Process Reviews


FMEA and Criticality Analysis, Task Selection, CMMS Implementation


Program Evergreening and Continuous Improvement

That’s a Wrap

To conclude, our team had a great time at the conference once again and we are looking forward to exhibiting at booth #5051 next year in  New Orleans at WEFTEC 2020. Stay in the loop by visiting WEFTEC and be on the look out for our event page to secure meetings with our team. Check out additional supporting resources here:

Case Study: Achieving a 26 Percent Reduction in Annual O&M Costs Through Reliability Centered Maintenance

Blog: Aging Infrastructure? Reliability Centered Maintenance Can Help

Solutions: Reliability Centered Maintenance (RCM)

Solutions: Reliability for Water and Wastewater

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