Building on the successes of previous reliability events, Holland Innovative is preparing for this year’s seminar on “Data Science for Reliability and Root Cause Analysis“. The event will take place on 25 and 26 June and will show the best practices, the latest trends and innovations, open discussions and expert groups. Coordinator Elly van den Bliek explains the objectives and ambitions of the seminar.

reliability event 2020It’s February and although the seminar is still months away, the preparation of Holland Innovative’s major reliability event is already almost daily work for Elly van den Bliek. Content, speakers, presentations, meet & match, an evening programme: everything has to be arranged. “Holland Innovative is the knowledge centre for reliability, root cause analysis and data science. It goes without saying that we want to profile ourselves in these fields. An event like this is part of that: this is the opportunity for everyone active in the field of reliability – and the ones that should be – to be updated on the latest trends and developments.”

The industry is in full development, notes Van den Bliek. “For many companies, reliability is still something new. They are looking for opportunities, best practices and how to successfully implement reliability in their organization. At last year’s event, we already noticed that there is a great need for them to connect with the people and companies that are already more advanced. This concerns both the basics as well as the latest developments, such as the increasing possibilities of competencies in the field of data science. Because one thing is sure: if there is anything that will influence our profession in the coming years and can take it to the next level, this is it”.

Van den Bliek is expecting an audience that for the most part will come from the Benelux countries and Germany. “In addition, there will certainly be participants from farther away, for example when they see that Prof. Michael Pecht, professor at the University of Maryland, is providing one of the keynotes.” The visitors are expected to be mainly people who already know something about the importance of reliability but are still looking for the best interpretation of it or what next steps they can take. “People who have already thought about the possibilities, but for whom the practice is still difficult. Especially when it comes to the next steps, where reliability and root cause analysis are lifted to reliability 2.0 thanks to data science.”

The programme consists of a mix of lectures on real cases and concrete visions, panel discussions and thinktank-like meetings that are scheduled as ‘open expert groups’. In addition to the networking moments, there is a meet & match for better mutual understanding. “In the ‘open expert groups’, it’s all about being able to talk about a specific theme you want to learn more about or special issues you want to address, in small groups or even one-on-one. Our own specialists will play an important role in this; the underlying aim is the exchange of knowledge.”

In addition to being useful and important, the seminar should also be pleasant, continues van den Bliek. “In the first place, this will be found in the meetings themselves, with people who come together around a certain subject that they all care about. Through our conversations, we learn from each other, so we all get better. This will happen during the sessions as well as in the lunches and breaks. Apart from that, of course, we’ll also provide an enjoyable and innovative evening programme. Including a visit to one of the precision engineering and reliability highlights of the region.”

When will the seminar be a success for Holland Innovative and the event’s participants? Van den Bliek: “When they have heard a lot of new stories and interesting visions, have seen the best practices, gained knowledge, were able talk to interesting people and found ways to put all this into everyday practice. In short: when all this has given them a better picture of the role that data science can and will play in the field of reliability and root cause analysis. You bet that we are going to make that happen!”

Elly van den Bliek
Reliability Specialist